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Government Alerts on ATT iphones?

A friend of mine just got an iphone on another network.  We were standing in the office and all of a sudden his phone started making a noise neither of us had ever heard from our phones. 

 

Turns out he had a Government Alerts section under his Notifications page.  It includes emergency alerts and Amber alerts.

 

When will ATT support this?

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Everyone, 

 

On June 14th, apple provided a carrier update to all customers running a version of iOS 6.1 or later on an iPhone 3GS or newer and iPad 2 and newer. This update enables customers with iphone 4S or newer and iOS 6.1 or later to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts to their apple devices. YAY! 

 

Please see About WEA for more information on Wireless Emergency Alerts. 

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Thumper369 wrote:

A friend of mine just got an iphone on another network.  We were standing in the office and all of a sudden his phone started making a noise neither of us had ever heard from our phones. 

 

Turns out he had a Government Alerts section under his Notifications page.  It includes emergency alerts and Amber alerts.

 

When will ATT support this?


you also need a device that is WEA capable in addition to the carrier. These are the ones that are right now

 

http://www.kwwl.com/story/18648143/cmas-compatible-phones

 

the iphone is not on the list as of now

 

http://wirelessamberalerts.wirelessfoundation.org/howwirelessamberalertswork.htm

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Re: Government Alerts on ATT iphones?

Mabey you misunderstood my question.  IOS6 has this feature.  See the screenshot below. My friend has an iPhone 5 on another carrier and he got an alert today.  So the phone is compatiable.  ATT aparently is not.

 

Government Alerts

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See this thread: http://forums.att.com/t5/Data-Messaging-Features-Internet/Emergency-Alert-System/td-p/3274177

 

Apparently the service has been enabled in a few markets and the roll out to other markets is in progress. 

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Thumper369 wrote:

Mabey you misunderstood my question.  IOS6 has this feature.  See the screenshot below. My friend has an iPhone 5 on another carrier and he got an alert today.  So the phone is compatiable.  ATT aparently is not.

 

Government Alerts


I looked at a 3GS when I responded, it is not shown in notifications, just looked at the 4S and it is there, not sure about the 4, not carrying one at the moment

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Re: Government Alerts on ATT iphones?

Interesting because I am it seeing it on my 5? I wonder if it is smart enough to only be present in markets where the local government agencies can support this functionality?
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Re: Government Alerts on ATT iphones?

AT&T does support it. My wife receives them on her droid, but I do not receive them on my 3GS. I am running the latest iOS so I suspect it's dependent on both the iOS version as well as which iPhone you have.
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youngjm wrote:
Interesting because I am it seeing it on my 5? I wonder if it is smart enough to only be present in markets where the local government agencies can support this functionality?

Should say "NOT" seeing it.

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youngjm wrote:

youngjm wrote:
Interesting because I am it seeing it on my 5? I wonder if it is smart enough to only be present in markets where the local government agencies can support this functionality?

Should say "NOT" seeing it.



youngjm wrote:

youngjm wrote:
Interesting because I am it seeing it on my 5? I wonder if it is smart enough to only be present in markets where the local government agencies can support this functionality?

Should say "NOT" seeing it.


don;t think so, my local area does not support the new system as of yet and I see it on the 4S

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Re: Government Alerts on ATT iphones?

You can get the same features with the Wx Alert USA app. iOS 6 does support it, but ATT has not enabled it for support on their network.
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