May 15, 2014
It’s now possible in the US to text 911 in select areas, the FCC has announced. Supporting the “big four” carriers of AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint right now, it’s possible to text 911 in an emergency, and even to send photos, but users must give their address as there’s no triangulation as there are in phone calls. For people afraid to or unable to speak, this could be a lifesaver. While it should be available everywhere in the US by the end of 2014, the list of areas with it currently is available here.