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Posted on 08/15/2006 10:52:57 AM PDT by Frwy
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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.
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.
When someone else keys in that number and their phone is still working, please post the "all clear." Thanks!
Mostly bogus, the only partially true bit is that the sequence works on some US phones - GSM phones (TMobile and Cingular)
Why do you need the code. If the phone is lost you call the provider who already has the code to disconnect.
wHEN I POST THE *#06# i GET NOTHING???
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?
Sure it did. Maybe some hacker just got your code. :)
wHEN I POST THE *#06# i GET NOTHING???
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Read the Snopes link. It only applies to GSM phones.
Sure, for a cot and 3 hot meals a day, just dial 911 and start cursing. Repeat if necessary.
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.
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.
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?
|Thief Hides Cell Phone In Her Bum
October 6, 2005
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."
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.
aNd EYE no WhY.
Have I lost you to the basement?
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?
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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!
They didn't stay on the call long because the phone had crappy reception.
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.
I'VE REQUESTED THAT THE THREAD BE PULLED.
Wait until you see your next bill ;) Just kidding. maybe.
Why? Debunking urban legends is fun. Besides, the code actually does work on my phone.
If there ever was a time to set the ringer to "vibrate"...
The code works on my Cingular GSM phone and I didn't know about it, so I'm glad to have seen it.
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.
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.
FreeRepublic has the funniest people. Thanks for the laugh.
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!
You should have bought a thousand of them, just for fun.
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.
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.
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.
I see it as $5 a month insurance.
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.
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.
"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.
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