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Major Carriers Agree to Nationwide 911 Texting Service

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Excuse me Mr. Burgler while I text for help

Rusty Shackleford

Dec 7, 2012, 3:03 PM
The funny thing is that the stress of an emergency will make an already barely-literate public even more likely to mangle the language. God help the 911 operators who will be forced to try to convert these things into something coherent.

BTW: I was in earshot when someone used their phone to call 911 and when they did the phone played a loud tune. This is just an old Verizon flip phone that's probably 4-5 years old, but do phones typically do that when calling 911? Are equipment developers really dumb enough to program phones to alert criminals to the locations of their victims? Seriously, why not just go all the way and make the phone play "They're hiding over here!" in a repeating loop?

Dec 8, 2012, 1:34 PM
I dialed 911 from a Sony Ericsson W600i, there was no tune. I've never heard that on a newer smartphone, either.

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