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Cellphones should be protected from cold, wet conditions

Experts say significant changes in temperature or moisture can damage cellphones. Users are advised to plan ahead so they can respond when trouble arrives.
BY LINDSAY VIDRINE Published: December 29, 2012

• Keep your phone warm. Cold temperatures could harm the battery on your device or create other issues that prevent the phone from operating at its peak performance. If your cellphone 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.

• Respond quickly to water exposure. If your cellphone 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 your phone has a sliding keypad, you should open it up, so air can reach it. Leave a wet phone powered down for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to completely dry out.

• Stay charged up. Phones should be kept charged so customers have sufficient battery life when they need it. If driving, keep a car charger with you to recharge while on the go or keep an extra charged battery with you. If a battery starts to run out, U.S. Cellular customers can switch out a dead or dying battery for free at any U.S. Cellular store through the company's Battery Swap program.


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