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I recieved an email with some handy tips about mobile phones and I thought I should share then with you. 1) Emergency The Emergency Number worldwide for mobiles is 112 . If you find yourself out o… Read More
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
I recieved an email with some handy tips about mobile phones and I thought I should share then with you.

1) 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 for 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.**

2) Locked out of your car?
Does you car have remote keys? 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.

3) Hidden Battery power (Nokia handsets only)
Imagine your cell battery is very low, you are expecting an important call and you don't have a charger. Nokia handsets comes with a reserve battery. To activate this, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart
with this reserve and the handset will show a 50% increase in battery life. This reserve will get charged the next time you charge your mobile.

4) How to disable a stolen mobile
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following
digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone gets 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 does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

I've not tried (1), but as I go hill walking in Scotland, I might need to use it one day, but hopefully not. I've not been locked out of my car (2), so can't verify that for sure, but it seems intuitive that it will work. Try it out yourself. My mobile is an LG handset, so I can't verify (3). If anyone here has a Nokia, it would be great if they could try it and verify that it works. I've done the serial number thing and have taken a safe note of it(4).

I hope this helps
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Number 4 is important.

Number 2 is supposedly an urban legend.

3 I've not heard of before.

112 works ANYWHERE in Europe for local emergency services, so it's a good number to know!!
#2
duckmagicuk2
Number 4 is important.

Number 2 is supposedly an urban legend.

3 I've not heard of before.

112 works ANYWHERE in Europe for local emergency services, so it's a good number to know!!


No.1 Pretty well worldwide as far as I know

No.2 thats my understanding to - urban myth - never tried it

No.3 Unknown command on Nokia 1100

No.4 Works acrooss networks now - network providers now share blacklisted IMEI numbers
[admin]#3
They're great tips- agree with Ducky though, I've heard tip number 2 be told in the pub by the same guy who said if you put your pin in back-to-front at an ATM, it automatically phones the police :|
#4
juliet_bravo
They're great tips- agree with Ducky though, I've heard tip number 2 be told in the pub by the same guy who said if you put your pin in back-to-front at an ATM, it automatically phones the police :|


:giggle: I did look it up once.
#5
Your input is great. Perhaps 2 and 3 are a bit iffy, but 1 and 4 seem potentially, very useful indeed.
#6
No.3 Infact this will reduce battery life :w00t:

*3370# Activate Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) - Your phone uses the best sound quality but talk time is reduced my approx. 5%

hth

EliTom
#7
Thank you for the post. :) Even if 2/3 aren't true, they're good talking points for us here. ;-)
#8
Same with all.

Not sure about number 2 and 3, number one is europe-wide as far as I know and number 4, not everyone knows, but its good if they do!
[admin]#9
duckmagicuk2
:giggle: I did look it up once.



:lol: I just did too- didn't want to decry it and then someone tell me it was true :)
Having a look on snopes.com... funny stuff :)


http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/sharkkayak.asp
#10
I'm gonna try to meet with friends later so I'll give (2) a try and I'll let you know how it goes. But yeah, if we all did (4), stealing mobiles would be pointless.
#11
LMAO had to try number 2 and believe me it does not work:oops:
cant believe i actually tried it.
curiosity got the better of me again:w00t:
#12
Number 3 will only work on the really old Nokia handsets ie. 3310 or older.
I used to use it but it doesn't work with any of the newer models.
#13
Number 1 is wrong for the UK, there is no agreement between the operators which allows this although it may work in other parts of the country. While some handsets will show sos calls only when out of range, they will not attach to another network.

Number 2 is urban myth

Number 3 is to disable EFR as far as I'm aware, I think it switches to HFR or something - whlie you get better talktime the quality was poor...I doubt it's available now.

Number 4 is for your IMEI, this number is usually printed behind the battery but more importantly it's also printed on the box for your handset. If your mobile is stolen and you haven't written down the IMEI you should be able to get it from your box to get the phone disabled.

