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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #81. Workarounds for 911 Emergency Service

Skype doesn't provide emergency service calls. But there are some workarounds.

Works with: all versions of Skype.

Skype does not provide any access to emergency service. If you dial 911 (or the equivalent outside the U.S.) to call emergency service, you will not be connected. Period.

Skype itself is quite explicit on this issue, and therefore markets its services as an "enhancement" to regular telephone services. However, for those who switch to Skype completely, making it their sole (nonmobile) telephone service provider, some workarounds are available that can provide "911-like" service.

Warning

Perhaps it is worth repeating that the workarounds are only "911-like" and are in no way a direct substitute for real 911 service. You must weigh the pros and cons of fully switching over to Skype in light of the fact that Skype cannot provide 911 service. Switching to Skype as your sole telephone provider is a decision that you alone can make, and that you alone must live with and bear responsibility for.

911—You May Have It by Default

Most people get their broadband Internet service through one of two means: cable TV or telephone.

Cable TV uses the same physical cable through which you receive your TV channels, so it is independent of your telephone service. You can have cable Internet access without having a telephone, and vice versa.

Telephone can also provide broadband Internet access, usually at an additional cost to your regular telephone services. ...

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