Tuesday, April 17, 2007


A friend e-mailed this cell phone information. I haven't tested whether these tips work or not, but I think they are interesting and may come in handy. If you have tried any of these, please let me know.

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:


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.

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).

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 s o 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.


  1. Please go to:


    to see what Snopes.com has to say.


  2. Hmm... Someone tried the 112 number and commented on my other blog. He also mentioned the serial number. Notice I left the free 411 info off the list?

    Since people can read this from all parts of the world, including Europe, perhaps that 112 number might be of help to someone, one day.

    Thank you, Stephanie. Your comments here are always appreciated.

  3. Being a licensed electrical engineer from UCF, now living in O'Fallon, IL, I can assure you that using your cell phone to open your car is currently a myth. I'm not saying it can't be done in the future though.

    Who knows? Perhaps someone from Motorola will read your blog and implement this capability on their new generation of cell phones. I'm mean, On-Star can do it. Why can't I have On-Star on a portable device? I'd buy it. Folks purchase GM cars just for that peace of mind On-Star provides.


  4. Well, you certainly know more about this than I do. Snopes said the two aren't compatible now mainly because they work off different frequencies. I agree with you. Why can't it be done in the future?