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kathrynhr 03-15-2007 12:25 PM

New Tips, Maybe
 
At the risk of looking like a total moron...

Someone is passing around the email below at work. I checked the regular "debunk" sites, and none of them have a post on this that I could find. These may work on our phones, they may not. This would be the day I left my Pearl at home!

Somebody tell me if any/all of this message is true:

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Here is some interesting and helpful information that the law enforcement community is passing around in reference to cell phones. Especially for those who travel.

FIRST Subject: 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 Subject: 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).
Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!"

THIRD Subject: 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.

FOURTH 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 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.
And Finally....

FIFTH
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.

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NJBlackBerry 03-15-2007 12:47 PM

112 has been published in other threads. There is a table of emergency numbers in every cell phone and BB. 112 is one of them.

http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...ease-stic.html

The subject of opening your car door with a phone has come up. See this thread - http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...lackberry.html

*3370# worked on old Nokia's. Not on BlackBerrys. Another thread..
http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...-try-asap.html

There is lots and lots of information already on these boards. The "search" feature is outstanding.

DNoble 03-15-2007 12:52 PM

Now this would be great if it works.
Especially #2.
I have heard about the hidden battery power but keep forgetting to test.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kathrynhr
At the risk of looking like a total moron...

Someone is passing around the email below at work. I checked the regular "debunk" sites, and none of them have a post on this that I could find. These may work on our phones, they may not. This would be the day I left my Pearl at home!

Somebody tell me if any/all of this message is true:

-------------------------------------------------------

Here is some interesting and helpful information that the law enforcement community is passing around in reference to cell phones. Especially for those who travel.

FIRST Subject: 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 Subject: 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).
Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!"

THIRD Subject: 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.

FOURTH 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 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.
And Finally....

FIFTH
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.

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beyondalegend 03-15-2007 02:12 PM

Thanks for these tips Kat, I would of never even thought of searching for these.(y)

blakeatl 03-15-2007 02:42 PM

Very interesting.

DaBlack 03-15-2007 03:12 PM

Thanks for the tips Kat. Very helpful and this is coming from a blackberry user back from a 1 year treo trip.

TheBigNewt 03-15-2007 03:17 PM

This went to me awhile back. The opening your car with your phone won't work, and the "hidden battery power" trick won't work either. #1 and #5 are pretty well known to cellphone users by now.

netPOSER 03-15-2007 03:39 PM

If in doubt always try snopes.com

NJBlackBerry 03-15-2007 03:40 PM

Sigh. PT Barnum..

rnashok 03-15-2007 03:42 PM

New Tips, Maybe
 
Thanks for these tips Kat. Fifth one is great.


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