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Old 03-18-2014, 05:11 PM   #18401
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This is true. However, with a cell phone, you are not guaranteed which 911 you will reach. If you live in town A but you're close to a cell tower in town B, you could end up getting town B's police department.
That's a good thing, isn't it?
I would just as soon reach the closest operator to where I happen to be.
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:57 PM   #18402
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I've been using WiTopia for the past year and a bit and never had a problem with it.
Can you choose where you look like you are surfing the web from?
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:58 PM   #18403
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The advantage of calling 911 on a landline over calling with a cell is that with the landline they know what your address is, without having to tell them. This could be important if the call is interrupted or you pass out.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:21 PM   #18404
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Can you choose where you look like you are surfing the web from?
Most certainly. To most people or computers that see what my IP is, I live in Chicago, or London, or which ever server I pick world wide. Depends what show I want to watch from where.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:27 PM   #18405
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The advantage of calling 911 on a landline over calling with a cell is that with the landline they know what your address is, without having to tell them. This could be important if the call is interrupted or you pass out.
They can determine your location from a cell phone but it takes quite a bit longer. If you have a smart phone that has GPS it is almost instant if you have it enabled. If it's a regular cell phone they would have to triangulate your position which can take several minutes. We had a presentation by our local EMS and they really recommend smart phones with GPS if you are going to get rid of land lines.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:06 PM   #18406
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That's a good thing, isn't it?
I would just as soon reach the closest operator to where I happen to be.
No. Another town's cops won't respond outside their borders.
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Where I live the 911 center serves the entire county and they dispatch the appropriate resource depending on where the caller is located. I am a little concerned about the loss of the caller ID function if I give up the landline.

I wonder what Amish people worry about.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:22 PM   #18408
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Where I live the 911 center serves the entire county and they dispatch the appropriate resource depending on where the caller is located. I am a little concerned about the loss of the caller ID function if I give up the landline.

I wonder what Amish people worry about.
Cell phones have caller ID too. Any time you get a call from a number stored in your cell phone, the name will appear on your screen. If a call comes from a number you don't have stored, your screen will show the calling number.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:42 PM   #18409
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No. Another town's cops won't respond outside their borders.
They wouldn't have to respond outside their borders.
If I am dialing 911 in their area, that's who I want to respond. The nearest emergency crew.

We must be crossing something up here. Just because I use my cell phone as a home phone doesn't mean I want 911 to associate an emergency call with my home address. Not if I'm not there.
The same as the 911 service that came with my new Jeep follows me around no matter where I drive. If I drive to Boston and have to press the button under my mirror that says 911, I don't want it to ring an operator in Erie. I want it to find the nearest tower and the closest 911 operator.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:09 PM   #18410
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They wouldn't have to respond outside their borders.
If I am dialing 911 in their area, that's who I want to respond. The nearest emergency crew.

We must be crossing something up here. Just because I use my cell phone as a home phone doesn't mean I want 911 to associate an emergency call with my home address. Not if I'm not there.
The same as the 911 service that came with my new Jeep follows me around no matter where I drive. If I drive to Boston and have to press the button under my mirror that says 911, I don't want it to ring an operator in Erie. I want it to find the nearest tower and the closest 911 operator.
Agreed, but the issue was using you cell as a home phone in place of the land line. My statement assumed you would be placing the call from your home. I know, not always the case.
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