Have you ever wondered why phone companies don't seem interested in
> > trying to prevent the theft of mobile phones? If you have ever lost,
> > or had one stolen, and if you are on a plan, you still have to pay the
> > plan approximately up to 24 months, and you have to buy another
> > handset and enter into another contract. This is more revenue for the
> > phone company.
> > There is a simple way of making lost or stolen mobiles useless to
> > thieves and the phone companies know about it, but keep it quiet.
> > To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in the following on
> > your phone:
> > star-hash-zero-six-hash ( * # 0 6 # ) and a fifteen digit code will
> > appear on the screen. This is unique to your handset. Write it down
> > and keep it safe. Should your mobile phone get stolen, you can phone
> > your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able
> > to block your handset, so even if the thief changes the sim card, your
> > phone will be totally useless.
> > You probably won't get your phone back, but at lease you know that
> > whoever stole it can't use/sell it either.
> > If everybody did this, there would be no point in stealing mobile
> > phones.
> > May want to send this to as many people with mobiles as possible.
> > No charge for directory assistance
> > Phone companies are charging us $1.00 or more for 411 - information
> > calls when they don't have to. When you need to use the 411 /
> > information option!, simply dial 1-800-FREE-411 or 1 800 373 3411
> > without incurring a charge.
> > This is information people don't mind receiving -
> > Pass it on.
> > Works on home phones and cellphones