iPhone 4S/5 users to get Wireless Emergency Alerts via AT&T

The Computer Whisperer

IMG_0824On Saturday I woke up to find a strange message waiting for me on my iPhone.  The message said “Carrier Settings Updated:  New settings required for your device have been installed.”   Being the paranoid sort I decided to find out what the heck was going on!

It turns out that U.S. carrier AT&T announced Friday that its subscribers will soon start receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts to their iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 devices. Text notifications will include AMBER, Imminent Threat and Presidential Alerts and will be enabled following an upcoming carrier update pushed out to iPhone devices running iOS 6.1 or later.

Of the three types of alerts, users will be able to disable AMBER and Imminent Threat alerts. Presidential alerts, which are sent straight from the President (or a delegate), can’t be turned off…

According to the AT&T blog:

When the software update is delivered to your phone…

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