Found 2nd Oct 2008
Do you think that Skype should be forced to permit 999 calls to be used? I don't fully understand their reasoning why they continue to reject the idea. I cannot see that including the feature would in any way interfere with their system.

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I guess the reason is because it is international, they would have to also include 911 etc and it would not be feasable.

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I guess the reason is because it is international, they would have to … I guess the reason is because it is international, they would have to also include 911 etc and it would not be feasable.



Good point, but all that would be needed is an emergency number in contacts containing the correct number and international code. In the early days of mobile phones there was the same problem, but the companies were forced to include the free 999 call. BTW. OFCOM believe that it is feasable or they would not be pushing Skype to do this.

In addition to the risk of leagal action if a call did not get through in good time, if you did need to call for help using 999 on Skype, which country would you like to answer your call?

All the following use this number, United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Bangladesh, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Macao, Bahrain and Qatar.

Similarly if you called 112 or one of the other emergency numbers there is a myriad of countries that share the same number.

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Cannot see why 0044 wont work before the emergency number though! It does for 124 (time).

The main problem is - how do you tie a skypephone to a "real" number that can be punished?
Right now, we have idiots in the UK using 999 to complain that their train is late, or asking the number of the hairdresser, or because they have a slight cold. The only way these people can be dealt with is removal of their physical phone service - with Skype, you can't really do that.
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