AT&T “upgraded” my iPhone just now

ATT, Carrier Settings Update: new settings required for your device have been installedToday I received an automatic update from AT&T on my iPhone. “Carrier Settings Update: new settings required for your device have been installed.

I wasn’t aware of what it was all about, but after a bit of searching I found a link on an AT&T blog.

Starting today, customers using iPhone 5 and 4S will begin receiving a software update that includes Wireless Emergency Alerts.

These are government-issued safety messages that include AMBER Alerts, emergency alerts – such as man-made or natural disasters, and Presidential alerts. – See more at: http://blogs.att.net/consumerblog/story/a7790136#sthash.SaAzBxJ0.dpuf

Wireless Emergency Alerts are part of the FCC’s CMAS program and are mandated by law. You may turn off alerts (except for Presidential alerts) if you choose. Go to Settings >Notifications>Turn On/Off.

It will allow for the President (POTUS) to send me messages. Thank you Mr. President! Apparently, I will also get reports of imminent danger and Amber alerts too.

This was friendly. Our government providing us, it’s constituents, with some potentially helpful information. It was also another reminder that through our carriers; ATT, Verizon, Sprint, etc., the government can do just about anything they want with our communication devices.