Skip to comments.What to do when your cell phone gets lost...
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?
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