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Now You Can Text 911 When in Trouble
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Summary: If you find yourself in a troubling situation, but cannot make a phone call to a 911 dispatcher, you can now text your location and issue for help.

Finding yourself in trouble these days is still a stressful situation, but not as bad as the past due to mobile phones. But, even with mobile phones, it can still be difficult to call 911 when in a precarious situation. This issue is being rectified by the FCC and some major wireless providers.

  
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As of right now, the wireless providers that allow text to 911 include Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Not every state and county have call centers that support text-to-911, but the country is getting there.

In a guide posted by the FCC, the organization recommends that you find out ahead of time if your area has a call center that supports text-to-911. Do not wait until it is too late to do so.

Wireless providers and call centers that do not offer text-to-911 right now will be required to do so by the end of 2014 and must be able to respond to these requests by June 30, 2015.

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The FCC still advises residents in areas that support text-to-911 still make voice calls to 911 dispatchers in an emergency if possible.

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