Sprint enables SMS emergency text alert system, scores a US carrier first

Sprint enables SMS emergency text alert system, scores a US carrier first
Sprint is the first US carrier to have implemented an SMS emergency alert system, which over at other countries like Japan, has been of paramount importance for saving lives. The new, Wireless Emergency System (WES), around which carriers rallied earlier this year, will text you whenever there's an urgent announcement for you coming from institutions such as the National Weather Service, local emergency centers and even the president of the United States.

“Sprint said its network now supports the Wireless Emergency Alert system, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deliver warning messages to wireless networks … Customers receive the warnings when their phones are enabled with special chipsets and software and the warnings are sent based upon geolocation,” the company's press release reads.

Sprint, the nation's third-largest carrier with a user base of around 50 million, will start field testing the service in New York City soon with the help of federal and public safety agencies. Now, this might seem like it's not a big deal for the everyday user thinking more about specs, but when disaster like an earthquake strikes, there's a period of nearly a minute (depending on how far the affected region is from the epicenter) for people to react, often enough to save a life. Hopefully, other carriers will soon enable the system as well. 

source: Sprint via Textually


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