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How to Check Your Free Minutes if you are a Vodacom Contract Subscriber CodeUnit 04 DEC 2012

If you are a contract subscriber on the Vodacom network, then checking to see how many free minutes you have is particularly easy thanks to the 111 USSD service Vodacom has in place.

To use, dial *111#. From the resulting menu, select 1 for balances. From the next menu, select 1 again, thereby choosing the “Free Minute Balance” menu option.

Simple as that really.

(From what I understand, this service is completely free of charge. How nice of them.)

Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830: How to Get Your Unique IMEI Number CodeUnit 11 JUN 2012

An easy way to retrieve your unique phone serial number, otherwise known as your device’s IMEI number is to open the keypad as if you were going to dial someone, and type in *#06#

As you hit that final hash character, a dialog containing your 15-digit IMEI number will pop-up onscreen, and as always, it is a good idea to note this down somewhere in a safe place for future reference.

Nifty.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 CodeUnit 23 JAN 2012

Usually on an Android smartphone you need to root and install a special app in order to be able to take a screenshot or screen capture if you will. Not so on a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 running Android 2.2.1 Froyo, as pleasingly it comes with a built in screen capture functionality!

To take a screenshot of your home screen or any other screen for that matter is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is press and hold the physical Back button on the phone, usually the button to the right of the big main button in the centre, i.e. the Home button, and while you are doing that, press the Home button just once. You will hear the camera snapping sound and if you release the buttons and browse through to your Gallery, you’ll see the screenshots under the ScreenCapture menu item.

Handy if you like pictures to go along with your app reviews or phone tutorials!

Just a note though, but sometimes applications pick up the Back button hold as a Back button press, meaning that the application keeps exiting or going back, making it impossible to take a screen capture of the screen that you need – to get around this, simply exit completely to the home screen, press and hold the back button, and then reopen the application whilst holding the back button down and browse through to the required screen. Then it is a simple matter of tapping the Home button to grab the shot.

Nifty!

How to Check your Airtime Balance on MTN CodeUnit 27 JUN 2011

If you are on the MTN mobile phone network then it is a pretty simple task to check your remaining airtime if you are a prepaid (or even a contract) customer via their nifty little Balance Enquiry feature.

For prepaid, or PayAsYouGo as MTN likes to describe them, subscribers, simply dial 141 from your cellphone to hear an update on your remaining airtime or SMS bundle. Alternatively, dial *141# and MTN will automatically send you a SMS containing your remaining airtime balance.

And how nice of them, both these options are free.

For contract subscribers, a call to 258 will give you an update on your remaining free minutes or SMS bundle. Again, this one is free as well!

Nice :)

My Introduction to Android: Galaxy Ace S5830 My Life 15 JUN 2011

What, who, how?! I didn’t believe the SMS I received the other day from Vodacom, alerting me to the fact that I could now upgrade. “That’s impossible,” I exclaimed, “there is no way that I’ve had my delightful Samsung Star for two years already!”

But a quick check in my records revealed the truth – it had been two years already and I was indeed due for an upgrade, nice, and after seeing an advert on TV for the new Samsung Galaxy Ace on a Vodacom contract, I sprung into action and did some Internet research – all of which led to a very quick realization that this was indeed the phone I wanted, my first ever Android “smartphone”, and most importantly, probably the shortest ever phone search in the history of me owning a mobile phone! :)

Anyway, I placed a quick phone call to the Vodacom shop in the mall (Somerset Mall in case you were wondering) just to make sure they had some Galaxies in stock (they had 5) and half an hour later, I found myself seated in the Vodacom Shop waiting for assistant Wendy to fill in all the necessary forms before I handed over my upgrade administration fee and left the store, now a proud owner of a shiny black Samsung (I’m such a fanboy) Android midrange smartphone.

And boy am I pleased with my upgrade (as is Chantelle who is quite jealous and now full of respite that she didn’t do the necessary homework before going for her current Windows Mobile device).

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How to Send a Please Call Me on Cell C CodeUnit 01 JUN 2011

A callback, or rather Please Call Me as it has come to be universally known in South Africa, is a rather nifty concept that allows you to send a free SMS to any other Cell C customer asking them to call you back, usually because you don’t have any money on your phone – or are to cheap to use any of your own precious airtime!

Cell C allows each customer five Please Call Me SMS messages per day, and to send is actually pretty simple.

All you have to do is dial *111*cellphone number# (where ‘cellphone number’ is the friend’s phone you want to contact) and a Please Call Me SMS will automatically be delivered to the relevant person at no cost to you.

Nifty.

How to Check your Airtime Balance on Cell C CodeUnit 31 MAY 2011

If you are on the Cell C mobile phone network then it is a pretty simple task to check your remaining airtime if you are a prepaid (or even a contract) customer via their nifty little balance enquiry feature.

For prepaid or contract subscribers, simply dial 140 from your cellphone to hear an update on your remaining airtime or SMS bundle. Alternatively, dial *147# and select option 3 or as a last resort SMS ‘bal’ or ‘balance’ to 14302 and Cell C will automatically send you a SMS containing your remaining aiairtime, balance, check balance, mobile phone, mobile network, cellphone, cell crtime balance.

And how nice of them, all these options are free.

Nice :)

How to Check your Airtime Balance on Vodacom CodeUnit 30 MAY 2011

If you are on the Vodacom mobile phone network then it is a pretty simple task to check your remaining airtime if you are a prepaid (or even a contract) customer via their nifty little balance enquiry feature.

For Vodacom prepaid subscribers, a quick dial to *100# (and similarly for contract subscribers, a dial of *111#), will give you an update on your remaining free minutes or SMS bundle. (Follow the resulting menu options if applicable.)

Note that this service is completely free of charge. How nice of them.

And now you know. Nifty :)

How to Send a Please Call Me on MTN CodeUnit 03 MAY 2011

A callback, or rather Please Call Me as it has come to be universally known in South Africa, is a rather nifty concept that allows you to send a free SMS to any other MTN customer asking them to call you back, usually because you don’t have any money on your phone – or are to cheap to use any of your own precious airtime!

MTN allows each customer two Please Call Me SMS messages per day, and to send is actually pretty simple.

All you have to do is dial *121*cellphone number# (where ‘cellphone number’ is the friend’s phone you want to contact) and a Please Call Me SMS will automatically be delivered to the relevant person at no cost to you.

Nifty.