"home zone" functionality

Tilman Baumann tilman at baumann.name
Thu Apr 17 10:34:20 CEST 2008

The home zone icon uses a rather strange SMS feature.
I don't know details. But there are several message types.
Like messages which pop up without asking the user to open it.
Or like the O2 logo. Which is a SMS with (smehow) a emebedded pictogram 
ebedded. Which your phone shows in some status bar or the background.
This icon can only be re-set if you get a special delete SMS.

You can all see the fun you can have with this? :)
Find some SMSC provider who does not care and start spamming penguins on 
every phone... :)

Matthias Lohr wrote:
> Sorry for the unprecise question...
> I know about the "home" announcing when you begin a call, I used it because my imported mobile phone doesn't have the house symbol. But it would be nicer to get the house on the phone, although it's just an unimportant feature. I have no idea how it works. But it shouldn't be a problem for a phone company to get the specs.
> Regards,
> Matthias
>> Hi,
>>> I'm german and using o2. It offers the so called "Homezone" which is a
>>> area you can define the center. When in this area (depending on GSM
>>> cells) you can give and receive calls with a additionaly provided
>>> fixed line number at lower charge. So my question is: is this feature
>>> already in the todo list?
>> As far as I know, homezone is independet from the mobile phone. I used
>> 02 some years with a mobile phone with non-special software. The only
>> difference is (if you use o2), that you have this nice little house on
>> the display, when you are inside your homezone.
>> Regards,
>> Ricky.
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