Cell phones will make noise due to public alert test tomorrow

Prepare to hear some noise from your cell phone.

On Nov. 25 at 1:55 p.m. in Saskatchewan, a public alerting test will be conducted.

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The tests are being done all across the country except for Nunavut.

“Ongoing testing of the National Public Alerting System provides an opportunity for stakeholders to validate and improve the system’s performance and reliability to ensure it operates as intended in the event of a life-threatening situation,” said a release from the federal government.

For a wireless device to receive a test alert, it must be:

  • Connected to an LTE wireless or a newer wireless network (5G) at the time the test alert is issued;
  • Wireless public alerting (WPA) compatible; and
  • Equipped with a recent Canadian version of its operating software.

The messages will be identified as test alerts and will not require any action.


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