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Well I have a funny story to share of my stupidity with my iPhone 4. I have been having periodic network problems with Telus. So I called Telus, and the CS I spoke with told me to restore my phone and remove all my apps. Then add them a few at a time to see if one of them was causing the problems with my phone. Anyway, so I did this, and after the phone synced, I ejected it. Well I went to use the phone 20 minutes later and it was dead. So I connected it to iTunes and nothing.

Well I called Apple and they walked me through how to reset it. Well everything we tried, nothing would work. My phone was still dead. So I make an appointment at the Apple store, he plugs it in, and you could faintly see the battery icon. What happened was the battery was completely dead. Not sure how this happened as when I finished syncing it, I had half battery power left. I felt like a moron after that appointee. Anyway, I charged it and all is working

I do have a question for all of you. Has any other iPhone users ever noticed the battery going from half charged to completely dead within 20 minutes of non use?
 

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I haven't noticed that, but it is worth paying attention if the phone actually starts charging when you plug it in your computer for syncing. There can be issues with the USB voltage, or USB drivers, that might prevent that. Syncing for a long time without external power (from the USB port) can drain the battery pretty fast.
 

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I haven't had any problem before getting power form my iMac through the USB port. And in this case, my charging indicator went form about 1/4 charge to 1/2 before i ejected it.
 

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In the past my battery meter would stay stuck at full, but in reality it was anything but. Maybe something similar happened.
 

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Has any other iPhone users ever noticed the battery going from half charged to completely dead within 20 minutes of non use?
My 3Gs did this about a month ago and and a reboot cleared it up for about 2 weeks. Now the phone crash's about 3 times a day. I've pretty much done all of the test's, even went from 3.12 to 4.1 with no app's and still the same crash's.

I'm heading to Chinook (Apple Store) this weekend to see what they can do to replace it or the battery... all depends on the line up there.
 

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The battery on my iPhone 4 used to drain pretty quickly when I had the Skype app open. Maybe there's been a patch or something like that in the last OS update, cos it doesn't drain too quickly anymore. That's about the only instance I've experienced.

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So I've been to Apple and the news isn't great, they confirmed my battery is dying which is what I thought, the bad news is they don't replace battery's. I thought this is strange because there are videos on YouTube showing you how to do this.

So what they offered is a $240 plus tax and they'll give a refurbished phone. At this point I'm pissed at Fido for not offering any kind of extended warranty or explaining to me on how to get it from Apple. My next call is to Fido to do some bitching and see if they will give an upgrade.
 

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Since this has happened, my battery has been good. Knock on wood. What I didn't know was that shutting down the phone does not clear out all the apps in your memory. You have to manually remove them in your multi-tasking tab. So I had like 30 apps in my multi-tasking tab opened. So I now close these out daily. The Apple store agent that helped me with this told me that this will drain your battery having all of these apps opened. Not sure if this is true or not, but my phone has been good since.
 

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Not all apps that you see in that tab are multi-tasking. In fact, it is not a multi-tasking tab, more a list of recently run apps. Most of them don't actually use any resources and are as good as shut down. It is the streaming multimedia, communication and navigation apps that actually continue to run in the background. But it all depends on the individual app - for example on some radio apps it is enough to press "Pause" so that they are effectively shut down when minimized (iPod, WunderRadio), while others require "Stop" to be pressed first (TuneIn Radio).
I wish in the next releases of the iOS there is an indication which programs from this tab are actually working in the background.
 

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I talked to Fido's csr and learned I didn't qualify for an upgrade for another 6 months. So I ask him, what I should do with a phone that needs to be plugged into the wall to work, then I ask what it would cost me to cancel. A few minute's later and I'm talking to retentions and ended up with a pretty sweet deal to stay with them and not cancel my contract.

With Apple wanting $250 and canceling from Fido at $200 he offered me unlimited local calling days, evening and weekends plus a 200 text plan package for $75. Of course I still have all my calling features and the 6GB data in that price as well. My original plan had 1000 daytime & 150 evening/weekend minutes with no text plan at $100 per month. All he asked me to do is have a repair shop install a new battery which cost me $100 with the savings I was getting.

In the end I would suggest people to buy the Applecare warranty, out of 8 people I know personally 5 of them have had problems with the battery in their phone.
 
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