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Activating your mobile phone’s emergency alerts feature

Now you can get free emergency alerts on your mobile phone when you’re within a disaster or emergency zone. Here’s how to enable this feature:

A. To activate for Android phones

  1. Open your Messages app, tap Settings.
  2. Look for Emergency AlertsCell Broadcast or Wireless Alerts options. Tap or slide the switch to turn it on.

Note: For some versions, you may go to SettingsMore, then Emergency Broadcasts. If you are asked to add specific ID, define or input Channel 728.

B. To activate for iOS

  1. Go to Settings, then Notifications.
  2. Scroll down to find AMBER Alerts, Emergency Alerts, and Test Message. Tap or slide to activate.

Note: For iOS, you would need to update to its latest version (iOS 10.2 and up, carrier version SMART 27.1).

How is this all possible?

Smart Communications has invested in cell broadcast technology which allows Smart’s users within a specified location to receive timely and accurate warnings from authorized government sources in times of calamities or threats. During emergencies or calamities, mobile users should receive an emergency alert – a very loud siren-like sound will go off with a corresponding message about the emergency flashed onscreen.

Smart Communications has made it possible for agencies like Philippine Institute of Volcanic and Seismology (PHILVOLCS), the Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as well as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to send free warning alerts straight to Smart users’ mobile phones in accordance to RA No 10649 of 2014 aka the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act.

Watch this video to learn more:

Emergency Cell Broadcast Activation Instructions for Specific Devices:

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime
1. Go to Messages
2. Select More
3. Select Settings
4. Select More settings
5. Select Cell broadcast
6. Click On to activate

MyPhone My21
1. Go to Messages
2. Click Options
3. Select Cell Broadcasts
4. Click on Options
5. Select Settings
6. Select SIM 1
7. Check the Cell Broadcast SMS enabled

Alcatel OT 4032-E Pop C2
1. Go to Messages
2. Click on Options
3. Select Settings
4. Select General
5.Click on Cell Broadcast
6. Select Cell Broadcast (Enable cell broadcast)

O+ 360 Alpha
1. Click on Messages
2. Press on Options
3. Select Settings
4. Select General
5. Click on Cell broadcast
6. Select on cell broadcast (Enable cell broadcast)

Samsung GT-S3850
1. Select Messages
2. Press on Options
3. Select Settings
4. Click Broadcast messages
5. Press Activation

1. Click on Menu
2. Select Messages
3. Press Broadcast Messages
4. Select Settings
5. Press On in Activation

Moto G4 Plus
1. Go to Settings, then under Wireless and Networks, tap on More
2. Go to Emergency Broadcasts
3. Make sure the following items are ticked on the settings. Also, you may configure the notification settings
when you receive a cell broadcast.

Oppo F3
1. Go to Settings
2. Select Messages
3. Click Advanced
4. Go to Cell Broadcast
5. Disclaimer appears. Click on “Agree”
6. Press Settings
7. Click on Cell Information Activation

Huawei Mate 8
1. Select Messages
2. Press More
3. Select Cell Broadcasts
4. Click Menu
5. Go to Settings

1. Select Services
2. Click Cell Broadcast
3. Click on Options
4. Press Settings
5. Click Cell Broadcast service to enable

Acer Z530
1. Select Messages
2. Click on Options
3. Select Settings
4. Click on General
5. Select Cell broadcast
6. Check Enable cell broadcast

Samsung J3 2016
1. Select Messages
2. Click More
3. Select Settings
4. Select More Settings
5. Click Cell broadcast
6. Click On

Samsung Galaxy S8
1. Go to Messages.
2. Tap the 3 dots on the rightmost part
of the Search bar.
3. Tap Settings > More settings > Broadcast channels.
4. Enable or switch On Cell Broadcast.
5. Tap “Select channels” then select “All channels”

Samsung Galaxy S7
1. Go to Messages.
2. Tap the 3 dots on the rightmost part
of the Search bar.
3. Tap Settings > More settings > Cell broadcast
4. Enable or switch On Cell Broadcast.
5. Tap “Select channels” then select “All channels”

Starmobile PLAY Click
1. Go to Messages.
2. Tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
3. Tap Cell broadcasts then tap the 3 dots on the upper right.
4. Tap Settings then tap CARD1.
5. Tick “Enable Cell Broadcast SMS”

Starmobile Diamond X1
1. Go to Messaging.
2. Tap Options > Settings > Cell broadcast
3. Tick “Cell broadcast” to enable cell broadcast

1. Go to Messaging > Cell broadcasts
2. Tap More button (3 dots on the upper right then tap Settings).

O+ Crunch
1. Go to Messaging.
2. Tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
3. Tap Cell broadcasts then tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
4. Tap Settings then tap the SIM Card inserted.
5. Tick “Enable Cell Broadcast SMS”

1. Go to Message.
2. Tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
3. Tap Cell broadcasts then tap More button (3 dots on the upper right).
4. Tap Settings then tap the SIM Card inserted.
5. Tick “Enable Cell Broadcast SMS”


Fonte: https://help.smart.com.ph/article/activating-your-mobile-phone-s-emergency-alerts-feature

Fonte: https://twitter.com/kennetuv/status/882865209785724928


Smart Communications test out its Cell Broadcast technology

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Fonte: https://pinoyscreencast.net/telecom/smart-communications-test-cell-broadcast-technology/

Sharpen the line of client communication

There really aren’t any limits to what mobile development can do for your business; this month Digitata’s Cell Broadcast Display application went live – a widget that would improve their communications to their customers.

