Is Anyone Receiving EAS Weather / Amber Alerts While Connected to a Microcell?
Is anyone receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on their phone when connected to an AT&T Microcell?
There are three different types of WEA alerts:
- Imminent threat alerts: Notify you of severe man-made or natural disasters that pose a threat to life or property.
- AMBER alerts: Inform you about a missing child in your area.
- Presidential alerts: Update you on important events.
More info on EAS alerts can be found here:
My wife got a weather alert this morning on her iPhone 6 while away from home and connected to a standard cell tower. However, I was at home with my iPhone 5 connected to the Microcell and never received any such alert on my iPhone 5, but our NOAA Weather Radio did alert. The below post is exactly like my situation.
WEA alerts are very similar to the loud attention getting sound of a real NOAA Weather Radio for a tornado warning or other severe weather accompanied by a vibration. The volume of the WEA alerts cannot be adjusted, and the iPhone Do Not Disturb feature correctly has no affect on them. The Imminent Threat (weather, etc.) and Amber alerts can be disabled in Settings/Notifications, but mine were enabled. Presidential alerts cannot be disabled. We also receive the WEA alerts on our Uverse TV service. I believe TV broadcasts are required by law to broadcast these alerts.
WEA alerts not working with Microcell is a HUGE problem because many people may now be relying on their phones to alert them of dangerous weather rather than buying a separate NOAA Weather Radio. And perhaps folks received alerts in the past but have since installed a Microcell and will no longer receive severe weather alerts as expected if I am correct.