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    coontie is offline Vashudeva; Ferryman - doing the work... User Rank
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    Make Cell Phone Useless to Thieves.

    Here's something that works on newer Cell Phones to back about two years

    hence: on your Cell Phone Key Pad enter: *#06#. A fifteen digit code

    will appear in the display window along with the activation date of

    the phone. THis is the serial number of the Cell Phone, which also

    covers the "SIM" card installed therein. Should your phone be stolen

    or lost call your server and report the 15 digit code. They will lock out

    this code, so that even if someone transfers the card to another phone

    it will do no good.

    Also, in an emergency, most cell phones LED display is a good light

    source to find keyholes in auto or residence doors. Also for

    finding your way in darkened areas or reading a map in the car or other

    incidents where a light source is needed.

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    Re: Make Cell Phone Useless to Thieves.

    not that i might seem IGNORANT OF YOUR intention,but i have to ask this........WHAT would a TRULY FREE spirit have against THEIVES!?hehe!!now i hope you can enlighten me of this burden you are carrying!?( or is it me!?)hehe!!just askin...

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    Re: Make Cell Phone Useless to Thieves.

    Quote Originally Posted by lexx
    not that i might seem IGNORANT OF YOUR intention,but i have to ask this........WHAT would a TRULY FREE spirit have against THEIVES!?hehe!!now i hope you can enlighten me of this burden you are carrying!?( or is it me!?)hehe!!just askin...
    Sorry... enlightenment is out of the question at present. I am sleeping,

    have my eyes closed and it is dark. Duh... what else??? :confused:

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    Re: Make Cell Phone Useless to Thieves.

    Coontie - I thank you, will take note of serial #, right now! I won't admit that I turn off the lights and walk through the back of my shop every night (150ft) in the dark tripping over things ....with my cell phone in my purse on my shoulder - hmmm...that would just be silly...I feel a little stupid. I'll be smarter tomorrow.
    Lexx, you little mooshi, you...are you sure you're getting enough oxygen? I worry about you.

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    Re: Make Cell Phone Useless to Thieves.

    I failed to mention: if the LED diplay dims or goes out, pressin ANY

    button on the keypad should restore the display. I usually the call

    disconnect buttone. It is good to be familiar with your keypad.

    If you are in darkness and under duress by someone and want to

    dial 911 just mask the light with your hand. Say into the mouthpiece

    your name and location twice... need help. Then hang up.

    As for LEEXIE, he/she [IT? :D ] is somewhat like a pet Squirrel; kinda'

    nutty and jumping all over tha place most of the time. But harmless,

    I think? Hmmmmm... Then again, perhaps like Ronald! :rolleyes:

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    Re: Make Cell Phone Useless to Thieves.

    Don't forget, when the phone has served it's last, to remove and destroy the SIM.

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    Re: Make Cell Phone Useless to Thieves.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusted
    Don't forget, when the phone has served it's last, to remove and destroy the SIM.

    you're so right!. Interesting, today; 9/02/2006, CNN had a spot regarding

    people selling cell phones and blackberries on Ebay, that they had left a

    lot of personal information on and some corporate secrets. Also, somew

    embarassing and revealing personal details, including evidence that they

    were having extra-matrial affairs and trafficing porn and such.

    I was asked: what's the best thing to do with your cellphone when your

    done with it. My reply: put it in a sauce pan or large bowl of water for

    a few minutes, say ten. That'll do it... :rolleyes:

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    Re: Make Cell Phone Useless to Thieves.

    This is only partially true:

    http://www.snopes.com/crime/prevent/celltheft.asp


    Given the plethora of cell phone manufacturers and service providers in the world, it's difficult to make any statement about cell phones that applies across the board, or that remains valid for long since cellular technology is continually evolving. In general, we note that:
    Entering the sequence * # 0 6 # on your cell phone's keypad may produce a display showing a unique fifteen-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) string. However, this only works with phones that use the Global System Mobile Communications (GSM) standard, as these phones contain a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card that holds users' subscription information and phonebook information. Not all cellular phone service carriers use GSM technology, so entering the * # 0 6 # sequence will not work with every cell phone.

    Should your cell phone be stolen, you may be able to report its IMEI to your service provider and have the phone flagged as invalid to prevent the thief from using it with a different wireless number or carrier, but again, the availability of this option varies depending upon which cellular provider is involved. If your cell phone is stolen or lost, the far more important action for you to undertake is to contact your cellular provider to have your account disabled so that nobody else can apply charges to it, and to make such a report you need not know your phone's IMEI.

    A couple of aspects of this message are also misleading or wrong:

    If your cell phone is stolen, service providers will not generally require you to sign a new service contract. You may have to pay for a new handset, but if you are, say, twenty-two months into a two-year contract, you will not have to sign a new contract you'll be only obligated for the two months' worth of service remaining on your original contract.

    Although there is a small black market for stolen handsets, cell phone theft is overwhelmingly a theft of service thieves don't really want your handset (cell phones are so cheap and ubiquitous that hot phones aren't worth much); they want to use your wireless service to make free calls and stick you with the bill. Since reporting your stolen handset's phone number to your service provider already cuts off a thief's ability to charge calls to your account, reporting the serial number and having the handset disabled as well is largely superfluous. It certainly won't hurt anything to take the extra step, but doing so isn't likely to pose much of a deterrent to cell phone thieves.

    Unfortunately, what cell phone thieves primarily take advantage of is the time lag between their stealing your phone and your noticing the loss and reporting it to your service provider (and, in some cases, your service provider's delay in disabling the account), during which they can largely make as many phone calls as they want for free, with little fear of being caught. As long as these windows of opportunity exist, thieves will continue to pilfer cell phones, whether or not they can re-use or re-sell them afterwards.


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