The Feds have already agreed to the bogus arguments by the winner of the bid to implement Alerts in Canada not to include regular SMS as a notification option. Alerts are received (sometimes) as long as you have data enabled on your device.Quickly thinking on the subject, I can see two ways to disseminate the notification over SMS (or MMS).
- Similar to the way carriers notify you over SMS when you return to your home network when you’ve been travelling abroad, they could send an SMS message when you’re “roaming” in the affected area.
The network already knows in which location you’re in, and gets updated when you’re moving between cell sites. This would just replace the WPA broadcast by an SMS message.
This might be probably too costly for a limited use, although I could see this used for AMBER alerts.
- Send an SMS message to all mobile phone numbers in the affected area codes. Our area codes mostly don’t cross provincial boundaries.
Since interregional or interprovincial travel is highly discouraged, it should be unlikely that a traveller would be present in an affected area.
That's how it works in other countries — via SMS (no cellular data required)How would they reach everyone with SMS or MMS? The alert system is the only thing that is (almost) universal. It would be nice if they gave us the option of turning down the volume though.
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