911

  • U.S.’ Text-To-911 Service Goes Live, But You Probably Can’t Use It Yet

    U.S.’ Text-To-911 Service Goes Live, But You Probably Can’t Use It Yet

    Starting today, all four major U.S. carriers, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, have begun to offer text-to-911 in select markets. The new service, as the name implies, allows you to reach emergency call takers through text messaging. However, there are a few caveats about this service’s usage, the most important being that the new option has yet to go live across all states… Read More

  • FCC, Big 4 Carriers Announce Plans To Accelerate Text-To-911, Commit To Nationwide Rollout By 2014

    FCC, Big 4 Carriers Announce Plans To Accelerate Text-To-911, Commit To Nationwide Rollout By 2014

    In August of last year, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski introduced plans for a next-generation 911 service, which would support text, picture and video messaging in cases of emergencies. The plan was expected to take 5 to 10 years, but today Genachowski has announced alongside major wireless carriers that the SMS portion of the plan will be accelerated. The major carriers expect… Read More

  • Next Generation 911 Will Support Text, Photos, Video, And Data

    Next Generation 911 Will Support Text, Photos, Video, And Data

    Nobody ever wants to be in a situation that requires emergency services, but when you are, that whole “dial 911” thing really helps. Sort of. In truth, our emergency response system is pretty outdated when we consider all the various forms of communication that have basically become mainstream. But luckily, FCC Charmain Julius Genachowski recently announced that a five step plan is… Read More

  • Send your cellphone photos and video to NYC's 911, 311

    New Yorkers now have something constructive to do with the cellphone’s photo and video cameras. As of yesterday, New York City’s 911 and 311 (that’s for dumb things like, there’s a lot of traffic on the BQE this morning, do something~!) phone numbers can accept photos and videos taken from cellphones. It used to be that being able to send in text message tips was… Read More

  • 911ICE.org takes ICE a step further

    Ice, In Case of Emergency is a simple idea that has some far reaching consequences. Conceived by British paramedic Bob Brotchie several years ago, the ICE initiative is simply a contact programmed into your cell phone. When first responders get to an emergency, they simply look in your cell phone for your ICE contact. Simple, easy and effective. The website 911ICE.org not only alerts your one… Read More

  • Michiganders Opposes Mobile Fees

    Residents of the big mittens aren’t too happy with new state, county and even local fees that are being imposed on their mobile services. A new poll released today by MyWireless.org reveals that 78 percent of voters in the Wolverine State feel that they’re already paying enough for their mobile services, and don’t believe that they should pay more. The poll was commissioned… Read More