Did you know that by keeping old phones charged you can use them to call 9 1 1 even if it is not activated? Non-activated cell phones do not have a service contract nor an assigned provider. Prepaid has an assigned provider but no contract. Be aware when using a phone without a service contract (non-activated and prepaid), if the call gets disconnected, YOU MUST redial 9 1 1. Pre-paid and non-activated cell phones do not provide the call taker with your phone number.
Remember — do not hang up until the 911 call taker says it is ok to hang-up.