Keeping your phone on you is something I’d estimate about 30% of us do – the remaining 70% haven’t yet become addicted to their cellphone. SMS, IMs and the proliferation of and Blackberry and related devices have made holding your phone nearly a necessity – at least in our own mind. But not everyone carries their cellular phone.
Some of those not carrying phones were stuck in an elevator at their worksite for two days. Leaving their phones in the car, they didn’t expect to be at the job for more than an hour. A sudden stop by the elevator – and no response by pushing the phone button – put their one hour job into overtime.
Trapped for Two Days (via LiveLeak)
With the size of phones becoming smaller and smaller, there is no reason why you shouldn’t, or at least couldn’t, always keep your phone with you. In an emergency – they are right there and with triangulation services they can pretty much locate you in the event of an emergency. Keep your battery charged at all times – and even if your service is suspended or disconnected, 911 calls will still go through to your Emergency Response Center for immediate handling.
According to an About.com article, 30% of all 9-1-1 calls nationwide are made from cellphones. One other important thing to note – if you are using a cellphone which does not have a phone number or service currently active, although you will be able to call 9-1-1 in an emergency as long as signal is available – if you are disconnected there is no way for the 9-1-1 operator to call you back. You will be forced to redial 9-1-1.
On yet another (albeit dated) note, a 2002 article reported that 70% of cellular phone initiated 9-1-1 calls are accidental (Source: LockerGnome)