FCC, Mobile Carriers on Board with Text-to-911 Service

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Carlidan

What I want to known. How will they know 9-1-1 is an emergency text. Or a 9-1-1 we ran out of toilet paper, remember to buy some on the way back home.

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Caboose

What? Are you an idiot?

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Carlidan

was joking around caboose. :(

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Nixon

*Man breaks into my house and threatens me with a gun*
"Oh no please don't shoot me! Can you give me a minute to type out a text message on the phone?"

Unless you're Pikman without a mouth, this seems pretty silly.
I guess the only practical situation to use this feature is when the audio quality is too skippy and broken apart for the police to hear.

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graydiggy

You're an idiot... Obviously you didn't read the article.

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vrmlbasic

Why would I want to text images and video to 911?!

I can just seeing that being abused by "concerned citizens" spamming 911 with a beaucoup of privacy-violating pictures of people doing acts which the sender considers inappropriate, but might not necessarily be illegal. Furthermore, if someone texts an image to 911 showing an illegal act, what then?

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Caboose

Privacy-violating? How? In public, you have no privacy! If you don't want anyone to see your face, wear a paper bag over your head.

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Samjabr

"Soon you'll be able to text 911 for help from your mobile home..." (?)

I think this comment is meant to ridicule the unnecessary and potentially superfluous usage of, "mobile phone".

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b_c_pc

An earlier version of the article had a typo and said "mobile home" instead of "mobile phone". In a fit of pedantic zeal, I made lite of it.

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Sorian

Jokes aside, This is good if you are caught in an active shooter situation and you are trying to hide. One less noise generated by muting the phone and texting 911 instead of talking.

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kevbayer

This just means the carriers will soon have the technology to route texts to the 911 answering centers (Public Safety Answering Points/PSAPs). The PSAPs themselves will not have this technology in place probably for years to come, and even then, it won't be a standard roll-out where you'll be to text to 9-1-1 from anywhere - it'll depend on whether or not the PSAP in your area has ponied up the money to upgrade/replace their equipment to be able to accept incoming text to 9-1-1 calls. Pictures, video, and other data are in the works as well, but funding the equipment and training everyone to use it are the big hurdles.

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Hg Dragon

Great, this is all we need. Now people can text 911 because they couldn't get their chicken nuggets. I don't see this getting abused AT ALL!

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DR_JDUBZ

For what they charge, they shouldve came out with it years ago. this better be free

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b_c_pc

"Soon you'll be able to text 911 for help from your mobile home..." (?)

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jason2393

Emergency services will no longer discriminate on the basis of house type.

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dgrmouse

That's great and all, but please add caller ID next! Everyone from service and repairmen to pollsters make business calls from cellular phones, and it would be great to have proper caller ID. It's way, way, way overdue.

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