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    What's the status of Amber Alerts (and Emergency Alerts) in iOS 6? I see them in Notifications on my iPhone 5 (on Verizon) but two people I work with that have an iPhone 5 (both on AT&T) don't show it. Is it only working in Verizon phones at this time? Or did I change some setting that they didn't, causing them to appear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackinup View Post
    What's the status of Amber Alerts (and Emergency Alerts) in iOS 6? I see them in Notifications on my iPhone 5 (on Verizon) but two people I work with that have an iPhone 5 (both on AT&T) don't show it. Is it only working in Verizon phones at this time? Or did I change some setting that they didn't, causing them to appear?
    If I remember correctly, AT&T users do not currently have that feature. Only Verizon & Sprint customers. I posted a comment about this last week or so. If I find the post, I'll post a link to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackinup View Post
    What's the status of Amber Alerts (and Emergency Alerts) in iOS 6? I see them in Notifications on my iPhone 5 (on Verizon) but two people I work with that have an iPhone 5 (both on AT&T) don't show it. Is it only working in Verizon phones at this time? Or did I change some setting that they didn't, causing them to appear?
    AT&T is not participating in this program for some reason at this time.
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    Yeah, I have AT&T and do not have the Government Alerts feature. I wonder why they opted out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exxod View Post
    Yeah, I have AT&T and do not have the Government Alerts feature. I wonder why they opted out...
    I don't believe there's a choice on opting in or out - they're just not equipped to provide the feature yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    I don't believe there's a choice on opting in or out - they're just not equipped to provide the feature yet.
    I see. I guess that's AT&T for you, always a bit behind the curve.
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    As I read in another forum, this may be their attempt to scrape off a few more people with unlimited plans (by not warning them about the tornado heading their way)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackinup View Post
    As I read in another forum, this may be their attempt to scrape off a few more people with unlimited plans (by not warning them about the tornado heading their way)
    Unfortunately, you're probably right.
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    Double post. Sorry.
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    Got my first one this morning. Scared the crap out of me. Now, my phone wasn't on silent, and my DND schedule had expired, so don't know if it will always be that loud, but if so? Yikes.

    To make matters worse, my wife's 4S went of, too. Good to know it works.


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    Hi..I have an iPhone 5 with Verizon and we had an amber alert in our area the other day and the phone DID NOT display an alert. Any idea as to what could be wrong? We are in the Boston area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kspector View Post
    Hi..I have an iPhone 5 with Verizon and we had an amber alert in our area the other day and the phone DID NOT display an alert. Any idea as to what could be wrong? We are in the Boston area.
    Go to Settings > Notifications and scroll all the way to the bottom. You should see Government Alerts. Make sure they are both on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kspector View Post
    Hi..I have an iPhone 5 with Verizon and we had an amber alert in our area the other day and the phone DID NOT display an alert. Any idea as to what could be wrong? We are in the Boston area.
    It may be possible that the agency in charge of issuing the Amber Alert is not yet authorized to send alerts via the recently activated system that iPhones are capable of receiving.
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    We have hadAmber Alerts also and have never received anything.. Even severe weather...

    Not sure how and when it's supposed to work... But would be nice getting some clarification from carriers.
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    Well this really sucks. An important feature like this and AT&T doesn't have it. Wow, there really is no excuse for that.
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    Lol surprised sprint has this and AT&T doesn't - usually it's the other way around


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    How does it work, both of them are on for me and I have Sprint.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pink iPhone4S View Post
    How does it work, both of them are on for me and I have Sprint.


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    According to site, the emergency alerts are on by default and rely on tower location to know who to alert. If a visitor was in my neighborhood on vacation their phone would also receive the notification, without the need to sign up for alerts.

    Unfortunately the notification is not interactive. Tapping on the message will not direct the user to more information about the current emergency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackinup View Post
    What's the status of Amber Alerts (and Emergency Alerts) in iOS 6? I see them in Notifications on my iPhone 5 (on Verizon) but two people I work with that have an iPhone 5 (both on AT&T) don't show it. Is it only working in Verizon phones at this time? Or did I change some setting that they didn't, causing them to appear?
    Well those that have At&t can at least sign up for local alerts from the weather channel here:

    Or you can utilize the Weatherbug app. They have Severe Weather Alerts and works fairly well!

    Come on At&t, get with the program and take care of your people!
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    AT&T does support the amber alert service, but it appears only on android and windows phones. iPhones are not at this time. Unless there's a special setting or service that needs to be enabled.

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