Nokia Speed Trap Detector

According to an email urban legend, certain models of Nokia phones have built-in radar detector that you can activate via secret code. Obviously this can't be true. But what I'm curious about is if a radar sign actually will appear on certain models if you follow these instructions. I could imagine bored engineers programming this in as a joke. Since I don't have access to a Nokia phone I can't test it out. Here's the email:

Nokia Speed Trap Detector
The settings for radar speed traps detector.
Your Nokia cell phone can be programmed to pick
up radar speed traps, when programmed your cell
phone picks up the radar and alerts you on the
message alert tone. ( Doesn't work with Nokia
7110! )

1. Enter your menu
2. Select settings
3. Select security settings
4. Select closed user group
5. Select on
6. Enter 00000
7. Press ok
8. Clear back to normal, within a few seconds
your phone will display a radar sign with five
zero's next to it. It is now activated.

Unfortunately only Nokia phones have this
function. Cell info display needs to be de-
activated. Settings -> Phone Settings -> Cell
Info display
Each time you turn off your phone, or even each
time you loose contact with your carrier, you'll
have to activate it again... It is done by steps
1 through 5, but the number (00000) will be
already on the field as default.

Technology

Posted on Sat Dec 18, 2004



Comments

Utterly nothing happens. (Nokia 6610)
Posted by Naya  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  01:10 AM
I have a Nokia 5210, and after following the instructions I see three connected squares appear on the display, with the numbers 00000 next to them. Sadly, I don't have a car so whether that's a radar detector is beyond my experimental capacities!
Posted by Alexandre  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  05:56 AM
Easter egg hunt!
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  06:11 AM
The sequence does work, however the image is not a radar sign but a graphic meant to represent the "00000 closed user group" which has just been activated.
Posted by dirk  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  08:04 AM
My grandparents have Nokia phones. But I don't have my car at the moment so I can't test this myth out.
Posted by Dany  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  01:32 PM
Just wondering, Dani--why did you feel compelled to post to tell us that you had no information to share?
Posted by crankymediaguy  on  Sun Dec 19, 2004  at  05:56 AM
Oops, Dany, not Dani. My bad.
Posted by crankymediaguy  on  Sun Dec 19, 2004  at  05:56 AM
Nothing with 3510 although Nokia might soon release a phone with a radar... 😊
Posted by A  on  Sun Dec 19, 2004  at  12:25 PM
No.
Posted by Dany  on  Sun Dec 19, 2004  at  01:46 PM
Is it possible that by doing those instructions, it opens up your phone so that people can hijack it and make calls through your phone?
Posted by ArtStone  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  07:59 AM
Maybe it only works if you have a haunted phone.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  11:26 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if this kind of capability became a reality in the near future, what with cellphones becoming more and more sophisticated, and law enforcement technologies becoming more and more interwoven into national Big Brother electronic networks. Hell, if Homeland Security happens to be keeping track of speed trap data via a satellite network (which could certainly have been buried in one of those three thousand pages of the latest Intelligence Bill that none of our elected officials bothered to read before signing into law), it could just be a matter of a Nokia satellite opening up a backdoor in HS's system and seeing what's near where you are. Cyberpunkalicious.