Some useful codes for Vodafone (doesn't matter about the handset):
*#100# - returns your phone number
*#102# - returns the current cell/base station you are logged onto, occasionally useful if your phone isn't working properly with the network. If you go to network selection, choose another network (say Orange) which will be refused then change back to Vodafone you can change this cell sometimes. There was a problem in my area where two of the four weren't working properly, the manual network selection meant we could get mobiles back onto a working portion of the network
*#103# - current time and date (although not sure how accurate)
*#147# - Last number who called you, even if the phone was powered down or out of range.

If you're on O2 and want delivery reports, turn the feature off in your message options and prefix your message with *0#

John
#14
If you are planning on buying a mobile phone from someone and they claim it is 'Brand New' or 'Hardly Used' key in *#92702689#. This will show you the total talktime on the phone so you can asses how much it has been used.
#15
Donleeone
If you are planning on buying a mobile phone from someone and they claim it is 'Brand New' or 'Hardly Used' key in *#92702689#. This will show you the total talktime on the phone so you can asses how much it has been used.


Spells out:
*#war0anty#
(replaces the second 'r' with a number zero)

Saves you from remembering the code.
#16
sorry i am new to this - can you tell me what i need to do on O2 to get delivery reports
thanks inadvance
#17
no.4 - still wouldnt stop thieves robbing your phone because they can sell them abroad easily and the phone works because of different network frequencies
#18
I know #2 doesn't work, found that out a few months ago standing by my car holding a mobile phone up to it like a right wally when my mate told me about it :?
banned#19
5- u get a stronger/better mobile phone signal under water
#20
Billie_32
sorry i am new to this - can you tell me what i need to do on O2 to get delivery reports
thanks inadvance


As I said already a couple of posts ago....turn off delivery reports in your message options, when your write your text message start it with *0# then write the next as normal. The other person will not see the code but you will get a delivery report back

John
#21
Thanks for sharing the info number 2 sounds cool will give it a try.
#22
ROKO
5- u get a stronger/better mobile phone signal under water


This didn't work. :|
#23
Lol you tried putting your phone under water?! I'm pretty sure it'd just kill it!

The O2 delivery report trick is helpful except that you have to type it in every time. I set it as a template but it's still too much hassle. Rather make a call lol
#24
ROKO
5- u get a stronger/better mobile phone signal under water


Just tried this and its TRUE !!
Its a bit harder trying to talk under water though :thumbsup:
#25
The emergency one is so handy if it works. I always wondered what emrgency calls only meant on the phone when it doesnt have a signal.

These tips are off the Nokia support forum. I am beginning to see trends such as people re-posting from other forums. There is a guy that is on here and on the red issue forum because i keep seeing the same posts on both forums!
#26
I wouldn't rely on the emergency one as after reading long debates in uk.t.m the consensus is that it is not supported in the UK as there is no agreement between the networks. It is supported in other countires though.

John
#27
Magic_monkey

The O2 delivery report trick is helpful except that you have to type it in every time. I set it as a template but it's still too much hassle. Rather make a call lol


So O2 still have not fixed the delivery report issue - its been like that for years.

You would think they would make the effort - then they could charge exytra for it - ala Orange:-D
#28
On a lot of phones you'll see a green and a red phone symbol. Pressing the red symbol during a call you have initiated will bring your phone bill down by ££££ :)
#29
No 2 was tried on a programme on the TV (Brainiac?), & it worked, although it may be just for the make/model of car that they used (I think it was an older model Merc).

I guess it would depend on what the key fob actually does (i.e. just open doors, or mobilise the engine as well), & the type of signal it's sending to the car. Older key fobs might work, but the newer ones will most likely not.
[helper]#30
Does everyone know about ICE? (In Case of Emergency) - its where you put "next of kin" or emergency contacts on your mobile phone under ICE. I suspect most of you will know but just in case you don't......

