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    There are also apps to alert you to these kinds of events. I am on a Verizon MVNO (not Xfinity) and found the WEA messages did not work either. So some searching around and found Severe Weather! https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...15662029086771 . 'The data is collected from governmental weather services.... Warning types per country. USA: Fire, Geological, Heat, Freeze, Freezing rain, Freezing fog, Snow, Blowing snow, Winter weather, Sleet, Avalanche, Thunderstorm, Cyclone, Wind, Tornado, Visibility, Air stagnation, Waves, Tsunami, Beach, Flood, Low water, Ice accretion, Marine, Special weather, Civil, Law, Health, Infrastructure.' Free, there is a paid version without ads.

    I have had this app for a few months and it works well, at least so far for summer thunderstorm and heat warnings in my area as other types of events have not yet occurred locally since having the app. Whenever an alert comes through, a fog horn sounds on your phone (which can be disabled with option of vibration). I experimented with a few apps before settling on this one, but there may be others too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dust N Bones View Post
    Actually it's the other way around. The carriers like Verizon, AT&T etc don't allow the MVNO's to publicly state what network they are using. Basically they can't use the actually carrier name but it's common see designations such as GSM-A or CDMA-V or something similar. Some also use a map color to designate each network.
    If you cannot figure out from the coverage map which network the MVNO is on, check out the list of phones it offers for sale on its website and compare that to the database on phones at phonescoop.com.

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    When I had xfinity mobile (iphone X), I got emergency and amber alerts.

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    Virtual network

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hagar View Post
    THEIR Network? Xfinity doesn't have a network so that CS rep is a moron.
    I'm used to 'virtual networks' from years of using the likes of Sprint. At times much of Sprint's geographic coverage nationally was achieved by roaming-- and at times, all included. i.e. the old free and clear america plans and the like. Folks with some experience would instantly recognize portions of coverage. i.e. Ah, they use Verizon for these counties, or US Cellular or whatever. So yes, the virtual operators do describe things as their network even though they only re-sell airtime/data on someone else's.

    Interesting to note in this specific case, Xfinity network (which by all rights is just Verizon network), lacks a feature (WEA gov't alerts) that Verizon's own customers do receive.
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    I’m on ATT and I’ve never received any alert, not even severe weather alerts. Pretty crappy. No clue why I never have.


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    Not intended behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by tekjunkie28 View Post
    I’m on ATT and I’ve never received any alert, not even severe weather alerts. Pretty crappy. No clue why I never have.
    Agreed. I'm coming to the thought process from various posts that my experience is anomalous. For example, other xfinity mobile users in other parts of the US who do receive WEA alerts. So it's broken (in my and your case).

    I presume a top tier carrier like ATT or Verizon would take up the issue (or one hopes they would). Calling xfinity is like trying to call google for general tech support. Good luck with that.

    Anyway, it's pleasing to me to know that at least the WEA alerts are 'expected' to work.

    -Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekjunkie28 View Post
    I’m on ATT and I’ve never received any alert, not even severe weather alerts. Pretty crappy. No clue why I never have.
    That's odd because I was on AT&T prepaid for about 2 years and I received them. I switched to Verizon prepaid 2 months ago and haven't received any yet but I don't if they aren't working or if there just haven't been any alerts in that time.

    Is there a setting on the Iphone where you have to turn the alerts on? On Android you can turn the alerts on or off I believe although I haven't looked for the setting in quite a while.

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    Root Metrics testing year after year proves that Verizon Wireless has the best overall nationwide coverage, although ATT and T-Mobile have caught-up in some markets.

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    I get Amber alerts just fine with TracFone-Verizon...
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    i had a friend that went to metro pcs and we went to malibu beach this last weekend. and guess what i had service and she didn't. thats why i stay with verizon it works everywhere. and there customer service is pretty awesome to!!! plus i like being able to bill items to my acct as well!!! i am with verizon post paid and i don't get no amber alerts or anything like that. my phone has enough alerts as it is i don't need anymore to drive me crazy. i left t mo because of crap coverage and inconsistent data speeds even with full bars of LTE. there over selling there network and it's to congested.. and verizon has came down on there plans wich is a good thing!!!

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