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(Some Guy)   FCC mandates cellphone carriers to provide 911 texting capability. Mostly because teens aren't aware that cellphones can actually also be used for making phone calls   (fiercewireless.com) divider line 34
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2014-08-12 09:18:37 AM  
Dear Sir stroke Madam. Fire... exclamation mark. Fire... exclamation mark. Help me... exclamation mark. 123 Carrendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. All the best.
 
2014-08-12 10:30:26 AM  
I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.
 
2014-08-12 10:33:24 AM  
omg lik u r 2 l8 2 hlp!
 
2014-08-12 10:35:05 AM  

BowtoMogul: I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.


I saw this link and was going to make some stupid snarky comment, but uh... You actually have a damn good point there.
 
2014-08-12 10:35:51 AM  

BowtoMogul: I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.


Time would be of the essence.

Texting takes too long.

Arm yourself, grab the phone and call 911 from cover.
 
2014-08-12 10:37:35 AM  

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: BowtoMogul: I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.

I saw this link and was going to make some stupid snarky comment, but uh... You actually have a damn good point there.


With my wifes phone and mine right next to eachother a text can take as long as 5 minutes to be recieved after it is sent.

5 minutes will feel like 5 hours in that situation...odds are the perps will have already found you to rape or kill or assault.
 
2014-08-12 10:37:49 AM  
Please help Dads hashing a coordinate.

Having a heat attach.

Ding.

Ducking autocorrect.
 
2014-08-12 10:44:21 AM  
OMG! I think the blood is spurting to the beat of new Miley song! Lulz! Gotta get a vid of this. #ridiculousness

Send help
 
2014-08-12 10:48:02 AM  
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2014-08-12 10:50:19 AM  

Giltric: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: BowtoMogul: I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.

I saw this link and was going to make some stupid snarky comment, but uh... You actually have a damn good point there.

With my wifes phone and mine right next to eachother a text can take as long as 5 minutes to be recieved after it is sent.

5 minutes will feel like 5 hours in that situation...odds are the perps will have already found you to rape or kill or assault.


If the 911 center gets location info along with the content of the SMS, it (even with a couple-minute delay) can save lots of time, not to mention saving the caller from having to speak this info loudly and clearly enough over a phone line to an operator.

// was once in that very situation - two men were assaulting my upstairs roommates; I called 911 from my closet
// almost got shot by responding PGPD officers, too
// good thing I'm white (sarc) and had my hands raised as high as they'd go
 
2014-08-12 10:52:02 AM  

Giltric: Arm yourself, grab the phone and call 911 from cover.


I'll call 911 from a land line and let them know where to send the coroner.
 
2014-08-12 10:52:46 AM  
Most of the carriers support this already to some degree (though exact location is certainly still an issue), its the cities call centers don't have the equipment to handle it.  Does this FCC mandate require the cities/counties to do anything?
 
2014-08-12 11:10:14 AM  
Just wait until some spammer texts 911


"Chanel Purses at 80% off! Click Link Now!*
 
2014-08-12 11:10:14 AM  
Anyone who thinks that calling 911 is faster - I just called 911 to report someone vandalizing vehicles on my street, and it took forever for the call to go through.  Now, this wouldn't be an issue as I could talk clearly, but if you were hidden in a closet somewhere, or where silence was key...... this would be great.  The time you take to type the message and hit send would equal what it would be for the call to connect

break in, armed intruders
123 foo bar st
some town, somewhere 123456
help me, im a blond white girl


it's up to the idiots to do the texting now to not be dumb.  "help me. much violence. wow"
 
2014-08-12 11:22:21 AM  
Texting would make a ton of sense in an active shooter scenario.  Just remember to put the phone on silent before they text you back.  It may also help in a lot of domestic violence situations as well.
 
2014-08-12 11:22:58 AM  
As a deaf guy:  About damn time.
 
2014-08-12 11:34:32 AM  

BlackPete: As a deaf guy:  About damn time.


Hmmm...yes.  I see what you're saying.
 
2014-08-12 11:58:25 AM  

anwserman: Anyone who thinks that calling 911 is faster - I just called 911 to report someone vandalizing vehicles on my street, and it took forever for the call to go through.  Now, this wouldn't be an issue as I could talk clearly, but if you were hidden in a closet somewhere, or where silence was key...... this would be great.  The time you take to type the message and hit send would equal what it would be for the call to connect

break in, armed intruders
123 foo bar st
some town, somewhere 123456
help me, im a blond white girl

it's up to the idiots to do the texting now to not be dumb.  "help me. much violence. wow"


If tha operators are too busy to answer the phone what makes you think they arent too busy to read your text?
 
