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5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« on: November 25, 2008, 09:17:10 AM »
I know some of you have probably seen this come across your e-mail inbox but for those who haven't seen it, here you go.

5 Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

For all the folks with cell phones. (This should be printed
and kept in your car, purse, and wallet. Good information to have with you.)

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 Mobile 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 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!'

THIRD
Hidden Battery Power

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press
the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the
instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get
charged when you charge your cell phone next time.


FOURTH
How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the
following Digits on your phone: *#06#. A 15-digit code will appear on the sc
reen. 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.

And Finally.....

FIFTH
Free Directory Service for Cells

Cell phon e companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more
for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a
telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of
a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial:
(800)FREE411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program
this into your cell phone now.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 09:42:34 AM »
Great post I had no idea...I think I am the only one who doesn't own a cell phone in America...

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008, 09:47:59 AM »
Don't feel bad, I don't own one either.  Don't need one.  Don't want one.

After being tethered to one, and therefore me to work, for 10yrs....I could care less if I ever see another.

Of course, some folks can't live without theirs....

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 10:29:56 AM »
I wish I could get rid of mine..... Once reason why I camp where I do, no cell service at all.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 10:31:10 AM »
Ham radio!!!!!!!!

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 10:42:51 AM »
The ability to communicate with people wherever you are. The ability to contact someone in an emergency. Our ancestors never dreamed of that capability. What a great idea.

Sadly, it's become a tool for tools who can't go thirty secodns without discussing their inane lives with other tools.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 11:01:40 AM »
Modern cell phones are pretty amazing devices, particularly if you have a so-called "smart phone." I've got an HTC "Touch" from Sprint. It's essentially an extremely powerful pocket computer that also functions as a phone. I even use my phone as my podcast receiver/player, and it works exceptionally well.

If you don't want to talk on the phone, there's a very simple solution -- turn it off !!

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008, 11:03:44 AM »
The ability to communicate with people wherever you are. The ability to contact someone in an emergency. Our ancestors never dreamed of that capability. What a great idea.

Sadly, it's become a tool for tools who can't go thirty secodns without discussing their inane lives with other tools.

Don't get me wrong, for instant communications it's a great idea.  BUT, watching a teenage girl driving down the interstate at 4AM on the fourking phone just ain't right.
99%...hell, 99.9% of the folks that own them have NO NEED for them.  I have no need for one.  I'm not that important, but there sure are an awful lot of important folks out there. 7yr olds for one ::)

Being that connected to your girlfriend, boyfriend......NO. Just no.
Park the fourking phonebooth in the kitchen where it belongs. 
I'm just hoping.......(rant deleted).................nevermind.....I'd just rack up a few more positives if I said it. >:(

Remember when phone booths were stationary, and traffic was mobile!

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2008, 11:20:21 AM »
I call shinnanagins on unlocking your car through the cell phone!!!

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/keyless.asp

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2008, 12:50:09 PM »
I call shinnanagins on unlocking your car through the cell phone!!!

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/keyless.asp
but...but...but...but...I heard it on teh interweb, iz gotta be tru! ::)

I had an old TV with an ultrasonic remote that I could change channels with a can of Right-Gard....that's the same thing, right?!!?

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2008, 01:14:36 PM »
Just for that...more bad Karma for you!!! ;D

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2008, 02:17:38 PM »
I went for several years without a cell phone but got another one a few months ago due to something Massad Ayoob said about if you carry a gun you really should be carrying a cell phone. The reasoning behind his statement is if, god forbid, you have to use your firearm to protect yourself what happens next, would you rather be the person that calls 911 and alerts the authorities as to what went down or would you rather a bystander that didn't see what happend called first and told the authorities what they think happened. That reasoning really resonated with me because I carry concealed and can see the value in being able to call the authorities to say "I was attacked" and that "I had no choice but to defend myself" rather than allowing everyone else to call in "a man with a gun just shot somebody". I also ride motorcycles and have had many close calls with inattentive drivers as well as rogue wildlife, a cell phone would be a handy thing to have in case I had to call an ambulance for myself or someone I was riding with if next time it turns out to be more than a close call.

