5 Things You Need To Know About Your Cell Phone

There are a few things that can be done in grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.  It can also be the source of your worst nightmare. Check out what you can do with it and how you can protect yourself with it in the future.

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. In North America, all cell phones can call 911, again whether locked or unlocked.  Dialing 112 automatically re-routes the call to 911.

Second (Disable a STOLEN mobile phone?)

To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following Digits:    *#06# .  

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 is 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.

Third (Free Directory Service for Cells)

Cell phone 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) FREE 411 or (800) 373-3411

without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

Fourth (Take Precautions)

A woman's handbag contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., and was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her spouse from a pay phone, the spouse said 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' The bank confirmed all the money was withdrawn from their bank account. Therefore:

  1. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.
  2. When sensitive information is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

  3. When texted by friends or family to meet them, call back to confirm the message came from them.

Fifth (Do you take Pictures with your Cell?)

Please take the time to watch this video, and take the recommended precautions. 

How to Reduce or Stop Unnecessary Telemarketing Calls

Click for the US Do Not Call Registry The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint on the DNC Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.  To access the DNC website, click here or the image at left.
A similar program is available to our Canadian residents and visitors.  The National Do Not Call List (DNCL) gives Canadian consumers a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls.  You can choose to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive by registering your residential, wireless, fax or VoIP telephone number on the National DNCL. To access the DNCL, click here or the image at right. Click for the Canadian Do Not Call Registry
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