This started in England a few years ago, and has caught on in Europe, and is now spreading here. It makes getting in touch with your emergency contact/next of kin easier - and there are other situations where it can come in handy. Ever find a cell phone? (Found one, lost one). Should be easy to return? Uh, which of those numbers do you call? Stands to reason, the emergency contact would be logical.
Here are a few more numbers it makes sense to put into your cell phone before you need them, because if you need them, you'll be busy!
- CAA/Towing Company - because a break down is why you got the phone in the first place.
- your insurance company - see above, but for accidents
- your bank - from card-eating ATMs to why the heck is my credit card not working
- your doctor/clinic - assuming you have one that will answer the phone
- local pizza place - duh - so you can call on the way home for pick up!
- local theatre - especially if they have the recording with the movie times
- if you have pets - emergency vet
- if you have kids - the school, their doctor
- if you travel - the airline's number - to check on flight status, etc.
- those phone numbers that the credit card company gives you to call if your card is stolen that you know you won't remember