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Tips on how to keep your smartphone humming before, during and after the approaching storm

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Tips on how to keep your smartphone humming before, during and after the approaching storm
Exactly one year ago today, Hurricane Irene was a threat and we passed along some tips from T-Mobile on how to use your smartphone in order to save power for emergencies calls you  might need to make with the power out. Now, it's a year later and the southeast U.S. is dealing with Hurricane Issac. Once again, we would like to pass along some tips on how to preserve your battery so that your phone will be able to handle emergencies calls with the power out.

A car charger comes in handy

A car charger comes in handy

Since it is a year later, there is some new technology. Want to make sure you have preserved enough battery power to last a few days? Buy the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX! Yeah, we are being facetious with that suggestion, but the truth is that the 3300mAh battery on the device will last you for some time with some judicious use.

Seriously, try to keep the phone in the charger until the lights go off.  Any thing that can eat the batteries should be done only once the phone is fully charged and is plugged in. Once the lights go off, you need to conserve battery life. That means all of those YouTube videos you like to watch must wait. Do you visit Crackle to watch old Newsradio episodes? Congratulations. You have good taste. But again, you need to look ahead and assume that the power will be off for a few days so you must use restraint to keep the phone turned off until you need to make a call. Want to take pictures of the storm and put it on Instagram?

The 3300mAh battery on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX could be a life saver

The 3300mAh battery on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX could be a life saver

Last year, we told you that T-Mobile suggests using text messages instead of calling because it is easier to get through using texts during times like these. Also, buy a car charger if you don't have one. This way, in case of a dire emergency, you can always use the car charger to juice up your phone enough to make a quick call. Considering how long it takes to fully recharge a battery using your car battery, you might end up burning some desperately needed fuel. Some gas stations that use electric power to run their pumps could be out of commission for some time. While you should by all means get a car charger, don't expect to completely top off your phone's battery with it.

If a storm is bad enough to knock out your carrier's network, a portable generator and microwave relay equipment might be deployed by your mobile operator. We were told last year that Verizon's cell towers contain a back-up genrator or an 8 hour battery which means that Big Red customers might be able to get service even if an entire area has no power.

With Issac expected to hit South Florida Sunday night, those in the path of the storm should be keeping their phone recharged right now. And if you have spare batteries, top them off as well. It might worth a quick trip to your local store to pick up a spare cell or two. And most of all, stay safe!

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posted on 26 Aug 2012, 01:41 2

1. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

It won't work because Brock Lesnar will snap my smartphone's arm....

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 01:55 2

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

well there's a MAXX and a SIII in my household so we're in good shape. ;)
i don't think it's going to be so bad though.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 17:00

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

it missed FL so i'm just gonna get some rain which i'm used to. car is AWD so all i have to worry about is getting a little wet.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 02:13 6

3. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

also, if you are not expecting any calls, it is better to put your phone in airplane mode, that can drastically cut power requirements of the phone and the airplane mode can easily be tuned off by a single tap.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 03:46 1

4. zhiae (unregistered)

when it come to power saving smartphone is better than cellphone
remember don't touch you device for 3 days cell stand will take 50% on 2G i don't know about 3G and battery remover is better in that case.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 09:36 1

5. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)

Just use feature phones, they last a lot longer than smartphones while having smaller batteries~

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 10:37 2

6. paulyyd (Posts: 339; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

its a hurricane…. not the end of the world and I live on the gulf coast of florida

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 19:02

8. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

I agree, I live on the FL Gulf Coast and not really worried about this one.

BTW, Sprint Nextel is, by far, the best prepared wireless carrier when it comes to emergencies. They also have backup generators on their cell sites and like VZW and probably AT&T and TMO, have COW's (Cell On Wheels) in case the towers are completely inoperable. I do remember that after Katrina, Sprint and Nextel were the only services that worked for a week or so. They are also the only carrier with an Emergency Response Team that is immediately deployed to the emergency site and provides cell equipment to Gov't Agencies, Emergency Responders and law enforcement.

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