AT&T updates carrier settings, pushes Wireless Emergency Alerts

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Date: Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, 07:39
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, wireless

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This was a weird thing that popped up, but it’s hard to argue with the Emergency Alert System.

Per The Mac Observer, wireless carrier AT&T began pushing an update to iPhone users over the weekend that adds support for Wireless Emergency Alerts. The WEA system sends text messages to smartphone owners alerting them to physical threats like earthquakes and tornados, man-made disasters, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential alerts.


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The update is being pushed to the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5, and doesn’t require any action on the user’s part since it’s delivered over the air. Once installed, alerts will appear as special text messages and are delivered based on your location. For example, if an AMBER alert is issued for a missing child and you’re in the same city, you’ll see the notification.

The update is free, and since it’s a carrier-supplied update, it won’t appear in iOS 6’s built-in Software Update feature.

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2 Responses to “AT&T updates carrier settings, pushes Wireless Emergency Alerts”

  1. So let me get this straight: The Obama IRS targets Patriots, (Patriots are easily recognized… they’re the ones who don’t use the toilet on carpteted areas of gov building lobbies),…and now the Obama NSA taps our phones and emails….and now I can’t access my Iphone without tapping “OK” to the pop up message: “Carrier Settings Updated”….new settings required for your device have been installed” I just threw my $300 Iphone into the nearest lake….I’d share with you where the lake is, but I fear…oh good grief…I fear and it’s not a good feeling at all to fear the government of the United States of the IRS of America…good grief!

  2. Why such update is limited to iOS users only and no such conformation for Android has been made.
    No use of claiming such activity under public interest when carrier suppliers know that other smartphone OSs exist and are used by the user.
    I do sense something else in such activity.