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What happens if i dial 911 from Google voice app 1 Recommended Answer 6 Replies 4 Upvotes
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I would like to use Google voice app as a default dialer on a cell phone without phone plan but with data service. I set up Google voice app to prefer data and WiFi calls and it works as intended.
Of course, Google voice can't make 911 calls. But the cell should be able to make emergency calls even without service plan. So my question is: if i dial 911 inside Google voice app - will it hand over the call to the native phone dialer or will it simply fail to dial?
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I just realized that you said that you weren't using Google Voice for all calls through the native dialer, you are dialing through the GV app.
 
You will have to launch the native dialer to call 911 
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Just to clarify: if i did dial 911 in the  GV app, the call would simply fail? It would not instead launch a native dialer?
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Google voice is a phone management tool it is not a full service provider.
 
You can use Callcentric and sign up for 911 service and them be able to dial all numbers including emergency calls through the sip client you use for callcentric calls
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After an assurance that dialing 911 within google voice app will fail (and therefore I will not accidentally make a 911 call without a reason), I tried dialing from the GV app.

For those who want an ability to dial 911 from GV app, the situation is a bit better than failing: GV brings up the default dialer (as long as default is set) with 911 pre-dialed already. So one simply needs to press call button once more to dial 911. As I said, I think even without service cell phones are supposed to dial emergency numbers, so I think the call would work.

(As an unnecessary background. I do have 911 service set up on my obi200 at home. But for various reasons I was investigating a possibility of making GV app the only "visible" dialer on my parents' cell phone. I think even a single additional button press may be confusing for my elderly parents in an emergency, so I won't go along that route. But maybe it could be useful for someone else to know that 911 calls can almost be made from within GV app.)
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Do NOT rely on a phone without paid telephone service, to call 911.  Nobody at Google will ever recommend that.  There is no way to know if the phone will actually place the call when you need it, given that it will never otherwise be used as a telephone.
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