From the Blog

I had quite an experience this past weekend that really made me sit up and start taking more notice of crime and safety.

My Fiancé was at the hairdresser on Saturday morning while I was playing a few rounds of golf on my Wii when I received an SMS from her that said the following: “I am in an emergency. Please help me.”. I started to panic thinking the worst – hijacking, kidnapping, etc. and immediately grabbed my car keys and sped out. Just before that I tried to call the cops – who were more than useless. The guy didn’t understand that my Fiancé was in an emergency and that could he get someone to go to the hairdresser in Gordon’s Bay immediately. I hung up the phone after the guy kept on repeating “Ehh, what must I do? What emergency?”.

I then jumped in my car and called her phone – which immediately answered. I could hear her in the car, with the radio on, but couldn’t hear anything else. I assumed she had sent the SMS somehow and was answering the phone in her pocket. This made me panic even more as I had no idea where she was heading – kidnapped and all. I was in a total panic as I was driving to get to the last place she was in Gordon’s Bay. Her sisters also got the SMS and were calling me, but I had no more information than they did.

3 minutes later I spotted her car at the robot, and there she was, looking all beautiful after being at the hairdresser. I stopped in the middle of the traffic and asked her where her phone was – and she opened her bag and showed it to me. It was a false alarm. I was totally relieved to see her safe and totally oblivious to what I had just gone through in the last 5 minutes.

Samsung’s SOS function

You see, she had activated a function on her phone that sends out an SMS to 4 people she specifies and the phone then goes into SOS mode and auto answers calls from only those people that got the SMS.

To activate it, you press the volume key 4 times while the phone is locked.

look-4-helpYes, the possibility of you actually being able to activate it in an emergency might be slim, but at least you have that possibility. Vodacom have a similar function called Look4Help that you can check out if you don’t own a Samsung.

Consider setting it up, it could just save your life.

  • http://www.lesleydean.com Lesley Dean

    Ah hectic! Shame J, that must have been a serious scare! Glad everything is ok.

    Yeah, the thing with these emergency features is that is has to be “easy” and discreet to activate, but not easy to accidentally activate. Tough balance to get right I think.

  • Ahmed

    The function is great but i used it on my nokia mobile. there is a new mobile software that not only send SMS text but also can send the GPS location which is all what you need to save someone. also it sends email, sanpshots autmatically.
    i’ve downloaded a trial from http://sos.enpronomics.com it can also be found on handango

  • phil smart

    this sos feature caused so much unneceassary concern yesterday as the phone triggered the feature unknown to me. The keyboard was locked the phone was being carried in a pannier of a motorbike . The button was pushed by the shaking of the bike, alarm raised and then the phone locked NON of which I was aware of. 2 police forces and the coastguard were alerted.
    Think logically about this and you can realise that it is no harder to just unlock the phone and dial 999 ( just 4 key strokes) if someone helps you they also have a phone to use, not the case when the phone locks itself.
    Good idea but you forget how to set it off as 4 presses on the volume is soon forgotten 999 is easy.
    phil

  • Sowjanya

    Thanks. But, I need to change the SOS numbers on my Samsung and please let me know how to do it.

  • sanjay

    i want to know sos number as my phone locked.

  • BTAM

    I need to change the SOS numbers on my Samsung and please let me know how to do it.. or how can I dis-able it .. My phone have called the police 3 times this week and I got a letter from the police to stop playing a fool with them.

  • http://www.jasonbagley.com Jason

    BTAM, best would be to go to your nearest Vodacom store. They will be able to help.

  • BTAM

    Jason I’m in Singapore . no Vodacom shop. try some phone shop and their don’t know too ??

  • http://www.jasonbagley.com Jason

    BTAM, there must be a menu option somewhere on your phone where you can set it up. I no longer have the phone, so cannot check, but look through all the menus on your phone. It should be there!

  • reen

    u can find the sos message options in the messages file