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    Default Wonder if this is true?

    This was sent to me by a friend, but never sure about it's authenticity. Guess I could try some of them. The deal with the car keys could be a real "pull your chestnuts outa the fire" situation, and wouldn't be all that hard to check out.

    If you have any experience with these 'tips', let us know.

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    THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR CELL PHONE COULD DO.

    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:

    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. (I have entered in my cell phone number directory.)

    Locked keys in the car: remote keyless entry may come in handy someday. 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. (I have entered the access # in cell phone directory.)


    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.
    When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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    This is a mixed bag of things that are true and things that are not. You can find a description of this message at http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/cellphones.asp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YardleyLabs
    This is a mixed bag of things that are true and things that are not. You can find a description of this message at http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/cellphones.asp.
    Ah yes the Snopes brigade. But...but...but..... this is what I got:

    I can't find the page you're looking for.
    It was probably a page about something really interesting,
    but the URL you entered doesn't point to anything on this site.
    Might I recommend you try the search engine at http://www.snopes.com/search to help you locate the item you want?
    You really should try it.
    I have lots of great stories to tell you about vanishing hitchhikers
    and bloody hooks
    and exploding whales_

    There were 3 other suggestions in my friends e-mail that I've already discounted and removed from my post, so I'm sure you are correct. That's why I posted it with a question.

    I did dial up the free 411 #, and got another number, but of course won't know until I get my bill next month if it indeed was free.

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    Sorry about that. I probably picked up a cache page from Google. The text was:

    Origins: The message reproduced above is (with one exception) a compendium of topics we've already covered in separate articles, so we'll just provide a brief summary for each entry with a pointer to a more detailed explanation:

    1. Calling 112 on your cell phone will (in some parts of the world, primarily Europe) connect you to local emergency services, even if you are outside your provider's service area (i.e., even if you are not authorized to relay signals through the cell tower that
    handles your call), and many cell phones allow the user to place 112 calls even if the phone lacks a SIM card or its keypad is locked. However, the 112 number does not have (as is sometimes claimed) special properties that enable callers to use it in areas where all cellular signals are blocked (or otherwise unavailable).

    2. Cars with remote keyless entry (RKE) systems cannot be unlocked by relaying a key fob transmitter signal via a cellular telephone. RKE systems and cell phones utilize different types of signals and transmit them at different frequencies.

    3. The claim that pressing the sequence *3370# will unleash "hidden battery power" in a cell phone seems to be a misunderstanding of an option available on some brands of cell phone (such as Nokia) for Half Rate Codec, which provides about 30% more talk time on a battery charge at the expense of lower sound quality. However, this option is enabled by pressing the sequence *#4720# the sequence *3370# actually enables Enhanced Full Rate Codec, which provides better sound quality at the expense of shorter battery life.

    4. Entering the sequence *#06# into a cell phone may display a 15-digit identification string, but that function only works with some types of cell phones, and the efficacy of reporting the ID number to a cellular service provider to head off unauthorized use of a lost or stolen phone is limited.

    5. Some business outfits such as (800) FREE-411 do provide free directory assistance services to cell phone customers. However, users should note that the service is "free" in the sense that FREE-411 provides directory information to callers at no charge, but cellular service providers may still assess charges related to placing such calls.

    Last updated: 15 February 2007

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    Go to Snopes and do a "search" on "cellphones" and you'll see the answer to what works and what doesn't.
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