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Top Five Most Common Smartphone Problems (And How To Avoid Them)

Let’s face it, we all have a love affair with our smartphones. But, they are far from perfect. When they aren't running out of juice, they are dropping calls or are costing us a small fortune. Today, we take at look at the top five issues consumers have with their mobile devices, and tips how to avoid them so that your love affair with your phone never wavers.
1. Battery Power
Battery life is the most common frustration among smartphone owners, according to reports by CNET and Scientific American. There’s nothing worse than having a depleted phone battery. We’ve become so dependent on our phones to get us safely everywhere we need to go and to connect with other people, that a dead phone can leave you feeling very vulnerable. Here are tips to avoid that feeling of abandonment:
  • Make sure your phone isn't wasting its battery. There are a lot of different items that can kill your phone's battery, and oftentimes they're things you don't even need. To find out what is draining your battery, go to your phone’s battery button under Settings and view battery life usage and suggestions.
  • Some days are very long and busy, so putting your phone down for a rest can be difficult. To keep your phone’s battery lasting like the Energizer Bunny, purchase a portable and/or car charger that can give you a boost on the go. Additionally, if your phone offers a removable battery, consider investing in an extra battery that can be swapped out for the dying one.
  • Utilize the low power mode on your phone. It turns off processes and conserves as much power as possible.
2. It’s Not Living Up To Its Name: Phone
It’s so frustrating when your phone doesn’t work as, well, a phone. Voice calls are dropped or are unclear. While the little bars representing signal strength are a good guide, they aren’t a perfect science as to what is happening on the cellular network around you. When calls are dropped we all love to blame our service providers for the poor coverage. The truth is, most of the time it’s not their fault. The culprit is typically something between us and the cell tower that blocks the signal so we can’t get good reception. Here’s some little things you can do to help:
  • Move to a window or go outside. Building materials make a huge difference, blocking the cell towers’ signals. Almost any material used in construction – shingles, masonry, wood, drywall, even glass (especially the metal-oxide-coated low emittance type) – will weaken or block RF signals as they attempt to pass through.
  • Go higher than the terrain around you. Hills, mountains, ridges, bluffs and similar landscapes will block cell signals. If you’re surrounded by pine trees, that affects call quality as well. Seems crazy but it’s true. Pine needles absorb the cellular network’s wavelengths.
  • If you have consistent problems in your home or place of work, consider purchasing a network signal booster. These devices amplify your closest network signal and you’ll experience much fewer dropped calls.
3. Durability
Remember the days of the hardcore “dumb” phones that could survive drops, falls, fire, floods and a nuclear explosioin? These days, it seems like dusting your phone wrong could crack the screen or cause your buttons to stop working. We understand it's all in the name of design, but you need to protect your investment.
  • Buy a quality case that will help your phone survive the every day drops and fumbles.
  • Consider the Staymobile Protect Plan for when unexpected accidental damage occurs. We will repair everything from a faulty home button screen or defective pixels to overheating. It is an economical way to get coverage after the manufacturer’s limited warranty expires or immediately following your device purchase, because let’s face it, the manufacturer’s warranty plan simply does not offer customers the protection they deserve. The best part… This plan requires zero deductibles.
4. Lack of Focus
Your phone probably vies for your attention a lot. It's nice to have one that recieves email, browses the web and entertains you when you're bored. The problem? It also distracts you while you're driving, keeps you from interacting with people and sucks you into non-physical activity.
  • Make a pact to ignore your phone while driving. We shouldn’t have to remind you of that, but unfortunately, it needs to be stated. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year (one out of every four car accidents in the U.S.). So when you get behind the wheel, just say TTYL. And, if you can’t trust yourself or loved ones to actually follow that rule, there are several apps to download that prevent texting and driving and encourage driver safety.
  • Turn off the notifications you don't need, keeping only the important ones, and give them each a different tone so you know whether something is important (and when it can be left alone). With a good system in place, you should be able to keep your phone from going off every second and keep your sanity in place.
  • Download exercise apps that encourage you to move around, drink water and generally stay healthy. This way your phone is still in your hands, but encouraging you in a positive way, reminding you to blast those tunes and hit the road for a long walk.
5. Cost
If you gulp in fear every time your phone bill is due, there are a couple things you can do to keep the cost down.
  • Reign in data usage. Most wireless carriers allow you to allot a certain amount of data for each device on your plan. Have a teenager who drives the bill up each month by going over the data limit? Limit them to 1MB every 30 days. They will find ways to stay off their phone or use WiFi for streaming video. Once they reach their monthly limit, their phone won’t allow them to use data until the next billing cycle. Also, look into pre-purchasing additional data when you know you are going to need it. It’s cheaper than waiting for the overage fees to stack up.
  • Consider a prepaid plan. Users can save thousands of dollars a year going with a pre-paid month-to-month plan vs. a two year contract. You’ll have to remember to purchase a new plan each month, but the cost savings may be worth it.

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