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Beat the Freeze: Extreme Cold Can Harm Smart Devices

UScellular Offers Tips to Keep Smart Devices Functioning in Cold Weather

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2024) – With temperatures dropping, UScellular wants to inform the public of the potential impact extreme cold temperatures can have on smartphones. 

According to the wireless carrier, it is the lithium-ion batteries in smartphones and other connected devices that often create an issue in cold temperatures. Lithium-ion batteries contain liquid. When extreme cold temperatures are introduced, the molecules shrink, which causes potential issues for displays, buttons and battery life.

With cold temperatures in the forecast, UScellular recommends the following tips to keep your devices safe and working properly:

1.)    Charge your device. Because battery power can be reduced in cold temperatures, it’s best to keep your device fully charged to avoid the battery being completely drained in outdoor temperatures. A portable charger, such as the Anker MagGO Magnetic Battery Charger, is a good thing to carry.

2.)    Keep your device in a case. Think about it like a winter jacket. You would not go outside without one, so don’t do that to your phone. When it comes to protecting your phone, a case, such as the OtterBox Defender Case, is a first line of defense. It can create a barrier between your device and the outside elements.

3.)    Keep your device in a pocket. Humans are a natural source of heat. When you are out in the cold, try to keep your device in a coat pocket rather than in a purse or bag. This will help protect the device from the shock of the freezing conditions.

4.)    Let your device warm up before you try to use it. For optimal performance, users should avoid storing devices in frigid places, such as a parked car. If a phone powers off due to the cold, give it time to warm up to room temperature before you hit the power button. You should never use heating sources, such as a blow dryer.

About UScellular
UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to help customers stay connected to the things that matter most. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. Through its After School Access Project, the company has pledged to provide hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet. Additionally, UScellular has price protected all of its plans, promising not to increase prices through at least the end of 2024. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com.