Wednesday, January 19, 2005

GSM Emergency Number

Update: Wikipedia has very useful information regarding worldwide emergency numbers.

I received the following via email and have indeed verified that 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. I tried this on a motorola, nokia, samsung phone. The samsung phone, after keying in 112, cutely displays "Call SOS". FWIW, I didn't complete the call though - didn't want the police hounding my back :)

MOBILE USERS - NUMBER CAN BE DIALED WITHOUT SIM CARD DURING EMERGENCY. The Emergency Number worldwide for GSM Mobile is 112 and not 999. You can dial 112 even without a Sim Card. If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you. Do share this important info with others too. Hope you'll never need to use it though! and interestingly ... this number 112 can be dialed even while the keypad is locked.

1 comment:

Twin-Gemini said...

A funny thing happenned in our lab sometime back. The testing team usually makes Emergency calls for every software load. During one of these tests someone dialed 112 and it got routed to the T-Mobile Network (A Cell Phone Network in North America) and to the Emergency Number from there (which is 911 here). Usually it stays within our network and gets answered by a standard message. Thats when people started to get careful while testing Emergency Calls!

And yeah, 112 is the universal Emergency number, atleast in the GSM based technologies (including the 3G version of it - UMTS).