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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Five Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Cell Phone

(Okay, all y'all. Heads out of the gutter. Right now. Thank you.)

Cell phones. What did we ever do without them? Although . . . I have a sign hanging in the foyer before the Narthex that says: "God can hear you just fine. Please turn off your cell phone."

It has helped somewhat, but every now and again, a cell phone will go off at the oddest times - usually during the sermon, but so far, never during Eucharist.

This came in from my friend Marcia in Vermont. I'm thinking this might be helpful information to pass along. Hope it helps.

There are a few things that can be done in times of emergencies or situational urgencies.

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 ontheir 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 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.

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.

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

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) 373-3411without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now. This is sponsored by Mac Donalds.


The Wellspring: OASIS Diocese of Newark said...

Some qualifications at You can bet we're gonna try the remote-entry one.

Paul said...

Elizabeth, you do know about checking urban legends (and anything you get in e-mail) at, don't you? This information is partly true. I have learned to test everything sent to me via this resource.

ROBERTA said...

i had never heard of any of those tips! i'm passing them on....thanks so much.....

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I DO know about, but since it came from my friend, Marcia and since she and her husband had tried out the door opening thing, I didn't bother to check.

Marcia says that the last entry on snopes about this is 2007, so maybe some things have changed.

I was going to pull it, but maybe I'll leave it up for a while and see what happens.

VTcrone said...

I'm the one who sent E+ the info about opening the car door using a cell phone and a second remote key from home. I usually do check things out on but when we tried the above and it DID WORK, I just sent the e-mail on. A friend later sent me the link. However, just a few minutes ago my husband drove down the road about 1/2 mile and locked his truck. He called me on his cell phone to my cell phone (NOT our land line). I got his spare keys that also has a keyless remote button, held it near my cell phone and pushed the button. The doors on his truck UNLOCKED. (Just out of curiosity, I had him call me back at our home phone , land line, and I tried it. That time, no go.) So for # 2 of the snopes piece, this time they are wrong, at least in our case. that's probably the only one we would try to use anyway.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

It's okay, Marsha. No guilt, no shame, no blame.