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    Default So my phone scares the bejesus out of me...

    I'm chilling on my bed reading on my tablet when my phone goes off. I hear some sort of loud alarm sound and my screen comes on. I freak out and grab my phone to see this?



    Anybody seen this? It scared me but that's cool.
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    Yeah I got that message a few days ago Columbia South Carolina

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    Open the Messages app, press menu, go to Settings, and tap on Emergency Alerts. You can opt in or out of most of these (except presidential ones).
    Having said that, I've never received one before so it's kind of interesting to see it in a picture.
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    Yep, I got a tornado warning weeks ago and it scared the crap out of me. I had no idea the phone could do that and the tone sounded exactly like an emergency radio signal. At first, I didn't even realize it was coming from the phone.

    And although this seems like a cool and great idea, it turns out the alert was for an area almost 30 miles away. So it wasn't that accurate.
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    I have never seen that and most likely won't seeing as though I have stock app notifications off. I use handcent for messages. That's pretty cool I must say. I get them type of alerts from my weather bug elite app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zmann View Post
    I have never seen that and most likely won't seeing as though I have stock app notifications off. I use handcent for messages. That's pretty cool I must say. I get them type of alerts from my weather bug elite app.
    Just speculation, but I think this cannot be turned off and is something "hard coded on" for new phones. It was not an app notification. It had a completely different sound and took over the screen.
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    I don't know about everyone else but I'm happy this phone has this.

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    I got that a couple of weeks ago and it scared the crap out of me too. And it happened right after I had booted into a new ROM I had flashed, so I thought something was really screwed up
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    This happened during a flash flood warning in WI a month ago.

    It makes the same noise that the emergency broadcast system uses on TV.

    I jumped the first time I heard it.

    15 minutes later, my boyfriend's HTC EVO 3D did the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crxssi View Post
    Just speculation, but I think this cannot be turned off and is something "hard coded on" for new phones. It was not an app notification. It had a completely different sound and took over the screen.
    Well I went into the stock message app and guess what, in settings there are settings for the emergency alerts so it is true, if you shut off the notifications you do not get emergency alerts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zmann View Post
    Well I went into the stock message app and guess what, in settings there are settings for the emergency alerts so it is true, if you shut off the notifications you do not get emergency alerts.
    Great find! I had no idea it was there in messaging settings! Thanks. I do plan to keep the defaults, except I turned of "Amber alerts".

    At least what I remember was slightly correct- you can't turn off some alerts- specifically what they are calling "Presidential" alerts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crxssi View Post
    Great find! I had no idea it was there in messaging settings! Thanks. I do plan to keep the defaults, except I turned of "Amber alerts".

    At least what I remember was slightly correct- you can't turn off some alerts- specifically what they are calling "Presidential" alerts.
    If you turn the apps notification off then yes,, even presidential go off,, all goes off. I don't use this message app so it's all shut down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zmann View Post
    If you turn the apps notification off then yes,, even presidential go off,, all goes off. I don't use this message app so it's all shut down.

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    I have the stock messaging notifications turned off, but I still received alerts (weather) until I went into settings and manually turned them off.

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    We may be saying the same thing here somehow. That's what I have been saying,, going into settings and turning notification off stops even the emergency alerts. I use handcent messages app and I don't get any emergency alerts. The whole point I was trying to make is they can be shut down, all of them.

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    When I shut notification off in the settings in the stock app this is what happens,, all these boxes go Grey,, even the presidential one,, that indicates they are off. When I turn notification on, yes the presidential box stays checked and I can't uncheck it which would mean if you use the stock app then yes, you can't shut down the presidential alerts,, but if you do not use the app, and have notifications completely off,, then even that alert gets turned off.

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    Hah! Presidential alerts. Maybe I will get one that scares the crap out of me by showing my tax increase coming next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zmann View Post
    When I shut notification off in the settings in the stock app this is what happens,, all these boxes go Grey,, even the presidential one,, that indicates they are off. When I turn notification on, yes the presidential box stays checked and I can't uncheck it which would mean if you use the stock app then yes, you can't shut down the presidential alerts,, but if you do not use the app, and have notifications completely off,, then even that alert gets turned off.

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    I'm pretty sure that the presidential one is greyed out with a check mark. Meaning, you can't toggle that setting. The others, yes. Presidential, no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quorra View Post
    I'm pretty sure that the presidential one is greyed out with a check mark. Meaning, you can't toggle that setting. The others, yes. Presidential, no.
    So ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Stein View Post
    So ridiculous.

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    You are correct. I didin't fully read the post that I was responding too. My apologies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quorra View Post
    You are correct. I didin't fully read the post that I was responding too. My apologies.
    Sorry, I meant ridiculous in the sense that we actually have a "presidential alert" on our phones.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Stein View Post
    Sorry, I meant ridiculous in the sense that we actually have a "presidential alert" on our phones.
    It does seem a bit extreme. The concept is sound, but I think what it is named could be better- perhaps "National Emergency Alert" or something. Still, I find it irritating that someone decided that I am not allowed to control my own device. I would leave the alert on anyway, but not giving me a choice is something that is (to me, anyway) borderline unacceptable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Stein View Post
    Sorry, I meant ridiculous in the sense that we actually have a "presidential alert" on our phones.


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    Quote Originally Posted by crxssi View Post
    It does seem a bit extreme. The concept is sound, but I think what it is named could be better- perhaps "National Emergency Alert" or something. Still, I find it irritating that someone decided that I am not allowed to control my own device. I would leave the alert on anyway, but not giving me a choice is something that is (to me, anyway) borderline unacceptable.
    You do have a choice,, don't use the stock message app. Round and round we go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Stein View Post
    Sorry, I meant ridiculous in the sense that we actually have a "presidential alert" on our phones.


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    All my alerts are turned off. However, even though presidential is grayed out, the check remains green while the other checks are gray. This means the presidential alert cannot be turned off no matter what.

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    I like how it took everyone until halfway through the thread to figure out where those settings were when I posted them in the 3rd post...did nobody read?
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