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Five Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do
RightBias ^ | May 10, 2008

Posted on 05/10/2008 1:51:49 PM PDT by nancyvideo

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:

FIRST: Emergency The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobiles 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.

SECOND: 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 ..

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Reference; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cellphone; emergency; phone; technical; technology
Very cool stuff
1 posted on 05/10/2008 1:51:49 PM PDT by nancyvideo
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To: nancyvideo

Yep Snopes has an article about the claims.


2 posted on 05/10/2008 1:55:18 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: nancyvideo

Thanks, good info I didn’t know and have written down for possible use, esp. the battery reserve.


3 posted on 05/10/2008 1:56:16 PM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: nancyvideo

Thanks for the interesting post and well worth sharing.....


4 posted on 05/10/2008 1:56:21 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: nancyvideo

We tried trick no. 2 and it did not work.


5 posted on 05/10/2008 2:00:51 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: nancyvideo
Jott.com

Coolest thing I do with my cell phone besides talk.

6 posted on 05/10/2008 2:01:53 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" White Guy)
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To: nancyvideo

Sorry, but mostly bunk.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/cellphones.asp


7 posted on 05/10/2008 2:02:19 PM PDT by Omedalus
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To: nancyvideo

The snopes article - some stuff is apparently true - others aren’t.
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/cellphones.asp


8 posted on 05/10/2008 2:05:27 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee, Home of the Shamed)
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To: nancyvideo

SECOND: 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 ..

This is a myth. Doesn’t work. Different frequencies.


9 posted on 05/10/2008 2:06:51 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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To: nancyvideo

555-1212


10 posted on 05/10/2008 2:09:52 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: nancyvideo
FIRST: Emergency The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobiles is 112.

Not sure where in the world this article applies to, but in the US the emergency number is 911. Even for a deactivated cell phone 911 will still work on it ... it will search for *any* active carrier in order to connect to the 911 system.

I had the unfortunate circumstance of being a passenger in a car which rear-ended another vehicle stopped at a red light, and when dialing 911 on my cell, it immediately went into "emergency mode" which locked out any incoming calls other than from the 911 system. Afterwards, the phone was still locked in 'emergency mode' and I had to deactivate it manually.

Just something to be aware of, thats all

11 posted on 05/10/2008 2:15:06 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: nancyvideo

I can’t believe rightbias fell for this this.


12 posted on 05/10/2008 2:18:53 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: nancyvideo

1. 112 works only with GSM cell phones. I doubt it will work outside Europe. Other areas have different emergency codes (911 in the North America). I’ve never tried dialing 112 from the US and have never had to in Europe - but it’s good to know.

2. Go ahead, try it. Burn all the minutes in your plan trying to make your cell phone act as an RKE repeater. If you can get it to work let me know.

3. This is the full rate codec code for GSM phones (don’t know if CDMA uses the same code). It will actually reduce your talk time, not improve it. But the conversation will be clearer.

4. This is a GSM only feature. Everyone should record this number, called the IMEI, or at least record the one listed in very small print in the battery compartment of the phone, which is about 99.999 accurate. The CDMA equivalent is called the ESN. If you manage wireless for an enterprise you can use an up-to-date, secured list of IMEIs to impress your auditors.

5. You still get nailed for the per minute charges, just like any other “toll free” call on a cell phone.

This list seems to have originated in Europe since the parts that are more or less accurate pertain to GSM phones.

If you use Verizon or Sprint in the US, you have CDMA (Bell Mobility or Telus in Canada). If you use T-Mobile or AT&T in the US (Rogers or Fido in Canada) you uses GSM. Your CDMA phone won’t work in Europe, or most other countries outside North America period.


13 posted on 05/10/2008 2:37:07 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: nancyvideo

bump


14 posted on 05/10/2008 2:51:20 PM PDT by EverOnward
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To: nancyvideo

Only partially true

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/cellphones.asp


15 posted on 05/10/2008 2:57:25 PM PDT by devere
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

We successfully unlocked my husband’s car this way. I was at the far back of the house - there was no way the signal travelled that far other than through the cell phone.


