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How to Send a Please Call Me on Vodacom CodeUnit 26 APR 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 Vodacom 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!

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

All you have to do is dial *140*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.

The Warm Water Spa and the Cellphone General Nonsense | My Life 19 JAN 2010

My dear old father-in-law Monty managed to achieve the quite unthinkable this past weekend (which we spent as a Montgomery Clan getaway to Warmwaterberg Spa just by the way) – he managed to completely soak his cellphone by forgetting it in the pockets of his newly purchased swimming trunks as he entered the warm water pool for his very first swim.

Needless to say, he was quite distraught, Cheryl was annoyed and the rest all thought it to be quite hilarious.

Seeing as this happened on the very first day of arriving at the spa, the hapless, unresponsive and rather soggy cellphone proceeded to then spend the rest of the weekend lying around in pieces in the hope that it would dry out and thus render itself useful once more (and had I had access to the Internet, I might have known about the laying in a bowl of rice trick that seems to work rather well according to the denizens of the Net).

Anyway, at the time of writing this quickfire post I have yet to receive an update as to how the phone is faring. Did it survive, is it still salvageable, will insurance cover its repair? Or has it truly shuffled this mortal coil and gone to that ever increasing pile of junk that is electronics heaven?

I’m really not sure, but the whole incident does raise an interesting question in my mind. Is a phone’s dunking survival rate greater depending on the purity and temperature of the water in which it finds itself submerged? For example, does the fact that this phone was submerged in mineral rich, heated natural spa water instead of cold distilled battery water have any effect on its survivability rate?

C’mon, surely there must be an engineer out there who can enlighten me? O.o