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    Can landlines with no service still dial 911?

    Just curious, possibly a stupid question. I know any cellphone that gets reception (even with no contracted or prepaid service) can still dial 911 or 112. However, what about landlines?

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    NO! No tone, no dialing!

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    That's actually an excellent point. It's a FEDERAL law that a PCS must be able to dial for emergencies, even if they're not activated. But, there is no law for landlines?

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    I thought landlines had a requirement just like cell phones to be able to call 911 in case of emergency even without service.
    Girls are like phones. They like to be held, and talked too but if you press the wrong button you'll get disconnected!!!


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    On verizon if you have no service you just get a congestion tone, so you cannot dial. i have personally tried it.

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    no dial tone, aint gonna happen.
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    Actually, it varies from state to state and can even vary within a state. In the Verizon service area I live in, dead lines can still 911. IIRC and unless it's changed, in parts of Verizon service areas in California, the same is also possible. If its a subscribed line and the phone is cut of for non-payment, some customers can still even make local calls. There's a term for it but I haven't worked for Verizon for almost a year so it escapes me.

    But again, it depends on the carrier and the service area.

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    I should know this, and it's really bothering me that I can't remember.

    I don't know about the CLECs here, but I think all the traditional landlines are simply suspended and not physically disconnected when they are canceled - so there's still dialtone (and 50VDC, for those that want it ), but only for calling 911. Of course, no repairs are usually done on those lines, and a lot of times the pairs they run over will be used to bypass other, active but defective lines, so I'd hardly rely on them.
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    Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8830/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/109)

    This does work with Bell Canada customers. You can also call customer service.

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