You Will Be Able To Text 911 This Week

87491898Thursday is going to be a pretty crazy day that shows just how far texting has come. In select locations, you’ll actually be able to text 911 instead of calling in.

It sounds ridiculous when you first think about it, but it is actually a really good idea. For people who are deaf, have a speech disability, or are in a situation where there are in a dangerous situation and have to be discrete, this will be a huge help and could prevent a lot of bad situations. The FCC says that making a phone call is still your best bet if possible because it is the fastest option. They are also able to figure out your exact location when you call in, and that can’t be done via text message.

So far, the service providers that are supporting this are AT&T, Spring, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The FCC asks that if you use this texting service, you should be very detailed and provide your exact location to the best of your ability.

The plan is to have the service in full swing by the end of the year so that anyone with a cell phone will be able to text 911. As it is now, if you are with one of the service providers that supports it, and you live in either Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont or Virginia, you’ll be able to text 911 starting this Thursday. If you live outside of one of the areas that is going to be supported at first, you will automatically receive a bounce back message telling you to call in instead of texting.

If you are unsure if you are able to take advantage of this in your area, the FCC’s website says that you should call and ask your cellphone provider.

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