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    Default How to Remove Emergency Call Feature?

    I'm having a bit of a dilema right now. My case is missing at the moment so I am forced to lock the keys while I keep it in my pocket.

    My problem is my Blackberry is finding it very easy to dial emergency service (AKA Police) while in lock mode.

    (Trackball movement + Green Button = Police)

    Is there a way to remove the emergency call feature?
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    hold the mute button and that should put your phone on standby and eliminate this problem. just press it again to take it out of standby.
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    Default Any others?

    Just wondering if there is something else available than just putting the device in to standby. I'd rather not have the option to make the emergency call listed when unlocking the device. Is that even available on this model?
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    If something like that is possible, it is going to be difficult as there are laws in place stating that any phone device must be able to call emergency services at any time by anyone that picks it up.
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    Why bother locking it? Put it to sleep. My berry naps in my pocket. Its not polite to lock it up all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjfritz07 View Post
    Why bother locking it? Put it to sleep. My berry naps in my pocket. Its not polite to lock it up all the time.
    Does it still ring when asleep? Also, apologies for my deficient BB protocol, but why is it impolite to lock the handset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADDLED View Post
    Does it still ring when asleep? Also, apologies for my deficient BB protocol, but why is it impolite to lock the handset?

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    I think he was offering a little humor, meaning let your BB play/breath/have fun...at least that is how I took it

    In standbye you should receive all messages/calls still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brlintn View Post
    I think he was offering a little humor, meaning let your BB play/breath/have fun...at least that is how I took it

    In standbye you should receive all messages/calls still.

    Sorry i wasnt being sarcastic , i thought it was funny that people anthropomorph their BBs and get to attached to them.
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    There are countless threads about this topic but the problem is, everyone is looking to remove the feature. Since RIM (or any cellphone company) must have that emergency option why don't we just leave it but find a way to change the emergency number that is programmed into the phone? I'm tired of this nanny state stuff... If I want to lock my blackberry and put it in my pocket without accidentally calling and taking up the time of the police, I should be able to do so. So, how do we change the programming so that instead of the phone's emergency number being 911, have it be * or # or whatever sequence of numbers. This way, RIM has done what they needed to do (which is providing the phone with an emergency option) and since we are not required to have this option on our phones once we own it, lets change it. Any ideas?
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    I've made this mistake a few times, most 911 dispatchers know that these phones have the feature, and usually won't get pissed if you explain it as an accident, just my two cents though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel984 View Post
    I've made this mistake a few times, most 911 dispatchers know that these phones have the feature, and usually won't get pissed if you explain it as an accident, just my two cents though

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    I just don't want my phone to be on in my pocket while connected to 911. It's a hassle for them and may impede others in need. I suppose I could use my case but I have it set to lock when but in the case. I like this feature but I don't want to have to enter my password in every 25 seconds.
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    So why don't you set it so it doesn't lock?
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    Thumbs up 411 on the 911...we're out of luck

    Imagine my surprise last week when I heard a LOUD beeping and my phone was locked in my front pocket. I look at the phone and try to hang up, but just then the exchange for Columbus police calls my cell. I was mortified. I just joined this site, so thanks for the info. on the Standby mode. I will start using that tonight.
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    As a 911 dispatcher when you accidentally call 911 please don't hang up before we answer it just make us have to call and verify everything is alright and stuff, just stay on the line and say sry but you miss dialed the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjfritz07 View Post
    Why bother locking it? Put it to sleep. My berry naps in my pocket. Its not polite to lock it up all the time.

