10 things you didn’t know about mobile phones

by BPD Team on September 30, 2011

Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives today. Evolving faster than ever before, mobile phone technology has seen an exponential growth in the last few years. Although as of today, mobile phone usage is extremely widespread, there are a lot of things people don’t know about them. Here I compile a list of 10 Interesting facts about Mobile Phones that you probably didn’t know about.

1. The Emergency Number

One of the lesser known secrets of the mobile phone universe is the ability to avail emergency services by dialing 112 or 000 from any GSM mobile phone, from anywhere in Australia. This emergency number can be dialed even when your keypad is locked, or if your phone has been locked with a password. This trick is a useful one to know, but remember, this does not work on landline phones.

2. IMEI Code Can Save the Day

IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity number is unique to every handset in the world. You can easily check out your own IMEI number by punching in * # 0 6 # into your mobile. It is advisable to keep a note of this number because it can be used to remotely block your handset, which will render it completely useless. This is in the hopes of decreasing phone thefts and also for protecting your and your contacts’ privacy.

3. Google Search

If you’re on a tour of an unacquainted country or a city and you have a pizza craving, you can use Google’s free service that can deliver a lot of information via a text message. You can text your query to the number 466453 (or Google) to find nearby places, such as restaurants, hotels, movie theaters etc.

4. Mobiles and Accidents

A recent Australian study showed that if you are using your mobile while driving, you’re 4 times more likely to have an accident. Texting or talking on phone during driving greatly decreases your reaction time, and therefore you are less likely to notice or react if you get into a tight situation.

5. Mobile Phone Stats

Latest statistics suggest that there are as many mobile phones in the world, as there are people in it. This roughly amounts to 3 billion active mobile phones, with Luxembourg on the top in terms of mobile phone penetration (about 158%). Statistics also show that people discard about a hundred and fifty million phones every year, which does post a disposal dilemma. That said, a survey displayed that 85% of all people who discard their phone for a new one, actually liked their previous phone better.

6. Bits of Mobile Phone History You Probably Don’t Know

The first mobile phone that came out for public was in 1983, and was named Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. Needless to say, that though the 8000X was rather bulky going by today’s standards, but it cause quite a revolution when it came out in 1983. Another interesting fact is that text messaging was initially developed to aid the deaf people.

7. Mobile Phones and Nuclear Radiation

Believe it or not, your mobile phone can detect nuclear radiation. There are solid-state transistors present in a mobile phone, which can detect disruptions in radiation. Now since everyone has a mobile these days, this ability to detect radiation can be used to detect nuclear weapons, and using the inbuilt GPS in phones, the exact location of those weapons can be determined.

8. How fast can you text?

Yes, someone holds a Guinness world record in texting too. The record holder took just 25.94 seconds to type the following message, on her Samsung Galaxy S:
“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”
Try it on your phone.

9. Mobile Phones and Sperm Count

Recent scientific research stipulates that if you use your mobile phone for more than four hours a day, your sperm count will reduced by one fourth. Not only that, but high mobile phone usage is also said to reduce sperm quality. The damage is mostly attributed to the electromagnetic radiation and the heat produced by a mobile phone.

10. You Mobile Phone is Your Flashlight

According to a recent survey, it’s in the nature of people to use the backlight of their mobile phone as a flashlight. Nearly 60% of the people who were asked this question answered in the affirmative.


Image courtesy hnsa.org 

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