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What to do when your cell phone gets lost...
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Posted on 08/15/2006 10:52:57 AM PDT by Frwy

I searched on the title and found nothing even similar.

Here is something worth knowing if you have a mobile phone ....Have you ever wondered why phone companies don't seem interested in trying to prevent the theft of mobile phones? If you have ever lost, or had one stolen, and if you are on a plan, you still have to pay the plan approximately up to 24 months, and you have to buy another handset and enter into another contract. This is more revenue for the phone company.

There is a simple way of making lost or stolen mobiles useless to thieves and the phone companies know about it, but keep it quiet.

To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in the following on your phone: star-hash-zero-six-hash (* # 0 6 #) and a fifteen digit code will appear on the screen. This is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it safe.

Should your mobile 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 did this, there would be no point in stealing mobile phones. You may want to send this to as many people with mobiles as possible.

No charge for directory assistance. Phone companies are charging us $1.00 or more for 411 - information calls when they don't have to. When you need to use the 411/information option, simply dial 1-800-FREE-411 or 1-800-373-3411 without incurring a charge.

This works on all cell phones.


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1 posted on 08/15/2006 10:53:00 AM PDT by Frwy
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To: Frwy

That is odd.

I have had a phone lost and never ran into the contract problem you mentioned in your opening statement.

My cell phone company canceled out the serial number attached to my contract. My number was ported to my new handset with the new serial number.

I'm on the same plan. Only additional cost was a new handset.


2 posted on 08/15/2006 10:57:21 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Frwy
Hold my beer while I key this?

When someone else keys in that number and their phone is still working, please post the "all clear." Thanks!

3 posted on 08/15/2006 10:57:36 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: Frwy
CHECK WITH SNOPES FIRST !!!!

http://www.snopes.com/crime/prevent/celltheft.asp

Mostly bogus, the only partially true bit is that the sequence works on some US phones - GSM phones (TMobile and Cingular)

4 posted on 08/15/2006 10:57:42 AM PDT by mwilli20
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To: Frwy

Why do you need the code. If the phone is lost you call the provider who already has the code to disconnect.


5 posted on 08/15/2006 10:58:17 AM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Frwy

wHEN I POST THE *#06# i GET NOTHING???


6 posted on 08/15/2006 10:58:41 AM PDT by mmyers
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To: Frwy

Very useful indeed.

Does anyone know other tips or tricks? Like the Sprint 800 number that will read back your phone number from where you are calling from?


7 posted on 08/15/2006 10:59:11 AM PDT by jmq (Islam=Religion of Peace)
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8 posted on 08/15/2006 10:59:28 AM PDT by evets (08-22-06)
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To: mmyers

Sure it did. Maybe some hacker just got your code. :)


9 posted on 08/15/2006 11:00:09 AM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Frwy

wHEN I POST THE *#06# i GET NOTHING???


10 posted on 08/15/2006 11:00:19 AM PDT by mmyers
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To: Frwy

For reasons I don't undeerstand, I had a lot of trouble keying this in. The "#" key acted like it didn't want to register.

But eventually it worked.


11 posted on 08/15/2006 11:01:55 AM PDT by js1138 (Well I say there are some things we don't want to know! Important things!")
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To: NonValueAdded

The sequence is safe to key-in on T-Mobile and Cingular (and other GSM) phones and Blackberries. It displays on the phone screen the IMEI (serial number) of the phone.

You can achieve the same result by checking the serial number printed on the back of the phone or the box it came in.

On other carriers I am not sure, but I believe it does nothing.


12 posted on 08/15/2006 11:02:00 AM PDT by mwilli20
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To: Frwy
My phone ID is "Self Destruct in 60 seconds". Is that what I sould tell my phone company? Oh, it's changed to "Self Destruct in 45 seconds".
13 posted on 08/15/2006 11:02:55 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jmq

There was a comic strip yesterday depicting an old lady who bought a cell phone so she could call it to find her misplaced pocket book.


14 posted on 08/15/2006 11:04:07 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Keep watch for the Mahdi...... he's coming on 22 August!!)
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To: Frwy; MotleyGirl70; Larry Lucido; Mr. Brightside

Jerry: I'd better call the car phone company, cancel my service.

