You can now text to 911 in an emergency

Texting 911 on an iPhone

Starting today, you'll be able to send a text message to 911 in an emergency situation. The service will be supported by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. Text 911 is only available in a small set of select cities to start, however it will be rolled out everywhere by the end of 2014.

Using the service is easy, just send a new text message to 911 with the details of your emergency — though you'll need to remember to send your location as pinning things down over text isn't the same as it is with phone calls. You'll also be able to send a photo along with your message, though that feature isn't supported across the board just yet.

You can read more on the Text-to-911 service at the FCC's website.

Source: FCC; Via: Lifehacker

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You can now text to 911 in an emergency


I'm glad they are rolling this feature out, cause there are times when a text is easier in certain emergency situations than a phone call.

As a first responder I can see Pro's and Con's in this system.......

In Addition I have read that this service is only Verizon right now.. Fully Active...

Currently in Greenville County, SC and in Verizon. A bit surprised that we have it. I can see iOS, android, and Windows Phone adding a shortcut feature to this. I know my cousin has a Galaxy S5 and pressing the sleep/wake button three time sends a text and picture to his emergency contact.

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Great new feature. However, the photo accompanying your article is tasteless and foolish. Some kid is going to see that and think it's ok to joke with 911.

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I think you should be more cautious in your reporting on topics like 911 emergencies. The title "You can now text to 911 in an emergency" isn't entirely accurate at all. There are only select cities in which this is available but the title, which many skim, doesn't reflect that.