Can non-registered cell phones dial 911?

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  1. Brian Perry

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    My new (used) car came with a carphone built into the armrest. I was told it is the old analog variety and therefore I have no intention of paying for service for it. Before I get rid of it, I was wondering if it is true that all cell phones can dial 911, even if not hooked up to a calling plan. If so, it may be worth it to keep in case of emergency (though I usually carry my "real" cell phone anyway).
     
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    yes, they can...
     
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    It can call but I believe it will kick you to the local Cellular carrier first and then they can transfer you.

    Has anyone actually had to call 911 from a Cell phone that wasnt connected to a service?

    KyleS
     
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    When I try to dial a # on my old cell phone, it says to press 1 for 911, or to hang up and dial 911 if it's an emergency. One or the other, I don't remember... but yeah, you can definitly call if needed. That's why charities ask to donate them to the elderly and disabled.

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    that's why in Canada we have to pay 25cents every month on all telephones landline or cellular. To pay for the 911 service.
     
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    Yeah, they all should be able to dial 911 (if you can get service).

    When cell phone companies come into a town looking to put up more and more unsightly towers, 911 coverage is the main excuse..err... I mean selling point used to defend their tower placement.

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    If the government makes millions off of charging $0.50 on cell phone bills how much are they making by hundreds out of my paycheck every week?
     
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    You can also make calls on that phone, as long as you have a credit card. My boss has an old analog phone in his car, and he can use it, if he gives the operator on the line his credit card number for the cost of the call.
     
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    Here in N.Y. they collect the 'fee' to pay for the e-911 call locating system. There is only one problem, we don't have it yet. Seems that the money winds up in other places (go figure).
    There was a tragic case recently in the Bronx. 4 young men took a VERY small boat out in the waters off City Island at night (part of me believes Darwin was at work here). They got into trouble and used a cell phone to call 911. Not only wasn't there a system to locate where the call came from, but the operator 'mishandled' the call based on the reports and no emergency personnel were sent out to look for them. This was in January of this year. All they found in January was the boat. They eventually found the young men in the spring as their bodies came to the surface.
     

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