Phone Tips For Emergencies!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

I just received this from a friend and wanted to share it 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:                                                                                                                                                      Picture of Treo Phone


    The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112.  If you find yourself

    out of t he 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.



    Have you locked your keys in the car?  toy car keys

     Does your car have remote key-less 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).

    Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over

    a cell phone!"


    Hidden Battery Power

    Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#

    Your cell 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 next time.


    How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

    To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on

    your phone: * # 0 6 #     A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This

    number   is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere

    safe. When your phone get 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....


    Free Directory Service for Cells   1 800 FREE 411

    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) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at

    all.   Program this into your cell phone now.

    This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass it

    on to your family and friends.


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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
Margaret, Thanks for the tips. I will tell my son and husband about the *3370#  . There have been a few times we  could have used it.
Jun 11, 2007 10:32 AM #22
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Gita, Thanks for stopping by.

Here is more information that I just received from a friend.


Be careful how you list names on your cell phone!

This lady has changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag which contained her mobile, Credit card, purse...etc.... was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called Her Hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says "I've Just received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago."

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The pickpocket had actually used the stolen hand phone to text "hubby" in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from the bank account.

Moral of the lesson: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, sweetheart, Dad, Mum etc....... And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked thru texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet "family and friends" who text you.


I should probably post this as a new blog. What do you think?

Jun 17, 2007 10:48 AM #23
Jay Burnham
Coldwell Banker - Beverly, MA
The Coldwell Banker Guy

Hi Margaret...Yes, please post as a blog and be sure to link back to this original post.  And don't forget to mention "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) which should be in everyone's cell phone directory.

All the best...Jay

Jun 18, 2007 12:20 AM #24
Ilyce N. Powell
Financial Revitalize - Baltimore, MD
CMPS- Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist
Wow, Margaret! These aregreat tips. U only knew about#5 before reading this post. -bookmarked-
Aug 30, 2007 04:26 PM #25
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Illyce, Nice to see another Rainer from Maryland. The  (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 is helpful...sometimes you have to listen to an ad when you use this service.
Aug 31, 2007 12:23 AM #26
Ginger Sala
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~

Margaret, These are all great tips..I will print them out and leave copies in a few strategic places!

Thanks, Ginger

Sep 01, 2007 06:03 PM #27
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Ginger, Good idea to print these out for others to see. Thanks for stopping by.


Sep 02, 2007 12:19 AM #28
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
This was possibly one of the best consumer oriented posts that you could offer your client/customers. I didn't know any of these things till today. Thanks a bunch and keep doing what you do.
Sep 02, 2007 05:38 PM #29
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Thanks Vincent. You just gave me a good idea. Going to print these out, laminate them and give them out to others. Thanks for stopping by.
Sep 03, 2007 12:28 AM #30
Pat Hommel
Annapolis Plaza CB Residential and Commercial - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis, AA Co., Md. Real Estate Sales
Margaret,  Great information here about several emergency situations - printing and putting in my purse. Thanks again for sharing your expertise.
Sep 03, 2007 03:33 PM #31
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Pat, thank you for all your wonderful comments. I am so glad you have "jumped" into Active Rain.


Sep 04, 2007 12:40 AM #32
Ray Nellum
Envision Real Estate Group, LLC. - Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith Real Estate


That is some great stuff!!  I didn't know any of these things.  I guess I am out of the loop, but I am getting into the swing of things now.  Thank you for the post.

Oct 07, 2007 03:38 AM #33
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Ray, Thanks for stopping by.
Oct 07, 2007 01:19 PM #34
Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront
HouseFront - Denver, CO
Very cool post.  Thanks for sharing, I hadn't hear of most of those tips...I'm going to have to try a few out.  Thanks.
Oct 08, 2007 09:42 AM #35
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thank for stopping by Stephen. I just tried your HOUSE site  again, for my new listing. It works at an amazing speed. Thanks for sharing.


Oct 08, 2007 10:18 AM #36
Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT

Great information. I put these in my phone for future reference.

May 26, 2008 06:21 PM #37
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks - I am new to the group and will benefit from these ideas! Good post!

Jul 08, 2008 11:11 PM #39
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Thanks so much for these great tips.  Who knew phones had all this extra "stuff".  Why doesn't anyone tell us of these great features?

Aug 07, 2008 05:34 PM #40
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

These are great tips. Some of them will vary depending on the phone manufacturer however.

Aug 10, 2008 06:02 PM #41
Lisa Southern
Lisa Southern Real Estate - Raleigh, NC
Lisa Southern Real Estate


All great and useful information. I'm passing it on to all my friends! Thanks!

Sep 12, 2008 02:07 PM #42
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