The Emergency Number
for Cell Phones Worldwide is 112-Fiction!
You Can Unlock Your Car
Remotely Through a Cell Phone-Fiction!
There May be Hidden Battery
Power in Your Cell Phone-Fiction!
Dial *#06# on Your Cell Phone to Get a Code That Will Disable Your Phone-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor is a collection of
alleged little-known facts about cell phones (summarized above).
The Truth: Let's go through them one at a
The Emergency Number worldwide for **Mobile** is 112--Fiction!
There is no single emergency number in use world wide. The
number 112 is used in some countries but not all, nor is it used in the
U.S. for emergency calls. Many countries also use 119, 999, and 911.
Additionally, not all phones would in all countries to be able to even
try dialing a single emergency code.
Some mobile phone
providers in the U.S. have programmed 112 into their systems to redirect
emergency calls to 911, the nation wide emergency telephone number in
You Can Unlock Your Car Remotely Through a Cell Phone-Fiction! This was an eRumor that
previously circulated on its own. The
claim is that if you lock yourself out of your car but have a extra
remote switch at your home you can phone someone at home, have the
person hold the switch up to the phone, then you hold your cell phone
near your car door and when the button on the other remote is
pressed—your car door will open.This one is also false.It
assumes that car remotes use sound waves to open your door but most of
them use radio signals, not sound.A
radio signal will not travel over the audio of a cell phone.
There may be hidden battery power in your cell phone-Fiction! If there is a phone that offers this feature, we have not found it.
The eRumor claims that if you punch in a certain code on your cell phone
you will access reserve power. It mentions Nokia in particular but
the folks at Nokia told TruthOrFiction.com that they do not have any
phone with that capability.
How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone-Truth! The eRumor says that inputting
"*#06# into your phone will reveal your serial number. It says
that you should write that number down and if your cell phone is lost or
stolen, giving the number to your cell provider will give them what they
need to disable your phone.
This doesn't work on every phone, but some phones do reveal what is
called an International Mobile Equipment identity or "IEMI"
number when punching in the code of "*#06#." This is
especially true for GSM/DCS/PCS phones. If such a phone is stolen,
it can be "greylisted" or "blacklisted."
Greylisted means that the phone can still be used but can also be
tracked. Blacklisting means that the phone cannot be used.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR CELLPHONE COULD DO...
There are a few things that can be done in times of grave
Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency
survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:
* The Emergency Number worldwide for **Mobile** is 112.* If you
yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there
emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing
establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this
can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. **Try it out.**
* Subject: Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car
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,
someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have
at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile
their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to
keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of
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
over a cell phone!"*
Subject: Hidden Battery power
Imagine your cell battery is very low , you are expecting an
and you don't have a charger. Nokia instrument comes with a
battery. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will
this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in
reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.
How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following
* # 0 6 #
A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique
handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. when your
stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this
will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief
SIM card, your phone will be totally useless.
You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know
stole it can't use/sell it either.
If everybody does this, there would be no point in people