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My baby dialed 911 on my old cell phone!

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:49 PM

I have a nine month old baby boy, who is always getting into something! He loves my cell phone and goes after it at all costs - so I decided to give him my old deactivated cell phone to play with. It did the trick. He loved it! It rarely left his little pudgy hands. That is, until something happened that changed all that.

Baby Cash

This week - he somehow dialed 911 on it - and the call went through! Thank goodness my husband happened to overhear the 911 operator's voice on the other end. He quickly picked it up and apologized. The operator told us that even old, deactivated cell phones can access 911. Who knew? I didn't know that! 

Many of you may buy cell phones just to keep in the car, or give to a child for "emergency use only." You may pay a monthly rate for that. You don't have to do that. 

You can use a used, deactivated cell phone to call 911 without paying anything at all. Cell phones are regulated by the FCC. FCC requirements state that ALL cell phones, regardless of status of service (or even the lack of service) must be able to dial 911.

It's good information to know. Needless to say, we took the old phone away from Cash. I'm sure he'll recover.