How many of you have a smartphone and know how to find your current Latitude and Longitude to text to friends when you have a weak signal?
If you don't know how to find your Latitude & Longitude you may want to figure out how you do that on you smartphone before heading into the mountains or out on open water.
With an iPhone its easy. Just bring up the COMPASS application that comes on every iPhone and it displays Latitude & Longitude. The COMPASS application may be found in your UTILITIES folder. Practice using COMPASS application. Note COMPASS has to be enabled for GPS under settings.
If you have an Android smartphone well lets just say you may need to download an application that shows Latitude & Longitude.
Yes most 911 dispatcher centers have the capability to find your location after a minute making a voice call to 911. In cases of weak signal text message to friends may be your best option.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have voluntarily committed to provide text-to-911 service by May 15, 2014 in all areas served by their networks where a 911 call center is prepared to receive texts. Note not all 911 centers will be prepared to receive texts on that date.
Edited by catskills - 12/27/13 at 2:14pm