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Forum topic by longgone posted 08-22-2013 04:46 PM 1544 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2013 04:46 PM

My wife and I just returned from a 10 day trip driving around Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. We learned some great things about cell phones that we never realized were possible. Most of the time we did not have cell phone service in our locations…but this is still really valuable and good to know…

5 Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

For all the folks with cell phones. (This should be printed and kept in your car, purse, and wallet. Good information to have with you.)

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies.

Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.

Check out the things that you can do with it:

FIRST (Emergency)

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

SECOND (Locked Keys in Car)
Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone:

If you lock your keys In the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!’

THIRD (Hidden Battery Power)

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys 3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

FOURTH (How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?)
To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone: *#06#.
A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

And Finally….

FIFTH (Free Directory Service for Cells)

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don’t have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE411 or (800) 373-3411
without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.
This is sponsored by McDonalds.

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 05:03 PM

Greg, I think you may have some real good info here but in your step #4 where do you input these numbers? When I tried on the cell number key pad the operator said the number could not be completed as dialed. I don’t know where else you could input the star or number symbols?

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 05:05 PM

Don’t believe everything you read, Greg….

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-22-2013 05:26 PM

Chuck…on step #4 you need to input the asterisk before the first pound sign. for some reason when I place and asterisk in the post it doesn’t show up but they do show up in the replies….**? Quirky. Tried editing it several times. it works on my phone…i tested these on my Samsung Galaxy S3

Charlie…Works on my phone but it might not be 100% compatible with all models…guess it it important to try with whatever phone you use.

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#4 posted 08-22-2013 10:28 PM

When I worked at HD in Knoxville we tried the “unlock your car” trick with 9 or 10 different peoples phones. Some of these phones were the cheap (pay as you go) style and some of them were the top of the line (like $400) types.

NONE of them would do the car unlock trick. Just sayin…. we couldn’t get it to work.

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 10:48 AM

Ok so snopes labels it as a claim, not actual nor fake from what I can tell.

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#6 posted 08-23-2013 11:47 AM

As Arti Johnson would say…....”verrrrrrrrry innnnnnnnteresting”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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