Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Verizon Wireless To Provide Free AMBER Alerts

CAEPV Member Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it will provide free Wireless AMBER Alerts - or short TXT messages with information about abducted children - to its customers who opt in. Wireless AMBER Alerts will be distributed in cooperation with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and local law enforcement agencies. The alerts will appear as TXT messages on a customer's wireless handset and will include information about the abducted child and a telephone number to call to report any information on that child. "Mobile service plays such a constant role in people's lives, and Wireless AMBER Alerts is another example of how critical information can reach you on your wireless phone," said Denny Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless customers with handsets capable of receiving TXT messages must choose to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts on those handsets. They can opt in by going to www.verizonwireless.com.

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