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Posted at 6:12 AM ET, 01/18/2011

PostPoints tip: Recharge your phone often in weak coverage

By Rob Pegoraro

My recent trip to the Consumer Electronics Show gave me plenty of chances to recharge my phone, and with good reason. Most phones will drain their batteries faster in areas of weak coverage--in my CES experience, almost the entire lower level of the Venetian hotel's exhibit and conference space--as they keep checking for a stronger signal. They may also boost their own transmission power to compensate. Both steps will run down their batteries faster than you'd expect from normal use.

If you can solve your coverage problem by moving--or just, as Consumer Reports recommended earlier this month, by taking it out of a purse, bag or desk drawer--that's the simplest and most obvious fix. (It's also advisable if you're concerned about the level of radiation your phone puts out.) But if you're stuck looking at one or two bars of signal, keep your charger handy and plug in the phone whenever you can.

(About the "PostPoints tip" title: I archive each tip-of-the-week e-mail we send to PostPoints members under this blog's "Tips" category. Today's item went out Jan. 11.)


* In Sunday's column, I tried to put the spectacle of the iPhone finally coming to Verizon into the broader context of consumers' wishes being thwarted and fulfilled by the tech business.

* And in Help File, I passed along a tip about how to quit a stuck iPhone (or Android) program, then addressed a Windows 7 upgrade scenario for users of the Family Tree Maker genealogy program.

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 18, 2011; 6:12 AM ET
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If such use in problematic reception areas is routine, it is also an argument for using a phone with replaceable batteries (carry a spare), like many Android phones but unlike the iPhone.

Posted by: 54Stratocaster | January 18, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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