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Four Useful Tips For All Cell Phone Owners – Which Is Everyone

Cell phones are everywhere these days and you really can’t go anywhere in public without seeing one – but just because all these people have cell phones doesn’t mean they know the all the secrets about them! So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably have a cell phone too so here are some useful tips and information:

Emergency Number – We all know about 911 – when you’re in a dire situation, you call 911. The secret is that you can call 911 on any phone – whether or not it has a sim card in it, even if it’s locked. It’ll find the nearest cell phone signal and contact emergency services. This applies for most modern phones since phone companies want to give you the option to be able to contact the police since it’s better to have the option available rather than not having it at all.

Freeway Patrol – For California drivers, if you get a flat tire, run out of gas, or just need towing off the freeway – call #399 instead of 911. “The Metro Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) is a team of tow truck drivers patrolling freeways all over Los Angeles County to provide help to stranded motorists and assist in clearing traffic accidents to keep traffic moving.  This service is absolutely free of charge.” The FSP services includes:

  • Changing flat tires
  • Jump-starting dead batteries
  • Refilling radiators and temporarily repairing leaking hoses
  • Providing a gallon of fuel
  • If the FSP cannot get a stranded car running within ten minutes, it will tow the vehicle to a safe location off the freeway. (They will not tow you home)

Read more here.

Non-Emergency Number – 911 is for emergencies – which usually means a life & death situation or a crime being committed. Instead, call 311 – the non-emergency number.  If you want to report a car parked in front of your driveway, 311. If your car breaks down and you’re not on the freeway, 311. 311’s purpose could change depending on where you are though, read more.

Google 411. If you don’t own a smartphone, want to find a business, and don’t want to deal with an operator  – you can send a text message to Google and  they’ll text you the information you’re looking for. Just text the name and location of the business you’re looking for to 466453 (“GOOGLE”).


While we’re on the topic of cell phones, I would like to inform everyone of some misinformation people may have encountered about cell phones:

112 Emergency Number will connect to any emergency number even if it’s blocked- False. 112 is a number for the UK and even if it did work, it’s no more magical than 911.  (source)

You can unlock your car with a cell phone by having someone on the other end clicking unlock on the keys – False. A car alarm works on a radio signal and the cell phone transmit sounds when you call people – it can not transport radio signal by sound. (source)

Your phone has a ‘hidden’ battery power by typing *3370# – False. Unless you have a really old phone from the early 2000’s, this is untrue. Even if you did have an old cell phone – the code simply lowers the sound quality for phone calls to improve the battery life. (source)


Written by lordsinsurancelog

March 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Posted in Insurance Tips