Verizon Wireless offers some possibly life-saving tips on wireless devices
One thing we're reminded of by the polar vortex is that we have a whole lot riding on our smart phones and other communications devices. Paul Ulreich with Verizon Wireless says we should take some simple steps to keep our devices in working order:
1. Always have a back-up portable battery source. If you’re inside and the power goes out, so will your wall charger. The car charger will only work with the car running. Portable power is a must.
2. Never leave your phone in a cold car. Take it with you and keep it close by. If you’re outside and fall on the ice, for example, you want that phone in your pocket so it’s easy to reach.
3. Make sure your emergency contacts are updated. List an important relative, business contact or colleague under “ICE,” which means In Case of Emergency. That will make it easier for someone else to reach an important contact if you’re incapacitated.
4. Keep your wireless phone protected. Many ruggedized cases are available now for all kinds of devices, including those that are waterproof.
5. If you’re driving, please keep both hands on the wheel and use BlueTooth devices for calls. There are a number of universal dash mounts that fit everywhere as well as portable speakers for in-car calls.
6. Consider insurance, especially if you have multiple devices on your plan. One broken phone in a family may be OK in the short term, but if everyone has a non-working phone – you’ll need that back-up protection.