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911 Cell phone alarm warns thugs you are calling for help

I had hoped by the time I wrote this there would be some fixes posted on the forums but I’ve yet so see one.

If you are using a Sprint or Verizon phone and you dial 911 an alarm goes off. On some phones you will hear a very loud alarm on some it is just 3 short beeps.

It also turns out that some phones connect you to 911 as soon as you hit the final ‘1’ with out you pressing send – some wait for a send button.

Sprint and Verizon claim it is ordered by the government specs on 911. ( Sprint is currently in trouble with the feds for not meeting 911 standards so that you can be located when you dial 911 ) However this is not true. The 911 specs require that you notify someone that a 911 call has been made, it does not say you should announce it to the entire neighborhood, nor do they state it must be audible.

. . . Carol, who asked that her last name not be used for fear of making herself or her land a target for vandals, called for help recently when she arrived at some vacant property she owns in east Austin and found her security chain gone.She grabbed her new Casio G’zOne phone from Verizon Wireless, which to her horror made an audible alarm when she called 911.Fearing vandals were still on the property, she hung up and hid, then put her hand over the earpiece and dialed again to muffle the sounds. . . .[read more Verizon customer calls phone alarm ‘dangerous’]