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I have a family member who has dementia. Their iPhone was taken away because they kept dialing 911. I gave the family member an iPod Touch, but they really want an iPhone. I took the SIM card out of the iPhone, but discovered that it is still possible to call 911.

Is there a way to disable the 911 dialing functionality of the iPhone in the United States?

  • Why do they want and iPhone with no SIM - what does an iPod Touch (or iPad) not do? – user151019 Nov 11 '16 at 1:41
  • The family member has Frontal Lobe Dementia, which impacts reasoning abilities. The person doesn't want the iPod because they want an iPhone. There is no logic. – vy32 Nov 14 '16 at 2:45
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No, you cannot disable it for an US iPhone as US law requires that all cell phones be able to call 911 even if no SIM-card is inserted.

You would need to obtain a foreign iPhone. For example in the EU the emergency services are typically not dialed with 911 but rather 112.

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