Mobile phone coverage

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 13:32
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Just flicking through a magazine and came across an article, here is a small bit-

"Out on the trail you'll need a mobile phone to summon help if needed. 000 is the normal emergency number but with a mobile phone you can dial 112 and this wilil cross over all networks and get you through, even if you are in a dead area for your own carrier. This could be important one day. Remember it."

Has anyone else heard of this or used it, maybe it's common knowledge and I'm the last to find out. I don't want to ring to find out if it works!!

If there are others that haven't heard of this, I thought it might be a bit of useful infomation.

Snady
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Reply By: motherhen - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 14:13

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 14:13
112 is the standard for emergency calling from mobiles, however it still needs to be in a carrier network area. Much of Oz isn't. It just means if you are with xyz carrier and are out of range, but it is in a Telstra zone, you will still get through tp ermergency services.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 15:41

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 15:41
As a note, If you get an imported phone or bring one in from OS, they generally do not have this emergency number in them- It needs to be programmed in. They will still respond to the 112 number, but it will not call through to the Australian Emergency Services.
From memory its a design requirement in Aus to have this 112 number (and to be able to dial it whilst keypad is locked/phone barred etc).
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Follow Up By: Glenno - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 16:27

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 16:27
Are you doubbly sure 112 is Aussie only? My understanding is that it is the world wide standard emergency number on GSM networks.

I could of course be totally wrong.
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Follow Up By: Swine Hunter - Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 18:23

Saturday, Mar 19, 2005 at 18:23
Glenno IS correct.
112 is the standard worldwide cellular emergency number. Will connect you to the emergency services in whatever country you are in.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 16:49

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 16:49
True.
I double checked and it is actually the 000 number that overseas phones get changed to instead call 112. This is done through back menus in the phone- I have had to do it in the past to some phones, but here I mixed the numbers.

Something interesting: 1-1-2 Europe: some countries in EU will not allow access to an emergency call if you have no SIM, have a suspended account, or if you dont subscribe to the network that patched you through. Havent heard of anything like this in Oz, but would be interesting to find out.
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Reply By: Member - Craig M (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 11:18

Sunday, Mar 20, 2005 at 11:18
Hi,
I just recently purchased a Nokia 6225 CDMA, and i read in part of its literature that users of CDMA phones should diall 000 not 112 as sometimes it wont work.
Couldnt find the info i read so i did a bit of a search and found this.

Calling the emergency call service from a CDMA digital mobile phone
If you are using a CDMA digital mobile phone, you should dial ‘000’ to connect to the emergency call service. Although it is not mandatory that CDMA mobile phones provide access to ‘112’, both Telstra and Hutchison CDMA mobile phones provide access to ‘112’ but without the additional access capabilities that are possible from GSM phones.

Note: When dialling ‘000’ from a CDMA digital mobile phone, you will need to state your exact location to the operator.

Hope this helps
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