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    What happens if you dial 911 on a phone in another country other then the US, is it still considered the emergency line?

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    It depends on the country really, from what I know those are different than 911.
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    Nothing happens in the UK.

    The UK emergency number is 999, but we also use the Europen Emergency Number 112.

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    000 in Aus, but there was some *vague* talk about redirecting those who call 911 (cos they watch too much US stuff?) to 000. Just heard a discussion on the radio about it and not sure if there is a link online regarding it. But I am off to bed now, and will think on it some more on the morrow!
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    Originally posted by UK PC Net Matty
    Nothing happens in the UK.

    The UK emergency number is 999, but we also use the Europen Emergency Number 112.

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    Apparently 911 is now an emergency number in the UK as well. I did some volunteer lifeguarding 2-3 years ago + part of the training said to call either 999, 911, or 112 in an emergency. I've never had to call any though. I suppose it would make sense to have 911 as well due to the amount of foreign nationals we have in the country, a lot are american + I guess some other countries may have 911 as the number as well (not to mention the amount of US TV). I'd still guess that 99% of people in the UK who need to call the emergency number would use 999.

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    Just tried 911 on a BT landline, NTL Landline and 3 Mobile and it works on neither
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    Originally posted by UK PC Net Matty
    Just tried 911 on a BT landline, NTL Landline and 3 Mobile and it works on neither
    Hmmmm well I don't know then, like I say I never tried calling it, but it was what I was told to do, if for some reason I forgot that 999 was our emergency number, guess its a good job I never tried calling it in an emergency then!
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    Originally posted by sandanista
    Hmmmm welll I don't know then, like I say I never tried calling it, but it was what I was told to do, if for some reason I forgot that 999 was our emergency number.
    It may be something that they will introduce over the next couple of years.

    Your point about so many international tourists and immigrants is good though and it would not make much sense not to route 911 calls to our emergency services.

    They would not even have to announce it or anything, it would just come in handy when someone from the US happens to dial 911, not knowing or realising that our emergency number is 999/112.

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    I think countrys use each others codes just incase people don't know them.
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    Originally posted by affordahost
    I think countrys use each others codes just incase people don't know them.
    That maybe so but i wouldn't want 999 replaced by either 911 or 112 completely.

    Besides it wouldn't seem right, Michael Burke presenting a show about real life emergencies and accidents called 911 instead of 999. I used to like that programme.

    I didn't know 112 was active here in Britain, i've only come across it when abroad in Spain or Portugal e.t.c. i think.

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    911 makes more sense than 999 or 112.
    The numbers are opposite ends of the keypad and it is hard to dial accidentally.
    The cat can dial 999 just by sitting on your phone.
    (please, put down the cat, do not test this at home).

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    Iíve never tried dialling 911 here in France, so am not sure what would happen. Wouldnít want to try though as Iíd worry what may happen if it works Ė because in reality it wouldnít be an emergency, just me messing about.

    In regards to 112, this was implemented in Europe as Britain was one of the ONLY countries to have an emergency line (999). In Europe, you dialled a two digit number for police service, another two digit number for fire service, and another two digit number for the ambulance service; therefore 112 was really a necessity here. Itís only active in Britain due to major EU integration.

    Personally I think it may be a good idea to have 911 calls auto-redirected to 999, just in case, although Iíd never recommend its use being promoted as opposed to 999.

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    Once I tried that but my little cousin told our aunt what I did. Then my aunt asked me, "Why are you dialing 911?" <---That I couldn't answer. It was just me messing around for the fun of it.

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    Originally posted by virginia
    911 makes more sense than 999 or 112.
    The numbers are opposite ends of the keypad and it is hard to dial accidentally.
    The cat can dial 999 just by sitting on your phone.
    (please, put down the cat, do not test this at home).
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    The code 9-1-1 was chosen because it best fit the needs of all parties involved. First, and most important, it meets public requirements because it is brief, easily remembered, and can be dialed quickly. Second, because it is a unique number, never having been authorized as an office code, area code, or service code, it best meets the long range numbering plans and switching configurations of the US telephone industry.
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    No wonder every country has their own emergency number. Otherwise it would have been great to have a universal number, so that when I am a tourist in a foreign land, I woudnt' need to enquire, which would already been too late when accident struck.

