Archive for Wednesday, January 20, 2010

U.S. Cellular offers winter phone tips

January 20, 2010

During the winter months, cell phone users should be aware that significant temperature changes could damage their cell phones. U.S. Cellular advises “winterizing” wireless phones.

U.S. Cellular’s cell phone technicians offer these tips to help your phone survive the cold days of winter:

• Don’t expose your phone to extreme cold.

Temperatures below 40 degrees can harm the battery’s life and run down the charge more quickly. If your cell phone is exposed to cold temperatures, allow the phone to warm up to room temperature before using it. Store your phone in a warm place. Do not place it in an outside pocket of your coat or backpack or in the car overnight. When out in the cold, carry your phone in an inside jacket pocket, keeping it close to your body for warmth.

• Protect your screen. Prolonged exposure to the cold may affect the phone’s display screen. The display cover can become brittle when exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time causing the liquid crystals within the display to literally start freezing. As a result, the screen may be slow to respond when changing screens, tints may change or shadow lines may appear. If this happens, the best thing to do is get the phone into a warm place and give it time to reach room temperature. If your cell phone gets wet from the condensation, power it down right away and remove the battery. Grab a towel or napkins to get as much excess water off the phone as you can. Remove any skins, covers or faceplates. If you have a flip phone, you should open it up, so air can reach the keypad. Leave a wet phone powered down for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to completely dry out.

• Keep your phone charged. Charge your phone or smartphone frequently, so that it is ready to use when you need it most. It also helps to keep an extra battery charged in case of winter emergencies.

• Save your contacts. Pre-program emergency phone numbers and those of family and friends into a cell phone for easy access. Cell phone users should also provide their mobile number to an emergency contact in the event of an urgent situation.


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