Cellphone Battery Always Dying?

January 3rd, 2009

For some reason, the cellphones that I buy always seem to have a very short life, or at least their batteries seem to die quickly. One of my friends had the same cellphone for four years and the battery seemed to be able to keep its charge fairly consistently over the life of her phone. For me, the charge always seems to last for shorter and shorter lengths of time until it won’t even stay charged for a whole day, even when the phone hasn’t been used during the day — and this happens with phones that are only one or two years old.

This has happened to me a few times now so I generally just put up with it. However, I found out today that I probably shouldn’t have been quite so stoic this time. I brought my cellphone to the au shop to find out whether it would be cheaper to change the battery or change phones, but when I showed my cellphone (41SA) to the clerk, she told me that it might be possible to have my battery replaced for free. She gave me a number to call, and lo and behold, a new battery will be sent to me next week for free.

This probably won’t work for everyone, but I just thought I would write about it in case anyone else is being unnecessarily stoic with a defective battery. It seems that the battery in my cellphone was recalled at some point. I received my current phone from a friend who was leaving Japan, so it is possible that she got a notice about the recall but didn’t bother doing anything about it because she wasn’t staying for very long.

So, if your cellphone battery seems not to be able to hold a charge even though the phone/battery is quite new, it might be worth asking your cellphone provider if you qualify for a new battery. It’s a long-shot, but you might just luck out.

4 Responses to “Cellphone Battery Always Dying?”

  1. James Bruce Says:

    My battery life is absolutely awful. It’s called an iPhone.

    ;)

  2. Dianna Says:

    I have that same phone and my battery doesn’t even last a few phone calls before I have to charge it again! My husband’s battery in his phone finally just stopped working all together and wouldn’t even charge anymore. That sucked! I will be going to AU tomorrow to see if I can get one….

  3. Shaney Says:

    Dianna, please let us know whether you were able to get the free battery.

  4. Ted Says:

    i’ve been having the same “need-to-charge-constantly” problem with my japanese cell phones. i purchased a new phone the other day (docomo F884iES), hoping that i could get at least a few days use without the aforementioned annoying problem (the manual claims an average use of over 300 hrs). forget it! after less than 24 hrs, the charge drops to zero. i seldom make calls using the cell phone, and i only use it to send and receive e-mails (about 10 a day). a trip to the docomo shop yielded nothing – “your battery is fine,” i was told after they “checked” it. friends of mine claim an average battery life (between charges) of anywhere from 2 to 5 days (phone models vary). what the heck?! any advice would be appreciated. cheers.