Navigation expert Lyle Brotherton explains the magic emergency phone number 112. This connects you to the emergency services on any available network - a good way to get around patchy mobile coverage in the hills, in the event of a mishap.
You can even register your phone to be able to contact help via text. 112 works in 70 countries worldwide, including all of the EU. More info here.
Mobile phone signals frequencies are microwaves, albeit very weak and water absorbs these signals, hence your head blocks the incoming/outgoing transmissions :) The advantage to using 112 instead of 999 is that... Cal24 - 04 Mar 2013
Of course it can pass through walls, as well as your head, but it gets attenuated. If you already have an extremely low signal level, that could possibly make the difference between barely a call and no call at all. Alkis - 24 Feb 2013
Absolutely nothing, in the UK they do exactly the same. 999 will also search for any network signal if your provider has none. The bit about turning if you get no signal because your head could be blocking it also... argyle_dude - 23 Feb 2013
I'm pretty sure it won't matter for 112 calls, but it's always worth having your phone set to use any network type (2G, 3G, & 4G) if possible - not all base sites have 3G. If you have a phone for emergency use then... Toerag - 22 Feb 2013