I had to do it sooner or later

Discussion in 'UK VOIP' started by Mike Fletcher, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. I just knew that I would do this sooner or later.

    I have a Sipgate number via an ATA connected as a fourth line on my Meridian
    Compact, the other three lines are connected to PSTN, two BT, one cable.

    I went to dial a friend of mine who is on Sipgate using his Sipgate number
    which is 999XXXX, no prizes for guessing what happened next.

    Yes you've guessed it, I pressed the wrong line button and was promptly
    answered by a lady saying Emergency Services, how can we help you, or words
    to that effect. After explaining that I had accidentally misdialled,
    apologising and confirming my name she went away leaving me feeling a right

    AFAIK Sipgate now seem to have stopped using numbers beginning with 999, but
    why an earth did they choose to use the code to begin with and why were they
    allowed to by OFCOM, or whoever. Surely they must have known that folk are
    going to do exactly the same thing as I did, resulting in needlessly wasting
    the time of the emergency services operators?

    Mike Fletcher, Aug 12, 2005
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    Ivor Jones Guest

    I did that once, for a number in Coventry. As (in the UK at least) VoIP
    isn't required to be connectable to the 999/112 service, I don't think
    they were actually doing anything wrong by using numbers starting 999 (so
    I don't think Ofcom or whoever comes into it), but I agree it was somewhat

    Ivor Jones, Aug 12, 2005
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  3. ....and if done from a cable line costing the cable operator a couple of quid
    for connecting to the emergency services IIRC.
    Peter Andrews, Aug 12, 2005
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    Nick Guest

    That's interesting.
    Nick, Aug 12, 2005
  5. My 999 story is that I transfered a customer to 999 by using a Cisco
    IP phone, using the address book, attempting to phone someone in the
    company called Zoe, not realising that my button to go into the
    address book hadn't worked, so just transfered them to 999.

    Andrew Hodgson, Sep 7, 2005
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    Graham Guest

    Pitmy Bowdes used to supply a special telephone to its customers for
    ordering its goods or services.

    It had a bank of permanently programmed one-touch keys intended for end to
    end DTMF signalling. One of the frequently used keys had 999# programmed in
    it, an accident waiting to happen I thought.

    Graham, Sep 7, 2005
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