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Published September 20, 2008 More Info »
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Published September 20, 2008

   Hey people! My mother in Chicago sent me an article written by Jim Kirby, author of a column entitled "Outdoors." I tried some of these & had mixed results:

FIRST: "The emergency number worldwide for cell phones is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your network & there is an emergency, dial 112 & the cell phone will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, AND this number 112 can be dialed even if the keyboard is locked ", He didn't try this, I keyed in 112 while my cell was in locked mode & 112 appeared on the phone's screen while still showing it locked! I called, screen said "Emergency Services" & I had to explain that this was a test call, because of the article my mom sent...He said "glad I could help" & laughed. So that works, however I was w/i my network at the time...

SECOND: "If you lock your keys in a car that has keyless remote entry, & the spare remote is at home, there's hope! Have someone at home call your cell phone w/a cellphone, hold your phone about a foot from your car door as they press the unlock button holding it near their phone at the other end. Your car will unlock, distance is no object - You could be hundreds of miles away, so if you can reach someone who has the other remote for your car (& a cell phone) you can unlock the doors (or the trunk)." Tried it, no luck..

THIRD: "Hidden battery power. If your cell phone's battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# your cell will restart with this reserve & it will show a 50% increase in battery." I have T mobile & a Nokia phone...I tried it & this did not work for me. If it works for you, please post a comment stating the type of service & phone you have.

FOURTH: "How to disable your STOLEN cell phone - To check your cell phone's serial number, key in *#06#...A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This # is unique to your handset. Write it down & keep it somewhere safe. If your phone is stolen you can call your service provider & give them this code. They will be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless!" My daughter & I both keyed this in & DID get "Serial no. ***************." Does work ;  )

FIFTH: "Cell phone companies are charging $1 to $1.75+ for 411 information calls. Dial (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell now." I tried this, have to tolerate a commercial but the price is right..He did not try it.

"Kirby comment: Haven't tried any of this out but sounds intriguing if it works." If anyone knows of any other cool cell phone codes, post them in "comments" here please!

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