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Old 05-25-2006, 10:31 AM   #1
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I read in a monthy RV magazine quite a few letters about batteries going dead in Cell phones in remote areas. Last week I was in Nanticoke Md. just east of the Chesapeake Bay, right on the water. As in the past trips there, Cell phone reception was poor if at all and all the searching caused the batteries to fail quickly. Well, discussing this with a fellow camper, here's what I learned: Using a Verizon Cell, it would search a tower but continually search. What my friend taught me was once the phone showed service, hit *18 and its locked to that tower and stopps searching. To reset, *19 or reboot the phone. It works, no dead battery all weekend!
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I read in a monthy RV magazine quite a few letters about batteries going dead in Cell phones in remote areas. Last week I was in Nanticoke Md. just east of the Chesapeake Bay, right on the water. As in the past trips there, Cell phone reception was poor if at all and all the searching caused the batteries to fail quickly. Well, discussing this with a fellow camper, here's what I learned: Using a Verizon Cell, it would search a tower but continually search. What my friend taught me was once the phone showed service, hit *18 and its locked to that tower and stopps searching. To reset, *19 or reboot the phone. It works, no dead battery all weekend!
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Fossilhog,

Another reason that cell phone batteries go dead quickly has to do with whether you are on digital or analog service. In weak areas, if the phone switches over to analog reception and transmission, it consumes much more from the battery than digital service. Watch for analog roaming on your cell phone. It will drain the battery much more quickly.

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Actually, any weak reception area will drain the phone batteries more quickly than usual, even in digital mode. That's because cell phones vary their transmit power based on the distance from the tower. The further away (weaker signal), the more transmit power the phone uses, thus requiring more juice form the battery.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Member"


Another reason that cell phone batteries go dead quickly has to do with whether you are on digital or analog service. In weak areas, if the phone switches over to analog reception and transmission, it consumes much more from the battery than digital service. Watch for analog roaming on your cell phone. It will drain the battery much more quickly.

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Yes Bob you're right about that too, but my phone (both of them) maintained digital. I was just passing on a new trick that I learned.
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Thanks Tim, I'm going to give that a try.
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