To get back on topic for a moment some things I realized about my phone (LG Shine) after I got it is that the mirrored face could be used as a signaling mirror, while not as good as a regular mirror it does work. Also the camera on this model is equipped with a LED light that acts as a flash and that light can be turned on constant to be used as a flashlight.

Something else that you may not know about cellphones is that if there is a widespread emergency and the towers are busy preventing you from contacting your lovedones try texting. Text is sent as a short burst of information and is much more likely to get through than a call.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2008, 02:22:47 PM »
Exactly!!!  First person to call 911 gets to be the victim.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2008, 03:22:51 PM »
Right, anybody that reads this and carries concealed but doesn't have a cell phone I hope you will reconsider and get a cell phone because as Tactical Badger said the first person to call gets to be the victim. I wish I could remember what show Massad was on talking about this, I think it was GunTalk but not sure of the date.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2008, 04:51:53 PM »
No, thanks. I'll stick to not ever owning another one.
Besides, I'm more of a SSS person than a 911 person.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2008, 05:05:31 PM »
I have a cell for emergencies only. I HATE talking on the phone.  I buy the prepaid cards and have rollover time.  The only problem is that I have to buy a card every two months, even if I haven't used up my minutes.
On a rare occasion, I will call my daughter or grand-daughter in IN, just to use some of the minutes. 
One good thing - unless my battery runs down, in an emergency, I can stay on the line for a long time.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2008, 07:15:44 PM »
Great post I had no idea...I think I am the only one who doesn't own a cell phone in America...
Not quite pal, I got rid of mine 3 or 4 months ago.  I should have done it sooner.

After being a medic for so many years & having to be on call for the service or the ER, I couldn't care less if someone wants to call me.  Call the house, if I want to talk to you I'll answer.  If I don't answer...well,  you get the hint. ;)

I call shinnanagins on unlocking your car through the cell phone!!!

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/keyless.asp
Aw, you beat me to it.  That little fib's been floating around the webz for a looooong time.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2008, 07:20:59 PM by DeltaEchoVictor »

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2008, 09:05:01 PM »
Great post I had no idea...I think I am the only one who doesn't own a cell phone in America...
Not quite pal, I got rid of mine 3 or 4 months ago.  I should have done it sooner.

After being a medic for so many years & having to be on call for the service or the ER, I couldn't care less if someone wants to call me.  Call the house, if I want to talk to you I'll answer.  If I don't answer...well,  you get the hint. ;)

I call shenanigans on unlocking your car through the cell phone!!!

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/keyless.asp
Aw, you beat me to it.  That little fib's been floating around the webz for a looooong time.

Yeahhh we can start a no phone club.. Although that means Millerized would be in it... Damn it I'm buying a phone.
Seriously though where I live there is no service...

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2008, 09:05:49 PM »
Exactly!!!  First person to call 911 gets to be the victim.

Ummm Does a badge trump that??? Plus wouldn't the dead guy technically be the victim???

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2008, 09:09:49 PM »
Well I tried the 3rd and 4th one and neither worked.  :-\

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2008, 09:56:53 PM »
Does anyone know if it's true that a cell phone can be "turned on' (without the owner's knowledge) and used like a mike by the Constitution violating law?

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2008, 10:40:49 PM »
Ummm Does a badge trump that???
Probably, but only after another LEO has arrived on scene and assessed the situation. You should expect to be disarmed and restrained while they figure out what happened and who you are, if it happens to be one of your coworkers or somebody that knows you, you would likely be disarmed but I doubt they would restrain you.

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Plus wouldn't the dead guy technically be the victim???
I don't believe the person that initiates a situation that results in there own demise can be considered a victim unless you turned the tables on them in such a way that would allow you avoid bloodshed but than shot them anyway. If I am attacked by an armed assailant and I react in the moment and kill my attacker I remain the victim of the initial attack. On the other hand if I pull out my gun and the assailant drops their weapon and puts up their hands no longer showing aggression toward me but I shoot them anyway they would then become the victim. That's my thoughts on it anyway YMMV.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2008, 10:50:34 PM »
Ummm Does a badge trump that???
Probably, but only after another LEO has arrived on scene and assessed the situation. You should expect to be disarmed and restrained while they figure out what happened and who you are, if it happens to be one of your coworkers or somebody that knows you, you would likely be disarmed but I doubt they would restrain you.

