Monday, 23 July 2012
It fascinates me to think about how far we’ve come in the last thousand years, and especially the last thirty or so years. In particular, our cell phones. My first cell phone was as big as a ham bone, and with it’s huge battery, it weighted as much as a ham. The incredible transition of the “phone,” has been more monumental than the intellectual downsizing of government bureaucrats. The cell phone has truly taken on the cultural status of an icon. No longer are we hindered to waiting agonizing hours before we can talk to our friends or homies. No longer must we take paper and pen to script letters of heart felt feelings and emotions, but instead we can simply text our minions....granted, this style of communicating has set the English language back to the MFN Iron age....k?
From the days of the brick heavy black phones, manufactured in the USA by the Western Electric company, to the minuscule Swap NOVA phones manufactured in China by some folks in a remote village in Guang Dong. Phones have advanced faster than the Kardashians, with no end in sight. My prediction is that within ten years, cell phones will be in suppository form....yeah, that’s what some people should do with them now. Anyhow....here’s a few useful facts for my friends and their electronic pacifiers.......
4 Things you might not have known about your Cell Phone;
For all the folks with cell phones. (This should be printed and kept in your car, purse, and wallet. Good information to have with you.) There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:
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 (Hidden Battery Power)
Okay....your friggin cell battery is about shot. To activate a reserve source, 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.
THIRD (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 is ripped off, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your phone, so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get the damn phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use or sell it either. If everybody did this, then only stupid people would steal phones.....sooo, that would be about 80% of them.
FOURTH (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 message is brought to you by the midnight shift of the good people of Guang Dong, China. 你 你.