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Old 12-20-05, 03:44 PM
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can 911 track your location?

i always wonder if i need to call 911 but its a huge emergency and i can barely talk...would they be able to just find me by locating my cel phone?
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yep.. its a law, they can track home phones and cell phones
but not all voip providers have met the 911 requirements yet

with cell, not sure how difficult it would be to get more exact than which tower youre currently using.
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Originally Posted by twikoff
yep.. its a law, they can track home phones and cell phones
but not all voip providers have met the 911 requirements yet
home phones are to exact locations. Cell phones are not. They are getting better but the location is not exact yet.
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yea yea.. i was just editing

they can easily track down to a tower.. but getting to the phone level is more difficult
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Damn you Bush....

Oh,wrong thread.
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sure they can, haven't you watched Law & Order
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See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E911 & http://www.fcc.gov/911/enhanced/ for a primer. Google e911 for more info if you are really interested.
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It varies by location. It is going to a vote here soon to add the 911 locator to our local 911. It sounds great, but the paranoia in me does not like big brother being able to track me.
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He can only track you if you call him. And you generally call him when you NEED him and probably want him to know where you are.
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Yes, I have it enabled on my phone. Most phones need it enabled.
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I know they can track you at home. When I first moved into my current apartment I had been there all of two days when I heard a gun go off in the alleyway in the middle of the night. Freaked me out! I called 911 and couldn't remember the address when asked to the operator gave read it off to me and I confirmed it.

The nice thing is that no one was apparently shot and there hasn't been anything remotely close to that happen around my apartment in the five years that I have been there.

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