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2011-05-20 12:40:44 AM
That's your failure. My phone only ass-dials interesting people.
 
2011-05-20 01:19:15 AM
My phone's never ass-dialed anyone. I feel left out.
 
2011-05-20 01:19:55 AM
When i was his age I was still getting supernaturally lucky in all things reckless. I can't imagine having luck this dumb even in my worst year.
 
2011-05-20 01:35:38 AM
I see that there's now a phrase for that annoying phenomenon.
 
2011-05-20 01:39:30 AM
www.dvorak.org
 
2011-05-20 01:41:22 AM
This is why you lock your phone before putting it in your pocket. Doesn't matter if you're dealing drugs or not.

I was pocket dialed by one of my friends at least twice a day when he had his black berry. Annoying and amusing at the same time. I'm sure he wouldn't be too happy to hear of some of the details I know of his life due to it.
/voyeuristic story bro
 
2011-05-20 01:42:20 AM
I'd quickly flip it and show the police how I went out of my way to record this illegal drug transaction.

Sign me up for the informant program please...
 
2011-05-20 01:43:40 AM
My Blackberry does this quite often, probably every couple of months. I'll be walking around and get a call from the police saying they just received a 911 call from my number. It happens really easy on Blackberries because even without a password you can call 911 -- if you just tap the main action button then brush down and tap again that's all it takes. So if the phone is in your pocket getting bumped (happens most commonly for me when going up the stairs) it is pretty much guaranteed to happen eventually.

// I just realized I guess butt-dialing is only a guy thing -- girls keep theirs in their purse.
 
2011-05-20 01:43:43 AM
Everyone should password protect their phone. I agree it's a PITA. But if you're ever subject to a police search, the cops can't look at all your stuff.

/Also prevents you from butt-dialing 911 in the middle of a dope deal
 
2011-05-20 01:46:21 AM

thenateman: Everyone should password protect their phone. I agree it's a PITA. But if you're ever subject to a police search, the cops can't look at all your stuff.

/Also prevents you from butt-dialing 911 in the middle of a dope deal


Double-edged sword. The idea of the 911 quick-dial is that you can use it in *gulp* and actual emergency situation. Say you were in an auto-accident and you can just barely reach your phone. You'd kinda like to not have to sign in first.
 
2011-05-20 01:48:54 AM

jabelar:
// I just realized I guess butt-dialing is only a guy thing -- girls keep theirs in their purse.


I had a bluetooth headset that would engage the voice dial and cause me to purse dial. I guess one day my purse dialed one of my friends like 5 times in a row. Yes, after awhile I got smart and turned off the voice dial (which never worked right anyway).
 
2011-05-20 01:49:19 AM

jabelar: My Blackberry does this quite often, probably every couple of months. I'll be walking around and get a call from the police saying they just received a 911 call from my number. It happens really easy on Blackberries because even without a password you can call 911 -- if you just tap the main action button then brush down and tap again that's all it takes. So if the phone is in your pocket getting bumped (happens most commonly for me when going up the stairs) it is pretty much guaranteed to happen eventually.

// I just realized I guess butt-dialing is only a guy thing -- girls keep theirs in their purse.


I never had a butt dialing problem when I kept my blackberry in one of those rubber protector things. (This is before I started locking it.)

When I removed the rubber thing, I started butt dialing my co-worker Ted at least every week. I never butt-dialed anyone else, he was the lucky one.

If I planned on keeping my Blackberry more than a few more months, I'd get another rubber protector thingy.
 
2011-05-20 01:51:55 AM

jabelar:
// I just realized I guess butt-dialing is only a guy thing -- girls keep theirs in their purse.


Sometimes. I know a few females that put the phone in the back pocket though. My friend that pocket dialed me all the time put it in his back pocket as well.

That's something I've never understood. Wouldn't it lead to stress on the phone, and eventually breakage? How do they not sit on it? Guess it depends on how tight the pants are, and how deep the pockets are.
/phone in front left pocket always.
 
