Monthly Archives: November 2011

Xperia Play Service Menu & Life Timer

After spending a few weeks playing with Android on a HTC HD2 Windows Mobile phone, I decided it was about time to upgrade to a full fledged Android phone.

The HD2 running Android would actually meet all of my needs except for the fact that this particular HD2 was originally from T-Mobile US and is not compatible with Rogers 3G.  That means that I am limited to EDGE/GPRS data speeds, which is nearly unusable nowadays (it was great 8 years ago).

After checking out the selection of Android phones Rogers is currently offering, I decided to try out the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.  So far I really like it.  I have until Dec 5th to decide if I want to keep it; assuming I have used less than 30 minutes (Rogers Wireless Buyer’s Remorse – see under return policy).

Today I decided to check my call timer.  Unlike other phones I have used in the past, the call timer is not easily found.  In fact you need to access a hidden service menu to find it.  It took me a while to find this info, so I figured it would be worthwhile to post instructions (see below).  Enjoy.  😀


Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (and possibly other SE Android phones)

From the call screen, dial *#*#7378423#*#*  to access the service menu

Select “Service tests” (other options are Service info & Service settings)

Scroll down to “Total call time”

Hit home or back a few times to exit.


I suggest you don’t make any changes unless you really know what you are doing.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  😉



Access from Canada without a VPN

A lot has been said about the content differences between Netflix Canada and Netflix US since it launched in Canada last year.  For the most part Netflix Canada has made significant improvements, but there may be times when you just want to watch something that is only available on the US site.

A Google search on the topic will likely bring up sites describing how to use a VPN server to redirect all of your traffic and make it appear as if you were somewhere else (in the continental US for example).  The major issues with this method are that access to a good VPN server can get pretty expensive and you are limited to the bandwidth provided by the VPN server (both speed and/or amount of data).  Being bandwidth limited is not really ideal for a video streaming service.

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