A woman was shocked to find that her brand new iPhone came filled with phone numbers of A-List celebrities, including Radio One DJs, Olympic athletes and even Gok Wan!
Sophie Highfield (31) mysteriously wound up with the numbers of several A-List celebrities in her phone after a glitch in her iPhone 5S which seemed to result in it merging with several others.
After buying the brand new phone from Three Mobile, she went about putting in the numbers of her family and friends. But then months later when she hit “M” for “Mom”, she found a dozen entries in her phone for different “Moms”. Investigating further, she found that she had dozens of celebrities numbers saved in her phone after she started pressing different letters!
Here are just some of the celebrities whose genuine contact details were listed:
Gold medal-winning long jumper Greg Rutherford
Comedian David Walliams
Fashion guru Gok Wan
Spice Girl Emma Bunton
Late actress Lynda Bellingham
Busted’s Matt Willis
Loose Women’s Denise Welch
Nicholas Lyndhurst – Rodney from Only Fools and Horses
As well as other producers and television figures, the contacts listed also included Radio 1 DJs Greg James and Nick Grimshaw – who were listed under Greg ‘The Legend’ James and Grimmy.
Despite months of investigation and a lot of work on Sophie’s end, Apple has failed to come up with an explanation for how this happened.
Sophie from Erdington, Birmingham, said:
“The phone was supposed to be brand new and completely untouched. I’ve got no idea how it has happened. I seem to have access to literally hundreds of people’s numbers. I didn’t notice it at first because the contacts aren’t in my address book but when I go into messages to send a text and type in the letter ‘A’, it comes up with ‘A’ for Adele. There are loads of celebrities – Emma Bunton, Denise Welch, Gok Wan… There are also lots of producers. I feel like it might have belonged to someone from the BBC or the TV industry.”
There are also seemingly random contacts, as well as UK and US numbers being among them.
“It is quite annoying having them all there. I actually have no idea how many numbers there are. There must be hundreds. I feel like it is a data breach. I’ve not been entirely sure what to do. It’s kind of a big thing. I haven’t purchased these numbers, they’ve just fallen into my hands.”
Three have said that the issue doesn’t lay with them, as the phone was brand new when Sophie purchased it. They believe it to have been an iCloud issue.