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Emergency Number 112

In this article, I will talk about the this magical three-digit number 112. Why is this important to me?

Do you know that 112 is the free emergency number that is available everywhere in Europe? When there is an emergency, all you have to do is to dial 112 and the GSM cellphone will search any existing network to establish this call for you. This works even when you are out of the network coverage area.

In some countries such as Singapore, when you dial this number 112, the call is routed to 999. Triple nine is the national police number. The routing is done through the network by the network operator.

Does 112 replace the national emergency numbers? No, it was never meant to. In most countries in the EU, it operates alongside the existing national emergency numbers. There are however some countries that adopt 112 as their national emergency number such as Finland, Denmark, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Malta and the Netherlands.

For those using GSM mobile phones, 112 is available to you worldwide.

Here is an interesting question. The scenario is as follows:

- My GSM cellphone is keypad locked

- I met with an emergency and there is no one around to help.

- I am in such pain that I cannot remember the keypad unlock code.

Question: How do I call 112?

The answer is very simple. Just ignore the keypad lock and dial 112 on your GSM cellphone. All GSM cellphones are configured to be able to still call 112 despite the locked keypad. The mobile phone will search for any existing network to establish your emergency call. A specially trained operator will answer your call and render emergency help.

One word of caution: Do not call 112 as a joke! Some pranksters call up and then hang up. This means that you are making a hoax call. You may think that hoax calls are harmless but they not only waste the time and money of the emergency operators, it can also jeopardize the lives of real emergency victims. If 112 lines or call operators are busy with hoax calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help needed. Making hoax 112 calls is a criminal offence.

For those with Samsung Galaxy S2, there is a touch button called on the locked screen display. You will need to press that button and dial 112 if you have an emergency.

In summary, keep this three digit number 112 in mind. You never know when you need it. Don't forget that it works even if the keypad is locked.


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