All four major carriers in the U.S. are now allowing users to send a text message to 911 in case of an emergency. The feature is being rolled out in select locations at the moment, but should be available to the entirety of the American public by the end of the year.
This is a welcome addition and a very useful one as it’s pretty difficult to make calls and talk in some cases like robberies where victims need to be as discreet as possible. Users of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are currently able to access this new feature.
Users will need to type the emergency in brief along with their location to make it easy for the concerned personnel to arrive in the scene as soon as possible. FCC has a detailed description of how this feature works along with available regions, so make sure you give it a read.
This is a step in the right direction by the authorities and we hope more regions will be added soon.
Via: Android Central