Hit and Run: Windows Mobile Emergency

I had to call the police recently. A combination of laziness and problem urgency led to me dialing 911 on my Windows Mobile-powered cell phone.

When you dial 911, Windows mobile flips the FUCK out. Despite the Vibrate setting, my phone begins a very loud and very noticeable series of beeps as it enters “Emergency Mode”. In this mode, you cannot dial any numbers that are not emergency numbers, apparently. What programmer was sitting in front of Visual Studio, mashing away, thinking, “I’m saving lives here guys, with these beeps, these loud beeps.” Woe to the bank teller or kidnappee who tries to get wise. Here’s some wisdom: anything not Microsoft.

Sent from my iPhone

^ not really; do you think I’m made of money and data plans? Also, the thing that pushed me over the edge in writing this post is the fact that my phone has not rung since this. I just miss the call. Yes, I restarted it several times.


4 responses to “Hit and Run: Windows Mobile Emergency

  1. This isn’t just a Windows Mobile thing. When I had to call 911 on my Blackberry, the same thing happened. I had about the same first thought as you: “What if I was calling while someone was in my house and didn’t know I was there?” I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a poorly-thought-out regulation that requires every phone to do this.

  2. Since Apple products are a bad idea you can always get a Nokia N900 or Palm Pre. If you get a Pre you can even make use of your recently honed web programming skills.

  3. Ah, but at least the police will be able to find your cold, lifeless body once they show up.

    Unless the bad dude steals your phone, too.

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