Apart from phone calls, messaging and accessing the web; mobile phones can be more useful than we know, especially in times of grave emergencies. Have a look at four ways in which your mobile phone could get you out of some tricky situations – four things that you most likely never thought your mobile phone could do.
1. No airtime, no coverage, life threatening emergency.
If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and your mobile will search any existing network in your area to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. This works on all phones worldwide and is free.
2. You have locked your keys in the car and your spare set is at home.
If your car has remote keyless entry your mobile phone could come in handy. If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile 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 thousands of miles away. Don’t believe it? Give it a try then.
3. Your battery is dead and there is an emergency.
All mobiles have hidden battery power. To activate, to activate it dial *3370# (remember the asterisk). Do this when the phone is almost dead. Your mobile will restart in a special way with this new reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery life. This reserve will get re-charged when you charge your mobile next time. This secret is in the fine print in most phone manuals. Most people however skip this information without realising.
4. You need to blacklist your stolen mobile phone.
To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 #
Ensure you put an asterisk BEFORE the #06# sequence. A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. If your phone ever 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.