AT&T to add alerts from government that you can't turn off

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AT&T to add alerts from government that you can't turn off

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/06/att-to-load-iphones-with-emergency-alerts-from-obama-that-yo...       I don't want this ill go to Verizon or sprint if AT&T doest this 

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I do not want this invasive measure either.  If they want to offer the OPTION for it, fine, but i do NOT want it forced on me.  I will consider boycotting ATT should they push this on my phones.

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It's ridiculous that people get worked up over nothing. I just read more 100 carriers have this enabled including ALL the largest carriers! I personally would want to know if someone was attacking us!!

 

 http://www.fema.gov/wireless-emergency-alerts


mcrad66 wrote:

I do not want this invasive measure either.  If they want to offer the OPTION for it, fine, but i do NOT want it forced on me.  I will consider boycotting ATT should they push this on my phones.


 

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AT&T forces customers to get Obama Alerts on their iPhones

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Do not add Emergency Alerts from President Obama to my iPhones that cannot be switched off! Governing me is NOT why we bought you! This has to be a violation of my wireless contract. I envision , lower share prices, and hundreds of millions of dollars wasted in your future. 

 

 

Drudge: "AT&T to Load iPhones With Emergency Alerts From Obama – That You Can’t Switch Off"

Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 1:17 AM

 

[Per Guidelines:  Keep it Relevant and Appropriate].

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mcrad66 wrote:

I do not want this invasive measure either.  If they want to offer the OPTION for it, fine, but i do NOT want it forced on me.  I will consider boycotting ATT should they push this on my phones.


the go back to a hard wired landline, the 5th estate is playing it up by attacking att, but what they don;t tell you is that the SAME thing is on all the cellular services that have implemented the SAME exact thing. So you can boycot all the cellular services. After all these messages all originate from the exact same starting point. It is going to happen so boycot technology

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Hello Ryw66,

 

I hope I can help you, and others, understand what those alerts are, here is AT&T's FAQ:

 

http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB410692&cv=820#fbid=SU22f0k6Lg_

 

It does clarify in there that one can not opt out of presidential alerts, FCC is an organization that regulates all us communication companies, they make those policies:

 

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea

 

This is from their site:

 

Can consumers block WEAs?

Partially. Participating wireless carriers may offer subscribers with WEA-capable handsets the ability to block alerts involving imminent threats to safety of life and/or AMBER Alerts; however, consumers cannot block emergency alerts issued by the President.

 

Why can’t consumers block WEAs issued by the President?

In passing the WARN Act, Congress allowed participating carriers to offer subscribers the capability to block all WEAs except those issued by the President.

 

 

It applies to all participating carriers, here is Verizon's FAQ:

 

http://support.verizonwireless.com/faqs/Wireless%20Service/emergency_alerts_faq.html

 

"You may change settings within your device to opt out of Imminent Danger and Amber Alerts, but you may not opt out of Presidential Alerts. "

 

You can easily find the same info on other carriers.

 

As far as I know, Presidential alerts are very rare and he/she only issues them about the most important issues, like a declaration of war or major epidemics, disasters and such, I would want to know I think.

 

d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I can imagine that in the not too near future, it will include landlines too. so you can boycott all phone service.
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Ryw66 wrote:

Do not add Emergency Alerts from President Obama to my iPhones that cannot be switched off! Governing me is NOT why we bought you! This has to be a violation of my wireless contract. I envision , lower share prices, and hundreds of millions of dollars wasted in your future. 

 

 

Drudge: "AT&T to Load iPhones With Emergency Alerts From Obama – That You Can’t Switch Off"

Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 1:17 AM

 

[Per Guidelines:  Keep it Relevant and Appropriate].


Again the 5th estate is just beating their chest with incomplete information to sell papers and web hits - as mentioned the FCC regulates this and it is the same for every carrier in the US that will roll out this functionality.

 

Want to opt out, get rid of your cell phone an go back to a hard wired landline only.

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kdfederer wrote:
I can imagine that in the not too near future, it will include landlines too. so you can boycott all phone service.

Doubt it becuase of the additional infrastructure and human interaction required. Guess they can then use smoke signals or two tine cans and a lenght of string, maybe even morse code. ... --- ...

 

I jsut find it very amusing that the "reporters" pick and choose the information they decide to release to seel their paper and wen hits. Target a single company to make it seem like they are the only one doing it - talk about creative reporting.

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Government alerts

If AT&T force this service on all users, I will move to a different carrier. I have been a loyal customer since I first got an iphone3.
I have 5 devices using AT&T for voice and data. In addition as the buyer for all tchnology in the tricounty courthouses, I will stop using AT&T.
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Jmsmith32210 wrote:
If AT&T force this service on all users, I will move to a different carrier. I have been a loyal customer since I first got an iphone3.
I have 5 devices using AT&T for voice and data. In addition as the buyer for all tchnology in the tricounty courthouses, I will stop using AT&T.

1. It is not ATT "forcing" the alerts, it is set out by the FCC - you know that "goverment" organization so all carriers will be doing it

2. Eventually ALL US carriers will be doing this. Verizon and Sprint already have it

 

If you purchase Special services - aka t1, oc3, etc and you are in att country you will never get away from att, since no matter who you get your services from - guess who owns the final mile infrastructure for those t1's - att.

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Re: AT&T to add alerts from government that you can't turn off

Hello guys,

 

I hope I can help you understand what those alerts are, here is AT&T's FAQ:

 

http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB410692&cv=820#fbid=SU22f0k6Lg_

 

It does clarify in there that one can not opt out of presidential alerts, FCC is an organization that regulates all us communication companies, they make those policies:

 

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea

 

This is from their site:

 

Can consumers block WEAs?

Partially. Participating wireless carriers may offer subscribers with WEA-capable handsets the ability to block alerts involving imminent threats to safety of life and/or AMBER Alerts; however, consumers cannot block emergency alerts issued by the President.

 

Why can’t consumers block WEAs issued by the President?

In passing the WARN Act, Congress allowed participating carriers to offer subscribers the capability to block all WEAs except those issued by the President.

 

 

It applies to all participating carriers, here is Verizon's FAQ:

 

http://support.verizonwireless.com/faqs/Wireless%20Service/emergency_alerts_faq.html

 

"You may change settings within your device to opt out of Imminent Danger and Amber Alerts, but you may not opt out of Presidential Alerts. "

 

You can easily find the same info on other carriers.

 

As far as I know, Presidential alerts are very rare and he/she only issues them about the most important issues, like a declaration of war or major epidemics, disasters and such, I would want to know I think.

 

d.

 

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I'm actually a little upset that AT&T doesn't offer this in my area. While out to dinner a few nights ago, my friend got an Amber Alert notification on her cell, and I didn't. She has a different carrier, and I thought it was a great idea.

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Don't worry, you are not charged for this service. And it is not used to see what is in your phone. It would only be used to announce something very important such as our country being under attack. You can just delete the message if you want.
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I think that idea is Great if I was in the US I would adopt that option,

I don't really get to hear the News until the evning so having myphone there 

to remind me of important stuff would be neat Smiley Happy

 

im sorry everyone else thinks otherwise though  Cat Sad

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