Germany to require active SIM card to make emergency calls

Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency has announced a subtle change to the regulations covering emergency calls made from mobile phones. Under the change, starting on 1 July 2009, emergency calls made from mobile phones in Germany will only be possible with an active SIM card.

To date, it has been possible to call the emergency number 112 from any mobile phone without the card. In future, the active card will allow the accurate identification of the card holder, making it easier to deal with abuse.

Emergency calls can also be made even if the card is blocked for outgoing, chargeable calls or if there is no credit left on a prepaid card account. Merely an activated SIM card is needed. If the emergency call cannot be established over the caller’s own provider, it will be set up via another mobile network.

See official press release here.

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