Monday, November 08, 2010

5 things you never knew your cell phone could do (2010)

If you haven't yet received the "5 things" chain e-mail letter, you undoubtedly will. It's been circulating since 2005, and while some of the info may have been correct then, almost none of it is today.

Your Smartphone is smarter than you think! You need to read your manual (and go online to read OTHER manuals for your same phone used by other service providers in your country and others! You may learn a few tricks that may work on your model!) Do a little googling, hop on some mobile phone forums. The more you know the better a tool your handphone can be!

Let's face it: some of the nonsense floating around on the net is pure blarney! I'll give you a few pearls of truth first:

Free calls to information: 1-800-FREE411

Search Google by text! For the price of sending a text message, you can unleash the power of Google without having to open a Web browser. Just text GOOGL (46645) to get access to much of the search giant's most useful information, including addresses and phone numbers, word definitions, numeric and other conversions, weather, and even sports scores:
For more-general information, text something like pizza 12208 to receive the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all the pizzerias in that zip code.

To find out the forecast for an area, text weather and the city name, such as weather Albany, NY.

To get a definition, text GOOGL with the command define: followed by the word (with no space between), such as define:colloquialism.

You can text Google for conversions, as well. So, if you want to convert pounds to kilograms, or liters to quarts, or even find out the number of miles in a light-year, text GOOGL and enter 2 liters in quarts. You'll receive a text back with the answer faster than you can say '2.1133764188651876'.

To convert foreign currency at the current exchange rate, text: $100 in euros (the three-letter abbreviation for different currencies also works, such as 100 usd in eur).
Now, the lies, the myths, the nonsense! Things your cellphone CANNOT do: Beware forwarded emails offering esoteric tips and tricks "you never knew."

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.

Throughout most of Europe and a few countries outside of the EU, dialing 112 will connect users to local emergency services. However, the number won't work in North America, nor most of Asia and Africa.

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!"

Cell phones and remote keyless entry systems work on entirely different radio frequencies. Therefore, cell phones are incapable of re-transmitting the signal from a remote key to unlock a car door.

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.

*3370# is a Nokia system code for enhancing voice quality. Using it actually decreases battery life!

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.

On some cell phone models, but not all, pressing *#06# will cause the phone's 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity to be displayed. Some service providers, but not all, can use that information to deactivate the handset. Actually, all you have to do is call your provider, give them your number and details, and they can deactivate your phone without further ado.

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  1. Hi its really very nice blog,very useful information..Mobiles


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