Verizon Targets 2013 for 911 SMS Alert System
Verizon Wireless announced this week that it is moving forward with plans to deliver SMS messages to 911 call centers (public-service answering points, or PSAPs). The company believes it can deliver this functionality to its customers by early in 2013, though the number of PSAPs that can receive text messages will be limited at the start. Verizon will use its existing CDMA SMS network to deliver the messages and notifications with the help of TeleCommunication Systems, which has worked with the Federal Communications Commission to develop an SMS-to-911 backbone. Verizon is also working with the FCC and other federal and state agencies to bring this service to market. The FCC last year launched an initiative to bring SMS and MMS support to the next-generation 911 emergency notification system.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.
Lenovo Says Bug Preventing Moto G Plus from Making 911 Calls On Verizon
Lenovo issued a notice this week warning that the Moto G5 Plus may not be able to connect 911 calls via VoLTE on Verizon's wireless network. The company has identified the bug and expects to issue a software patch in the next week or so.
T-Mobile Fined $17.5 Million Over 911 Outage
T-Mobile has settled with the FCC regarding two separate 911 outages on its national wireless network that prevented customers from reaching emergency services for a period of three hours. T-Mobile agreed to pay the FCC $17.5 million in fines and take steps to improve the strength of its network and 911 services.
Facebook Testing SMS Functionality in Messenger
Facebook is exploring the possibility of allowing people to send SMS messages through the Facebook Messenger application on Android devices. "We are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone," said Facebook in a statement provided to TechCrunch.
SMS is not the way
Maybe im missing something, but if I need to call 911 id rather talk to a person to know they have received my messege.
The only people I could see this benefit are folks who for some reason or another are mute, as in cant spea...