emergency call - fallback to call without SIM Re: capacitor to call the police without battery and SIM card *g* Re: Fun with Stolen/Lost Phones..

Ben Fleming-Williams ben at flemingwilliams.co.uk
Wed Dec 27 01:00:51 CET 2006

Koen Kooi wrote:
>> Uhm around here I get "emergency calls only" on my phone, even with inserted 
>> SIM when I get to some area without coverage from my operator?
> Not 'standard', but 'mandatory'. Dialing the alarm number even overrides keylock, try it
> on your current phone.
...which I've always thought was badly implemented. The emergency 
services get thousands of false alarms from phones ringing from people's 
pockets: the UK is particularly susceptible to this, with 999 as the 
emergency number.

Perfectly sensible to have the emergency number override keylock, but 
why not do it on a timer? If someone presses 9, then nothing for 1 
minute, then 9, etc, keylock is not overridden. If someone presses three 
9s in quick succession, then override keylock.

Don't know if this goes against the mandated operation - but if not, I 
can't think of any likely downsides.



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