New national missing kid alert system surprises cell phone owners with shrieking text messages

  • Article by: TAMI ABDOLLAH , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 1, 2013 - 2:07 PM

LOS ANGELES - The next time a child is abducted near you, your cellphone may shriek to life with an alert message.

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Lifeguard06Feb. 1, 13 2:56 PM

I really do enjoy getting the blizzard warnings because I have 218 area code when I'm on the eastern shore of Maryland.

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elind56Feb. 1, 13 3:51 PM

I will opt out...if they'll let me. I already get those annoying alerts on my TV which won't let me change the channel and screws up anything that may be recording on the DVR. These Amber alerts have been rather useless anyway so...LEAVE ME ALONE!

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esteejayFeb. 1, 13 4:18 PM

Check with your cellular carrier, as you CAN opt-out for all but the presidential alerts... yes, you are REQUIRED to receive Obama's messages. Not all cellular phones are compatible, so you may not be able to receive such messages anyway.

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jhb8426Feb. 1, 1311:22 PM

Please tell me how to opt out of this. I don't need more big brother intrusion in my life.

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grammarcopFeb. 2, 13 6:28 AM

@esteejay Just couldn't keep yourself from making a crack about Obama, could you? These would be presidential alerts of national interest, regardless who's wearing the suit.

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davehougFeb. 3, 13 6:33 PM

The program will wither away unless they install a GPS filter to alert ONLY those who have opted in AND are in the local area.

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lordhawhaw1Feb. 20, 1311:07 PM

Good intentions aside, does anyone else here feel unsettled that the Government, without your say so, is sending these alerts to your bought and paid for private phone? Yes I see that you can opt out but isn't the Governments role to be asking us if we want to opt in first? Whats next? Speakers in our homes with daily news piped in from the government and inspirational messages from the, "Dear Leader"? Speakers that we can't turn off? Don't laugh its that way in North Korea. As for me I work 12 hour overnights and was woken up by this alert today. I need to keep my phone on because work might call me in for an emergency. Now, I have the night off at least but I'm tired.

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