try dialing "0"
by porsche10x - 10/18/09 9:37 AM
In Reply to: Cell Phone & 911 by jmsfmtex
As mentioned, any old cellphone that works on a currently available network is supposed to be able to dial 911. Here's a way you can test the cellphone without making a nuisance call to 911. I can't promise this will work with every phone, but I have done it successfully with old unserviced phones before. Turn on the phone and dial operator. Here's a secret that few use. If you want to have a cellphone for NON-emergencies that you RARELY use, here's something that's even cheaper than prepaid. Just turn on the phone, call operator, and place a credit card call. Yes, that's right. You can "pay-as-you-go" on the spot with your credit card. No plan, no prepaid card, no nothing. Now, you will be charged an ungodly amount of money for the call, but if you want the phone for only rare occurrences, this is still cheaper than any prepaid plan. Even if it's $10 per minute, you don't have to worry about cards that expire, or some minimum monthly fee, or minimum number of minutes to purchase. You can keep the phone for five years, make one single phone call, then it works out to, what, fifteen cents a month?
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