Secrets & Short Cuts
you won't get from your wireless carrier
MESSAGING WORKS WHEN OTHER METHODS DON'T
When you have a communications problem, like during a
hurricane, getting "All Circuits Busy", not enough 'bars' on your phone and the like,
consider sending a Text Message. It works when trying to contact any
other wireless subscriber and all you need is their phone number. This
is your backup for when there is a power outage,
you're in a bad coverage area, or you're at a convention and everybody
else is using their phone.
This is a great way to communicate when severe
weather cuts you off. Your phone will 'hold' the message until it can
receive a clear signal, then sends it. Some phones hold the message
longer than others, so check periodically to see if the message needs
to be re-sent. It is also an inexpensive way to communicate
internationally as Text is billed at rates much lower than voice calls, sometimes Free.
Additionally, you should become aware of how other callers can send a
Text Message to you,
in case the emergency is at
their end. Be aware that phone numbers from text messages may be
different than numbers shown on a voice call especially if the caller
uses a VoIP or VoLTE (data) circuit. Make sure you're texting a
wireless number and not a landline.
many areas of the US, you can send a Text to 911 to get serious help. If you
can't call, try to Text. Don't test it to find out, call your nearest
dispatch center on a non-emergency number and ask if and where Text to
911 works, before you need it.
and Short Cuts