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SMS spot news pages
Christine Hochkeppel, Photographer
Providence | RI | United States | Posted: 2:42 PM on 11.03.07
->> At my previous place of employment, I was provided a Nextel with a subscription to a local SMS paging service that buzzed me whenever there was notable spot news in the area. Sometimes I found this be quite annoying since it alerted me to things that were often out of my coverage area, but in trade it also was a great help to me in getting quick information when I needed it. Now I work at a different company, I supply my own phone service and get a stipend. I just got an iphone (love it!) and I am trying to figure out how to subscribe to such a service but I'm not having any luck with my google searches. Can anyone give me some guidance on how to set this sort of service up?
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Jim Vavaroutsos, Photographer
West Hartford | CT | USA | Posted: 2:52 PM on 11.03.07
->> Try these guys: http://www.incidentpage.net/
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Armando Solares, Photographer
Englewood | FL | USA | Posted: 5:51 PM on 11.03.07
->> If I remember correctly in Sarasota County, FL - members of the media were provided media pagers. They would alert the media of breaking news, updates, emergencies and info. I don't remember if there was a charge for it or if it was paid by the county's emergency services and given to the media. You may want to check with your local agencies to see if they may have a similar program.
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David Manning, Photographer
Athens | GA | | Posted: 9:29 PM on 11.03.07
->> Does anyone have any experience, thought, recommendations or comments on the Incident Page guys?
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Christine Hochkeppel, Photographer
Providence | RI | United States | Posted: 9:36 PM on 11.03.07
->> So far, I'm not too impressed. I emailed the fellow at "corporate accounts" because the website instructs members of news media to do so. He tells me it will cost me $45.95/month to subscribe, even though on the site you can sign up as an "incident hobbyist" for $8.95/month. When I questioned this, he responded with a snippy email about how I must pay the media rate. Grrrr. Stupid. In the words of Cartman, "Whateva, I do what I want!"
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer, Assistant
Galveston / Houston | TX | US | Posted: 11:00 PM on 11.03.07
->> You won't get any special features that I know of from paying the "Media rate" vs. the normal $8.95 per month account. You set the types of incidents you want to be notified about and then the times you want to be notified (ie: between 8 AM and 10 PM). My only thought is that the "media rate" might include options for more than one alerting number (for example a paper pays the rate and has it set to notify multiple staff members). This would keep an organization from having to maintain multiple individual accounts.

Incident Page (IPN) can be very hit or miss depending on the area you are in. The dispatches/pages are all sent by volunteer scanner listeners (at least here in Texas). The City of Houston is fairly well covered, especially at night, generating around 10 pages per night usually. They are less frequent during the day and the outlying areas of Houston don't get as many incidents sent. Part of this is because there is less crime in the suburbs but also because there aren't as many people listening and sending the pages out. Surprisingly there are very few pages sent in the City of Austin.

Checking Rhode Island it looks like there were around 50 pages sent during October so it seems to be a very active chapter. You could always signup for a month and see how you like it. If you decide to quit you're only out $8.95. You don't need one of their pagers or service you can have the notifications sent to any email address you choose.

In a large city like New York I'd guess you could probably get away with them as your only notification system. However you'll always get quicker notification by listening to your own scanner. I'm listening to two scanners as I type this (and driving Ashley crazy)!

To sum it up, IPN is nice to know what I missed during the night or find out about incidents happening just outside our coverage area, but I rely on my scanner to know what is happening in our county as it happens.

There are several competing services but I have no experience with them:
http://www.incidentnewsalerts.com
http://www.1stresponderwirelessnews.com
http://www.fnnm.net
http://www.breakingnewsnetwork.com
Many other regional services listed here:
http://www.firehouse.com/links/Communications/Paging_Groups/index.html
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David Manning, Photographer
Athens | GA | | Posted: 11:24 PM on 11.03.07
->> Thanks. I miss the old days of unencripted, non-trunked, analog scanners that didn't drop out just as soon as the address or the incident was dispatched.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 11:39 PM on 11.03.07
->> If you click on the Membership Type HINT link this is what comes up:

Premium and Media Memberships start as low as $8.95 per month. Our subscriptions packages are:

* 1 Month Subscription - $8.95
* 1 Year Subscription - $99.95

For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards. Once you complete the information on this screen you will be taken to our SSL Encrypted Secure Server to process your credit card information.


I'm not sure why the bait and switch. The fact that it's being discussed here of all places can only hurt business.
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Brian Hill, Photographer
Chicago area | IL | USA | Posted: 1:10 AM on 11.04.07
->> They have recently changed their billing.

I have been with them for at least 3 or 4 years now and recently received an email informing me that the new media rate is now 45.95 a month.

I find it frustrating that they feel that they can gouge me on my rate while offering the other rate to anyone who is not media. That said it was a deal at 8.95 a month. Not sure that we will stick with them at 45.95 though.
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Jimmy Daly, Photographer
North Shore | MA | USA | Posted: 11:33 PM on 11.04.07
->> Christine,

Try this link they are a company from Providence

Jimmy

http://pcfn.org/
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Jesse Beals, Photographer
Silverdale | WA | USA | Posted: 12:35 AM on 11.05.07
->> Does anybody know of any services like this for Washington State?
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 12:50 AM on 11.05.07
->> Curious what people are using for the LA area... just good ol' scanner [except you need digital one for LAPD] and the city news service? Only problem with CNS is there is a good delay and I don't believe they offer a SMS/pager service... any ideas?
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