Mobile phones are being used for communication worldwide. We use it in texting and calling anyone, taking pictures and videos, and web surfing. Are you familiar with IMEI? IMEI stands for International Mobile Equiptment Identity. If vehicles have plate numbers, people have IDs … mobile phones have this so called IMEI which can be found at the inside part of the battery.
When I first saw it, I thought it is just a series of meaningless numbers. For many of us, we are not aware what is IMEI for. Store resellers are very much familiar with IMEI. IMEI is very important for them because they can use as their basis in how much they will buy your 2nd hand mobile phone or if it’s still in good condition to be bought.
How do mobile phone resellers here in the Philippines use this IMEI information?
– Get your mobile phone.
– Dial #*06#, the IMEI or serial number will appear in the screen.
– Count the 7th and 8th digit of the IMEI of your mobile phone, start from the left.
This two digits are your clues on where your mobile phone is made of.
If your digits are:
00 – the phone was made from the original factory of the brand of your mobile phone and is considered as the best quality.
01 or 10 – the phone was made from Finland and is considered to have good quality.
08 or 80 – the phone was made from Germany and is considered to have fair quality.
02 or 20 – the phone was made from Emirates and is considered to have a bad quality.
13 or 31 or 03 or 30 – the phone is made from China and is considered to have the worst quality.
If you want to know the quality of your mobile phone, check it now!!!
During a recent raid on a wholesale centre in Guangzhou city, the capital of China ‘s Guangdong province, a large quantity of fake eggs was seized.
Their wholesale price is 0.15 yuan (S$0.03) each – half the price of a real egg.
Consumers have a hard time telling a genuine egg from a fake one. This is good news for unscrupulous entrepreneurs, who are even conducting three-day courses in the production of artificial eggs for less than S$150. A reporter with Hong Kong-based Chinese magazine East Week enrolled in one such course.
To create egg white, the instructor – a woman in her 20s – used assorted ingredients such as gelatin, an unknown powder, benzoic acid, coagulating material and even alum, which is normally used for industrial processes.
For egg yolk, some lemon-yellow colouring powder is mixed to a liquid and the concoction stirred. The liquid is then poured into a round-shaped plastic mould and mixed with so-called ‘magic water‘, which contains calcium chloride.
This gives the ‘yolk’ a thin outer membrane, firming it up. The egg is then shaped with a mould. The shell is not forgotten. Paraffin wax and an unidentified white liquid are poured onto the fake egg, which is then left to dry.
The artificial egg can be fried sunny-side up or steamed. Although bubbles appear on the white of the egg, those who have tasted it say the fake stuff tastes very much like the real thing.
But experts warn of the danger of eating fake eggs. Not only do they not contain any nutrients, a Hong Kong Chinese University professor warned that long-term consumption of alum could cause dementia.
To make the egg white, various ingredients, including a powder and alum, are mixed together.
The ‘yolk’ is shaped in the round mould. ‘Magic water’ containing calcium chloride is used.
Hardy shells are formed by pouring paraffin wax and a liquid onto the egg, which are then left to dry.