Hello. I am trying to find an OS where I will never get a government emergency alert and never see one under any circumstances !!! I don’t want the Government to be able to change my phone or control it.
welcome here in /e/OS world!
Which country are you talking about?
Indeed depending the country, different technologies are used: Cell Broadcast or Geolocated text message and perhaps some others.
It’s clear that for the second one, if your mobile is turned on with a valid phone number (whatever the OS of your phone: an /e/OS, an Android stock rom or even iOS), whatever you do, won’t block this alert (except if you block the number sending the message in your message app like in any mobile OS). Here, it’s not the government who send the message but the carrier. The government can’t control your phone (except if you are spied & your phone corrupted by a malware like the ones developed by Pegasus).
For Cell Broadcast (using 4G & 5G), I don’t know how that works so I can’t say.
Do you plan to receive so much alert? In addition, in general, we want to prefer to keep this kind of alert system on.
So keep calm, if you pay attention to the update of your OS with the last security patches and don’t install suspect apps, you might be calm
So perhaps I’m wrong but for text message, you can do nothing if you don’t know the phone number used to send you the text message
About Cell Broadcast, there are the service (support for receiving the alert message) and the app.
And apologize I saw it after my answer, you can go in Cell Broadcast App and in its settings, you ca disable the alerts if you want
you can easily opt-in/opt-out!
So /e/OS would answer to your need!
Sorry @fourthway for my first wrong answer I fix now…
me, what I understand it’s that these devices are compatible and so support such alert if everything is implemented.
But that doesn’t mean it’s installed and turn on and that you don’t have the choice to opt-out the option.
It’s something at the hardware level (to be able to receive the signal) and also at the software level (to display the alert). If you disable alert at software level, you won’t see it.
Would you please be more specific and tell us what technology exactly you are referring to?
Emergency alerts come with e.g. cell broadcast or location based SMS and neither one can “override the OS” or “control the phone”
please do some proper research, you may start here:
You may not like these alerts, that´s totally fine and You are free to opt-out wherever you can. But emergency alerts actually may save lifes AND calling this technology “control” or “override OS” is a very odd definition of these terms and it trivializes what governments do when they really “control”.
If you look on the Verizon link above, many manufacturers have changed their products so they are compatible with the global emergency texts.
I assume this is not in the OS, but beneath it in the handset itself.
If these functions were in the OS then why would the handset need to be marked as being compatible or not ?
Some Governments US/UK for instance have made it legally enforceable and so it is not longer optional.
That’s how it seems to me, but I cannot be sure.
Yes, as the technology is defined in the mobile telecommunications standards it is implemented on a hardware level to some extend in the first place - so that an OS can make use of it. (see this article with these standards mentioned: Cell Broadcast - Wikipedia)
If simple opt-out on a GUI-level is not for you and you want a phone that is sort of technically not able to receive these alerts instead - I assume you need to find a solution for yourself that does not at all use mobile network for “common” mobile telecommunication via gsm etc. … maybe that´s possible with a sim that has only a data plan and no mobile number together with some VOIP-solution instead… (I am speculating, I have no specific setup/app/carrier/etc. in mind nor do I know if that´d really work as intended)
I agree with @obacht and it’s similar to what I told you before.
Based on the standards of Cell broadcast, I think it’s not possible to hack your phone… It’s only very short message send using a specific frequency whatever the technology you use (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, …).
So just take any kind of phone supported by /e/, go in settings and disable the option.
Or use a very old phone which doesn’t support the technology… But I think you will have a phone, not a smartphone
Stop to panic