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    Pre paid cellphone for HD 911 calls

    Anyone have one of these/plans?
    LG CG180 - GoPhone® (Pay As You Go) Cell Phone - | Wireless from AT&T, formerly Cingular

    For 8 bucks its cheap and it would be plugged in bedroom for a 911 call.


    Any disadvantage to a pre-paid cellphone? I could add one more line but thats a extra $ amount everymonth.

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    I believe that the pre-paid cell phone minutes expire if not used by a certain date. Also, not sure if the pre-paid phones dial 9-1-1 the same as conventional ones. (Most cells will dial 9-1-1 just by pressing and holding the 9) but it is possible that a pre-paid goes through a intermediate source. (I believe Vonage VOIP does something like that!)
    Might want to check those things out, but other than that, it seems like a good idea.
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    From AT&T's web site:
    Amounts deposited into your account expire as follows: cards less than $25, 30 days; cards $25 to $75, 90 days; $100 cards, 365 days. Unused account balance is forfeited upon expiration.
    As I read that, if you put 100.00 on the phone, it would last for 1 year (about 8.33 per month). If you don't have any other cell phone, that may be pretty cheap insurance to guarantee you could reach 911 in case of an emergency.

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    i think cell phones will still dial out 911 even if service is off.... or the prepaid min's are up

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    The problem with cel phone 911 calls is that the dispatch center s given a latitude/longitude reading. They can get close, but if you are in a row of homes, but recently a couple of cops knocked on my door because someone "around there" had called 911 on a cel phone. That person was waiting for help while the cops went fishing for the location. Call 911 from an apartment building? Good luck, you'd better be have the time and presence of mind to give an apartment #.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40S&WMAN View Post
    i think cell phones will still dial out 911 even if service is off.... or the prepaid min's are up
    I do believe I've heard that somewhere.
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    Cell phones will dial 911 regardless of paid service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    Cell phones will dial 911 regardless of paid service.
    You are correct sar!



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    Of course, there are some still out there without the GPS chip at all...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    I keep a land line so when I or the wife/kids call 911, even a hangup can get a response.
    Agreed that a land line should be your first choice. I was thinking of a cell in the case of where the house phones lines had been cut by someone breaking into your home. More a backup to your land line.

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    GPS chip will not work once you enter a building. If you live in an apartment building it's not any better than tower triangulation. If your cell phone shows your caller ID name and number that should help somewhat if the building is where you live - at least they can look at a register or ask someone. I'd just count on giving them your address when you call.
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    I have a Samsung phone from ATT, on a prepaid plan. I put $100 in my account on the day that I bought the phone (cost $99). That was early June, and I still have $38 left. When you consider what a regular plan costs, if, like me, you don't use your cell phone that often, it's a cheaper way to go. You get the best buy when you put $100 in the account, as you get $5 in bonus time. So far, so good, no problems with their service.

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    Used cell phones are available here free from the local CHP office. They try to encourage non-phone owning seniors to keep them in their vehicles for emergency. My dad keeps his uncharged at home in the bottom drawer. Old dog, no new tricks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    Of course, there are some still out there without the GPS chip at all...
    It is dependent on the carrier whether they use GPS or triangulation for finding your location. For example, I have a blackberry with GPS but ATT uses triangulation for 911 locating. It really doesn't make much of a difference, I believe they're both about the same accuracy in large cities. What does make a difference is location. Triangulation in a well populated area is much more precise than in a rural area. I do not have a land line now, but after college I will likely keep one as it is fairly cheap with a cable/internet package, and it's about as reliable as telephone communication gets.

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    A phone will call 911 regardless of whether or not it has active service. I keep one in the car with the battery pulled so it won't drain in case of an emergency.

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