My car is winterized. My outdoor faucets are shut off for the season. My garden is ready for next year. I’m prepared for winter, but one thing I didn’t give much though to until recently was my smartphone.
Families use mobile devices to make their lives easier, more efficient and meaningful. During harsh winter conditions, it’s a good idea to keep your device safe from the cold, just like you would for any other piece of equipment you want to last.
U.S. Cellular offers the following tips to help your wireless device survive this winter:
- Accessorize: A LifeProof case is rugged and waterproof and can protect your device through inclement weather such as frigid temperatures, ice and snow. Another option, and one that I use, is a waterproof Otterbox.
- App-etizing: AccuWeather, MyRadar Weather Radar, The Weather Channel and WeatherBug are among the leading free apps available on iTunes and the Google Play store to help keep people ahead of winter storms. I love using AccuWeather on my Samsung Galaxy S 5 to see what the weather is going to be like before I head out on the road, and it works like a charm on the strong U.S. Cellular Network.
- Battery Blues: When cellphone batteries are exposed to cold temperatures, their performance dips like the winter mercury. Cellphone batteries that would provide 100 percent capacity at 80 degrees will typically only deliver 50 percent when it’s 0 degrees outside.
- Cover Up: Prolonged exposure to the cold may affect a cellphone’s display screen. The display cover can become brittle when exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time, which causes the liquid crystals within the display to start freezing.
- Don’t Fret When Wet: If a cellphone gets wet from condensation or an encounter with snow, power it down right away and remove the battery. You should grab a towel or napkins to get as much excess water off the phone as possible. You should leave a wet cellphone powered down for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to completely dry out.
- Phone for Cold and Snow: The Kyocera DuraForce is an ultra-rugged smartphone that is certified to operate all the way down to negative 22 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also certified IP68 waterproof, so it can be fully submerged up to 6 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, and with its “Wet & Glove Touchscreen Operation,” you can use the phone while wearing your winter gloves and the touchscreen will continue to operate when the phone gets snow or rain on it.
With these tips at my disposal, and a phone that is protected from the elements, I feel confident about taking my S 5 outside with me wherever I go!
My phone is protected and ready for the cold temperatures – is yours?
Don’t forget, keep your kids accountable when using their phone by setting up a Parent/Child Agreement.
Print it, sign it, post it, and remind them!
I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade and have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.