Besides, they're always looking for a new feature to cram into the latest cellphone design...
Posted by Barghest  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  09:59 PM
Politics, legality, and marketing reasons aside,
I can't see how this would be feasable, since police radar frequencies are at least 10 times higher than those used by cell phones (10GHz for X-band, 24GHz for K-band, 34GHz for Ka-band, vs 900Mhz to 2.4GHz for various cell phone frequencies). It would require quite a bit of extra hardware and would be a huge drain on the battery.
Posted by John.  on  Tue Dec 21, 2004  at  10:00 AM
"Utterly nothing happens."
And what, exactly, were you expecting?
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Wed Dec 22, 2004  at  03:20 PM
To Crankymediaguy...why do you care what Dany posts? Quit being so cranky 😊
Posted by Fox  on  Thu Dec 23, 2004  at  04:16 PM
well i have the nokia 3600 and it seems to work for me just like it says it started beeping when i was in my dads truck then about 30 seconds later there was a speed trap when we past it i then had my dad turn around and well it went off again so it does work but personaly its of no use to me just thought i would give u my info
Posted by neonfxp  on  Tue Dec 28, 2004  at  06:55 PM
I spent 20 years in the Air Force working on Electronic Warfare equipment. Detecting and jamming radars and other such of all types. Sorry folks, the cell phones I have seen cannot support an antenna that would receive police radar. Now, if you use certain tricky electronics you can adjust the electronic wavelength of an antenna, but only so far. Now, in the years since I have retired, electronics may have found a way around this, but I doubt it. It would have made a lot of news in the electronics industry. Check with a neighborhood ham radio operator to find out.
Posted by Christopher Cole  on  Sat Jan 01, 2005  at  10:00 PM
I'll try it today. I just got a Nokia 1060. Thoug I doubt it would work.
Posted by Dany  on  Fri Jan 07, 2005  at  01:08 PM
if u change the 00000 to 500 when u walk out of a shop with security check things it will set them off
Posted by hoggy23  on  Sat Jan 15, 2005  at  08:40 AM
Well, I enabled mine. Problem is now though, I'm getting a spinning green line going round and around with blips... loads of blips appearing too.

Plus I now keep hearing people talking to me asking if it is okay to land.

Doh!!
Posted by Dave Francis  on  Sat Jan 15, 2005  at  05:44 PM
At least it looks cool!


if u change the 00000 to 500 when u walk out of a shop with security check things it will set them off

a whole new area...
Posted by Ag3nt  on  Fri Feb 11, 2005  at  08:23 PM
I followed the instructions then I got so excited so I stole my dad's car and drove really fast then the stupid cop stopped me and told me that I'm going 120 km/hr on a 50 km/hr zone..
His radar picked it up.
Posted by Bob  on  Fri Apr 15, 2005  at  11:42 PM
Well. I will try it out soon... maybe today.. maybe it also works in holland 😛
Posted by Heksenketel  on  Tue May 03, 2005  at  06:45 PM
it works!
Posted by madz  on  Fri Jul 01, 2005  at  02:07 AM
sceptic biscuitBrain ()
(1) Has this actually worked for anyone? Anywhere really in the universe...
(2) Also, do you think I can configure a SonyErricson 2 do the same?
Posted by BiscuitBrain  on  Fri Jul 29, 2005  at  10:16 AM
I drive a taxi and came looking for this site as the number of kms I do and with distracting passengers it is so easy to float over the limit. I have a Nokia 3310 and have put in the settings as given and my phone shows a radar symbol with the OOOOO after it. I will be on night shift tonight and will undoubtedly pass many cameras. I will let you know the outcome. Cheers
Posted by JanB  on  Fri Oct 28, 2005  at  03:27 PM
i have nokia 3310 I'll try it today. Thoug I doubt it would work.
Posted by hareesh  on  Sat Nov 05, 2005  at  03:00 AM
HI EVERY BODY
Posted by k.sriman  on  Fri Nov 11, 2005  at  04:37 AM
It is BOLLOCKs -- just tried on 5210. Nothing.
Posted by Mr. Sensible  on  Sat Nov 26, 2005  at  11:58 AM
Hi on my nokia 3230 shows only a 0 and no radar sign. Is this normal ort ny nokia does not support it?
Posted by firewall1  on  Sun Dec 04, 2005  at  02:47 PM
:-) im happy ive just tryed it out today and it did work i have a nokia 3310 and it told me 2 meters from the camera im soo happy as i was doing 90mph in a 60 mph zone lol im soo glad
Posted by paul  on  Wed Jan 18, 2006  at  08:17 AM
I have tryed this on a few phones its a old. never worked on 3310 from what i remember, and also doesnt work on 8310.
its a myth
Posted by dj  on  Wed Jan 18, 2006  at  03:20 PM
it dose work and if you do the same prosess but change the code to 500 insted of 00000 you will set off shop detectors at the doors of shops as you exit.
Posted by adam4590  on  Tue Jan 31, 2006  at  03:34 PM
I have a Nokia 3520/3560 phone at a glance and was wanting to know if the speed trap detector works on my particular model? Thank you, Mike
Posted by Michael Morris  on  Mon Feb 20, 2006  at  11:42 PM
I tried to redgister three times and it keeps giveing the error message window. I think this site is a crok.