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    Originally posted by hellind2
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    The code 9-1-1 was chosen because it best fit the needs of all parties involved. First, and most important, it meets public requirements because it is brief, easily remembered, and can be dialed quickly. Second, because it is a unique number, never having been authorized as an office code, area code, or service code, it best meets the long range numbering plans and switching configurations of the US telephone industry.
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    No wonder every country has their own emergency number. Otherwise it would have been great to have a universal number, so that when I am a tourist in a foreign land, I woudnt' need to enquire, which would already been too late when accident struck.
    Well since the UK was the first country to hve such a number, 999 being introduced in mroe reduced form in 1937, if you'd all have just followed our lead everything would've been ok, and we would ahve a universally recognised number. It's all your fault you see....

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    Just tried 911 on a BT landline, NTL Landline and 3 Mobile and it works on neither
    HmmÖ Iíve just read on Wikipedia ( link Ė near the bottom ) that Britainís emergency telephone number is being quickly supplemented by 112 and 911. Interesting youíve found it not to work.


    In regards to a universal emergency number Ö it would be pretty impossible, because not only have other countries with all-service numbers chosen other numbers, but also few countries actually have all-service numbers. ( More can be read here )

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    Originally posted by anon-e-mouse
    000 in Aus, but there was some *vague* talk about redirecting those who call 911 (cos they watch too much US stuff?) to 000. Just heard a discussion on the radio about it and not sure if there is a link online regarding it. But I am off to bed now, and will think on it some more on the morrow!
    There was, but I don't think it ever went anywhere.

    It won't work in Sydney anyway, as there are phone numbers that start with 911 (eg: 9112 9999) - unless they implemented a delay (ie: dial 911, after a few seconds the CO sees that you aren't dialing any extra digits and connects you to 000).

    112 is an option that I wouldn't mind seeing implemented universally in Australia. It works from mobiles, and it's not a prefix being used on the PSTN.

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    As has been pointed out is 000 in Australia.

    From New Zealand it is 111. 911 does not work in New Zealand (when you ring it, it tells you the emergency number in New Zealand is 111).

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    In Russia, Ukraine and some other post Soviet Union countries there are separate number for police, fire and medical assistance.

    01 - Fire
    02 - Police
    03 - Medical assistance (called "Quick help")
    04 - Gas emergency

    I believe all cell phone companies have 112 for emergency.
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    In India.

    100- police
    101-ambulance

    I have never dialed any number though
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    Originally posted by -T{H}R-
    From New Zealand it is 111. 911 does not work in New Zealand (when you ring it, it tells you the emergency number in New Zealand is 111).
    That's a good idea Maybe if all countries did the same, it would be helpful to those who think 911 is the only emergency number in the world
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    I belive 112 is the international emergency number for mobile phones.
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    Down here in S. Florida, they've added another #, 4-Police. Too many people are calling 911 for non-emergency issues, so now 4-Police will also call the police/EMT, but not make a big scene about it. If you call 911 and it's a non-emergency issue, they'll ask you to call 4-police.

    Sadly, I've called 911 quit a few times, I've gotten busy signals and once they didn't pick up. They did call me back like 5 minutes later (it was on my cell phone).

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    I belive 112 is the international emergency number for mobile phones.
    As far as Iím aware this only works if the country already has an all-service emergency number. I might be wrong though.


    Sadly, I've called 911 quit a few times, I've gotten busy signals and once they didn't pick up. They did call me back like 5 minutes later (it was on my cell phone).
    Ah? This seems quite strange.
    Is this a common occurrence when calling 911 in the US?

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    Nothing happens here in Norway. What would be cool though is if the call would be redirected to the US
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    What would be cool though is if the call would be redirected to the US
    Can you imagine your phone bill if it were redirected to the United States!

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    I'm going to be the bad seed here but *why* should other countries feel the need to fall in line with the US 911 number?

    If you're traveling shouldn't you be expected to do a little research beforehand to learn what the emergency number is?

    When you travel you generally get an information pamphlet on the country you're going to (most often as a handy credit card sized 'summary' you can put in your wallet).

    Maybe I'm smarter than the average bear, but I go and read information before traveling.. I dunno, so I don't go and end up dead (spelt d.e.d), in the event I find myself in trouble.

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    Originally posted by Anjay
    Ah? This seems quite strange.
    Is this a common occurrence when calling 911 in the US?
    Not that I'm aware of. When I had to call 911 about a month ago because some clown was beating his girlfriend, I got ahold of them right away. I guess it just depends on the area and whether or not there's enough dispatchers available. People need to quit abusing the emergency system though.

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