Cell phones and cold weather don't mix

Local - 1/7/2014 4:37 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY - Taking care of yourself and your car isn't the only thing you should be worried about this winter.

Cold weather can do serious damage to your cell phone.

Officials say software malfunctions and condensation can form, which can wreak havoc on the inside your device.

Using cases and allowing your phone to warm up before use can help prevent internal damage.

Also, Bluetooth headsets can keep your phone in your pocket where it's out of the chilly air. But damage to the outside of your phone is also a threat.

Mary Bowman is assistant manager at AT&T in Beckley, and she says permanent damage can occur if your phone is exposed for long periods of time.

“Cold weather can cause the battery to drain faster. Exposing it to extreme cold for long periods of time, on glass-screen phones, can cause that to become brittle which can cause it to damage or break.”

Officials say a backup battery or charger can help keep you connected in case of emergency.


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