New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has a PLAN.Personal Localized Alert Network
This PLAN basically allows the government to send you emergency alerts via text messaging whether you like it or not. This national alert system will be made possible via a special chip and software upgrade that will become mandatory on all newly manufactured cell phones. The hardware is already installed on high-end phones such as the latest iPhone, a simple software upgrade is all thats required to activate it.
The new alert system is expected to begin late this year for cell phone users in New York and Washington but should expand nationwide as early as April 2012. What can you expect from the PLAN? Once fully in place, you should expect to receive the following types of alerts:
- Messages from the President of the United States
- Alerts that could pose an imminent threat to safety, such as terrorists attacks or severe weather alerts
- Amber Alerts in your area
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are already on board with this free PLAN offered by the government. What if you don’t want to receive these alerts? Thankfully, we will have the option to opt-out…unless the president has a special message for us; those alerts will be required. Mayor Bloomberg thinks of the alert system as a “quantum leap forward in using technology to help keep people safe.” He goes on to say:
“The lessons that were reinforced on 9/11 is the importance of getting clear and accurate information to the public during a crisis”
So for those of you who don’t watch the news or listen to the radio, this may be just what you need to keep you in alert. Or it could just take up more space in your inbox. If you are interested in learning more or would like to join in discussion, please head over to the original thread. Thank you XDA member dandv for bringing this news to our attention!_________
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