New Japanese Phone Offers Earthquake Alerts
Those mobile mavens over at NTT DoCoMo, a major Japanese cell phone provider, are taking the lid off of a feature called Area Mail.
Area Mail will blast all phones in a predetermined area with a text message. Pairing this location specific messaging service with a special ringtone could lead to a powerful emergency alert system. In the event of an earthquake or Godzilla attack an alert could be sent straight to those in immediate danger with out bothering those outside the danger zone.
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