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Old 07-17-2013, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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If it helps to find an abducted child, I would be happy to receive the text message.
I don't really mind getting it. But it's unclear and confusing for those not keeping up with the news everyday.

I have unlimited txt messages with my carrier but for cheapskates counting minutes this might a problem.
Some people also don't want to get a txt at 3am while sleeping when its something that doesn't directly affect them.
And then There's also a chance that by getting these type of alerts people will trivialize them and disregard other alerts that can actually affect them directly.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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According to CTIA, there is no charge to the consumer. Phones that are capable are automatically enrolled in emergency alerts, but consumers may opt out of the program by contacting your wireless provider.

Wireless AMBER Alerts
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Queens, NYC
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Saw it when I woke up.. So that's what "Amber alert" is.. I saw the "emergency" symbol, but when I saw the text I was like.. What are they trying to say lol. I've been living in NYC my entire life, yet this is the first time I received such text (that I was aware of at least).
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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I didn't get the amber alert I have a smart phone with unlimited text messages.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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You never heard of an Amber Alert before? You are kidding? How long you been in NY? 6 months?
Eh?
I never even heard of Amber alerts either, and I've been in NYC for years. Glad I wasn't in NYC though when everyone got woken up by it. I found out through Facebook home pages.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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Amber alerts are nationwide, not just NYC. But for some reason I don't get them either, or any other alerts.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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I got it too at 11:00 am. I hope they find the child. On smartphone they give the make and style of the vehicle.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Queens, New York City
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I didn't get the text, but I'm guessing it's because I still have my old telephone number with its out-of-state zip code.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:17 AM
 
Location: NYPD"s 30th Precinct
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If you don't drive, I could see how you might not know what Amber alerts are. The only place I ever see them are on highway display signs.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:42 AM
 
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You never heard of an Amber Alert before? You are kidding? How long you been in NY? 6 months?

They're not even specific to NY...

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I understand now but these are my questions:

-How somebody who isn't reading the news everyday is supposed to know that this regarding an abducted child? The text says nothing about it Because an Amber Alert, in same way, shape or form, has been around for more than ten years already. You don't need to read the news "everyday" for that. It means you must have not read the news, listened to the news on TV or witnessed the alerts blasted everywhere all of these years.

-how did they get my number? It is sent through a "Wireless Emergency Alerts" system. It comes with newer smartphones. They don't have to "get" your number---it's sent through your wireless provider.

-In a city of 8 million people, are we gonna get a txt message every time a child gets abducted?
Not trying to minimize the fact that a child is with his mentality unstable mother now but I would think that txt msg warnings like this one should be sent out only in case of an emergency affecting a great number of people. That's for them to decide.
BTW-You CAN disable the alerts if you don't want them. Since I rarely get alerts to my phone, I don't mind.
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