Text To 911 Goes Live, With A Few Limitations
The four major network carriers have gone live with support for the text-to-911 service, but many call centers aren't equipped to receive the texts.By Laura Heck | May 15, 2014
Here's good news: people can now text 911 in an emergency instead of having to call. Definitely helpful, but there are still frustrating limitations to the service.
The four major wireless carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — have all gone live with support for national text-to-911 programs as of Thursday.
The service is meant for instances when people are hearing or speech impaired, if there is not enough signal to connect a phone call, or when calling could be dangerous, such as in a domestic abuse or kidnapping situation. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Jason Bain)