1. simplex1's Avatar
    A preinstalled emergency app. able to display the GPS coordinates and transmit them by SMS, in an easy manner, without the need for some installed maps, should be a must for smartphones

    Two people died recently in a plane crash because the emergency teams reached the site too late. One passenger, who escaped unharmed, had a smartphone but he was unable to find its Latitude and Longitude with all the help he received from people who where in contact with him by mobile phone.

    Honestly, with my WP8 phone using the default HERE Maps app., I was not able after 10 minutes of trying to display somehow Lat. and Long.
    01-22-2014 10:55 AM
  2. DBDev's Avatar
    Yea, it should Or you could use this app: Jack of Tools | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    01-22-2014 11:07 AM
  3. ohgood's Avatar
    SPOT SATELLITE MESSENGER :: HOME PAGE

    spot would be a much better idea in rugged terrain than a phone, which is depending on a cellular service to connect to the outside world.


    as far as an app for that, there are tons. some of the best are iphone/android already like "hereiam" and 'crashproof' and similar versions. there drawback is what i mentioned about needing cellular connectivity to sms/call rescuers. having lat/long won't really do much good unless one person is going to hike/ride/drive out to get rescuers. the spot still trumps the phone in that reguard for faster help.


    you should petition the developers of the highest usage iphone/android app for your cause to develop a wp version.

    but if you're going into terrain, get a SPOT.
    01-22-2014 11:10 AM
  4. simplex1's Avatar
    I know there are solutions but you have to prepare yourself in advance with special devices like "Spot" or have the insight to install a GPS app., like "Jack of Tools" from app. store.
    Ordinary people, having smartphones, will never buy things like Spot or install Jack of Tools. This is for trip goers or other categories of individuals who really need them.
    Somebody being in difficulty will have in most cases a mobile phone, possible a smartphone, but no more.
    01-22-2014 12:13 PM
  5. ShreyansShah's Avatar
    01-22-2014 12:19 PM
  6. ohgood's Avatar
    I know there are solutions but you have to prepare yourself in advance with special devices like "Spot" or have the insight to install a GPS app., like "Jack of Tools" from app. store.
    Ordinary people, having smartphones, will never buy things like Spot or install Jack of Tools. This is for trip goers or other categories of individuals who really need them.
    Somebody being in difficulty will have in most cases a mobile phone, possible a smartphone, but no more.

    i understand that people believe a cellphone will save them, and that's too bad. this, is not descriptive enough "I see a bunch of rocks to the left, and a bunch of trees to the right" thought to help. at minimum i'd suggest folks get comfortable with their phones, and realize that it's a tool, and usually the wrong tool for the job.
    01-22-2014 04:46 PM
  7. ShreyansShah's Avatar
    i understand that people believe a cellphone will save them, and that's too bad. this, is not descriptive enough "I see a bunch of rocks to the left, and a bunch of trees to the right" thought to help. at minimum i'd suggest folks get comfortable with their phones, and realize that it's a tool, and usually the wrong tool for the job.
    wrong tool for the job..?
    completely agreed.
    01-22-2014 07:42 PM
  8. OldMillXxX's Avatar
    IF someone dials 911 and gets through, and IF their location data is on (might be automatic when dialing 911) the 911 service pulls GPS coordinates automatically from the phone for this exact purpose. It has been there since before smartphones on feature phones that had GPS chips installed.
    01-23-2014 08:46 AM
  9. Nick_1020's Avatar
    You could always use one of these in times of distress:
    01-23-2014 09:06 AM
  10. ohgood's Avatar
    IF someone dials 911 and gets through, and IF their location data is on (might be automatic when dialing 911) the 911 service pulls GPS coordinates automatically from the phone for this exact purpose. It has been there since before smartphones on feature phones that had GPS chips installed.
    "I'm sorry, you need to call the dispatcher for this other county, get a pen and paper and I'll give you the number"

    is often the reply from e911 services when dialed, in overlapping areas.

    I've also noticed signs, roadside, and at soccer fields/football stadiums, parks, that say "ONLY DIAL 344-344-3445 for emergencies! " and then list the address of the location, and the 911 services that ate available. with different numbers.

    idiotic way of putting a bandaid on a real problem, instead of using what is available in cellphones today.
    01-23-2014 11:58 AM
  11. simplex1's Avatar
    Is there a WP8 app that allows you to enter by hand Latitude and Longitude and finally displays the position on the preinstalled map?
    Last edited by simplex1; 01-25-2014 at 07:36 AM.
    01-23-2014 12:06 PM

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