16 posted on 05/10/2008 3:18:39 PM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Duncan Hunter for President 2008)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

My phones from Motorola for the past 3 years have been GSM. (Sprint) CDMA is so 90’s.


17 posted on 05/10/2008 3:25:05 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

My friend and I tried #2 just now....he walked two blocks away, and around the corner, and was unable to directly unlock his car (2007 Scion TC). However, we connected via cellphone and I held the phone 4 inches from the car door. It unlocked!! But, I tried this with my ‘99 Camry, and it didn’t work.


18 posted on 05/10/2008 3:29:53 PM PDT by fred4prez
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To: nancyvideo

Mine comes in handy when in the emergency of not having a bottle opener around.


19 posted on 05/10/2008 3:37:16 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: steveo

Yup, always snopes these things. Mostly bunk in this case. For example, 112 is Europe’s 911 for cell phones. Only the last one re free info is mostly accurate.


20 posted on 05/10/2008 3:40:30 PM PDT by piytar
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To: melissa_in_ga

Um, actually the range on a RKE fob with good batteries is about 300 feet. Try it across town. Does not work.


21 posted on 05/10/2008 3:43:32 PM PDT by piytar
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To: piytar

For that car thing to work, the fob must be soun based (OLD tech) and the phones must be high end. If the fob is a modern RKE radio frequency fob, the following would have to happen: the microphone in the sending cell would have to act as an antenna, the amplifier connected to tha mic would have to work on an 800,000,000 signal when it is designed for 100 to 20,000 Hz, the phone would have to encode the 800,000,000 signal on a 300,000,000 Hz carrier (impossible), the entire cell/PCS network between the phones would have to carry the 800,000,000 signal intact, the receiving phone would have to decode it properly, and the 20,000 Hz max speaker on the receiving cell would have to work as an 800,000,000 transmitting antenna. Not gonna happen...


22 posted on 05/10/2008 3:51:36 PM PDT by piytar
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To: fred4prez

“But, I tried this with my ‘99 Camry, and it didn’t work.”

I think you need to take your ‘99 Camry in to the dealer and ask to have the gullibility checked. You might be a quart low.


23 posted on 05/10/2008 3:51:41 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: melissa_in_ga

“We successfully unlocked my husband’s car this way. I was at the far back of the house - there was no way the signal travelled that far other than through the cell phone.”

I’ll bet it won’t work when he locks his keys in the car at the local tavern. I’ll bet he’d like to give that a try. ;^)


24 posted on 05/10/2008 3:58:10 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: nancyvideo

cell phone bump


25 posted on 05/10/2008 4:21:10 PM PDT by Luigi Vasellini (What do you call 2 toddlers and some duct tape??........muslim body armor!!!!!!!)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
We tried trick no. 2 and it did not work.

That's only because it's impossible.

26 posted on 05/10/2008 4:24:52 PM PDT by Erasmus (Nihilism never amounted to anything.)
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To: nancyvideo

Try it , its a load of bs


27 posted on 05/10/2008 5:03:17 PM PDT by reefdiver (The sheriff of Nottingham collected taxes on behalf of the common good)
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To: nancyvideo

ping


28 posted on 05/10/2008 7:17:47 PM PDT by Cruz
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To: nancyvideo

useful ping


29 posted on 05/11/2008 2:19:24 AM PDT by Gigantor (The last oil refinery built in the United States was completed in 1976...)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

“Not sure where in the world this article applies to, but in the US the emergency number is 911. Even for a deactivated cell phone 911 will still work on it ... it will search for *any* active carrier in order to connect to the 911 system.”

This works in all areas, especially Europe, except where cell phone signal is blocked


30 posted on 05/11/2008 2:47:47 AM PDT by nancyvideo (nancyvideo)
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To: fred4prez

Last summer, a friend and I tried that with her new Razr and her 5-6-year-old car, and it worked just fine, and we were a couple hundred yards apart.


31 posted on 05/11/2008 7:06:14 AM PDT by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: nancyvideo
SECOND: 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!"

Bull Sh--. Tried it twice. Did not work.

32 posted on 05/11/2008 11:43:38 AM PDT by NucSubs (Cognitive dissonance: Conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between beliefs and actions)
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