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    It's a lot easier to just hit the star key to lock the phone and stick it in your pocket. If you're like me and get a lot of texts, putting it in standby every time just doessn't seem practical. I wish there was a better solution. I like the idea of being able to just change the emergency number.
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    Well my berry just called 911 and it scared the crap out of me because the phone said emergency mode and I couldn't figure out how to get it off. I got a call back from 911 asking if I had called and I said no. This is the first time in owning the phone for about a month that it has happened though. If it continues to happen I will have to try standby.
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    This 911 thing has happen to me twice and the operator told me to lock my phone... I had nothing to say to that
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    Quote Originally Posted by phylez View Post
    There are countless threads about this topic but the problem is, everyone is looking to remove the feature. Since RIM (or any cellphone company) must have that emergency option why don't we just leave it but find a way to change the emergency number that is programmed into the phone? I'm tired of this nanny state stuff... If I want to lock my blackberry and put it in my pocket without accidentally calling and taking up the time of the police, I should be able to do so. So, how do we change the programming so that instead of the phone's emergency number being 911, have it be * or # or whatever sequence of numbers. This way, RIM has done what they needed to do (which is providing the phone with an emergency option) and since we are not required to have this option on our phones once we own it, lets change it. Any ideas?
    As much as I agree with the sentiment of this post, as another has stated, it is a law now in can/usa to have this ability. RIM has no choice, disabling/editing the # nulls the whole issue, so I do not believe it is possible, nor should it be.
    god forbid, if something awful happens, you might be happy that you can call 911 easily...and that they call back to check on you...
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    Why can't RIM just remove the "Emergency Call" from unlock menu, or have to type 'yes' to complete the emergency call?? You can still dial '911' while the phone is locked. It requires less steps to dial 911 while the phone is locked then when it is unlocked????
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    Just use a holster. As long as it has the magnet it puts it in standby and keeps lint and other stuff out of your trackball. For me it seems more comfortable and offers a little more protection against accidents like leaning against a counter or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by williwaldo View Post
    Why can't RIM just remove the "Emergency Call" from unlock menu, or have to type 'yes' to complete the emergency call?? You can still dial '911' while the phone is locked. It requires less steps to dial 911 while the phone is locked then when it is unlocked????
    when you hit emergency call it asks you on a seperate screen "are you sure you want to make an emergency call?" theres warning there, ive had this since i got the phone
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbrockman View Post
    It's a lot easier to just hit the star key to lock the phone and stick it in your pocket. If you're like me and get a lot of texts, putting it in standby every time just doessn't seem practical. I wish there was a better solution. I like the idea of being able to just change the emergency number.
    why is it easier to lock it than putting it in standby. Standby only requires hitting 1 button as well.
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    You all are overlooking some facts here.

    1) It is obligatory to have the option to make an emergency call from any phone in any state by anyone who picks the phone up.

    2) It is not the fault of RIM that you have the option there nor is it their fault for the ease of use of this "feature".

    3) Some BlackBerry smartphones (the Pearl at least) suffer from a known problem that even if locked, pushing and holding down the End/Power button will still turn off the BlackBerry. Also, if you put your Pearl to Standby Mode, you can accidentally push the End/Power and get back to the Home Screen as if the Pearl was not in Standby Mode. In other words it is not only the Mute button, which makes you get out of Standby Mode.

    4) I won't be praying for those who wish to have the emergency call option removed.
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    Where did rubelmo's post go?

    Here's what I just got in an e-mail but don't see the post in here.
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    Here is the message that has just been posted:
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    I have tried many different solutions for my problem but this one really works.

    Emergency Call Lock - appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/5012

    In my country, I got a warning letter from police that legal actions will be taken against me if there is repeated emergency calls.
    I have tried putting my phone on standby, my kids is still able to turn it on and make those emergency calls.
    I have tried applications like PhoneBasics, pattern lock, however, due to my company security policy, the blackberry lock still appears after a while and then either I pocket dial the emergency or my kids will dial it for me.
    This application does not add a additional lock like the applications I have tried, it kills the call whenever the emergency call is made while the phone is locked.
    ***************

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    I had this problem as well and the 911 dispatcher was nasty and told me to lock my phone. Ha, it was locked. What I did was add the feature "place call while in locked state" and so now if it's in my pocket the ball would roll to either "unlock" or "place call" and I have so far not triggered the "emergency call" feature yet. Hope this helps someone.
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