Y2K16 Windows Mobile SMS Bug? — Update: Fixed!

Several reports are floating around some blogs and Twitter that there may be a Y2K16 (2016) bug affecting Windows Mobile devices, particularly those made by HTC and LG, on several carriers. The bug manifests itself such that text messages received after 1/1/2010 would be dated from the year 2016. Here’s what WMExperts is reporting:

-Messages received after 1/1/2010 may be dated as 2016

-Effects WM6.1, WM6.5 and even non-Windows Mobile phones

-It is ROM independent, meaning switching won’t help

-All carriers seem to be experiencing this bug and any region

-HTC and LG are aware, but no official response yet

The report makes mention that our own Adam Lein’s T-Mobile Touch Pro2 remains unaffected by the bug.

Anyone with a Y2K16 incident? You can report it in our discussion.

Update: The issue is seemingly resolved with a registry change or by installing a cab. WMExperts has posted news that PPC Geeks has uploaded a cab installer that fixes the Y2K16 issue.

(via: WMExperts; image from a user discussion over at WMExperts)

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