Scenario 2 – Phone Problems


Yesterday’s was a warm-up.  Some will be just as hard, some will be much easier.  Hopefully, you’ll have fun figuring all of them out!

One afternoon, you accidentally drop your cell phone into a bathtub full of water.  Insurance doesn’t cover water damage and replacing a cell phone is very expensive.  As you are debating what to do, your friend suggests you check out an online swap shop.

There you find the deal of a lifetime.  Someone has decided to upgrade their phone and is selling their old one for a quarter of the price of a new one and it isn’t even that old.  You meet with the seller and get the phone.  He gives you the pin code to unlock it and goes away.

As you are getting ready for bed that night, the phone starts dinging like crazy.  You quickly figure out that this is a ringtone that designates you have a text message, but you haven’t had a chance to put your SIM card into it.  Since the seller of the phone had his cell phone (he had made a call), you can’t figure out how you are getting text messages.

However, you have to look just to make sure you didn’t get a broken a phone.  The messages are shocking.  They are threatening to break your legs and other, much worse things.

As you investigate, you find hundreds of these messages.  All of them originate from the same phone number, but the texting language is distinctly different among the messages.

You turn it off and remove the battery.  Sure enough, there is a SIM card still in the slot and whoever it belonged to has someone very pissed off at them.

When you close the phone back up and turn it on, you attempt to send a text message, but find the phone will only receive, not send.  Worse, whoever is on the other end has just written a message saying they have turned on the GPS.  This is when you discover it also won’t let you make phone calls, not even to 911.

What is wrong with the phone?  Why is it one number, but the language makes it appear to be different people threatening you?  Suddenly, headlights flash on in your driveway.  You do not have another phone available to you and your nearest neighbor is a quarter of a mile away.  What do you do?

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