AT&T Alerts notifies you of nearby deals via SMS

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By Adam Zeis on 6 Dec 2012 11:02 am EST
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AT&T has launched a new service for customers that sends out SMS alerts for nearby shopping deals. The service, dubbed AT&T Alerts, uses geolocation data to send customers nearby deals for participating retailers. If you're using a device on AT&T, when you are near a retailer such as Gap, Staples or Zales you'll receive a text alert with any special offers or discounts for those locations. The alerts are free and users can opt out at anytime. AT&T customers can text "JOIN" to ATTAlerts (288253787) to get started.

Are you a hardcore shopper that would find this service useful? Sound off in the comments and keep reading for the full press release.  

AT&T Launches 'AT&T Alerts' to Give Customers Meaningful Offers From Nearby Merchants

Free Opt-in, Location-based Offers Service Puts Savings in the Pockets of AT&T Customers

DALLAS, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tired of sifting through coupons, surfing the web for discount codes, and getting bogged down by daily deal emails? AT&T Alerts, an innovative new service from AT&T*, can proactively deliver offers straight to AT&T wireless customers' phones--when and where they need them most.
Today, AT&T announced the launch of AT&T Alerts, a free opt-in, location-based text messaging alerts service that allows AT&T wireless customers nationwide to save money with relevant offers from nearby retailers on their mobile phones. AT&T Alerts uses geo-location technology and consumer preferences to deliver offers and rewards, without having to download an application.

How It Works

AT&T wireless customers text "JOIN" to ATTAlerts (288253787) to opt-in to the service and begin receiving discounts, rewards and offers via text message when they are near participating retailers and brands such as Gap, Staples, Zales, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Duracell, Motorola, Discover, and many more. Customers can customize offer preferences and settings to receive offers most relevant to them by visiting http://alerts.att.com/join. Text messages to and from AT&T Alerts are free. As an added bonus, customers who sign-up for AT&T Alerts will receive $5 off with a $10 minimum purchase at ATT.com**. AT&T wireless customers can visit http://alerts.att.com/join to sign-up and learn more, or text "JOIN" to ATTAlerts (288253787) from their AT&T wireless phones.***

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** $5 off certain accessories at ATT.com, $10 minimum purchase, see alerts.att.com/join for details

*** AT&T Alerts is not currently available for iPhone 5

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16 comments

Wolf35Nine

Thanks. I'm going to give it a try.

kozmo68

And the hits keep on coming to Groupon, unless they've partnered with AT&T..

jhrain

Ask us in 90 days if this was a good plan. May take awhile to decide.

netviper

That seems like it would be annoying as hell.

Wolf35Nine

Its not bad at all. 3 messages max a day.

bobaloo

You are not their customer, you are their product.

Concession

In other words, they're tracking your location. Wonderful.

AP1618

This move simply shows that they have been tracking all along. now they are putting that data to some use.

greyw0lf01

Even if you assume you’re being tracked, why give your cell phone provider carte blance on YOUR whereabouts each and every minute of the day?

A max of 3 messages doesn’t sound like a lot but what’s the savings, a digital coupon? If the value proposition was free mobile service for unlimited shopping texts, then maybe... but at least at that point you know exactly what the devil is offering.

This is the same as Facebook allowing you to text using their new platform without signing up for an account. You give them access to your phone book which is probably more valuable.

GeneralHerzog

Funny how all the posts so far missed the note about the almighty iToy 5 not being able to use this service.
To me that's a news event. Being tracked is old news.....been happening for years but the greatest device ever not being able to be part of the latest marketing event......now that's big.

*the greatest device ever is a jab.......I don't actually believe that