People call 911 for police help. But what if the person has no option to contact the police except sending message? Till now, texting option is not available. By mid-2014, customers of four carriers in the U.S. will be able to send text messages to 911 during an emergency explaining exactly what the trouble is.
These four carriers are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. They have agreed to offer text-to-911 service to the customers by 2014. Now, the carriers are waiting for FCC approval. FCC will discuss the matter on December 12. After the approval, it is being hoped that this text-to-911 service will be launched in early 2014, and the initial roll-out is supposed to complete by May 2014.
No doubt, this service will be a great help to the deaf and mute people, as well as those who will be in such situations where speaking on the phone is not possible.