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AT&T iPhone Users Forced to Receive Obama Alerts Which Can't Be Turned Off

By Joe Schoffstall | June 17, 2013 | 3:07pm EDT

Are you a customer of AT&T who owns an iPhone 4S or 5 using iOS 6.1 or higher? Well, the company began rolling out a software update that includes "Wireless Emergency Alerts" - one even dealing with President Obama known as "Presidential alerts." But there's a catch....

On June 14, the AT&T Consumer Blog announced the following:

"These are government-issued safety messages that include AMBER Alerts, emergency alerts - such as man-made or natural disasters, and Presidential alerts.

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."

Yes, you read that correctly. Every alert that's a part of the "Wireless Emergency" package can be shut off except for messages from President Obama.

The good news is you won't be charged for the alerts. The bad news is you're stuck with messages dealing with the president even if you don't want to receive them.

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