Oct. 3, 2018 EAS Presidential Alert test

Did anyone on AT&T or an iPhone receive the test today? I believe it was supposed to happen at 2:18 EDT, followed by one on broadcast radio at 2:20 EDT.

I’m in CDT, so 1:18 and 1:20 p.m. CDT.

Message was heard on my desk radio at 1:21:35 p.m. CDT but as of the sending of this at 1:52 p.m. CDT, nothing on phones. I have an office full of AT&T iPhones and not a single one of them alerted.

FEMA says https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test

"Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once."

My wife, with a Sprint iPhone, received the test.

I received it. On AT&T, but not on AT&T Wifi Calling — I got it about :30 EDT, when I went outside within range of a 4G signal.

I got it on a Verizon Android.

We received it on T-Mobile and MetroPCS as well.

I did not receive on my iPhone or Apple Watch (LTE) either. Both are T-Mobile and I’m in Oakland, CA.

I have a Verizon iPhone 7 and did not receive the alert. I did get it on a T-Mobile Pixel 2 though.

Yes, I received an alert on AT&T, iPhone X.

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IPhone on vzw here. Received

I cannot speak for AT&T, but my T-Mobile iPhones did not receive them either. I was told by support that if you enabled WiFi-calling, you may not receive the alert. If this is true, it seems to be a safety issue as WiFi calling was enabled by default.

Here in Santa Fe on Android / TMO no message was received.

Confirmed Verizon - Android - Los Angeles.

Hi, Andy.

I don’t have a helpful answer for you, because I’m at the NANOG meeting in Canada right now and as far as I could tell none of the attendees’ phones alerted. But I am curious if perhaps your office has a micro-cell for AT&T, or something like that, which might have caused different behavior versus the public tower?


Asked co-workers that are on att and about half say they didn’t get it.

my entire bus in san francisco got it. the expressions were priceless.

t-mobile sent it earlier than other carriers -- i got it at x:18

We received it using the following platforms in Louisiana (Baton Rouge / New Orleans areas):

AT&T (including Cricket) and Sprint
iPhone and Android devices

~1:18 PM CDT

I got 1:19 and 1:21 (att then siruis)

Google Pixel2XL on VZW. Didn’t receive anything


VZW iPhone - received around 2.20pm EST.

ATT Android worked in Texas.

VZW and Fi phones both had positive activation. Local small town Radio Station also had positive EAS activation in California. No Weather Radio Activation.