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Is this email true or a urban legend?


Is this email true or a urban legend?

I received the following email this morning and was wondering if it is true, especially the first point:


Things you might not have known about your Cell Phone


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.

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.

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 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

I find these hard to believe. Isn't the number for emergencies 911 or 211 if you can't connect to the 911 number? And dialing the number in the 2nd point to get reserve battery power, what? Smiley Surprised

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‎09-30-2015 1:39 AM

Re: Is this email true or a urban legend?

According to Snopes.com, most of this is untrue or a misrepresentation.

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Re: Is this email true or a urban legend?

I think 3370 was used to enhance call quality at one time, codec etc

112 is Europe I think.
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Re: Is this email true or a urban legend?

Point #2 looks entirely fake.  I would think that points #1 & #3 might be true in another country. I noticed the extensive use of the phrases "mobile" and "mobile phone" which are more commonly used overseas, while in the states we say "cell phone" or just "phone".  Because point #2 reverts to using the term "cell phone", it makes it look even more fake (if that were possible).

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Re: Is this email true or a urban legend?

I thank you for your replies. I was just wondering if I had misunderstood the 112 vs. 211. I guess I was right and we can use 211 in the US. As to #2 and #3, I didn't think they were true and it seems to be verified here. I had checked on Snopes.com, but their reply was nebulous at best.

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