Cell Phone Magic - Print and Keep in Your Car

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Cell Phone Magic - Print and Keep in Your Car

My office manager sent this helpful information and I thought it good information everyone should have.

Cell phone in Sachse Texas5 Things You May Not Know Your Cell Phone Can 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.  Feel free to pass along.) 

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: 

1.  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.  Interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out. 

2.  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. It will save 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).

3.  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.

4.  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 gets 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. 

5.  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

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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Great list of tips Janet. Wonder if you could record the sound of your key less entry and save it as an audio file so you would always have a spare key with you? Hmmm...now I have to try it. lol. Thanks for sharing the great tips.

Jul 05, 2010 08:57 AM #1
Diane Sundberg
Mann & Sons, Inc. - Georgetown, DE
Your Southern Delaware real estate agent

I really really hate to burst the bubble here but not all of the above info is correct.


gives a rundown on what is & what isnt true, it would take a lot of space for me to break it down as snopes does an awesome job of it.

Having worked in the "geek" field for a few years I really wish sometimes people would check some things out, I actually got into a heated verbal discussion with someone locally who told me I was crazy & that the cellphone thing for keys did work. I actually had the last laugh when it didnt, but then again we only tried 3 different cars, I didnt care to test out a lot full of cars.

Thanks though

Jul 05, 2010 09:28 AM #2
Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE
Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - Pickerington, OH
"Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs"

Thanks. Good information to store away for future reference. Unfortunately, when I get locked out of my car, my cell phone is usually locked in my car!

Jul 05, 2010 10:04 AM #3
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

I can confirm that #2 is impossible about transmitting a remote signal through a cell phone to unlock a car. A keyless entry transmitter works on a different frequency band that cannot be replicated with a cell phone speaker.

Jul 05, 2010 10:48 AM #4

Here is a tip, before blogging research the topic because I found this same information cell phones on another blog.

Jul 05, 2010 01:15 PM #5
Janet Sebile
Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors - Rowlett, TX

Thanks everyone for your comments.  Just a few notes. 

First, thanks for letting me know about Snopes.  Never heard of it.  That's one thing I appreciate is the flow of helpful information and learning.

Second, I checked all 5 of these before I posted except for #3 - battery charge because my battery was fully charged - I figured if the rest work, they all did.  I'm letting my battery go down and will try it again.  As I'm not a techie person, I told my nephew about the comments regarding the car unlocking.  He said I might not have been far away enough and the keyless remote may have actually activated the unlock instead of the phone.  I'll double check this as well.

Finally, to the person who commented that this was posted before - I will look deeper next time.  When I originally searched cell phones I didn't go as deep.  I went back and it comes up several pages in my search.  It was not my intent to resubmit info already present.  If it was your post - my apologies.

Again, thanks everyone.  I'm new at this so the feedback is helpful getting me going.

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