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