Unlocking car doors from phone to phone?-Fiction!
Unlock Your Car Doors Using your Remote From one Phone to Another–Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A suggestion that if you are locked out of your car and don’t have an “Onstar” type system in your car, just call home and have someone use the wireless remote over the phone to your cell phone, and it’ll work.
Onstar says no way.
(One version of the eRumor says this only works on Onstar systems.)
Onstar users, of course, can have their door locks opened remotely by calling Onstar.
But that’s because of the cell phone connection that Onstar has with the system in the car.
The wireless remotes that you use to open your doors are radio transmitters and will only work if you’re using the transmitter in the vicinity of the car itself.
Last updated 4/2/05
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
PRINT THIS OUT AND SAVE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. > >Finally, an email suggestion that really works. I think this is >useful information (I have locked myself out of my car on more than one >occasion) and I wanted to share it. I tested this method August 1, 2004 on >my car with the Wife calling me as below…….IT REALLY WORKS! Could save >you the expense of having Law Enforcement or Locksmith opening your car.. > > >Locked Out of Your Car ? Try this – it only applies to cars that can be >unlocked by that remote button on your key ring. Should you lock your keys >in the car and the spare keys are home, and you don’t have “OnStar”, >here’s your answer to the problem! > >If someone has access to the spare remote at your home, call them on your >cell phone (or borrow one from someone if the cell phone is locked in the >car too!) > >Hold your (or anyone’s) cell phone about a foot from your car door and >have the other person at your home press the unlock button while holding >it near the phone. > >Your car will unlock – – and it works. 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, or have the “horn” >signal go off, or whatever!)