Which 911 will I reach?
October 6, 2006 9:29 PM Subscribe
If I dial 911 from my cell phone, does it connect me with emergency services in the area I'm physically calling from, or in the area code of my phone number?
posted by Amy Phillips to Technology (15 answers total)
I live in DC, but my cell phone number has a NY area code (my bill is sent to my DC address, so my service provider does know that I don't live in NY anymore). If I call 911 from my phone in DC, will I be connected with the DC emergency services line, or the NY line? What if I'm in a different city altogether (neither the city of my area code nor the city of my cell phone's billing address)? Does the 911 call get routed based on which cell tower my call is routed through, or based on some other factor that may result in me being connected to the wrong city's 911 line in an emergency?
I tried Google and a few other sources, but all I got was a lot of info about how e-911 and GPS tracking in emergencies aren't working right yet. Nothing about how the system decides which operator to connect me to.