2011-05-20 01:53:41 AM
Uh, I think he had 911 on some sort of speed dial. WTF you would do that, I don't know.
 
2011-05-20 01:53:50 AM

jabelar: It happens really easy on Blackberries because even without a password you can call 911 -- if you just tap the main action button then brush down and tap again that's all it takes.


That makes me even more glad I've never had a Blackberry.
 
2011-05-20 01:59:38 AM
Disabling voice activation is also a good idea.
 
2011-05-20 02:19:38 AM

johnphantom: Uh, I think he had 911 on some sort of speed dial. WTF you would do that, I don't know.


Honestly, do you realize that most modern cell phones have a quick-dial feature built into the phone?
 
2011-05-20 02:31:26 AM
"pocket dial", "butt-dial"? Huh. So, that's what its called. I'm actually glad I have company. I thought it was just my inept attitude toward technology.

I swear my BBerry has gained some level of consciousness and intentionally wants to raise my phone bill or get me in trouble with the missus (it has dialed her number when I am chatting with some female).
 
2011-05-20 02:36:57 AM

jabelar: girls keep theirs in their purse


Girls don't stop talking/texting long enough to put their phone in their purse.
 
2011-05-20 02:38:34 AM
Yeah, sure it was an "accident" - nice cover-up for unwarranted wiretaps.
 
2011-05-20 03:19:52 AM

imprimere: johnphantom: Uh, I think he had 911 on some sort of speed dial. WTF you would do that, I don't know.

Honestly, do you realize that most modern cell phones have a quick-dial feature built into the phone?


Yes, and I use quick-dial. I am saying if you need to have 911 on quick-dial, then you are an idiot. The reason: if it gets to the point where pressing two more buttons is going to make a difference, then you are farked already and should be thinking about other options than your farking phone.
 
2011-05-20 03:24:32 AM
You could just tell the cops you did it on purpose. I suppose it depends how dangerous of a person you were dealing with is.
 
2011-05-20 03:29:41 AM

johnphantom: Yes, and I use quick-dial. I am saying if you need to have 911 on quick-dial, then you are an idiot. The reason: if it gets to the point where pressing two more buttons is going to make a difference, then you are farked already and should be thinking about other options than your farking phone.


I dialed 911 by accident once. It was on the old Nokia 3310. A dispatcher called me stating that I had called and hung up and asked if I was okay. I apologized and she hung up. I found it odd as I could have been the perpetrator of whatever crime was being called in.

I think there was some sort of "emergency speed dial" built in...?
 
2011-05-20 04:17:42 AM
ok, so I'm paranoid...
I think the cops wanted more information on someone they suspected and didn't bother to get a warrent for a wire tap. They opened his cell remotely and just listened for incriminating information. When they found what they wanted they 'claimed' the suspects phone must have butt dialed 911 on it's own at a time and place convenient for them.
 
2011-05-20 04:20:14 AM
for those wondering about the ability to accidently dial 911,
some phones only need to have 9 held for a certain period of time and interpret that as an emergency and dial 911 for you.
 
2011-05-20 05:31:57 AM
protip: have an old cell phone you don't use? keep it (charged) in your car's glove compartment as an additional way to contact 911 if necessary.

/even if your old cell phone no longer has a cell plan the 911 calling feature remains active
 
2011-05-20 08:01:41 AM
"Authorities said a deputy was sent to the source of the call, a Waffle House."

Imagine that. A Waffle House is a drug-dealin' spot? Say it ain't so.
 
2011-05-20 08:11:34 AM
This happened in new york state a couple weeks ago, trio of geniuses had their robbery plans foiled when one of their phones dialed 911, and the dispatcher overheard their robbery plans. I'll have to go look for the greenlighted article for that story.
 
2011-05-20 08:52:02 AM
I thought modern cell phones lock the keyboard when you're done (which would include speed dial) until you unlock them first. At least mine does.
 
2011-05-20 09:03:46 AM

NutWrench: I thought modern cell phones lock the keyboard when you're done (which would include speed dial) until you unlock them first. At least mine does.


