Canadian cell phone users can now sign up for Amber alerts.

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As a community service we felt it was important to raise awareness of
Amber Alerts and the ability to receive them on your cellular devices.



Facebook is also taking action - soon Facebook users in Canada will
receive Amber Alerts to their timelines in an effort to locate missing
children in their area.
Read more about that initiative here.

As an alternative to visiting WirelessAmber.ca Canadian
cellphone users can sign up by texting the name AMBER to short code 26237.
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Justin

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This is cool!  Is it only valid as text messages?
When I go to the States (run a Z10 on a Roam Mobility sim card (which in end runs off T-Mobile)) the Service Alerts/weather alerts pop up as an icon in my BB Hub.  Is there any way ever of this happening in Canada, where stuff like this is integrated right into the phone for notifications?
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I believe the Canadian cellular amber alert system is run by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. 

If any changes are coming it would have to come through them it would probably impact all the major cell providers in Canada.
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Clifford is correct in his comments, thanks Clifford!
Justin, It would be the provider running the alert system that would facilitate it showing up in your BlackBerry Hub. :)
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I actually would not be surprised to see amber alert apps eventually go away and be replaced by Twitter or other social media broadcasts.
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Twitter broadcasts would not be a good avenue for these types of alerts since if you don't follow the person tweeting the message you'll never seen it when it sends out alerts.  Forced alerts through the emergency broadcast system would be the best way to go to ensure everyone in the targeted area would get the alert.
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the thoughts some PD's have is they are followed on Twitter by the media who besides broadcast or put it on their webpage will retweet it to all of their followers.