While most news sites are moving towards paywalls to raise revenue, we are offering our ECTNow APP as a way to help keep the site running and providing you with a benefit.
The eastcountytoday mobile app “ECT Now” is aimed at bringing local news in Contra Costa County directly to your phone–available on both APPLE and Android phones.
Whether you are looking for traffic updates, police and fire activity or community information, this app will provide it.
As a premium user of the ECT Now app, you will get alerts directly to your phone around Contra Costa County. The service is $19.99 per year.
Hit “subscribe” below and upon completion of payment, we will set up your account credentials which will provide access to the app. These credentials will be emailed to you.
Note – emails will go to the email associated with your paypal account. Also, be sure to check your spam folder.
Our premium membership will allow you to receive ALL our
“Push Alerts” which are Breaking News Alerts directly to your phone. As a premium member, you will also be able to chat and receive special offers.
Typical alerts include traffic updates as well as notifications to police and fire activities to avoid the area or simply let you know why sirens are blaring.
The mobile app will allow you to receive alerts without having to utilize our website, social media platforms as it comes directly to your phone for easy convenience.
East County Service Area
- Discovery Bay
- Pittsburg/Bay Point
- Unincorporated Contra Costa (Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen)
Central County Service Area
Users of the App who either live or work in Central County will get alerts of major incidents as an effort to assist them with what is currently going on around them.
We will send out alerts within a 3-to-5 mile radius depending on the severity of the incident in the cities of:
- Pleasant Hill
- Walnut Creek
Premium ECT NOW App Account Setup Process:
- APP is free to download on APPLE or Android — for access an account must be created
- After payment — you will be directed to the link where you can download the APP.
- ECT will then get an email and will set up your account within a 24-hour period (hopefully within a few hours). We will then email you back your username and password for access.
- Is the APP free to download?
Yes, the APP is free to download on both Apple and Android.
- Are login credentials required to have access to the APP?
Yes, they are provided by email for premium members who sign up. Basic credentials are provided upon request.
- Is there a cost to use the APP?
Yes, the app s $19.99 per year. All payments are made through PayPal at this time.
- Can I select the types of alerts I want to receive?
Yes, categories are set-up for our premium users to select. Currently, they are based on geographic regions within both Central & East Contra Costa County.To ensure you receive alerts, within your alerts tab, click the “top right” button which provides you with a features page. Ensure the alerts you want are moved to the right
- Are alerts sent at all hours?
Yes, with the caveat that we try and respect “off hours” and a majority of the alerts are sent between 6:30 am to 10:00 pm at night.Given the severity of some incidents (police activity, fires, or traffic crashes) alerts could be provided at all times should they have a major impact on a community.
- I am logged in as a premium member but do not see any of the alerts?
Simply logout and re-enter username & password. You do this by clicking the “top right” button which takes you to the settings page. In the middle of the screen, it will say “log in as (Your name). Click “log out”Next, re-enter your login name & password. It should then unlock all of the features and alerts should show up again.If you still do not see alerts, check your phone settings and be sure to allow the ECTNow APP access.
- Can I login as a guest?
Yes, the only tool available is to signup for an account.
For all other questions or concerns, please email [email protected]