Cell phones cracking under cold pressure

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email
Have you noticed your phone acting weird lately? The cold weather may be to blame.

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At MobileComm in West Wichita the box of cell phones to be recycled is quickly filling, and the cold weather could be partly to blame.

Owner Hamid Bakhtiari said they've seen a number of devices come into the store recently with damage caused by the cold temperatures.

"The polar vortex that just swept through the nation is actually wreaking havoc on some phones," Bakhtiari said. "We've noticed that a lot of the guys that are out in the field have been coming in with some screens that have been shattered due to the extreme cold."

The standard operating temperature for most phones is a minimum of 32 degrees, so the extreme change in temperature going from outside to inside is proving to be more than some screens can handle.

Batteries also don't operate normally when cold and might deplete more quickly than normal.

So as you pile on the layers to head out in the elements, don't forget to keep your phone warm as well.

Experts also stress the importance of not leaving your phone in your car.

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