I have a touch screen phone that locks when I'm done. To unlock it I push a button on the side and slide my finger across the screen. This happens in my pocket fairly regularly. In fact, yesterday I got a text from my friend saying "you called?" and I checked my phone to discover I'd pocket dialed her.

That being said, my phone only pocket dials people on my speed dial. I don't understand how you can "accidentally" pocket dial 911. Also, to the people saying "well, they must have had an unauthorized wire tap on the suspect's phone", it seems to me that the article says it was the phone of a waiter, not the suspect, that "accidentally" made the call. I'm betting the dude sneaky dialed 911 when he saw the deal going on then claimed it was a pocket dial so the suspect didn't go after him.
 
2011-05-20 09:05:19 AM
Two things...

1) It has been noted that cell phones can be turned on remotely.

2) Stationing cops at the Waffle House will find drug dealers.
 
2011-05-20 09:27:50 AM

thenateman: Everyone should password protect their phone. I agree it's a PITA. But if you're ever subject to a police search, the cops can't look at all your stuff.

/Also prevents you from butt-dialing 911 in the middle of a dope deal


If I password protect my phone it automatically has an emergency call button so it's actually easier to pocket dial 911.

/as soon as I did that once I took off the password. Don't feel like getting cited for calling 911 without an emergency.
 
2011-05-20 09:31:15 AM

wildcardjack: 1) It has been noted that cell phones can be turned on remotely.


Not if it is encased in foil.
 
2011-05-20 09:37:41 AM
FTFA: Authorities say a man "pocket-dialed" 911

I would have to work very hard to suspend my disbelief to accept this story.

Not just the dialing but the timing. Coincidence? I think not!


Suspension of Disbelief

One important area of belief is in human actions and emotion. People must act, react and interact in ways which are believable. In cases where such interactions do require suspension of disbelief, the normal rules of consistency apply.

We want the bad guys to get caught and when we get what we want we're happy to leave it at that.
 
2011-05-20 10:03:32 AM
My phone has the same problem, it has 911 stored as "emergency number" hidden somewhere in its factory installed little brain and it will sometimes pocket dial while the phone is still locked, once I caught it unlocked it canceled and still got a police callback 5 minutes later.
 
2011-05-20 10:09:28 AM
Good point about the psychology of the thing, neversubmit , but you haven't made your point, mathematically speaking. If a million drug deals are made over an interval, maybe this could happen once. If I recall correctly, local police were involved. Usually, these guys aren't sophisticated signal intellegencers.
 
2011-05-20 10:31:03 AM
Just FYI for BBerry Curve users: If you hold down the A button it keylocks your phone without engaging the emergency dial out.
 
2011-05-20 12:02:55 PM

signaljammer: Good point about the psychology of the thing, neversubmit , but you haven't made your point, mathematically speaking. If a million drug deals are made over an interval, maybe this could happen once. If I recall correctly, local police were involved. Usually, these guys aren't sophisticated signal intellegencers.


Tech geeks can do some awesome things perhaps your answers can be found here or some other such place. There are those like ham radio operators that enjoy "playing" with tech. As for the math... well I'm already in over my head.

Happy hunting and good luck.
 
2011-05-20 01:17:27 PM

johnphantom: imprimere: johnphantom: Uh, I think he had 911 on some sort of speed dial. WTF you would do that, I don't know.

Honestly, do you realize that most modern cell phones have a quick-dial feature built into the phone?

Yes, and I use quick-dial. I am saying if you need to have 911 on quick-dial, then you are an idiot. The reason: if it gets to the point where pressing two more buttons is going to make a difference, then you are farked already and should be thinking about other options than your farking phone.


Sorry, I meant to say that an emergency quick-dial feature is built into the phone. You don't have to program one.

True story: My buddy was doing some work under his house (plumbing, I think). Next thing he knows, there is an operator asking him what his emergency was. His phone had "dialed" 911. This was a feature built into the phone.

On older phones, I believe that you could dial 911 by holding a single key. Touch screens make this accidental calling much harder.
 
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