If you’re going to play in the world of cell phones, you need these five survival tips.
As of yet, there’s no survey, but if a cell-user had a choice between spouse or phone, I’d suspect they’d at least have to think about it.
Now that cells have intruded into nearly every aspect of our lives, including going to the bathroom, we must be careful not to mess up the media monster. Not to mention the financial and personal-information risks as cells become our personal computers.
I’ve been collecting tips to keep your cell a happy puppy. There’s no big deal to this, but ignore them at your peril. And keep your phone away from your puppy.
My neighborhood’s big into fitness. Since running shorts have no pockets, our athletes strap their cells to their arms. Not good. Sweat and cells do not mix. Neither do jarring motions that can loosen connections.
Best idea: You’re out there to exercise your muscles, not your voice or texting fingers. Give the cell a break — at home.
Most cells have a strip under the battery that turns color if the phone has been exposed to water. If it turns, your warranty is kaput.
Best idea: If you drop your phone into a fountain or a toilet, remove the battery and dry the interior with a hair dryer on warm air, not hot. Then plug in the battery. If the phone still is dead, take it to a service center. Never turn on a cell phone that has been exposed to water without drying it first.
Assault on battery
We all forget and leave our phones on chargers much longer than necessary, like overnight. Did you know that overcharging the battery diminishes its life span, significantly? Check your user’s manual or the Internet for charging times.
Best idea: Never charge a phone for more than 12 hours, period. If using a car charger, the limit is one hour. There have been some reports of cells shorting out when plugged to a car charger while starting the ignition.
Your cosmetics including perfumes and lotions all give off chemicals that can harm the delicate electronics of cell phones. The effects range from corrosion to short circuits. Tossing your phone into your purse with these items is dangerous to its health.
Best idea: Buy a pouch or case for your cell to seal it from ambient air dangers or keep your cosmetics in a separate bag.
Thieves amongst us
An alarming number of cells get stolen. Leaving your phone unattended anywhere, from car to restaurant table, is asking for it. In 95 percent of the sidewalk muggings, robbers will demand your phone.
Best idea: Never leave your phone alone anyplace including car and hotel room. Check your manual for its security features. Use a password to protect private information including address books and to restrict outgoing calls, especially international ones. Take the cell with you when leaving your car. If your cell is stolen, find another phone and report it to your access provider to cancel your account.
Note to college students: Many cells are stolen from dorm rooms. Secure them in a locked area overnight and never leave them unprotected.