112 is the Emergency Number worldwide for Cell Phones-Fiction!

112 is the Emergency Number worldwide for Cell PhonesFiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email that warns international travelers to remember that 112 is the number to call in case of an emergency.

The Truth:

There is no single emergency number in use world wide.

The number 112 is used in some countries but not all, nor is it used in the U.S. for emergency calls.

Many countries also use 119, 999, and 911. Additionally, not all phones would in all countries to be able to even try dialing a single emergency code.

Some mobile phone providers in the U.S. have programmed 112 into their systems to redirect emergency calls to 911, the nation wide emergency telephone number in the U.S. 

It is not recommended to dial 112 instead of 911 because that could delay your getting help.

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Posted 02/21/14