999 calls available from all mobiles all the time...soon

24 March 2009

Thanks to the prompting of Ofcom, you should soon be able to make an emergency call from your mobile even if you’re in an area where you can’t get a reception from your host network.

Right now, if you can’t get a signal, you can’t dial 999, a particular concern in remote areas where signal strength can flit between patchy and non-existant. But now the major mobile networks are joining forces to come up with a system that would enable your phone to ‘roam’ for a signal from another network and allow you to make that life or death call.

If trials are successful, Ofcom believe that the service will be in place by the end of the year. Although, if you ask us, it's the kind of common-sense feature that ALL mobile networks should have had to deliver before they were granted their licences in the first place. So there.


TOPICS:   Mobile


  • -=Mike H.
    OK, I'm in deepest darkest Wales, my right legs' been eaten by a deranged badger, I'll just wait till the phone companies sort it out, I think I can stem the flow of blood with some moss and a stick, and I can nibble on these chocolate raisins I found, let me know when you're ready...
  • dos s.
    T-mobile suck
  • veedubjai
    @ -=Mike Hock=-, Lol. Didn't Mummy tell you not to play in the woods late at night? Deranged badgers don't just jump onto humans & start humping on your leg unless you intentionally provoke them in the first place. Or are you one of the types badger baiting lawfully endangered species. Tut tut. Badger Baiting was made illegal in 1835 and is currently an offence under the Protection of Animals Act 1911. Maybe should let you rot in the woods & let the rest of badger family humping you around. Call it badger gang-raping.
  • james d.
    I was under the impression you can already do this? When I have no signal my phone displays "emergency calls only" I have never tried it since I had no reason to dial 999 but I assumed it worked.
  • me
    # Posted by james dewitt | March 24th, 2009 at 4:54 pm I was under the impression you can already do this? When I have no signal my phone displays “emergency calls only” I have never tried it since I had no reason to dial 999 but I assumed it worked. 2nded
  • Colin
  • OFI
    4thed :-D Mobile carriers have shared masts for emergency calls even back when we were on analogue phones.. This doesn't make much sense.
  • Callum
    Me too, what other explanation would there be for no signal with the "emergency calls only" banner?
  • Andy D.
    Looks like it's something they have in other countries but not in the UK yet, which is why the message appears on your phone from time to time. If you were to try and make an emergency call, it wouldn't work. More here - http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=554023
  • Matt
    I'm sure this already works in UK! I've made a 999 call in an area where I had no O2 signal...
  • Master U.
  • Laurz
    I've use my mobile to make emergancy calls when it said 'emergency calls only' due to no signal on my provider. And that was most definetly in england.
  • -=Mike H.
    veedubya - I have been waiting since 1984 for 999 calls to be made through any service provider with my 'briefcase phone' this was back when badger baiting was all the rage with the kids to make furry trainers and caps from the pelt of baited badger, some of the 'whackier' lads used to keep their badgers as pets and took them to cocktail bars and discos, very cool times dude. BTW not sure if you know, but VW beetles were endorsed by Hitler, I think his atrocoties were much worse than badger baiting, not sure though, obviously, it seems, you know much more than me.
  • goonerillidie
    u wanna try blyk reception!! not that there is any
  • agaveworm

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