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Old 02-08-2013, 01:43 AM
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Not sure if everyone knows it, but I think it's important for those who don't:


Calling and Texting 112 from a Mobile phone (Emergency Services) - YouTube

Yes it works in 70 countries ( USA included, 2:51 )
112 is also available in the US and Canada on mobile phones, it redirects to 911. 112 is part of the international GSM standard for mobile phones and sim cards.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:33 AM
 
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Yep. That's why the horror movie usual scenario that their cellphone has no signal therefore can't call for help is BS. Sorry for horror fans like me, I spoiled it for you. LOL.

You actually can also call emergency ONLY on your phone without a SIM card or is not connected to phone service.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:12 AM
 
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Thanks for this. I expected it to be 911
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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Yep. That's why the horror movie usual scenario that their cellphone has no signal therefore can't call for help is BS. Sorry for horror fans like me, I spoiled it for you. LOL.

You actually can also call emergency ONLY on your phone without a SIM card or is not connected to phone service.

lol So true!

Yeah, its wise to keep a glove box phone that really you dont need anymore. granted its from the past 4 years or so.

In the US, the FCC mandated this feature many moons ago. With CDMA devices, the E911 services can utilize your GPS coordinates in case of emergency.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:36 AM
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Thanks for this. I expected it to be 911
Yes, it's 911 in USA and Canada, but if a tourist place a call from his phone and does not know the country emergency number, he can dial 112, because it will be redirected to 911.
Mobile phones can be used in countries with different emergency numbers. A traveler visiting a foreign country does not have to know the local emergency numbers, however. The mobile phone and the SIM card have a pre-programmed list of emergency numbers. Most GSM mobile phones have 112, 999 and 911 as pre-programmed emergency numbers that are always available.
In the United States, the FCC requires networks to route every mobile-phone 911 call to an emergency service call center, including phones that have never had service, or whose service has lapsed.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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Yep. That's why the horror movie usual scenario that their cellphone has no signal therefore can't call for help is BS. Sorry for horror fans like me, I spoiled it for you. LOL.

You actually can also call emergency ONLY on your phone without a SIM card or is not connected to phone service.
Ahem. Want to run that by one more time?
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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The FCC also requires that a mobile phone be allowed to use any compatible signal to connect a 911/112 call, even on a competitor's network, if the default network is unavailable. I'm sure the EU and most any other civilized nation has similar requirements.

It's good to know that 911, 112, or 999 all work the same on any cell phone no matter where you might be.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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On a related note, Verizon is supposed to be rolling out the ability to text 911 here in the US early this year, 2013. At this time there is no national standard for texting 911 but the FCC is working on this in what is being referred to as "NextGen 911."
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:03 AM
 
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I think the thread title is a bit misleading. I assure you that if there is no signal (even from a different cell carrier) the emergency call will not go through under any circumstance. I live about 1/2 hour from a Naval bombing range and in that area there is no cellular signal from any carrier for obvious reasons.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:46 PM
 
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If the cell phone is in a place where there is an actual absence of any usable signal (from a cell tower), then sorry, you're out of luck when you try to dial 911. However, if you are in a place where there IS a signal, just not from your provider, then you CAN dial 911.
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