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Verizon Gives First Responders Priority

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Apr 25, 2006, 1:31 PM   by (staff)

Verizon today began rolling out Wireless Priority Service for first responders. During large-scale emergencies, Verizon will give priority to calls placed by or to first responders over other subscribers. Non-WPS subscribers who are currently on a call when the system is activated will not be cut off, they will just have to wait in line behind approved first responders for an open circuit to place calls. Subscribers in law enforcement, emergency services and other first responder services in LA, south Florida, Washington DC and Chicago can sign up for the service today. It will be available nationwide by the end of the year. Cingular and T-Mobile already offer WPS nationwide.

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Apr 26, 2006, 12:30 AM

Other carriers?

Has anyone else heard anything about this feature being put into place with any other service. I know myself and a lot of the guys I work with use Nextel.
Other non CDMA carriers had this in place.. now they're allowing CDMA to follow
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Apr 26, 2006, 12:26 AM

Sounds super spiffy!!!

Not too shabby, but I have a few questions. It says during an emergency, who will decide what an emergency is? Also, will people be able to use that *272 at any time? It seems like a great idea, but I would like to see some more details.
Its not like that. The phones have predefined priority. so basically if joey has a phone a he's a baker and billy has a phone and he's a cop, Billy would have priority to the tower because he's a cop. this is necessary because of things like 9/11 and ...

Apr 26, 2006, 10:53 AM


Hell, it'll be more reliable than Nextel. Verizon handsets were a scarce commodity down in Florida after the last barrage of hurricanes. On the West Coast they were the only network that worked.

Apr 26, 2006, 10:24 AM

Couldn't you already do this?

As far as I've understood you could change the access overload on a phone to give you greater priority, usually it's just set to the last number of your mobile number. So if you had a 1 you were lower priority 9 you were higher, and you can set them even higher. Was I wrong in thinking this?
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