View Poll Results: Should you be required to receive presidential alerts on your cell phone?

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    Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    AT&T Wireless Rolling Out Forced President Obama Alerts For iPhone Users

    I've got an iPhone and I looked at my settings and sure enough, Amber and Emergency alerts are enabled. I could turn them off (I haven't) but my understanding is the presidential alerts cannot be disabled. I'm not sure how I feel about this. Seems I should have the option to disable any notification I want.

    What do you think. Should you be required to receive presidential alerts on your phone whether you want to or not? Options will be yes, no, and I don't know/maybe.

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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    Not only should they have the ability to be disabled, anyone who actively follows that should wear a permanent "kick me, I'm an idiot" sign on his or her back that will never come off.

    I know that some people think the POTUS symbol is the closest thing to porn, but anyone that involved (obsessed) needs to step back and take a breath.

    Good idea if you're Ann Coulter or Chris Matthews or Glenn Beck. Average Joe - awful idea.

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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Not only should they have the ability to be disabled, anyone who actively follows that should wear a permanent "kick me, I'm an idiot" sign on his or her back that will never come off.

    I know that some people think the POTUS symbol is the closest thing to porn, but anyone that involved (obsessed) needs to step back and take a breath.

    Good idea if you're Ann Coulter or Chris Matthews or Glenn Beck. Average Joe - awful idea.
    Supposedly it would only be used for emergencies, y'know, like a terrorist attack or a really warm/cool/mild day attributable to global warming.

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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    No, I don't think it should be required, but the article seems to be assigning blame to the wrong entity.

    The end of the article asks: Do you think AT&T Wireless and the US Government is overstepping its bounds by making it impossible to turn off Presidential alerts on your iOS 6.1 and higher devices?

    Unless I'm missing something, it looks like the decision to make the alerts mandatory was solely AT&T's not the government's as no other service appears to have done that. Therefore, asking if the gov. overstepped its bounds in this case is nonsensical.

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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    What the hell is a "Presidential Alert"?

    We will be receiving txt requests from Obama to donate $5 to the DNC?

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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Supposedly it would only be used for emergencies, y'know, like a terrorist attack or a really warm/cool/mild day attributable to global warming.
    Helmet alerts.


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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    Presidential SMS Alert #1

    "Trayvon Martin could have been your son."

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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanstantine View Post
    What the hell is a "Presidential Alert"?

    We will be receiving txt requests from Obama to donate $5 to the DNC?
    Well if running low on campaign funds isn't a national emergency, I don't know what is.

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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    AT&T Wireless Rolling Out Forced President Obama Alerts For iPhone Users

    I've got an iPhone and I looked at my settings and sure enough, Amber and Emergency alerts are enabled. I could turn them off (I haven't) but my understanding is the presidential alerts cannot be disabled. I'm not sure how I feel about this. Seems I should have the option to disable any notification I want.

    What do you think. Should you be required to receive presidential alerts on your phone whether you want to or not? Options will be yes, no, and I don't know/maybe.

    Working on poll right now.
    I appreciate the point you're making and agree with it, however, if you can't disable telemarketers from finding a way to contact you what hope is there that the President of the United States can be stopped?
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    Re: Presidential Alerts on Your Cell Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    AT&T Wireless Rolling Out Forced President Obama Alerts For iPhone Users

    I've got an iPhone and I looked at my settings and sure enough, Amber and Emergency alerts are enabled. I could turn them off (I haven't) but my understanding is the presidential alerts cannot be disabled. I'm not sure how I feel about this. Seems I should have the option to disable any notification I want.

    What do you think. Should you be required to receive presidential alerts on your phone whether you want to or not? Options will be yes, no, and I don't know/maybe.

    Working on poll right now.
    Yes, I think it's fine that one is required to receive these presidential alerts. If you subscribe to cable or watch broadcast television, you get them and can't opt out. What's the difference?
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