Wireless carriers voluntarily broadcast the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) over their networks in cooperation with state and federal authorities under the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) program, but only after extensive testing and certification by the
C Spire recently received final
"Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency," said
C Spire currently offers 11 WEA-capable devices, which are identified with a special logo both in stores and online. The devices include the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S*, iPhone 4*, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S 4, Motorola PHOTON Q XT 897, Motorola Milestone X2, Motorola Defy XT 556, HTC One V 6290, BlackBerry Curve 9310 and 9330. The company plans to soon introduce its latest Android smartphone - the HTC One - and that device as well as all other smartphones manufactured and introduced beginning this year are WEA-capable.
In addition, the company has developed a specialized WEA client-based application for smartphones running on Android 2.1 and higher mobile operating systems. The free
Hollingsworth said the WEA messages feature a special tone and vibration that is repeated twice so users can easily identify these types of emergency alerts. In some smartphone models, there may be an audible warning.
The alerts are targeted to specific geographic areas where threats occur and Hollingsworth said customers will receive the message if they travel into an area where an alert has been issued or if they are already within the area using a WEA-capable device.
The alerts are required under the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act, a 2006 law that established a voluntary, national emergency alert system called for by
For more information about Wireless Emergency Alerts and CMAS on the C Spire network, go to www.cspire.com/cmas. About
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