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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 01:08 PM   #1
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911 and deactivated cell phones

Is it possible to make an emergency call even though your phone has been deactivated? I have a Bell phone lying around and was wondering about this....thanks
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 01:13 PM   #2
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 01:28 PM   #3
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Actually it is.. there was a guy who got caught in the storm in Stanley Park last year and he used a cell phone he had which was deactivated a year ago to make the SOS 911 call... I think it was from Bell.

I know with GSM phones you can make a 911 call even if there's no SIM card in it.
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 01:39 PM   #4
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Yes, GSM phones will call 911 (and *611).
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 01:48 PM   #5
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Possibly. I remember a campaign a couple of years ago that asked for old cell phones for distribution to women's shelters. It stated that, deactivated cell phones could be used to call 911. There is also the following from E-Comm 9-1-1 in B.C.:

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Never give children old, de-activated phones to use as toys. Many cell phones can still dial 9-1-1, even if not attached to a service contract.
E-Comm | Home | E-Comm 9-1-1 Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Combat “Phantom” Cell Phone Calls

It may depend on where you live. You might phone Bell or your local city hall to find out if it can be done.
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 01:49 PM   #6
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My daughter tells me all cells will dial out 911 even if deactivated.
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 02:44 PM   #7
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 03:09 PM   #8
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I stand corrected! Cool feature.
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 04:10 PM   #9
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This has been a problem for 911 dispatchers as people give their children deactivated phones to play with. As long as the battery still has life the kids can 'accidentally' call 911
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #10
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By law, at least in the US - FCC mandated, all cell phones even de-activated ones, must retain the capability of dialing 911.
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