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Comment: Re:Shouldn't the cell phone companies provide this (Score 1) 315 315

Depends on your area, and what's in your cell. In Cali, there are two call centers (norcal, socal), staffed by CHP. All mobile 911 calls go there. Then they'll forward you from there to a local dispatcher (if you're lucky). There can be a bit of a wait.

A landline call is routed directly to the call center (by the telco's CO, I beleive).

So while yes, the cell phone knows exactly where you are (better than gps with a CDMA phone), and sends that to the call center, the data often just falls on the floor. Of course, if you're calling from a car, driving down the highway, your location quickly changes.

So don't call in an accident without stopping at it. It just wastes everyone's time.

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