LeRoy Collins Commentary 28

Commentary #28
25 February 2007

Unusual cell phone capabilities in an emergency...

Dear Bud,…In my new role as Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, and with the Florida Legislature holding committee meetings in preparation for the 2007 Session beginning 6 MAR, it is not unusual to see people in Tallahassee talking on multiple cell phones, manipulating several PDAs, or keying several Blackberry devices while doing the others, too... all on the run. CYBERMADNESS!

But amidst all this clamor, I came across this bit of practical info some of us may need at a very crucial time in our hectic lives:

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Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver and/or an emergency tool for survival, i.e.:

FIRST Subject: 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 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 5 digits on your phone: *#06# and 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 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: 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.

This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so you may want to pass it on to your family and friends.
/s/ Roy

LeRoy Collins, Jr.
RADM USNR(Ret)

www.leroycollins.org


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