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Author Topic: is there a free or nearly-free 911 solution on Obi200 for a cheapskate like me?  (Read 3345 times)
TimSpencer
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« on: March 07, 2018, 02:03:50 pm »

is there a free or nearly-free 911 solution on Obi200 for a cheapskate like me?   Huh

thanks!
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GPz1100
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 02:26:13 pm »

Callcentric $1.50 a month... $18/yr.. 4.9 a day... Is that sufficiently cheap?
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Lavarock7
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2018, 01:40:17 am »

I don't use Bluetooth, but I got to thinking that if the Obi had Bluetooth to a cellphone that was near it, calls routed through it would also show GPS info.

Is this something that could work?
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2018, 04:39:30 am »

I don't use Bluetooth, but I got to thinking that if the Obi had Bluetooth to a cellphone that was near it, calls routed through it would also show GPS info.

Is this something that could work?
1.  There are lots of phones that have Bluetooth but not GPS.

2.  If a cellphone which does have Bluetooth and GPS is close enough to an OBi (with Bluetooth) for the Bluetooth link to work, then that very likely means that the cellphone is indoors.  Where GPS tends not  to work.
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GPz1100
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2018, 08:48:00 am »

It boils down to how important 911 service is for you.  I'd like to think of 911 service in a worst case scenario.  One may need emt/police asap.  Time spent getting transferred between call centers and/or getting your exact location may mean the difference between life and death.  For a few bucks a year, the paid 911 service will always provide your address assuming e911 service is available in your area.
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LTN1
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2018, 09:15:02 am »

As others have stated, I do recommend having an e911 service. However, like many people today who have their cell phones on 24/7--and in most places, your cell phone has 911 service with a pretty accurate GPS location (maybe not down to the feet...but usually to the span of a house), some have obtained the local 10 digit number of their 911 dispatcher (it's the actual number that dialing 911 will route to) and have programmed it into their OBi device.

The advantage of programming the local emergency number to the OBi device is that the caller using the OBi phone will only have to dial the digits "911" to get to their local emergency dispatcher. The disadvantage is that the caller will have to tell the dispatcher their house address because it will not show up on the dispatcher's system.

If you want to do something like this, while not the best method, let me know and I will provide the configuration for the OBi200 device.
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lhm.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2018, 09:52:58 pm »

GV911.com $12 per year. Has worked well for me the last few years.
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Taoman
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2018, 10:31:49 pm »

GV911.com $12 per year. Has worked well for me the last few years.

How so? Have you ever actually had to make a 911 call using GV911.com?
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lhm.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2018, 10:48:27 pm »

Yes and had made test calls to 911 before that (with prior permission) to verify that the Smart911.com health profiles for the wife and I were provided/passed and they were.

Works for me.
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SteveInWA
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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2018, 08:09:18 am »

And, it's worth SIX DOLLARS A YEAR to gamble on that?   Really, look at the website; I know elementary school kids who could do a better job.
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