By August 26, 2011

UPDATED: How to Set Up Free AMBER Alert Text Messages on Your Verizon Wireless Phone

This is a revised how-to from my original article from May 2010. Since the description about AMBER alerts and my opinion haven’t changed, I’ve copied and pasted some of the original content below.

If you want to see me fly way off the handle, harm a child. The AMBER Alert is a system used to notify the citizenry in the case of a child abduction. Typical information includes the child’s name, physical description, and supporting information (if available) such as a description of the abductor(s), any vehicle used in the abduction, etc.

In the United States, AMBER Alerts can be sent to your mobile phone in the form of a text message free of charge. I am a Verizon Wireless customer, and I stumbled upon this functionality due to curiosity. It’s free and easy to do. Here’s how.

Note: your mobile carrier will have a different way to sign up, but it’s still FREE. Please sign up for AMBER Alert text messages on your mobile phone!

These instructions are current as of August 26, 2011. They may change without notice.

  1. Log into your account on
  2. There may be an advertisement if you haven’t visited in a while. Close this ad.
  3. Click the blue “MORE ACTIONS” link underneath the buttons:

  4. A popup window will appear in the upper left hand corner of your screen (I use Chrome, it may change position if you use another Web browser). Look in the third column of the second row under Messaging and click “Add an Alert”:

  5. Scroll / look down until you see “Popular Alerts”. As of today, the AMBER alert text is one of the most popular alerts. You can click the “Free AMBER Alerts” link or the icon for AMBER alerts:

  6. Enter your zip code:

  7. Optional: you can enter times of the day where you will not receive alerts. I’m home between 10PM and 7AM, so the chance of me responding to an AMBER alert is very very low. If you leave these fields blank, you will receive text messages twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week:

  8. Click the Subscribe button. You’re done!

Please take a few moments to set up AMBER alerts on your Verizon Wireless mobile device. If you have service with another carrier they will offer a similar program.

If something happened to your kid, wouldn’t you want every phone in the state blowing up so people could keep an eye out?

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