Carriers have to let you text 911 by the end of the year

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    You've had the option of texting 911 in a handful of US cities for a couple of months, thanks in part to voluntary efforts from bigger cellphone carriers. However, the FCC doesn't want you to be left out solely because you're on a smaller network. The agency has just adopted rules requiring that all American wireless providers have the capability for text-to-911 by the end of the year. You won't necessarily get emergency messaging by that point, but carriers will have six months to implement it in a given region if a local call center makes a request.

    Right now, the new regulation won't make a big difference. Only Maine and Vermont are fully prepared to handle SMS in a crisis, and you'll only find some form of coverage in 16 states. However, the FCC's move means that adoption could grow very quickly -- now that carriers can't say no, 911 facilities are more likely to push for the technology. Don't be surprised if you can soon send a text-based cry for help at any moment when a voice call would be difficult or dangerous.

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    Makes sense. Most of today youth wouldn't't know how to dial a phone. But they know how to win texting competitions.
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    That's great but texting doesn't give a user location. What happens when someone uses google voice instead? I can see this going horribly wrong.
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    I'm sure they have the ability to triangulate your position.
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    If you can text 911, then you should be able to answer a callback.

    The main issue I seen with this is the person texting is doing so to maintain silence. In that event a callback could go wrong. Most instances will likely allow the person requesting 911 services to answer the call.
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    UPDATE: As of now, carriers can not triangulate an SMS.
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    Verizon Messages app now has a feature that allows send your location attached to texts.

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    If you have location turned on I believe your good, also just to note, Maine and Vermont seem to be hazardous states to be in by yourself. Just saying.
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    If you call yes GPS works. SMS has no way of coordinates or triangulation at this moment.
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    Guess if they can't find your location from a text, just be sure to include your address in the text

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