Is it true that deactivated cell phones can call 911?

Yes. For this reason, we ask that if you have an old, unused phone and know somebody who may need it in an emergency, give it to them.

Be advised, however, that these deactivated phones are not toys for children. Several times a day we receive 911 calls from deactivated cell phones that children are playing with, during the investigation of which, we are tying up a call taker from answering emergency calls. If you have an old cell phone that you are going to let your child play with, please, take out the battery!

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1. When should I call 911?
2. What can I do to ensure the fastest possible response?
3. I accidentally dialed 911. What should I do?
4. Why do you ask so many questions when I call?
5. What if I don't have an emergency, but need to reach a police officer, fire department, or ambulance service?
6. Are there times when it's not appropriate to call 911?
7. Don't my address and phone number show up on your caller ID? Why do you have to ask? Doesn't my cell phone tell you my exact location when I call?
8. Why does it take help so long to get here?
9. Is my name going to wind up in the newspaper if I report a crime?
10. Is it true that deactivated cell phones can call 911?
11. Who is answering the phone when I call 911?
12. I have an emergency involving one of my pets. Can you help me?
13. My cat is stuck in a tree! Can you get it down?
14. I want to work as a 911 dispatcher. What special skills and training do I need? Do you have any openings?