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Old November 23rd, 2012, 05:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got an S2 so i was going to give my Ace to my son for him to play games, watch netflix, etc. With no sim, he wont be able to make regular calls or get on packet internet, but how do i disable the emergency calls?

I definitely dont want him calling 911 by accident.

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Old November 24th, 2012, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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without the sim, it wont work. no network coverage.
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it depends on where do u live. In Finland it is possible to call emergency num. without sim card.
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I don't know if this would work in your country or not, but in India you can get a sim card on prepaid tariff deal, so if you don't pay any money and there is no remaining balance in your account the carrier will not let you call or message or use any network based service. And normally emergency calls is only displayed on lockscreen or in case of no network availability.
The phone works, it receives a signal so no prompt for emergency calls but you cannot do anything with the network until you pay.
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without the sim, it wont work. no network coverage.
i thought the same thing. However, with the sim removed i still have bars. it says emergency calls only and i could still dial 911. i really want to disable the phone completely.

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i thought the same thing. However, with the sim removed i still have bars. it says emergency calls only and i could still dial 911. i really want to disable the phone completely.

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yea its just default msg on fones. if u did dial it, then you get the no network error msg. wont connect.
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I can see how this would become an issue, vettegofast. I myself have considered turning an old android phone into a media player (and the opposite actually, I've tried using my iPod as a VOIP phone) but obviously the emergency calls wouldn't be an issue to me if I personally was using it.

I'm actually fairly certain that it's been ruled illegal to tamper with or disable this button by the FFC.

If you want to edit some files to screw up the function I'm sure that you would find what you're looking for in the framework-res.apk just be careful
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Old November 26th, 2012, 06:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't know if this would work in your country or not, but in India you can get a sim card on prepaid tariff deal, so if you don't pay any money and there is no remaining balance in your account the carrier will not let you call or message or use any network based service. And normally emergency calls is only displayed on lockscreen or in case of no network availability.
The phone works, it receives a signal so no prompt for emergency calls but you cannot do anything with the network until you pay.
Wanted to add to ayush's post...

if the sim has validity you can still have incoming calls and txt messages on the phone..

this phone works without the sim, and you should be able to use wifi without a sim.
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thanks for all the replies. i did some searching and since my ace is rooted, i decided to try this:

[MOD]Any phone, any ROM: Wi-Fi only mode (disable cell radio) - Android - RootzWiki

seems to work pretty well so far. there is still a phone icon, but when pressed nothing happens.

WYT?

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