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    Emergency 999 Text Message (SMS to the emergency services)

    The emergencySMS service is an add on to the existing 999 and 18000 services that are available in the UK. Your SMS text message will be connected to 999 through the Text Relay 18000 service.

    A relay assistant will speak your SMS message to the 999 advisor, their reply will be sent back to you as an SMS message.

    If you send another SMS text message the relay assistant will read it to the 999 advisor and send their reply back to you.

    Although it is predominantly used by deaf and speech-impaired people who find it difficult to use the phone, hillwalkers and other people often in dangerous situations with poor mobile phone signal have also used it.


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    25 Comments

    Original Poster

    Could save your life if in an area with poor mobile phone signal.
    Mods If not deal move to Misc.
    Edited by: "electriclinux" 24th Feb 2011

    Good info, better perhaps if the link worked and not sure it counts as a deal but i am sure it will be relocated if needed.

    Better still, they should do it for 112, since it's the number that works throughout most of Europe, and would save you needing to know each nation's number if you were abroad. 112 works (almost) anywhere. Brits are so far behind the world in so many things nowadays...:(

    FREEZING...

    999 operators are rubbish, they were rubbish before they got all their computer assisted systems back in the day and they have been rubbish since they got all their gadgets prior this SMS thing.

    COLD COLD COLD oO

    If you are in a poor signal area would it not be cached and sent when you move to an area with signal; not so good if that happens when you are in the ambulance on the way to the morgue...

    I think it's a great idea. I can see how there's danger of the system being misused by the inexplicably phone-shy (like the silly bint from last week who emailed her bank to report her credit card stolen), but it also opens opportunities for loads of things to be reported easily and safely. Like, for instance, I was on the bus about a year ago and a large Nigerian man went absolutely batsht at the bus driver, apparently believing the driver was trying to steal from him, and was being racist. This guy became highly aggressive, kicking, shouting, and stamping, and there was nowt I could realistically do about it since speaking aloud to 999 could've resulted in some serious fighting. A text, and an officer could've dropped by and sorted it all out easily. I think txt to 999 could open a whole new avenue of silent snitching, and has great potential to do a lot of good.

    999
    omg omg wtf - hlp hlp... tb

    Jumpingphil

    In a poor signal area, you might get away with sending and receiving a … In a poor signal area, you might get away with sending and receiving a text whereas it would be nigh on impossible to hold a conversation with anyone.



    Maybe, although you have the choice of 5 networks for an emergency call and 1 for a text...

    dxx

    I think it's a great idea. I can see how there's danger of the system … I think it's a great idea. I can see how there's danger of the system being misused by the inexplicably phone-shy (like the silly bint from last week who emailed her bank to report her credit card stolen), but it also opens opportunities for loads of things to be reported easily and safely. Like, for instance, I was on the bus about a year ago and a large Nigerian man went absolutely batsht at the bus driver, apparently believing the driver was trying to steal from him, and was being racist. This guy became highly aggressive, kicking, shouting, and stamping, and there was nowt I could realistically do about it since speaking aloud to 999 could've resulted in some serious fighting. A text, and an officer could've dropped by and sorted it all out easily. I think txt to 999 could open a whole new avenue of silent snitching, and has great potential to do a lot of good.



    Think you'll find he was Ghanaian.

    For those arguing that it better to call than text etc... this service isn't designed to replace the phone service its an addition for situations where a phone call is unable to be made or could antagonise a situation. I think its a great idea to have something in place for those situations.

    thesaint

    Think you'll find he was Ghanaian.



    Oh, shut up. I know he was Nigerian because he repeatedly shouted that he was while going mad at the bus driver because he was too much of a stupid **** to remember which pocket he'd left his bus ticket in until after he'd paid for a new ticket.

    Jumpingphil

    Do please elaborate as I have no idea how this works.



    Emergency calls are routed (and always have been since digital mobile networks were built in the UK) onto any available network; so a 2g-3g multiband phone will be able to connect to any available network (I'm sure you've seen "Emergency calls only" on your phone before?). Texts don't follow this rule - they are sent as and when the appropriate host network is available - which can lead to them being sent several minutes\hours later than they were intended...

    Jumpingphil

    In a poor signal area, you might get away with sending and receiving a … In a poor signal area, you might get away with sending and receiving a text whereas it would be nigh on impossible to hold a conversation with anyone.



    I'd say it'd be difficult to do either in the back of an ambulance on the way to the morgue............unless it's

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    ukez

    FREEZING...999 operators are rubbish, they were rubbish before they got … FREEZING...999 operators are rubbish, they were rubbish before they got all their computer assisted systems back in the day and they have been rubbish since they got all their gadgets prior this SMS thing.COLD COLD COLD oO



    You're a moron.

    Many thanks.

    Jumpingphil

    So you're saying, if I am on O2 and get into trouble, I could try and … So you're saying, if I am on O2 and get into trouble, I could try and make an emergency call, and if O2 network wasn't available, someone like Orange, for example, would take my call and connect me ?I find that hard to believe.



    You don't even need a SIM to dial 999.

    dxx

    You don't even need a SIM to dial 999.



    They blocked that facility due to the high number of hoax calls although technically it is possible and you can in Europe.........just not in the UK.

    I dropped my phone a few days ago and when i checked it the word vodafone had gone and it said emergency calls only !.......turns out the sim had slipped when i dropped it , so guess dxx is right .

    Jumpingphil

    I've had many a phone that won't even start up if you don't have a sim … I've had many a phone that won't even start up if you don't have a sim card in it.Are you really sure on that?



    Yes, as emergency numbers are pre programmed into mobile phones for this reason. As i said it won't work in the UK but that's only because it's blocked due to crank calls.

    Banned

    angelfairee

    You're a moron.Many thanks.


    +1

    Jumpingphil

    WOW, I've never actually seen "emergency calls only" on any of the phones … WOW, I've never actually seen "emergency calls only" on any of the phones that I have owned.Is this some knowledge that you are born with and is instilled into every human on the planet, or do you learn this by not having enough credit ?



    If we're going to do the whole "lol ur poor if u no this" thing, it's probably worth me saying that I've learned about it having used smartphones on contract since 2002, and having seen it in various versions of Windows Mobile, SymbianOS, and Android. I don't know what phones you've tried, but I'm guessing either pretty basic handsets, or that your observational skills are rubbish.

    Jumpingphil

    ...I find that hard to believe.



    Really? They are multi-billion pound companies who are happy to pay £5b+ for a small slice of spectrum, I don't think a few emergency calls on their spectrum will make them bankrupt and it would look pretty bad if they effectively cost someones life by denying the service...

    As it happens it seems I was wrong; the facility has existed in Europe since the start of GSM but UK networks seemingly didn't adopt in till last year, although apparently it now works as it should ie. UK emergency calls on any available network; not sure about SIM-less phones if they are now accepted or not...

    for those of you that dont know, you can call 999 or 112 whilst your mobile is locked.
    Edited by: "numptyj" 25th Feb 2011

    Original Poster

    I am sorry I thought oh here is so useful information for people that regularly or occasionally go to areas with low reception (climbing for example) and it might help them one day. This has devolved into quite a few insults and name calling.

    electriclinux

    I am sorry I thought oh here is so useful information for people that … I am sorry I thought oh here is so useful information for people that regularly or occasionally go to areas with low reception (climbing for example) and it might help them one day. This has devolved into quite a few insults and name calling.



    well I'll thank you, its a good point you've made
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