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Friday, 17 February 2006 04:52

Cellphones must make emergency calls when locked

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ACIF has revised its technical standard covering cellphones to require that they can be used to make emergency calls even when locked.

ACIF says this will be important in situations where the person dialling is not familiar with the phone, for example, where a mobile phone user is involved in an accident and a passer-by picks up the locked handset to call for help or where a child at home uses the mobile phone of an incapacitated parent to call emergency services.

The standard has also been updated to include handsets such as screen-based devices like Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) that have touch screen keypads.

Another section of the revised standard introduces new requirements to limit the sound output of mobile phones to prevent damage to users' hearing.

The standard is being forwarded to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for registration and once registered will become mandatory.


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