Things your cell phone can do — DEBUNKED!

Can Your Cell Phone Do This?

Many of you have likely seen the below email that has been circulating – and you were likely curious about it just as I was!


So in attempts to demystify these elusive emails – I have personally tried them (with the help of a co-worker in the office) and based on our efforts – they DO NOT work!

RESULTS: See notes in RED beside each!



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. 

Emergency RESULTS:  JUST DIAL 911 – In an emergency dial 911….. Even an inactivate Cell phone can dial 911 in North America as long as it has battery power.



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).
Email Editor’s Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked Our car over a cell phone! 

Key Remote RESULTS:  I personally stood in the parking lot and with the assistance of my colleague tested and successfully looked like an idiot in the parking lot – the car is still locked!



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.

Battery RESULTS:  I tested on a cell phone with almost no power – the *3370# number sequence did not power off the phone or give me more battery life!



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 screen. 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. 

Stolen Phone RESULTS:  All  the *#06# number sequence gives you is the serial number of your cell phone  – your serial number can also be found under the battery of your handset and your carrier would also have access to the information with your cell number. So If you have lost your Cell Phone, Blackberry, iPhone, or whatever Mobile Device you have –  CALL YOUR CARRIER right away – Report the unit Lost or Stolen to make sure that you do not incur any extra charges.


And Finally….



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)FREE411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now. This is sponsored by MacDonalds.

Free Directory RESULTS:  I called  (800)FREE411 and the number it is out of service


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  2. Thanks for writing this article. My friend sent me the original email today so I guess it’s still floating around. I laughed when I read it, at the bottom of mine it said “Sponsored by McDonalds”.
    Where do people come up with this stuff? & more importantly… Why?

  3. I just called the free directory assistance and it is STILL in service. Why post erroneous information?