George: Maybe you should call your car phone.

Jerry: Yeah, he's probably driving it right now.

George: Wait a minute, call the car phone, see what happens.

Jerry: Are you serious?

George: Yeah, go ahead, call.

Jerry: I don't even know if I remember the number.

Jerry dials.

Jerry: What do I say if he picks up?

Car thief: Hello?

Jerry: Hello? Is this 555-8383?

Car thief: I have no idea.

Jerry: Can I ask you a question?

Car thief: Sure.

Jerry: Did you steal my car?

Car thief: Yes I did.

Jerry: You did?!

Car thief: I did.

Jerry: That's my car!

Car thief: I didn't know it was yours.

Jerry: What are you gonna do with it?

Car thief: I dunno, drive around.

Jerry: Then can I have it back?

Car thief: Mmmm, nah, I'm gonna keep it.


15 posted on 08/15/2006 11:04:09 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: mmyers

Read the Snopes link. It only applies to GSM phones.


16 posted on 08/15/2006 11:04:11 AM PDT by steve-b ("Creation Science" is to the religous right what "Global Warming" is to the socialist left.)
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To: jmq

Sure, for a cot and 3 hot meals a day, just dial 911 and start cursing. Repeat if necessary.


17 posted on 08/15/2006 11:04:48 AM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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To: KarlInOhio

the code needed for my provider is on the inside of the phone. i recently bought a phone on ebay for sis, the phone had been reported missing and couldn't be turned on. got the money back.


18 posted on 08/15/2006 11:05:33 AM PDT by libbylu
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To: Frwy

Call the number and tell whoever answers they've won the color TV from the drawing they entered at the hardware store. Unfortunately, you can't make out the address on the entry form and need to know where to deliver it.


19 posted on 08/15/2006 11:06:20 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Frwy

I tried to copy and paste one paragraph with the method of obtaining the code, and it wiped out my notes.

Then I copied it to wordpad in .rtf format and copied it back to my notes, wiped them out again.

Good thing I didn't save my misc info and code file I keep adding useful bits on info to. What gives with that?


20 posted on 08/15/2006 11:07:16 AM PDT by Aliska
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To: Frwy
Thief Hides Cell Phone In Her Bum
Ananova.com
October 6, 2005
Above: police photo of the stolen phone

Romanian police caught a female mobile phone thief by dialling the stolen phone - and hearing it ringing from her bum.

Police in Lasi stopped Petronela Brandus, 24, as she tried to get off a bus after other passengers said they saw her steal a mobile phone.

But after a search failed to find the phone, police decided to call the number to see where it was and heard a muffled ringing coming from under the woman's dress.

She was taken to a local police station where a strip search by female police officers revealed she had hidden it up her bottom, local daily 7 Plus reported.

Officer Madalin Taranu said: "We've had people hiding things in their bras and panties before, but this was a new one.

"The station doctor extracted the phone and we sprayed it with disinfectant before handing it back to its owner."


21 posted on 08/15/2006 11:08:12 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: mmyers
Me too. What a bunck of bull bunk. Waste our time.
22 posted on 08/15/2006 11:09:46 AM PDT by fish hawk (Terror : in a cave in Afghanistan. Treason: in a cave-in , in the Democratic Party)
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To: Calpernia
Only additional cost was a new handset

And did the new handset cost 5 times more than the original? They usually do since the phone companies know they already have your biz.

23 posted on 08/15/2006 11:12:34 AM PDT by subterfuge (If Liberals hated terrorists like they hate Bush the war would be over by now)
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To: Cagey
I wish I could do that with some people's cell phones when they insist on having a conversation at a restaurant...
24 posted on 08/15/2006 11:12:34 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: mmyers
wHEN I POST THE *#06# i GET NOTHING???

aNd EYE no WhY.

25 posted on 08/15/2006 11:13:09 AM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: evets

Have I lost you to the basement?

26 posted on 08/15/2006 11:13:31 AM PDT by chris_ab
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To: Frwy
I started a leg of a several state, two continent trip through DFW a few months ago.

