Beginning April 28, 2022, individuals who have signed up for SIU text alerts will receive messages from a new number: (412) 899-8989. (The prior number was 97779.)
No action is required to maintain an existing subscription. The change is due to new industry regulations that essentially are mandating a move to a “10-digit long code” (abbreviated as 10DLC) for organizations that send text messages.
In accordance with legal requirements, subscribers will receive a “goodbye” message from 97779 (which will read, “The SIU is changing numbers. You’ll hear from 4128998989 after this. No action required by you to remain subscribed.”). Then, they’ll get a “hello” message from the new number, which will read: “SIU: Welcome to our new number. Thanks for being part of our mobile news network.”
All opt-in keywords will remain unchanged.
To sign up for alerts, text the word “join” to 97779 before April 28, or text “join” to (412) 899-8989 after April 28.