I installed it on my phone a while ago. It seems to be working normally with my US sim and phone number.Could a US based user of AlertCops confirm that it was straightforward to load? A forum member on another thread is having issues. Does it need (for example) a European SIM?
Most country codes are two digits. Have you tried entering +01 rather than +1? And, of course, if your normal number starts with a zero then drop the zero.
The other thing to check is that you are providing a mobile phone number rather than a landline number.I am in the U.S., and I too am unable to get the SMS verification code to activate Alert Cops. The app only gives you a drop down menu to select a country code, and the only option I can see that would apply to the U.S. is +1 and too then tab over to enter my area code and phone number. There is no option for +01.
If anyone knows how we can activate Alert Cops from the U.S. I would be grateful to know.
And I don't know either! I don't remember when or where I installed it. All I know is that all my information is on it, including my phone number, with the country code of +1 (no zeroes)
Yes, this is important. In most of the world SMS messages are either not charged for separately or are paid for by the sender.I’d also verify that I can receive international sms from Europe, ideally from someone in Spain.
Years ago that was more of an issue than it is now. I remember having to pay 10¢ to send or receive a text.According to my brother who lives in the USA some of the contracts there require the receiver of SMS messages to pay
Your are making a good point. Perhaps, in order to receive an sms with the verification code from the Guarda Civil, your phone first has to send them an sms with your request. So, when you don't get a verification code, make sure first that your plan and/or the setup of your mobile phone allows you to send international sms as well as receive international sms.Years ago that was more of an issue than it is now. I remember having to pay 10¢ to send or receive a text. I think that most people in the US now have plans with unlimited texting.
Short codes are used when SMS messages are sent programmatically. At the sending end they normally have a bulk rate associated. But they are still subject to what ever terms apply at the receiving end.BTW, I did a little test. I am in the EU. I receive the sms with the verification code not from a standard Spanish mobile phone number but from a shared short code number. I have no idea of the cost structure when text messages are sent this way.
I fully agree. However, the reason why @henrythedog volunteered to ask this question is not the ability to contact the Spanish emergency services. The reason is the Guardian function in AlertCops that allows you to enter the mobile phone number of one or more persons in the USA and who can then monitor where you are and who will be contacted by the app in case of need - this function can be switched off or set to high, medium and low level by the user of AlertCops, according to the user's wishes and preferences.I think this is all very interesting, but if you don’t have the patience to figure it out, or if your phone won’t cooperate, I think the hands down easiest way to make contact with Spanish emergency personnel is to dial 112.
However, the reason why @henrythedog volunteered to ask this question is not the ability to contact the Spanish emergency services.
I just checked my carrier's info (I use a budget US carrier, Mint) and yes, I'd need to chip in some $$ to activate my international roaming. So, that's what is making me unable to receive the SMS, assuming that I set it up correctly (+1 555 5555).I downloaded AlertCops, installed it and tried to set it up. I was unable to finish setting it up because I never received the code via SMS . I tried various alternatives and none worked.
I suspect that my telecommunications provider is blocking international short codes.