Cell phones face risk of dying in cold temperatures

Posted Monday, January 6, 2014 --- 9:31 a.m.

From our news partner, WSAW in Wausau:

When we see temperatures with highs in the negative teens, your cell phone could start having some issues.

"When it gets cold out, the two main issues are battery life and the screen on your phone," says John Shultz from Cellcom. "The screen will start to dim out and the battery will be used much much quicker. The reading that you're used to seeing that shows you how much battery you have is inaccurate."

Shultz gave some tips to keep your phone working in frigid temperatures. He suggests not leaving your phone in your car when you have to run errands and keeping your phone in an inside pocket when you have to go outside.

This is not only an issue for smart phones. All phones now use lithium ion batteries to hold a charge and Shultz says these sorts of batteries just do not hold up when we have frigid temperatures.

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