Is this another useless superpower?
September 6, 2012 2:27 PM Subscribe
Do other peoples' cellphone batteries spontaneously discharge, or is it just me?
posted by still_wears_a_hat to Technology (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Every once in a while, old my cellphone battery would suddenly - and completely - discharge. As in, there would be a very reasonable amount of battery life left, and suddenly there would be none, to the point that I'd have to plug it in to even get a 'dead battery' message. So I got a new phone, completely different kind, doesn't use the same kind of battery, and the same thing happened with the new one, within the first few days.
It's been fine since, but I've only had it about 3 weeks. I know neither of them were trying to use data, because the first one wasn't a smartphone, and the second (Android) had wifi, bluetooth, 3G and background processing turned off. I don't think it's weak signal either; it tends to be very strong around here.
So my question is: is this something fairly common, or did I just get 2 bad phones (or 2 bad batteries)? Should I try again, or is this just a fact of modern life?