Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Important Numbers in Your Phone

So there I was, for the first time in decades, stranded on the side of a rural road with a car that wouldn't run, and no idea where I was. Fortunately, with GPS I found there was a town relatively close by, and with cellular I knew I could call for help. But who to call?

I haven't had car trouble in decades, so I never joined AAA. The easiest answer is to call "411" on your cellular phone at a $1 to $2 charge. I found that doesn't work for all wireless phones. What does work is Google's automated directory service, "Google-411", which I had programmed into my phone (800-GOOG-411). For no charge, they connected me to a couple of repair garages.

While waiting for Ralph to rescue us, I thought of all the important numbers I had programmed into my phone book. Everyone should do it and we listed them on our CellularBackDoor Tips Page. Don't put it off. Do it now. Enter your "ICE" number, "Home", a Directory number, and your auto club, but don't enter "911". I can assure you, the day you need it, you will praise yourself for thinking ahead. Yes, it can mean life or death. I'd rather think it justifies every penny spent on cellular, and on that glove box spare...on a different wireless network.

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