Friday Night Video - Emergency Number 112

© Lyle Brotherton

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.

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22 Feb, 2013
This is superb. I had no idea. I will be letting my children know. Really, this is stuff everyone should know. There should be public service ads about this on tv. See also
22 Feb, 2013
22 Feb, 2013
Yes, I thought the threads last week were a bit inconclusive, especially 112 vs 999 in the UK.
22 Feb, 2013
Yes, really good video. Some handy hints there. I guess I'd better register!
22 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 it may be worth getting a SIM from one of the channel island networks like Sure which can roam across all UK operators. It won't make a difference for 112 calls, but it will for normal use where not all networks have decent signal in remote areas. In terms of getting through when cell sites are busy, I'm pretty sure 112 calls will not 'kick off' a normal voice call, but I'll check with one of my colleagues who's senior mobile engineer for one of the CI networks.
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