2014-08-12 12:01:27 PM  

Giltric: anwserman: Anyone who thinks that calling 911 is faster - I just called 911 to report someone vandalizing vehicles on my street, and it took forever for the call to go through.  Now, this wouldn't be an issue as I could talk clearly, but if you were hidden in a closet somewhere, or where silence was key...... this would be great.  The time you take to type the message and hit send would equal what it would be for the call to connect

break in, armed intruders
123 foo bar st
some town, somewhere 123456
help me, im a blond white girl

it's up to the idiots to do the texting now to not be dumb.  "help me. much violence. wow"

If tha operators are too busy to answer the phone what makes you think they arent too busy to read your text?


It wasn't that they didn't answer fast.  It seriously took a farking long time for the phone to connect.  Every time I've called 911 on my cellphone there's a long pause before it dials.
 
2014-08-12 12:04:44 PM  
Texting and calling 911 are both useful in their own ways. When talking a live person is better, you obviously can't beat calling in.

However if you're in an area with poor coverage or you need to be quiet, texting is the better option. When my friends and I go hunting, we usually have walkies and/or phones with us but have found it easier to text. It's quiet and always goes through. Voice quality on the phone sucks due to poor reception and walkies are loud enough that they can scare off whatever we're hunting.
 
2014-08-12 12:08:25 PM  

macross87: Just wait until some spammer texts 911


"Chanel Purses at 80% off! Click Link Now!*


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2014-08-12 12:29:05 PM  

Giltric: BowtoMogul: I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.

Time would be of the essence.

Texting takes too long.

Arm yourself, grab the phone and call 911 from cover.


Open the 911 app with a short list of options of standard emergencies.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-12 12:48:30 PM  
Is it easier to fake a text message source than a phone call source? I see applications for swatting.
 
2014-08-12 12:49:38 PM  
Dispatch: Who iz r0bbin ya?

Caller: IDK my BFF Jill mabee?
 
2014-08-12 12:51:44 PM  
Why not both? Text a fast HALP with deets then dial and leave it.
 
2014-08-12 01:06:45 PM  

anwserman: Anyone who thinks that calling 911 is faster - I just called 911 to report someone vandalizing vehicles on my street, and it took forever for the call to go through.  Now, this wouldn't be an issue as I could talk clearly, but if you were hidden in a closet somewhere, or where silence was key...... this would be great.  The time you take to type the message and hit send would equal what it would be for the call to connect

break in, armed intruders
123 foo bar st
some town, somewhere 123456
help me, im a blond white girl

it's up to the idiots to do the texting now to not be dumb.  "help me. much violence. wow"


Bad guy has just broken in/
I'm texting to avoid a din/
Burma Shave!
 
2014-08-12 01:27:25 PM  
A couple weeks ago I had an asthma attack so severe I wasn't sure if I'd be able to draw enough breath to use my inhaler, nevermind have a conversation over the phone. Texting 911 was definitely my first thought for a backup plan if I couldn't use my inhaler.
 
2014-08-12 02:09:27 PM  

BowtoMogul: I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.


Also, two of the three times I've called 911, I've been placed on hold. A human could sort a couple dozen text messages by priority extremely efficiently to decide where resources should be used.
 
2014-08-12 03:04:55 PM  
ON FIRE LOL BRB
 
2014-08-12 04:09:09 PM  
How do you send a text message with a rotary dial phone?

Hey, I called you on the VOIP phone to tell you the network is down... But you didn't answer!
 
2014-08-12 06:18:41 PM  

Giltric: BowtoMogul: I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.

Time would be of the essence.

Texting takes too long.

Arm yourself, grab the phone and call 911 from cover.


Then, smear some mascara on your cheekbones, tie a bandana around your head, rip off your shirt and burst out of hiding with a Mac-9 in one hand and a bazooka in the other and TAKE OUT THE BAD GUYS!!!!
Also shout something cruel and ironic when you do it.
 
2014-08-12 06:30:59 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Dear Sir stroke Madam. Fire... exclamation mark. Fire... exclamation mark. Help me... exclamation mark. 123 Carrendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. All the best.


done in one
 
2014-08-12 11:21:48 PM  
Its odd that in the US, 112 gets to the 911 center faster than calling 911.
 
2014-08-13 04:55:14 AM  

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: BowtoMogul: I can see this being useful in a situation where talking would be dangerous. Like a home invasion.

I saw this link and was going to make some stupid snarky comment, but uh... You actually have a damn good point there.


Or just hang up, because the cops *will* be at the door promptly.
 
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