Besides, in-built GPS navigation system would be mandatory for all phones a year later with effect from January 1, 2018.

All mobile handsets in India to have panic button from Jan 2017
news Telecom Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 08:29

Panic button will be mandatory for all mobile phones to be sold in India January 1, 2017, onwards to enable users make emergency call easily.

Besides, in-built GPS navigation system would be mandatory for all phones a year later with effect from January 1, 2018, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.

"Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women... from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018 mobile sets should have also GPS inbuilt," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a statement on Monday.

An official notification dated April 22, said, "With effect from January 1, 2017, no mobile phone handset manufactured company shall sell in India... Feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing 'Numeric key 5' or 'Numeric key 9' to invoke emergency call".

Further, it said that no smartphone should be sold in India without the facility of emergency call button. This button should function in a manner that by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession.

"With effect from January 1, 2018, no mobile phone handset manufactured company shall sell the new mobile phone hand set in India without the facility of identifying the location through Satellite based GPS," the notification said.

At present, only smartphones come with inbuilt GPS system.

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