Thursday, February 22, 2007

Smart Cell Phone Tricks

I received the following today from a friend. I think it's a super-clever viral marketing campaign for Jingle's free 411 service (see point 5).

Reliable sources have already confirmed Points 1 and 4; I wasn't able to verify Point 3.

Can you create something like this to promote your product?

FIRST
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
Subject: 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
Subject: Hidden Battery Power. Imagine your cell battery is very low. To
activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell 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 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: * # 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. When your 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
does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones. And
Finally....

FIFTH
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.

9 comments:

Vivien said...

OK i've heard the unlocking the car door through cell phone thing more than once (and seen it debunked more than once). now i'm wondering if it's specific to any specific type of car...

is it possible that you unwittingly tried it within the range of your keyless entry remote? and what model/make of car did you try this one?

Anonymous said...

I tried the hidden battery power trick and i was wondering if i was doing it wrong, because i can't get my phone to stop beeping at me.

Is there a special place, or how, ur supposed to enter it?

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