Wow! It worked!

26 08 2007

I’m sure some of you would have read the email titled “4 things you never knew your handphone could do”, or something along that line. And one of the four things listed in it was that we could actually unlock our car doors via our handphone! Well, not exactly unlocking with your mobile, but more of using your mobile as a medium to unlock your car when you do not have your keys with you and the spare keys are at your home or with someone else. For those who have yet to read that email, I’m sure the question in your head is how exactly do I do that?

As per the email, these are the steps you should follow:
1. Call the person who has access to your car’s remote control.
2. Place your mobile phone about 1 inch from your car (door).
3. Tell that person to press the unlock button on your car’s remote control.
4. Your car should be unlocked.

It’s as simple as that! And guess what? It works!!

Was in Centrepoint, BU for dinner with Barry, Pot and the man. Was talking about whether this could work and we decided to test it out. So as Barry (without his car keys) went to his car which was parked at the basement in LG, the rest of us waited for his call at Ground Floor. Called he did, and we pressed the unlock button of the remote control over my phone’s speaker. First few times, nothing happened. Then suddenly after few tries, we heard the signal of his car’s doors being unlocked! Whoa! Super amazing weh! We tested it a few more times, lock and unlock cause we were just so amazed LOL. Thank God there were not many people around us cause we were being rather animated from excitement hehe.

If only I knew about this ‘trick’ way back in Uni days when I locked my keys in my car (yes, dumb dumb I know) and my parents had to drive 40 minutes to hand me the spare keys. Getting them to unlock my car over the phone would have taken 5 seconds or less. Damn. But it’s a really handy trick especially if you lock your keys in the car. Or if you went to grab something from your car only to realize that you left your keys at (for example) your office. Apart from this two scenarios, I don’t see how this trick will help, especially if you will need to drive the car once unlocking it. No key, car unlock, what’s the point? Unless you are McGyver la 😀

One word of advice though. Barry initially placed his phone about an inch away from his car’s door but it did not work. The best spot to place it would be on your car’s bonnet, as near as possible to the windscreen.

So these steps should work really fine:
1. Call the person who has access to your car’s remote control.
2. Place your mobile phone about 1 inch from your car (door). Place your mobile on your car’s bonnet (driver’s side) as close as possible to the windscreen.
3. Tell that person to press the unlock button on your car’s remote control.
4. Your car should be unlocked.

Happy trying! I find it really cool. Must be some wave transmission over the phone that enables it. Whoever have insights on this, do enlighten me 😀 . We were so excited about the testing that our parking ticket expired cause we did not exit within the allocated 20 minutes grace period.

🙂

And tomorrow is Monday. Have a great one!

Countdown to MERDEKA!! Yeah!

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