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Old 04 July 2007, 05:08 AM
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Cell Phone More things your cell phone can do

Comment: I received this on myspace - most of it sounds fake. Please
prove me right so I can tell my friends to stop posting this...

Subject 7 things your cell phone can do that you didn't know it coul
Body: . 1-888-FRUCALL: If you're in a store and you want to know if you're
getting a good deal, call this number and enter the product bar code. For
free, it'll tell you what you're looking at and what online merchants are
selling it for.
. 112: Emergency dialing, even if your phone is out of service range or
the keypad is locked.
. 1-866-411-SONG: If you're listening to the radio and a song comes on
that you can't ID, call this number and hold your cell phone up to the
radio. The company will send you a text message with the band and song
name. It's free at first, but then you get charged.
. GOOGL: Send a text message to GOOGL (46645) with a search query, like
"Chinese restaurants, Times Square" or "Weather 11215" or "Define
existential" and you'll get a free text message right back from the search
. 1-800-555-TELL: Much like the Google service, except it's with voice not
text. Call the number and you'll be walked through menus from which you
can access sports scores, business listings, stock quotes and more.
. Popularity Dialer: This is more for kicks. Let's
say you've got a meeting coming up that you know you'll want to be
distracted from or a date you know you'll want to break off early. You can
schedule this service to call you at a pre-planned time. A male or female
voice (your choice) will come on the time and start talking, like it's a
real friend or a real interruption.
. 1-800-FREE-411: Free directory assistance. You have to listen to an
advertisement, but at least you don't have to pay $1 or $1.50 for every
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Old 04 July 2007, 05:25 AM
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Apparently this came from a FoxNews article.

Popularity Dialer, FruCall and 555 Tell are all real, or at least they have very realistic web sites. Wow, I'm impressed.
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Old 04 July 2007, 06:48 AM
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112: Emergency dialing, even if your phone is out of service range or
the keypad is locked.
I don't know about the US but here, if you dial 999 or 112 and you are out of range of one of your service provider's cells, it will connect through any available provider's cells.

Naturally, and there is I believe an article on the main page, if you are in a complete deadspot for example in a cave, no number will magically work.

I would have to check the handbook, but I think you can dial 999 or 112 with the keypad locked.
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Old 04 July 2007, 11:57 PM
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It's hardly "things your phone can do" though. Perhaps the 112 thing, but the rest are all simply "services you can ring from your phone". They might be neat services, but I'm not sitting here going "My phone can do that? COOOL!"
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Old 05 July 2007, 12:39 AM
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Frucall is 1-800-GO-FRUCALL and not 1-800-FRUCALL. I tried it on a few books and it tells you the name of the book, new prices and used prices and where to get it. You can save the information.

I tried popularity dialer and it works. I did the original recording and it's a guy asking to come out with him and friends. It's about two minutes long.

411-Song: I tried it with Sweet Child O' Mine. No text message yet. The first one is free but it's 4 bucks a month after.

555-TELL: It works but it's having trouble understanding me. I managed to get the number of the local Ruby Tuesday texted to me.
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Old 05 July 2007, 11:45 AM
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We've got Shazam on 2580 which tells you what a song is and who sings it- 59p if they get it and 9p if they don't.

The popularity dialler sounds handy...
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