106 (emergency telephone number)

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106 (emergency telephone number)


Brief summary - 106 (emergency telephone number) 106 Text Emergency Call, commonly known as simply 106, is the Australian national emergency telephone number to be used in life threatening or time critical situations for those with a speech and / or hearing impairment who use telecommunications device for the deaf (textphone or teletypewriter (TTY)). It is run by the emergency telephone operator for the National Relay Service (NRS); formerly the Australian Communications Exchange (ACE), a non-profit organisation that provided the relay services component for the NRS. 106 can only be used by people with a TTY / textphone, or a computer with terminal software (TTY imitation software) and a modem. 106 calls are given priority over other calls handled by the National Relay Service. 106 is a free-to-call number.

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