Digitata found that certain Android operating systems behaved differently when receiving Cell Broadcast messages, for example Cell Broadcasts were being received as SMSs leading to fuller inboxes, the devices would beep every time one is received, the message would be displayed as a dialogue box that would need to be manually dismissed, and it would sometimes be too small or overwritten by the screen’s wallpaper making it hard to see.

Digitata needed a way to make these broadcasts consistent and solve these problems, so that their subscribers could continue receiving broadcasts in a more convenient way.

So they teamed up with Realmdigital to build a Cell Broadcast Display app for Android that displays the latest cell broadcast message in an easily read widget without sounding a notification. Their users have welcomed the app; ensuring that their subscribers won’t be disabling Cell Broadcasting messages any time soon!

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Fonte: http://www.realmdigital.co.za/news/sharpen-the-line-of-client-communication-with-mobile-development/

Cell Area Broadcast Info Android


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The app displays the cell broadcast message (if any)sent by the mobile operator on channel 50. It works in totally offline mode, doesn’t require internet to update the cell broadcast. Sometimes operators use these to advertise their products as well.
If your country has different CB broadcast channel for area, I will obliged if you inform me.
Currently this App works as below:
1. The main screen updates the as soon as the CB broadcast is received(or in next 2 seconds).
2. Widget: To save power the widget is refreshed after 30 minutes automatically. But any way the refresh can be done using the refresh button.
As you know these cell broadcasts totally depends on the network/mobile provider. So the frequency of update/ or even receiving the message is unpredictable.
Note: Working fine on Nexus 4 (4.4.2). As I don’t have other devices, this doesn’t guarantee to work specially below 4.0(ICS version).
Requesting not to rate negative if message not received because it may be the case the network operator doesn’t support CB broadcast message.


Android 4.2: Alertas de emergencia (Cell broadcast). Ejemplo real de qué son y cómo funcionan


Muchos de los que habéis tenido la suerte de conseguir algún Nexus 4 con el nuevo Android 4.2 (faltaria confirmar los Nexus 7 con 3G) habréis encontrado una opción del menú llamada Difusiones móviles, que se encuentra en Ajustes -> Conexiones Inalámbricas y redes -> Más, junto a Redes móviles y os estaréis preguntando para que sirven o qué demonios hacen. Hoy os traemos una breve explicación de cómo funcionan y sobre todo y más importante, un ejemplo gráfico como veis en la imagén superior que es una alerta real.

Dentro de este menú con el titulo de Ajustes de alertas de emergencias vemos una serie de checklist  con nombres como Mostrar amenazas extremas, Mostrar amenazas graves, Mostrar alertas AMBER o vibrar.  La última es la más obvia de todas pero el resto se escapan algo más. Estas Cell Broadcast se basan en la posibilidad de que los operadores emitan una serie de mensajes de alerta en función de la localización geográfica de las antenas. De esta manera son capaces de enviar a los terminales que lo soporten y obviamente lo tengan operativo un mensaje de emergencia para avisar de catástrofes en la zona, peligro inminente de algún tipo o incluso alertas de raptos de menores estando dentro del área de influencia de la alerta.



Este tipo de mensajes si lo pensáis, son verdaderamente útiles. Imaginad en nuestro país cuando hay alertas de temporales, olas de calor o incendios. De esta manera si os acercáis a una de esas zonas, cuando las autoridades declaran dicha emergencia os llega un mensaje automáticamente al móvil al alcanzar esa zona geográfica. Por desgracia, en nuestro país este tipo de alertas aun no están activas (o eso creemos, si es así corregidnos) pero en otros países como EE.UU sí. Prueba de ello es el mensaje de la imagen de portada y que subieron ayer los chicos de DroidLife.com

En la alerta se puede leer:

Emergency alert: Extreme

Blizzard Warning this area  til 6:00 PM PST Mon. Prepare. Avoid Travel. Check media. -NWS

Como veis, esta alerta viene a decir traducida que en la zona de cobertura donde está ese móvil en esos momentos, hay un aviso de ventisca hasta las 06:00 PM PST del lunes. Avisa de que estén preparados, que eviten viajes, se informen con los medios de comunicación y sobre todo con el NWS (National Weather Service)

Viendo un ejemplo como esto ilustra perfectamente la utilidad de este tipo de mensajes en nuestra geografía ya que pueden extrapolarse a alertas climáticas, catástrofes ambientales, cataclismos e incluso rescate de personas. Ojala nuestras operadoras lo habiliten pronto en colaboración con las fuerzas de seguridad del estado o competentes en este asunto.

Fonte: http://androtalk.es/2012/12/android-4-2-alertas-de-emergencia-cell-broadcast-ejemplo-real-de-que-son-y-como-funcionan/

Cell Broadcast Settings Menu Came With Jelly Bean for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus


After digging into settings menus in the Jelly Bean update that was released this week for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, a handful of readers noticed that a new “Cell Broadcast settings” area was now included. This new area appears to give you control over emergency alerts that could push through to your handset. For example, a child abduction notification could appear on your phone should one happen near you. I’m assuming that a notification of some sort would also pop up if say a hurricane were blowing through, if an earthquake just went down, or if some sort of terrorist activity that threaten lives was happening. You can even set your phone up to speak them out loud as they appear on your device.


We hadn’t noticed these on any other phone before, even a GSM Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean, and wanted to share. We aren’t sure if this is something that is only showing because this is a test build or if this is indeed going to be a new standard in Android going forward. Pretty neat, though, right?


To access the menu, head into Settings>Wireless & networks>Cell broadcasts.


Cheers Steven and 4n1m4l!


Fonte: http://www.droid-life.com/2012/08/30/cell-broadcast-settings-menu-came-with-jelly-bean-for-verizons-galaxy-nexus/

Cell Broadcast on Android

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