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Thorzdad
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Oct 3, 2018, 07:52 PM
 
Apparently, my old flip-phone couldn’t receive the Emergency Alert Text that FEMA tested today. Anyway, it didn’t show up. Guess I’m doomed.
     
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Oct 3, 2018, 08:03 PM
 
I was just relieved that it wasn't a Trump text, only a superannoying beeeeeep.
     
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Oct 3, 2018, 08:11 PM
 
My flip phone didn't react. But I was on the road in a dodgy reception area.
     
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Oct 3, 2018, 08:43 PM
 
I knew that this day was coming like a week in advance (found a blurb about it on NOAA), so, when it happened, I was not the least bit surprised.

But some people just started acting like idiots when they saw the message, as in, like another Hawaii missile scare that they had no idea was coming...

Really people?
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Oct 3, 2018, 09:26 PM
 
Odd that you can opt out of Amber Alerts and EAS but not these though.
     
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Oct 5, 2018, 05:17 PM
 
Didn’t get it on my iPhone 7.

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Thorzdad  (op)
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Oct 6, 2018, 08:08 AM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Didn’t get it on my iPhone 7.
Hmmm...My wife got it on her 6s. Is this alert system able to transmit to selected phone numbers and skip other phone numbers?
     
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Oct 6, 2018, 06:53 PM
 
You didn’t get the secret message? Go to the App Store and search for the disgronificator app. It will decode the secrect message.
     
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Oct 6, 2018, 10:13 PM
 
I hadn’t heard about this until it happened. I was in a waiting room with my wife, and nearly soiled myself when EVERYBODY’S phones all started wailing like the bombs were actively falling...

I was not particularly impressed by the fact that I could not opt out, and worse, that not everyone I knew actually got the message - which negates the utility of not allowing people to opt out.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Oct 6, 2018, 10:40 PM
 
I thought got it because everyone's phones rang at once, but looking back at my list of texts it's not there. It pulled a Banksy and self-destructed?
     
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Oct 8, 2018, 11:32 PM
 
I have a personal iPhone X and a work iPhone 6s, both on AT&T. The work phone got the message but my personal phone did not. No idea why.
     
Thorzdad  (op)
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Oct 9, 2018, 07:40 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
I thought got it because everyone's phones rang at once, but looking back at my list of texts it's not there. It pulled a Banksy and self-destructed?
Does it come in as a text or as a push alert?
     
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Oct 9, 2018, 08:38 AM
 
Notification for me.
     
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Oct 9, 2018, 11:03 AM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Does it come in as a text or as a push alert?
It's the same as an Amber alert or National Weather Service alert. It was followed a few minutes later by an alert on local TV and radio stations.
     
Thorzdad  (op)
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Oct 9, 2018, 09:46 PM
 
So, not actually a text, then. That explains why my old flip phone didn’t receive it. It doesn’t get Amber Alerts either.
     
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Oct 10, 2018, 02:04 AM
 
How old is it?
     
Thorzdad  (op)
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Oct 12, 2018, 06:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
How old is it?
Ancient.

     
subego
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Oct 12, 2018, 09:33 PM
 
The good news is the government isn’t trying to kill you.

The bad news is that phone is not only older than the wireless alert system, it’s older than the bill which authorized it.
     
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Oct 13, 2018, 02:19 AM
 
On the plus side, it will not work as an employee locator device.

     
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Oct 13, 2018, 07:06 AM
 
Mom and in laws have flip phones that get amber/NWS alerts. I haven't asked if they received the FEMA alert.
     
subego
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Oct 13, 2018, 10:33 AM
 
IIUC, they’re all the same system.
     
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Oct 13, 2018, 10:54 AM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
On the plus side, it will not work as an employee locator device.

I had a friend freak out about getting fired for accidentally using her work email to send a personal email.

Just that. No privileged information in the email. She didn’t say anything bad about the company. She wasn’t looking for a new job. No previous complaints from IT about personnel misusing company email.
     
Thorzdad  (op)
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Oct 13, 2018, 11:55 AM
 
Originally Posted by Chongo View Post
Mom and in laws have flip phones that get amber/NWS alerts. I haven't asked if they received the FEMA alert.
I never get Amber alerts on the phone either. Is their phone one of those Jitterbug things? I'm pretty sure those can get alerts.

Originally Posted by subego View Post
The bad news is that phone is not only older than the wireless alert system, it’s older than the bill which authorized it.
     
   
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