When will mobile phones in India get the panic button? Manufacturers get 2-month extension

Mobile phone makers have received a government extension of 2 months to implement the panic button feature in new handsets.

“On the request of mobile device manufacturers, we have extended the period for implementing panic button in new handsets by two months … the players had made a request saying they have unsold inventory of mobile phones without the panic button … so we have given them an extension till February 28,” Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak told PTI.

In April 2016, the Indian government mandated that all mobile phones in the country from January 1, 2017, must have a panic button feature.

Pressing the panic button will make a call to single emergency number 112, a number similar to the U.S. all-in-one emergency services number 911.

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“The mobile phone makers have taken up task to enable more than 2 crore phones every month with panic button very seriously. Industry is completely ready. There is minor aberration because of demonetisation which will be corrected in next 1-2 months,” industry body ICA National President Pankaj Mohindroo said.

The government also issued a mandate for mobile handset manufacturer to only sell new device in India with the facility of identifying the location through satellite-based GPS.

The concept of a device with panic button feature was taken up following the 2012 gangrape of a paramedical student in Delhi.

This panic button can send out a distress call that can help in emergency situations.

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