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AT&T to Push Wireless Emergency Alerts to iPhone

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Jun 14, 2013, 6:46 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today announced that owners of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S will soon be able to receive wireless emergency alerts. AT&T will push a small carrier update to the iPhone 5 and 4S in the coming days that enables the function. Wireless emergency alerts are sent by the government to warn of danger. The alerts are most often related to severe weather or abducted/missing children, but can notify mobile device owners of other dangers, such as attacks. iPhone owners will be able to turn off all but Presidential alerts, which are pushed to all mobile devices and cannot be disabled. The alerts will be available to iPhones running iOS 6.1 and up.


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Jun 17, 2013, 4:04 PM


I've been getting emergency alerts on my GSII as long as I've had it (2 years). I just assumed that everyone got them. This is just another place where ATT and Apple are behind the curve.
That's assuming that 'emergency alert messages' are actually worth getting....in my experience, they're really not.
To my understanding, this is on AT&T, I don't believe this was an update pushed to all iPhones, just AT&T. It was a simple carrier update to the phone when going into the settings. Wish I could disable the Presidential updates. I turned off the Amber ...
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