T-Mobile Jumps The Gun On Emergency System Test, Scares Some People

If you’re a T-Mobile customer and you received a very strange alert message this morning, you have nothing to worry about. Zombies are not attacking us…yet. Lance Ulanoff, Mashable Editor was one of the lucky T-Mobile customers who received the “weird siren-like sound” and displayed the mysterious notification you see in the above image.

Apparently, T-Mobile accidentally tested the Presidential Emergency Alert system a week early when a nationwide test is currently scheduled. The system itself is designed to give the government the ability to send emergency alerts without having the public rely solely on radio and TV broadcasts.

The actual test itself is scheduled for November 9, 2pm EST and fear not as not all phones will receive the message. Some iPhone and Windows Phone 7.5 devices are expected to be among those receiving the test text message. Other devices might require a software update first.

Good thing it wasn’t Zombie attacks as I haven’t seen enough episodes of The Walking Dead yet to know how to truly survive a Zombie covered world.


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  • Anonymous

    That’s hilarious. So it ‘pushed’ this ‘siren-like’ sound to people’s phones or did it just default to something more imminent like a typical low battery alert sound on the phone? Wonder if this would not work for custom ROMs…

  • Anonymous

    I guess the word “test” is too difficult for people to understand.

  • Jlad

    The walking dead is great!

  • Sherlock857

    walking dead day or Dec 21 2012 ??? That’s scary

  • Aosf X92

    I didn’t get the message……. wtf

  • i really don’t care what the president has to day especially on my phone. 

    • jarjon76

      You should care if there’s a legit Presidental Alert on your precious phone. Of course, the odds of getting one are very low, but your nose in the air attitude is sad.

      • Blackgurl21

        Same here i don’t care what happens to the president imho hilary shud of won obama hasn’t done shyyt.

        • ctwash

           I don’t think you all understand the importance of this system…. It’s to notify you of potential dangers, not to let you know about a new bill Obama is planning. Why wouldn’t you want to hear what the president has to say when it could be lifesaving?

        • Gregp74

          “Vote Quimby”

        • aaron cooper

          He has done more than Bush did. This aint the forum for democrats or repubs, we are talking about phones here !

  • Did not get this on my Android..

  • Jeff

    I could see how this would be useful; for example, Japan’s early earthquake/tsunami warning system, which pushes a notification to all supported cellphones, probably saved quite a few lives. 

  • Can’t wait until the 9th during school when every kid my class phone’s with start beeping at going crazy. 

  • brent

    this is interesting… from the FCC’s website…

    Will the test involve mobile communications devices?

    No. The test will involve only those communications service providers
    – broadcast radio and television, cable television, satellite radio and
    television and wireline video services – that participate in the EAS.

  • Wtfdude956

    the test is in regards to the comet yu55 thats is going to come between earth and the moon and will be in our gravitational pull… well of coarse its just a guess and everyone is entitled to their opinion but not only the us will be running a test on this date..