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Posted by Michael Morris  on  Tue Feb 21, 2006  at  10:16 PM
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Posted by Michael Morris  on  Tue Feb 21, 2006  at  10:22 PM
my mum has a nokia 3310, well i took it from her and tested this out (i got it a whileago from someone else!) and gess wot it works for me!!! lol

This is realy kool!
Posted by Ash  on  Wed Mar 22, 2006  at  01:40 PM
ive tried this on my 8210 and my 3510 but nothing happens? do u have any other codes? mail me email removed by moderator thanx
Posted by Nas  on  Sat Jun 03, 2006  at  06:20 AM
i have nokia 6020 and i done that setting, but after i type in 00000, and i accept, i return to my screen and i only see a "0" , not "00000",
btw doesnt do anything related to speedtraps...
Posted by cucurix  on  Fri Jun 30, 2006  at  10:01 AM
ok about the radar detector. i can follow it and stuff but i cant find the closed user groups in my security settings i got a nokia 6015i. if someone gets me this code i am willing to give u a code to the secrete menu used by repairmen in all nokia phones, with u can change the emergancy number to wat ever u want to talk for free. Please contact me at [no emails please - Mod] @aim.com thanks. o and id i say u can make your own server for your phone kinda like your own service provider.
Posted by josh  on  Wed Aug 16, 2006  at  12:43 PM
secrete codes
Posted by asadullah  on  Wed Sep 27, 2006  at  11:35 AM
hey it does nto have the user group in the in the phone can u tell me how it works for a 6820?
Posted by matt  on  Sat Mar 17, 2007  at  10:13 AM
They do work! Testes on Nokia 8250, Nokia 5120, Nokia 8310 (all these are classic Nokia). Works like charm for me. Countries tested in: Malaysia and New Zealand. It is not urban legend! The speed detection appearantly function according to the band use by local police to set the speed trap! Cheers! http://i.am/davidlim, http://davidinauckland.blogspot.com
Posted by David Lim  on  Sat Mar 31, 2007  at  05:30 AM
I entered the 500 code it works effectively thanks alot for this valuable key and alot of good things were taken without making any noise
Posted by alshifitf  on  Mon Jun 25, 2007  at  02:08 PM
Dear All;
The closed groups at NOKIA is for push to talk security settings and it has nothing to do with Radar, the radar sends a high frequency waves that can not be detected on the same wave length of your Mobile recievers, besides that if you joined a closed Group and you do not have a push to talk Subscribtion your mobile credit or Bill will be charged through any one who contacts you or your group and that what you will see in your next bill, take care of that and Dany kindly not to post such a trick again, i am sorry for that if you do not know it but if you know that will be a problem for you i think as for others

Eng.Mohammad Wahadneh
UAE-Dubai
Posted by mohammad wahadneh  on  Tue Jul 03, 2007  at  11:00 PM
Ah, Mr Dubai,

It does however work in some countries. It worked for me on a GSM network in Taiwan. No additional charges were on my account. It may work that way in some countries and on some networks. It may not be intended to work, but does. However, as we can see from the mixed results that it doesn't always work. What may be missed is related technology that works in conjunction with the radar traps, this I think we will find is what the Nokia picks up on and not the radar itself. For example, some speed camera technology in some countries are connected to a SIM to send data out. Call it bollocks if you like, it may be bollocks on your network or for your local fuzz, but may work for some.
Posted by Skanky  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  04:32 PM
I tried it on my N75 but no luck, nothing happend. Had anyone else tried it on a Nseries or N75???
Posted by Steve  on  Sun Sep 23, 2007  at  11:24 PM
just tried it on my nokia n95 (which has sat nav aswell) and got nothing.
Posted by mr friendly  on  Sat Jan 05, 2008  at  05:29 AM
At least it looks cool!
Posted by anatoliy008  on  Wed Mar 26, 2008  at  07:37 AM
Hi all, I live in the island of Crete (southern Greece) and I decided to test this on my N73! And yes it worked... my mobile phone started beeping the sms message tone 100 meters before the radar!!!! Oh, one more thing: to test if this really works, you have to be in an area with functioning radars... if the radar is there but it's out of order then you will not be able to test if it's true or not.
Posted by shurikenGR  on  Mon Dec 15, 2008  at  06:42 AM
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