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(PRESS RELEASE) -- You're careful enough to protect yourself with coats, gloves and scarves when it's cold outside, but what about your smartphone, tablet and notebook? It requires a few special precautions to keep your electronic devices safe from winter weather too. 

Exposing your devices to extreme cold temperatures for extended periods of time may:

  • Battery Drain: Cause your battery to drain faster
  • Brittle Glass: With prolonged exposure, make the phone's hardware more brittle and can lead to cracked screens, especially on devices with glass screens
  • Condensation: Cause condensation to form inside your screen if you turn it on while it is still cold
  • Permanent Damage: Increase potential for permanent damage if you leave your device in "sleep mode" for an extended period of time, especially with netbooks.

So here are some tips from AT&T for protecting your devices in extreme cold weather:

  • Protect Your Phone: The biggest and most obvious – don't take your device out in extreme temperatures.  When you're outside in weather like this, keep it in your purse, bag or pocket.   Keep it protected.
  • Don't Leave Your Phone in the Car: Don't leave it in your car or trunk for extended periods of time –definitely not overnight or if you're driving up to mountains for a day of skiing or snowboarding, don't leave it in your car all day.
  • Keep Your Phone Dry: Don't take your phone outside to shovel snow or sled with your kids because not only do you expose it to the cold, but you have the chance of getting it wet.
  • Use a Case: Keep your phone or device in a protective case.  We recommend something like the Lifeproof or OtterBox case. These are waterproof, drop resistant and dirt proof.  
  • Bluetooth is Your Friend: Your phone probably isn't going to stop ringing just because it's cold out, so if you expect to be out in the cold for a while and want to heed our advice about keeping it in your pocket, invest in a Bluetooth device/earbud with mic and call answer buttons so that you can leave the device in your pocket while talking.
  • Warm Up Your Phone First: If you know for some reason that you just have to expose your device to the cold for an extended period of time, turn it off and don't turn it back on until it has warmed up (this helps to keep condensation from forming.)
  • Protect Yourself with Touchscreen Gloves: Finally, for protecting yourself, if you're going to use your device outside or in cold temps, get yourself a pair of touchscreen gloves that you can leave on while using your device. 
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