Mobile phones come in various brands, shapes, sizes and price ranges.

In their basic form, they all perform the same tasks of keeping us in touch with the rest of the world and keeping our private, very private.

Over the last decade, smart phone have morphed into necessities for survival and in some cases people's personal assistants.

Here are some special tasks you probably never knew you smart phone can accomplish.


1. Emergency services


The Emergency No. worldwide for all Mobile Phones is 112. 

If you find yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency; simply dial 112.

Your mobile will search for any existing network in your area to establish the emergency number.

Interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. This works on all phones worldwide and is free. 



2. Locked your keys in the car? 


If you lock your remote keyless car keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone. 

Hold your phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button on the spare key, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. 

Believe it or not, your car will unlock. This saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. You could be thousands of miles away and the car will surely unlock.



3. Hidden battery power


The next time your mobile phone notifies you that your battery status is critically low, just relax.

You need not panic and search for where to plug the phone or run into a store to buy a new charger.

Simply activate the HIDDEN BATTERY POWER!

To activate, press the keys *3370# (remember the asterisk). 

Do this when the phone is almost dead. Your mobile will restart in a special way with this new reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery life. 

This reserve will be recharged when you charge your handset next time.

This secret is in the fine print in most phone manuals which we skip without realizing. 


4. Disabling your stolen phone

To check your handset's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # 

Ensure you put an asterisk BEFORE the #06# sequence. 

A 15 digits code will appear on the screen that is unique to your handset. 

Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your handset is ever stolen, call your service provider and give them this code.

They will be able to block your handset so even if the SIM is changed, your handset will be totally useless. 

Even if you don't get your phone back, at least it can't be used or resold. 

If everybody did this, there would be no point to steal anyone's mobile phone. This secret is also in the fine print of most mobile phone manuals.

It was created for the very purpose of trying to prevent phones from being stolen. 


5. Securing Your ATM PIN 

If you are ever be forced by a robber or kidnapper to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your PIN # in reverse. 

For example, if your pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321. 

The ATM system recognizes that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. 

The machine will still give you the money you requested but unknown to the criminal, the police will be immediately dispatched to the location. 

All ATM’s carry this emergency sequencer by law.  This information was recently broadcast by Crime Stoppers. 

It is, however, seldom used as people just don't know about it. 


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