News : Apple Watch Can Misdial 911, Call Centers ask that Users Don't hang Up
Sioux Falls, SD, USA, May, 2017 -- After a slew of misdials from an internet prank to ask Siri to "Call 108" which dials emergency services, now there's a very easy way for your Apple Watch to accidentally call 911.
Many cities are seeing this problem, including KSFY News' sister station KWCH in Wichita, Kansas, which reported a surge of misdialed 911 calls at their local call center after the Jan. 1.
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Metro Communications in Sioux Falls said they haven't seen too many misdials from Apple Watches just yet, but that makes it the perfect time to alert users to how easy it is to accidentally call.
If you have an Apple Watch, holding down the buttons on the side will make an emergency call. Like Siri's "call 108" feature, you'll get 10 seconds to cancel the call, but if you don't, it will call your local dispatch center. If you carry a purse on your wrist, or even grocery bags from the supermarket, it can be very easy to accidentally make that call.
Metro Communications said that they've already seen a surge in accidental calls this year and they get even busier in the summer months.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017
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