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    • How Do I Locate My Lost Cell Phone?

      How Do I Locate My Lost Cell Phone?

      Many of us have lost our cell phones from time to time but some may have a harder time than others in retrieving their phone. What is worse is when you lose your cell phone in the middle of a texting session or when you have an important phone call to make and the person’s

    • MIN (Mobile Identification Number)

      MIN (Mobile Identification Number)

      The MIN (Mobile Identification Number) is a number that uniquely identifies a mobile telephone subscriber. MINs are 34-bits in length. The first 10 bits are sometimes known as MIN2, while the last 24 bits are referred to as MIN1. Together they are simply known as the MIN. In the United States, the MIN is derived

    • SCM: Station Class Mark

      SCM: Station Class Mark

      The SCM (Station Class Mark) is a 4 bit number which holds three different pieces of information. Your cellular telephone transmits this information (and more) to the cell tower. Bit 1 of the SCM tells the cell tower whether your cellphone uses the older 666 channel cellular system, or the newer 832 channel cellular system.

    • How to Activate a Verizon Phone

      How to Activate a Verizon Phone

      Before activating a new Verizon Wireless cell phone, it is important that you backup your phone numbers. By making the switch from an older phone to a newer one, you'll lose access to the older one. Therefore, transfer your numbers either by bringing it into a Verizon Wireless store or use the Backup Assistant. This

    • UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

      UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

      UMTS is an abbreviation for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System. It is one of the third-generation (3g) cell phone technologies quickly developing today. UTMS is also referred to as the 3GSM so as to emphasize the coalition between 3G technology and GSM standard. In theory, the UTMS, using W-CDMA, is supposed to be able to transfer

    • TIMSI

      TIMSI

      A TIMSI, or Temporary International Mobile Subscriber Identity, number is a random number that is created from a telecommunications subscriber’s IMSI number in order to provide additional security. While an IMSI is unique to each subscriber and is a permanent number that can be used to track a subscriber or interfere with his/her services, a

    • 15 Ways to Improve Your Phone’s Battery Life

      15 Ways to Improve Your Phone’s Battery Life

      Although mobile phones have become almost ubiquitous in modern culture, device manufacturers have yet to solve the problem of significantly improving the battery life of mobile phones significantly. As a result, consumers must seek out methods to manage the overall application and program usage on their cell phones in order to improve the overall life

    • Cell Phone Signal Boosters

      Cell Phone Signal Boosters

      Cell phone signal boosters (or cellular repeaters) are bidirectional amplifiers designed to boost the mobile phone reception using internal signal amplifiers, reception antennas and rebroadcast antennas. External antennas collect good cellular signal, and then it is transmitted to an amplifier, which retransmits the signal locally. This process results in much better signal. Rural areas often

    • How to Change my PIN and PUK

      How to Change my PIN and PUK

      A PIN, or Personal Identification Number, is a number that is used on some SIM cards to prevent unauthorized use of the cell phone it is located in. PINs are not used by all SIM cards and may need to be setup before they can be used. A PIN is generally between 4 and 8

    • How Do Prepaid Phone Cards Work?

      How Do Prepaid Phone Cards Work?

      As more and more people switch to cell phones for communication, many people are opting to use prepaid phone cards rather than signing up for a contract with a service provider. Prepaid phone cards allow users to purchase temporary plans ahead of time and use their minutes from wherever they are without having to worry

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