Great Call Expands 5Star Personal Security Availability
Great Call today announced the immediate nationwide availability of its 5Star Personal Security Service. The 5Star system works similar to 911, but instead connects subscribers to a Great Call representative who will have immediate access to the user's health profile, relatives' contact details, local hospitals and doctors. If the event requires 911 emergency services, the Great Call operator call reach 911 dispatch and provide the first responders with information about the subscriber and their situation. Great Call can share health information with 911, as well as logistics such as where the customer's spare key might be located in the event that the front door is locked and can't be opened by the subscriber. The service costs $14.99 per month for one line and $8.99 per additional line.
iOS 12 to Give 911 Precise iPhone Location During Emergencies
Apple today said iPhones will soon provide 911 emergency services with more exact locations of callers. Since 2015, Apple has relied on HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location), which uses cellular, GPS, and wifi access points to estimate 911 callers' locations.
Facebook and Twitter Put Political Ad Policies Into Effect
Two of the largest social networks are doing more to call out political advertisements. Both Facebook and Twitter today outlined their new policies, which should increase the visibility of ads that are purchased for political purposes.
Facebook Makes It Easy to Add People to Video Calls
Facebook today improved the video call tool in Facebook Messenger by making it a snap to add more people to the conversation. As it works today, creating group video calls requires people to initiate the call as such from the onset.
T-Mobile Phones Hanging Up on 911 in Dallas
Hundreds of hang-up calls hitting Dallas' 911 center are causing backlogs, reports the Wall Street Journal, and T-Mobile handsets are to blame. The issue began last fall and occurs when a T-Mobile customer places a legitimate call to 911.