According to the FCC, 50% of wireless 911 calls are butt-dials
posted by Maxwell R. / Oct 18, 2014, 3:27 AM
About 70% of all emergency calls come from wireless phones, and of those, half were the result of misdials due to the phone being jostled around in a purse, or squished courtesy of gluteus maximus action (aka butt-dialing). That is up from about 20% only a few years ago.
It is easy to make good humor of such phenomena, but O’Reilly figures that means as many as 84 million misdialed calls are made to 911 every year, that equates to more than 230,000 per day. It stands to reason the argument could be made that this poses a threat to public health, particularly in congested emergency systems like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.
The FCC has been contending with this issue for a while, and the last thing anyone wants to do is make it harder to call 911. That means the solution lies with the population at large. Technological solutions have to be examined carefully, as it is a requirement that all mobile phones have the ability to call 911, whether connected to an active mobile service account or not.
That feature ostensibly increases the risk of young kids dialing 911 as older or unused phones can be handy pacifiers. According to the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board, one child in Shelby County, population roughly 1 million, called 911 emergency 84 times in one night, which rendered the dispatch center nearly useless given the call traffic in normally handles.
While the prospects seem daunting, butt-dialing 911 has had its benefits for society. Drug dealers and murderers have found their endeavors foiled due to their own butts. Nonetheless, O’Reilly is asking for a review of the current rules over 911 calling, including how wireless phones without active service are able to call into the system.
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This is probably a new "call 911" feature wich is used whenever the phone is bended.
posted on Oct 18, 2014, 3:45 AM 4
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....or when you bend it and you get that burn mark from the batery explotion, the phone will automaticaly call 911 to send medical treatment and NSA to register you as a marked and proud owner. Soon it will be a felony to bend it so you can't discredit the national livestock markers. Bend it while you can
posted on Oct 18, 2014, 4:49 AM 8
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I once butt dialed 911. On a rotary phone.
posted on Oct 18, 2014, 7:20 AM 5
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but why ppl put their phone in back pocket?
posted on Oct 18, 2014, 7:43 AM 0
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I dispatched off and on for the local sheriff here for almost 20 years, until they merged the city & county systems. Butt dial calls were starting to pick up when I stopped dispatching, so I'm sure it's gotten a lot worse. Also, if you do accidentally dial 911, don't just hang up. We are required to call you back and verify you haven't been shot, stabbed, raped, kidnapped etc... Just stay on the line a few seconds, answer a couple of question and we'll just hang up and say please be a little more careful. Before cell phones, we use to get A LOT of hang up calls on Christmas eve & Christmas day. Cordless home phones were all the rage in the 80's-90's and people would unwrap their new phone, plug it in and see the little 911 button and push it. When we would answer, they would hang up, forcing us to dial back. 99.9 times out of 100 it was "oh, I just got this new phone and wanted to make sure the 911 button works. Also, once in a while, you would run into a cordless phone that would dial 911 when the battery died. I guess the phone was calling for help LOL.
posted on Oct 18, 2014, 4:57 PM 0
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Is this evidence that smartphones have developed their own intelligence? Maybe it is Siri on the iPhone that is detecting that her life is in danger as the phone she is in starts to bend, and she is the one calling 911, before she is wounded and dies?
posted on Oct 18, 2014, 9:13 PM 1
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