Verizon to launch first text-to-911 service in U.S.

Within the next year, Verizon Wireless will introduce the first text-to-911 service that will do exactly what it sounds like: allow customers to request help from a 911 call center via text messages. Somewhat shockingly, this will be the first text-to-911 service in the United States. Sadly, it only notifies the emergency services, not local superheroes.

Though the service is particularly geared toward the hearing-impaired, it will incredibly useful for someone who has poor reception or finds himself in a situation in which speaking would not be prudent.

The UK already has a service like this in place, called EmergencySMS service, but that is specifically designed for the hearing-impaired.

Verizon plans to roll out the service in a few major metropolitan areas within the first six months of 2013, and an FCC chairman announced last year that the country's emergency systems will be upgraded to accept text messages.

Via Digital Trends

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