As my plane was being pushed back from the gate the usual announcement to turn off cell phones as made. I reached to my hip to turn of my phone and discovered it was gone. While waiting for my connecting flight at Cincinnati, I dug through my carry on luggage and my phone was not there.

Now, it was Sunday night, my phone is a government phone issued in Germany, so there really was nothing I could do other than call my wife back home and have her call my unit the next morning and turn of the card. I thought for sure I had left it in my rental car, but after a few calls that week they denied having seen my phone.

A week later I passed back through DFW and talked to the TSA folks, thinking maybe I had left it at the Security Checkpoint. The gentlemen pulled out a lost and found book and someone had indeed logged in a Nokia phone about 30 minutes after I passed through that check point a week earlier.

He put me in touch with Travelers Aid (two terminals over) and I described the phone to them. They asked me the code, which I didn't have committed to memory, (it is a new phone) but I described it well enough that they said they thought my cell phone was in their collection. I went over and they indeed had my phone! The card was fried, but I had my phone back and that saved me from having to pay for it....
27 posted on 08/15/2006 11:13:49 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to teach the teachable." Robert Farrar Capon)
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To: mwilli20

Egads, I'm sorry. My friendly source told me she had checked it and determined it was true. I will NEVER post again without doing the research myself. My friend is in for a verbal tongue lashing too.

How do I get the thread pulled?


28 posted on 08/15/2006 11:15:07 AM PDT by Frwy (Eternity without Jesus is a hell-of-a long time.)
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To: LonePalm
Self ping for later.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

29 posted on 08/15/2006 11:17:46 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Frwy

Sent a Note to "Admin Moderator", or hit the "Report Abuse" button on your own post and explain the situation.

However, I would leave it just for fun, as of post 21 we are on to a romanian skank who stole a phone, hid it up her bum, and GET THIS, the police sprayed it with disinfectant and returned to the owner!!!!

Stop it, I can't take this anymore!


30 posted on 08/15/2006 11:20:18 AM PDT by mwilli20
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To: Cagey
Romanian police caught a female mobile phone thief by dialling the stolen phone - and hearing it ringing from her bum.

They didn't stay on the call long because the phone had crappy reception.

;)

31 posted on 08/15/2006 11:24:56 AM PDT by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: Cagey

Good one. I wanted to stop and ask a lady if she would be able to drive better if I did that with her cell phone this past weekend. She almost hit me in a Walmart parking lot, and then bumped into my daughter's car before pulling onto the road at a stop sign.


32 posted on 08/15/2006 11:26:20 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The media and the democrats are the biggest supporters of the terrorists.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
LOL!

I don't know if she'd be able to drive any better, but because many newer cell phones have GPS technology built in now, she'd never be lost. Or, at least she'd know the difference between her @ss and her elbow.
33 posted on 08/15/2006 11:30:10 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Frwy

I'VE REQUESTED THAT THE THREAD BE PULLED.


34 posted on 08/15/2006 11:32:18 AM PDT by Frwy (Eternity without Jesus is a hell-of-a long time.)
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To: mmyers
wHEN I POST THE *#06# i GET NOTHING???

Wait until you see your next bill ;) Just kidding. maybe.

35 posted on 08/15/2006 11:53:04 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: Frwy

Why? Debunking urban legends is fun. Besides, the code actually does work on my phone.


36 posted on 08/15/2006 11:56:36 AM PDT by Arthalion
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To: Cagey
"The station doctor extracted the phone and we sprayed it with disinfectant before handing it back to its owner."

Ummm....ewwwwwww.
37 posted on 08/15/2006 11:57:32 AM PDT by Arthalion
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To: Cagey

If there ever was a time to set the ringer to "vibrate"...


38 posted on 08/15/2006 11:58:43 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Islam delenda est)
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To: Frwy

The code works on my Cingular GSM phone and I didn't know about it, so I'm glad to have seen it.


39 posted on 08/15/2006 11:59:25 AM PDT by ThinkDifferent
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To: Frwy

I just bought a $400 Blackberry on E-bay for $130. The seller indicated it have been unlocked for any GSM netowrk. The seller reported to be with a wholesaler of cellular equipment and had very positive feedback. I was a little leary, but have been very satisfied with it so far. As it relates, the unlocking process requires that you have the ID this key sequence will produce (on some phones.)