"A campaign to store emergency contact details in mobile phones has been backed by Welsh ambulance officials and the assembly government. It claims eight out of 10 people carry no next-of-kin details - the same proportion that carry a mobile.

The idea is being promoted after rescue workers found the mobile phones of victims of the London bombings.

The In Case of Emergency (Ice) campaign encourages people to store details under 'Ice1,' 'Ice2' and so on.

The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust said if people adopt the idea, it could "assist patients, families and crews at a time of great distress".


ICE in your mobile phone
The original concept, conceived by Cambridge paramedic Bob Brotchie, involved putting the acronym ICE in front of your designated emergency contact.

Follow these hints to get the best out of ICE:


Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE partner
Make sure your ICE partner has a list of people they should contact on your behalf - including your place of work
Make sure your ICE person's number is one that's easy to contact, for example a home number could be useless in an emergency if the person works full time
Make sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment - for example allergies or current medication
Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or guardian authorised to make decision on your behalf - for example if you need a life or death operation
Should your preferred contact be deaf, then type ICETEXT then the name of your contact before saving the number


My phone doesn't show the callers name any more
This will be because your ICE contact number is a duplicate entry of another contact in your phone book. If you have two numbers the same, your phone won't know which one to display so it will show just the number. To get round this, simply type a * after the number under your ICE contact. It will still work and will cure the caller-ID problem.
#31
'Home', 'Mum' and 'Dad' seems to work fine for me...

John
#32
I don't think enough people know about the ICE scheme to look for any ICE contacts in your contact list.
Plus in an emergency it's almost instinctive that you call "Home", "Mum" or "Dad" whether you dial for yourself or for someone else. Brain works differently in extreme conditions.
#33
with regard to imei number of your fone the network can find out what that is from the list of calls you've made. Evertime a call is logged on the network the imei number of the handset is logged too
#34
jennybubbles
with regard to imei number of your fone the network can find out what that is from the list of calls you've made. Evertime a call is logged on the network the imei number of the handset is logged too


Wow they must have a huuuuge database of call logs! :thinking:
#35
Magic_monkey
Wow they must have a huuuuge database of call logs! :thinking:


Of course they do how eles do you think you get itamised billing??
#36
jennybubbles
Of course they do how eles do you think you get itamised billing??


Oh yea duh! :oops:
I get itemised bills for my mobile, I should have known that :-D
#37
jennybubbles
Of course they do how eles do you think you get itamised billing??
As a matter of interest, how would this work with an 'unlocked phone' and a new sim card for a different network?? No IMEI no. is involved...?? :?
#38
It'll just be linked to your number, seeing as you can get contacts without phones now-a-days.

Donleeone
If you are planning on buying a mobile phone from someone and they claim it is 'Brand New' or 'Hardly Used' key in *#92702689#. This will show you the total talktime on the phone so you can asses how much it has been used.


If this dosn't work for you (sony ercisson), try this:
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* (star)
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* (star)


Goto 'Service Tests' then 'Total call time'.

Before you ask - yes it still counts the OVERALL TOTAL of call-times, even if you reset it in the options bit of your phone (i've tried it as I reset my call timer every month).
#39
Splodger101
As a matter of interest, how would this work with an 'unlocked phone' and a new sim card for a different network?? No IMEI no. is involved...?? :?


When the call is made, the network simply logs the IMEI number regardless of anything else - it has to have this capability otherwise they wouldn't be able to ban stolen mobiles.

John
#40
Other top mobile tips are:
1) giving it a regular charge will stop it turning itself off due to a low battery error a concept my OH doesn't seem to understand,
Me: "how come you hung up on me?"
Her: "My battery went flat".
Me: "When did you last charge it?"
Her: "Last week or so" DOH!

2) Ladies by placing your mobile in the top of your handbag and not under layers of tissue, lipstick, packs of gum, lipsyl, tampons, hairbrushes, purses, spare tights, kitchen sink, cuddly toy etc etc you may actually have a chance of answering your phone before the caller gets diverted to voicemail!

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