AMBER Alerts now available via SMS

May 17 2005 - 12:05 AM ET | SMS
AMBER Alert, the nationwide notification service for missing children, has announced a new SMS feature that allows users to keep abreast of alerts in their home area. To sign up for the free service (only carrier imposed SMS fees apply), go to After submitting a wireless number, the website will ask you for all areas that alerts should be sent for. About 90% of the nation's mobile subscribers are covered in the new service. The system should cover most smaller carriers in about two months. Update: Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, Sprint, PCS, Nextel and T-Mobile USA all announced that text messaging fees will be waived for AMBER alert messages.