Things you may not have known about your Cell Phone

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  1. fredball

    Vancouver, WA
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    [TD] Things you may not have known about your Cell Phone

    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 (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.

    THIRD (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....

    FOURTH (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.

    This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends


  2. tunus

    PDX, United States
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    So I tried #2 and #3 on my cdma phone and it didn't work. I believe these tricks will only work on GSM phones. Currently, only AT&T and T-mobile use GSM if I remember correctly. 112 is the default emergency number in Europe and I did not know it will work in the US. Thanks.
  3. teflon97239

    Portland, OR
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    Some people I know store certain names and numbers in their phones (and wallets) preceded by the letters ICE.

    Seems that ICE means In Case of Emergency and someone in charge will know who to phone if they find you lying somewhere looking like Wile E. Coyote.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2015
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  4. PhantomWorks

    Seattle WA
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    Good info.
    Only 20 years old... My first phone living in Sweden did Al of this, yes it was GSM,.
  5. ConcreteJungle

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    from what I remember when I worked in the wireless industry....

    most modern cell phones have the Emergency Call option built in.
    112 won't work in the US.
    I've never heard of the emergency power reserve feature. I even tried it on my phone and NO GO.
    As far as the serial number of the phone, properly called the IMEI...can be obtained using the *#06# feature or by scrolling through the setting on your phone and finding the item labeled "info".

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