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Plus wouldn't the dead guy technically be the victim???
I don't believe the person that initiates a situation that results in there own demise can be considered a victim unless you turned the tables on them in such a way that would allow you avoid bloodshed but than shot them anyway. If I am attacked by an armed assailant and I react in the moment and kill my attacker I remain the victim of the initial attack. On the other hand if I pull out my gun and the assailant drops their weapon and puts up their hands no longer showing aggression toward me but I shoot them anyway they would then become the victim. That's my thoughts on it anyway YMMV.

   Actually our policy is if you are involved in a shooting and they confiscate the weapon for evidence, they must replace it immediately. They were having officers go home unprotected and feeling like they were a criminal. I like that policy.

   I agree with you on the victim part, only problem is most media considers them victim's.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2008, 10:53:42 PM »
...dang 5.0

Isn't it past your bedtime Bailey? ;D
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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2008, 10:57:40 PM »
yeah I gotta work a double tomorrow... Wife is losing her job, so I'll be doing a few of them...Have a good night

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2008, 11:44:52 PM »
Ummm Does a badge trump that???
Probably, but only after another LEO has arrived on scene and assessed the situation. You should expect to be disarmed and restrained while they figure out what happened and who you are, if it happens to be one of your coworkers or somebody that knows you, you would likely be disarmed but I doubt they would restrain you.
Just to clarify, I forgot to mention my previous statement was assuming you are out of uniform at the time of the shooting. 
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   Actually our policy is if you are involved in a shooting and they confiscate the weapon for evidence, they must replace it immediately. They were having officers go home unprotected and feeling like they were a criminal. I like that policy.
One of the perks of being in law enforcement, unfortunately that's not the way it works for the rest of us. If I am involved in a shooting my firearm will be confiscated and I wouldn't expect to ever see it again. Some people do get theirs back but I wouldn't count on it. I'll be down at the gun shop picking out a replacement as soon as I could, if I did get it back I would consider that a spare. Actually if I was forced to use it to end another persons life I'm not sure I would want that firearm back.
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   I agree with you on the victim part, only problem is most media considers them victim's.
True, but they have a different agenda than you and I.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #26 on: November 26, 2008, 06:01:39 AM »
Exactly!!!  First person to call 911 gets to be the victim.

Ummm Does a badge trump that??? Plus wouldn't the dead guy technically be the victim???

Yes.  A badge trumps just about everything else.

No, the dead guy is not always the victim.  He's probably somebody's "good boy" that "never was any trouble to anyone..." ;D

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #27 on: November 26, 2008, 06:28:06 AM »
Exactly!!!  First person to call 911 gets to be the victim.

Ummm Does a badge trump that??? Plus wouldn't the dead guy technically be the victim???

Yes.  A badge trumps just about everything else.

No, the dead guy is not always the victim.  He's probably somebody's "good boy" that "never was any trouble to anyone..." ;D
Yeah, ain't that the truth.  Poor XXXXXXXX, just in the process of turning his life (of crime) around, when he was shot (trying to commit murder) by this gun loving people hater (who was about to BE murdered) while he was just walking down the street (by detouring through the guys bedroom) just minding his own business (while rooting through his wallet). ::)

Remember, you pull the trigger, your life stops until you're proven guilty innocent.  And even then, if you don't lose everything during the inevitable lawsuits and hearings, you'll be branded a murderer by those members of the "other side".

If it ever happens at my house, no one will ever know about it.  Poor XXXXXX will simply quit committing crimes in our neighborhood. ;)

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #28 on: November 26, 2008, 07:04:00 AM »
Castle Doctrine baby!!  Castle Doctrine!!  Ohio is slowly getting better.

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Re: 5 Things You Didn't Know Your Cell Phone Could Do
« Reply #29 on: November 26, 2008, 08:05:23 AM »
WV passed theirs. But, and until it sets precedent, is just a law on the books.