I took the risk because I get sick of my contract being extended averytime one of the four phones on my plan goes caput.


40 posted on 08/15/2006 12:02:57 PM PDT by IamConservative (Humility is not thinking less of oneself; humility is thinking about oneself less.)
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To: jmq
Like the Sprint 800 number that will read back your phone number from where you are calling from?

There isn't a nationwide number for this.
For cell phones it depends on the company.
For wireline it depends on the company and the region.

41 posted on 08/15/2006 12:04:07 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: KarlInOhio

FreeRepublic has the funniest people. Thanks for the laugh.


42 posted on 08/15/2006 12:08:33 PM PDT by GreenAccord (I just spell-checked MOONBAT. Shouldn't that be in the FR lexicon as a valid word?)
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To: Frwy; Sue Perkick
I tell ya what happened to me!

I just recently got a "pay as you go" cell phone from Walmart after getting advice from Freepers. I got it home, took it out of the box, stored away my receipt and threw away the box. A week later, almost to the hour, it died. Just died.

I called the company and they said exchange it at Walmart. Walmart said they wouldn't exchange it without the box!!!

Well, no one had told me I had to have the box to exchange it and I kept saying so and saying so till finally I guess they got tired of me, because they finally figured out a way to exchange it. I got the new one home, called Virgin and they assigned my number to the new one and I was fine. But this time, I kept the receipt and the box!

43 posted on 08/15/2006 12:12:29 PM PDT by 2Jedismom (It's hot outside.)
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To: 2Jedismom
I just recently got a "pay as you go" cell phone from Walmart.....

You should have bought a thousand of them, just for fun.

44 posted on 08/15/2006 12:19:10 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Heh...I obviously don't have the funding that "some" people have...it took me nearly dying of heatstroke in my non-air conditioned car when I got lost on the way to a friend's house to convince me it was financially worth it to get one!

This phone cost me $30 and I top up my account automatically $15 every 90 days or when my account reaches $5, whichever comes first. I only use it for emergencies or short convenience calls. I don't chat on it.


45 posted on 08/15/2006 12:23:48 PM PDT by 2Jedismom (It's hot outside.)
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To: 2Jedismom

I didn't know how those plans work. It seems like a really sensible way to go for someone needing the cell phone only for situations you describe.

I use my mobile phone mostly for work and have upgraded quite a few phones over the years. I've usually given my old phone to someone that can use it for emergency only calls. Not "in service" phones are capable of making 911 calls and I think there are some charity agencies taking old cell phones to distribute to shut ins and needy folks.


46 posted on 08/15/2006 12:46:35 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: 2Jedismom
Walmart said they wouldn't exchange it without the box!!!

I've run in to this type of problem before and have a solution that has never failed me. I simply tell the clerk that they can have the box and packing materials the replacement unit comes in since I don't need them.

47 posted on 08/15/2006 1:04:05 PM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. - George Orwell)
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To: Cagey
I like it...I think for my case, it's a good deal. It's normally $20 every 90 days, but if you sign up to have it automatically done, you can go as low as $15 and that's what I've done. (You can obviously put much more on the plan if you wish...) Plus, the minutes roll over.

I see it as $5 a month insurance.

This is it.

My husband is looking for another job and that is why I haven't gotten him one...he may get one with the new job. We'll see.

48 posted on 08/15/2006 1:05:43 PM PDT by 2Jedismom (It's hot outside.)
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

Apparently the box has a code on it that corresponds with the phone. They ended up using the code on the inside of my phone to make the exchange. I checked the new phone and compared it with the new box and the code is exactly the same. Why they gave me such grief is beyond me.


49 posted on 08/15/2006 1:08:17 PM PDT by 2Jedismom (It's hot outside.)
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To: mwilli20

"You can achieve the same result by checking the serial number printed on the back of the phone"

Yep, it's there. But it's not as sexy as punching in a code to view it.


50 posted on 08/15/2006 1:09:35 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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