Telecom Ministry seeks all Smartphone should have Panic Button from Next Year

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New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry in India now deciding to make it mandatory for all the mobile handset makers to add a Panic Button for all mobile phones they manufacture and will be sold in the India from First day of January, 2017, on wards for enabling the users to make emergency call easily.

Moreover, the ministry also seeking the mobile handset makers to add an in- built GPS navigation system which would be mandatorily provided with all the mobile phones and such in- built GPS navigation will be make mandatory in the next coming year after 2017, i.e. from First day of January, 2018.

The said information is provided from the Telecom Ministry by the Telecom Minister- Ravi Shankar Prasad who released the statements on yesterday i.e. on Monday 25th April.

As per the said Telecom Minister- Ravi Shankar Prasad, who stated today that the “Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women… from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018 mobile sets should have also GPS inbuilt.”

Besides there was issued an official notification to this effect which was issued on 22nd day of April, and this notification states that “with effect from January 1, 2017, no mobile phone handset manufactured company shall sell in India… Feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘Numeric key 5’ or ‘Numeric key 9’ to invoke emergency call.” Thus, the notification is clear to this effect that there should not be sold any smartphone handset in India without having the facility of ‘emergency call button.’

Such emergency call button will be facilitating, when it will be pressed for long time, the emergency call will be invoked. Moreover, the users will also be able to use existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession.

Moreover, the said notification also clarifying that from the First day of January, 2018, “no mobile phone handset manufactured company shall sell the new mobile phone handset in India without the facility of identifying the location through Satellite based GPS.”

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