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Old November 10, 2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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Saved a life: A second non-functioning Cell Phone

This cab driver was kidnapped and put in his own trunk. He had a second cell phone and was able to call 911 while the perp was transporting him.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/28...110910.article

The article doesnt describe it, but I suspect that he had a non active cell phone hidden just in case. By law every cell has to be able to still call 911 at all times, so keeping it paid up is not a concern.

Pretty cool.
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Old November 10, 2010, 06:59 PM   #2
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Or a "hobby phone". Y'know.
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Old November 10, 2010, 07:16 PM   #3
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By law every cell has to be able to still call 911 at all times, so keeping it paid up is not a concern.
Really? I didn't know that. Good!
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Old November 10, 2010, 07:27 PM   #4
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Yep, we too have taken to keeping spare inactive phones charged around the house and cars as 911 links.
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Old November 10, 2010, 07:29 PM   #5
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keep one in the house and car just incase. i think by law since the late 90s they must be 911 capable.
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Old November 10, 2010, 10:13 PM   #6
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The 911 access holds true for land lines too.

Not all cell phones have 911 access, the older analog ones are no longer suported in any capacity.
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Old November 10, 2010, 10:35 PM   #7
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good to know because I keep my old phone next to my bed and use it for an alarm clock
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Old November 11, 2010, 10:49 AM   #8
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Yep. The only concern is keeping it charged so it can make the call when needed.
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Old November 11, 2010, 05:30 PM   #9
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A couple of ways to check service.

Is the NS light on? ( No Service )

Try and make a call to a regular number, if there is a recording that the service isn't current there is a good chance 911 will work.

The last test could be a call to 911 and start the conversation with " This IS NOT a emergency " then state you are testing that 911 works on a non current phone. However it might be better to cann the non emergency 911 number.

It might also be a good idea to find out if 911 can return a call in case you get disconnected in a real emergency.
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