You DO NOT NEED TO SUBSCRIBE to phone service to have 911. 911 is
required for all landlines, regardless if they have a service or not
(just like cell phones must be able to reach 911).
That said, in some states (and many more soon) they are creating a
registry of cell phones, where you can put in an address that any
untracable 911 calls will be directed to. So you putin your home
address, and if you don't give them a different address, or the call
is dropped, they go to the house.
As to Verizon not giving an itimized account, if their agreement with
the customer says they don't have to, that is the end of the debate. I
suspect that is what the deal really is--the customer agreed to that
as a condition for the cheap line over the more expensive line charge.
Now if Shylock is being forced to go to a pay-per-call plan (I don't
think so) they he should seriously consider going cell only. That's
what I'd do.
My cell phone is not registered. I had to place a 911 call about 80
miles from where I live, and the dispatcher knew where I was. That was a
big concern I had, but they knew where I was from the cell tower I was
coming off of. (At&t service.)
There are, for cell phones, two methods. First is that virtually all
cell phones are equipped with a GPS device (so many people don't know
that...) However, the GPS device doesn't work (well) indoors, and as
well can often be turned off by the user. The second is the 'tower'
trace technique. With tower tracing, they triangulate the signal
usually and use that to try to determin the likely location of the
GPS is better in rugged rural areas with few towers, and lots of
reflections and other interference. Tower location is good in more
urban areas where there is flat area, and lot of towers.
However, neither is 100%. GPS can be off by a ways (or otherwise be
unavailable) and tower locating is an approximation at best. So the
registry attempts to add one more layer of accuracy--very useful for
some people with special needs or medical conditions.
What many people don't realize is that your cell phone continously
advises the system where it is, even if you are not actively using the
phone! You do not have to make a call to be found, just have the phone
turned on with a battery that has power, and the system can find you.
Asked a while back about getting a phone on ebay for my Verizon
account. I was told I could get any phone as long as it was E911
capable, E911 = has GPS in it. Every phone I have is E911 and has
the option of the GPS being on all the time or only when calling 911.
settings and tools
Verizon will not let you activate a new (or used) phone that is not
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What state are you in? What area of the state? Each state has
different rules for phone companies, and I'd recommend contacting the
state's PUC (Public Utilities Commission) or whoever regulates the
telephone company for your state. They can clarify whatever problem
you are having I suspect.
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