I just checked the link, wondering if my PayGo phone will be getting these alerts and whether I'll be paying for them. It doesn't look like it. Here is the list.
Current compatible devices (if they are purchased from Rogers and the device software is kept up to date):
Additional devices that will be compatible when Alert Ready is launched:
To check that your device is compatible, please contact your device manufacturer.
An excellent reason to dump a subscription phone. What would be pretty useful is a list of phones/services that WILL NOT get these annoying alerts.
I am fed up with an incompetent government intruding on every aspect of my life to provide unwanted "nanny" services.
I wouldn't count on it. If experience is any teacher, this government won't trust you to remember the message for three minutes.
I think the Alert Ready for Wireless carriers is a GREAT THING. I am going to sit back and wait for the haters to post how the emergency alert on their cell phone Has INCONVENIENCED THEM, just like the same people who say the "Amber Alert" on the TV about an abducted boy or girl HAS SERIOUSLY INCONVENIENCED THEM, where they put their needs first before the needs of the public and safety of children.
Let's bring it on,
I'm sure there will be screw-ups on startup, just like there were with the Amber Alerts when they started, but that's all fixed now. I only turn on my PayGo phone a few times a week when I leave the house so I hope I won't get deluged with accumulated warnings when I do and that they won't cost me.
you guys are forgetting something. "A warning every three minutes about extreme weather 500+ Km away is not helpful" yeah it may be annoying, but guess what? it was also NEWLY LAUNCHED IN CANADA, And did not exist before, and the United States had one for decades and had time to properly tweak it. Also guess what? Mistakes eventually GET FIXED, incase you seem to forget that, and there have been pleanty of announcements on the news that the Alert Ready system has been tweaked. Give them some slack, instead of complaining, try to appreciate something which could save your life. I am certain the system has been tweakd and the mobile version works on cellular geography so im sure it is better tweaked to serve the community better.
As always I expected some people to bash the system who are uneducated on how it works, how its being fixed and how it is designed. but thats their problem not mine