A British woman has described her shock at discovering her brand new iPhone 5s was full of contact details for celebrities such as former Spice Girl Emma Bunton.
Sophie Highfield bought the new device and did not notice any issues straight away – but one day when she was trying to call her parents, she typed 'M' for mum and four other phone numbers she did not recognise for other people listed as 'mum' appeared.
Investigating the issue further by typing in other letters, she soon discovered phone numbers for radio DJs, Olympic athletes and even some A-listers such as Adele.
Olympic gold medal-winning long jumper Greg Rutherford, comedian David Walliams, fashion guru Gok Wan, the late actress Lynda Bellingham, Matt Willis of boy band Busted, former Coronation Street star Denise Welch and Nicholas Lyndhurst – famous as Rodney from Only Fools and Horses – were also listed.
Apple were unable to explain how this happened after a month-long investigation into the matter.
Ms Highfield bought the phone in June 2014 and said she could not possibly have added all these contact details herself. She believes the data of other iPhone users is on her device – and some have speculated this could have been the result of an iPhone glitch.
“I've got no idea how it has happened. I seem to have access to literally hundreds of people's numbers,” she commented.
“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.”
Ms Highfield suggested that the nature of the contact list – plus the presence of a lot of producers – leads her to believe the information comes from the iPhone account of someone from the BBC or the wider television industry.