Just because a battery is removable doesn't mean you will be able to get a new one

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by needthephone, May 2, 2009.

  1. needthephone macrumors 6502a

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    A lot has been said about the lack of removable batteries on ipods and iphones.

    Apple is accused of being anti environmental and for creating products which will become obsolete as the user won't be able to keep them going once the battery dies.

    Well have you actually tried to get a new battery for a mobile phone?

    My wife's pink LG flip phone thing's battery is on the way out so we went into the Three store and asked about a replacement battery.

    We were told that unfortunately they didn't sell batteries as the phone was over two years old it is now obsolete. We should soldier on with it and wait a two months before being eligible for an upgrade.

    I had the same experience with my previous Nokia which was again obsolete.

    So this myth about replacement batteries is just that, a myth.

    I would argue that apples built in solution is greener anyway as only one battery is made per phone. With changeable batteries, presumably when the phone is not considered obsolete, millions of replacement batteries will be made

    I WOULD BET THAT MOST OF THESE WOULD END UP IN LAND FILL AS THE USER WOULD BE UPGRADED ANYWAY.

    I have now persuaded her to have my iphone and I will get a new one when it comes out- so thanks to LG and Three battery policy I may well get a new new iphone this year!
     
  2. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    go online. You can find replacement batteries for any phone. The store has no percentage in selling you a battery if they can get you to upgrade to a new phone.
     
  3. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    I was able to find a battery on eBay for my moms cell phone that is about 4 years old. Just because you can't find the battery in a store doesn't mean it doesn't exist anymore.
    I have yet to replace a battery for a cell phone and I really don't see what the big deal is if the battery is removable or not.
     
  4. Theaser macrumors 6502

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    Say hello to Google, for replacement batteries. You don't go to your service provider to ask for spare batteries, you go to the manufacturer store/website or some place online. Chances are all of the batteries they manufacture are compatible with past products. Think hard about what you're saying before you post it.
     
  5. Super Intendo macrumors regular

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    people dont want a removable battery incase their battery gives out, they want it so they can swap it out in the course of the day, if one is to die, you can put a new one in and keep it going.
     
  6. needthephone thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the links- I found one online for $45 which is too expensive so we will stick with my wife taking my iphone... MUCH better option.

    OK you can order them online but I would guess most people would upgrade (as the mobile companies want)

    Yes true you may need a back up battery if it dies but there are many better aftermarket battery boosters around so even this reason has gone.
     
  7. John T macrumors 68020

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    Needthephone,

    It's always a good idea to stop and think before committing yourself! No 'phone shop is going to even consider selling replacement batteries. Why?...

    Think about it, the average useful life of a mobile battery is what - 3 years minimum? In this time, a large % of customers will have upgraded to a new 'phone. How many different 'phones does the average shop stock? - 50? Most of these 'phones will be replaced in a year or two with the latest iteration - usually requiring a different battery. Over a period of a few years, how many different types of battery would the retailer need to stock to service them all?

    Therefore, it is totally uneconomical for an ordinary retail outlet to even consider stocking replacement batteries.

    The only (and patently obvious) place to obtain a replacement is from a specialist supplier and, has already been said, eBay is the most popular source.
     
  8. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

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    Um, its actually quite easy to get a battery for most phones. You could just easily look online.

    So no, its not a myth.
     
  9. makaveli25 macrumors newbie

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    if the phone has a removable battery, then i can carry a spare one in my wallet (the battery for my phone is slim, so its all good) which i think is great in emergencies.

    but i havent had to do this much, so it may not even matter for some people whether the battery is replaceable or not. for me, its no biggie, but if its replaceable then, thats just a bonus.

    you can always find batteries for phones, i even found one for my friends old nokia n80 without much effort.
     
  10. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    You're kidding, right?
     

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