Government Alerts on ATT iphones?

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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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‎09-30-2015 1:39 AM

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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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My update just came through this morning.  Live in Nashville, TN.  n

Not sure how they break up the deployment, but it makes sense they could not push it to everyone at the exact same time. 

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THis afternoon my iPhone started sqeeling like a pig and displayed a flood warning for someplace a distance away.  Thanks to this article I was able to shut off these stupid warnings.  I just wish it would have defaulted to OFF OFF instead of forcing me to set it....

 

You really should warn people if you are going to do stuff like this....

 

Boston, Mass

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7valleys wrote:

THis afternoon my iPhone started sqeeling like a pig and displayed a flood warning for someplace a distance away.  Thanks to this article I was able to shut off these stupid warnings.  I just wish it would have defaulted to OFF OFF instead of forcing me to set it....

 

You really should warn people if you are going to do stuff like this....

 

Boston, Mass


 

This post has me laughing out loud.

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Re: Carrier Settings Updated

Thanks so much!  I followed your instructions and it worked.  I have an iPhone 5.

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The question was not directed towards me but I just so happened to receive one. This is what was displayed on my phone. I would upload a photo but there does not seem to be an option to. My only complaint about the message is that it does not tell me where to avoid.

BR,

~Crash

 

 

! Emergency Alerts

 

Emergency Alerts

Flash Floods Warning this area till 0400 EDT

Avoid flood areas. Check local media. -NWS

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Re: Government Alerts on ATT iphones?

Unfortunately, it caused some serious issues, primarilly for owners of the iPhone 4.  Then another Carrier update on 6-27-2013.  What was that one for?

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crabcell wrote:

Unfortunately, it caused some serious issues, primarilly for owners of the iPhone 4.  Then another Carrier update on 6-27-2013.  What was that one for?


evidence points that the issue with the 4's only show up when a micro-cell is in the picture, that has been reported here and on apple's forums - the majority of the reports where in conjunction with a Iphone 4 and a microcell.

 

Pure speculation on the 6/27 push although there are reports of a hacked 14.1 running around that could explain the new version with more security built in

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Apparently the last update disabled (removed) WEAs from my iPhone 4.  Will there be a new update soon that will let them work on an iPhone 4 again?

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I have an iPhone 4 running the latest iOS that got the alerts update a few weeks ago.  Then this morning, I had a notification that my settings had been changed (again) and now these alerts have disappeared from my settings. I have read on other forums that the alerts are still there but that we are no longer able to disable the amber alerts and the weather alerts. However, I suspect this is just a rumor.

 

Regardless, I would like AT&T to specify exactly which settings were updated either:

1) in the "settings were changed" notification screen itself

2) with a text message (they text us about other things so why not about that?)

3) on their websites 

 

I think that it's ridiculous that as customers, WE have to hunt down the information all over the internet to see what exactly had changed with our phones.  That is poor customer service.

 

In this specific case, are these alerts STILL a part of my phone or not?  If not, why?  If yes, how can I access the settings to make sure that the options that I wanted disabled are still disabled?

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I, too; REALLY want WEAs on my iPhone 4.

I received a carrier update which installed the alerts on my phone a couple days ago, but then I received another update which removed the feature. I recently called AT&T to ask why they removed the alerts, and I asked if they could re-install them. They said that the updates were pushed through Apple. The first update "caused problems" for iPhone 4 users, so they released the second update to remove the Government Alerts from iPhone 4 phones.

They said the only iPhones which presently have the alert capabilities are the 4S and the 5.

AT&T said they can't do anything, since the alert was pushed through Apple, and I would need to talk to Apple if I had further questions.

Does anybody know if/when we will get these alerts on the 4? Or this an excuse for the companies (and Apple) to try to make us upgrade our phones to the 4S and 5?

I really want these on my phone! Smiley Sad
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FWIW I was told the same thing that it was through Apple

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I know people who have Verizon in my area and they can receive Amber alerts. I have an IPhone 4
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Any updates on this issue?  I'm also not getting the Government Alerts option under my Iphone settings.

Running version 6.1.3 and still no resolution.

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What kind of phone are you using?


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