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911 call center in Iowa is first in country to respond to text messages

0. phoneArena posted on 06 Aug 2009, 23:04

Cat stuck up in a tree? Mean German Shephard chasing you on top of your car? Don't call 911 when you can now text them, at least in Black Hawk County, Iowa...

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. EraserXIV (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Jul 2009)

makes sense for situations where talking might not be possible or may be dangerous (kidnapping, hostage situation, etc)

posted on 07 Aug 2009, 08:01

2. Pr0cl1v1ty (Posts: 60; Member since: 26 Oct 2008)

yes exactly

posted on 07 Aug 2009, 11:04

3. xmguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)

This is also an option if you need help but your phone battery is low. A text message might get through where a phone call might not.

posted on 10 Aug 2009, 08:28

4. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

I think this is a great idea and will hopefully drive new advancements in cell phone technology. I could easily see cell phone manufacturers putting the cell phone in a 911 mode for location if a text message is sent to 911. This would eleviate the location issues they're currently facing. A text is not only good for emergency situations where a phone call can't be made, but also for non-emergency situations where you may want to contact the police. This would not tie up the phone lines, but allow you to report an issue on the road. (IE: "Car broke down on city street blocking traffic") I hope to see this technology advance further.

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