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    Shipping new Flip Phone-remove battery?

    Hi all....I've got a new flip phone I'm setting up for my sister, who lives in another state. Her old flip phone is a 3g, so Tracfone has told us it needs replacing....no problem there...I will handle all the transfering of her old number myself. The new phone does have a removable battery. My question is after that transfer takes place, I will be shipping the new phone to her, should I remove the battery from the phone? Will that cause any issue while in transport?
    Thanks for any advice....

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    It causes no issues when the battery is non-removable. No need to complicate this for your sister. She should only need to turn it on.

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    Thanks but....The battery IS REMOVABLE....hence the question...

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    You will still need to ship the battery. So I would just leave the battery in the phone. It so that that the battery does not get lost when it gets open, unless you are shipping it with in the original package in the box.

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    I was under the impression the US Mail does not want cell phones shipped with the battery in the phone(fire danger) so I would remove it, but include it with the phone in the same box...just wondering if any settings will be lost with the battery removed...

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    Most new smartphones have the battery built in that is non-removable. So if that is case, these new smartphones would be hard then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnwrx View Post
    just wondering if any settings will be lost with the battery removed...
    No, you won't lose any settings with the battery removed. When phones with removable battery were still common, some people carried extra batteries and swapped batteries when one ran out. They didn't lose any settings when doing so.

    My Moto E6 has a removable battery. It's a backup phone and I store it with the battery removed. Didn't lose any settings.

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    You’re not supposed to mail lithium batteries except by air or something. I forget what USPS’s requirements are. I mailed an LG Classic flip to an aunt and just left the battery in. No problems. Lithium batteries are pretty robust unless punctured but it’s IN the phone so there should be no issues. I didn’t want her to have to figure that out, on top of it being a new phone.


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    When I bought my Samsung S21 from Samsung, with a non-user removable battery, they sent it FedEx and not USPS. There are always ways of sending the phone with the battery installed.
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    I usually shipped new phones that I sold on Ebay by USPS Priority Mail. When the clerk asked the usual question "Any thing with liquid, fragile, etc", I just replied "It's a new cell phone". They always accepted the package without problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnwrx View Post
    Thanks but....The battery IS REMOVABLE....hence the question...
    I would remove it before shipping (IF YOU CAN).
    Some people might have a cell phone with a removable battery but of which actually opening the back cover for battery removal is extremely difficult.

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    Like @hpham said, just tell the PO clerk what it is, if they even ask. USPS regs just say it can't ship USPS Ground (because of the heat in those trucks) but who ships that way anyway. First class mail is air and reasonable. Even one of those Priority Mail boxes. Some clerks may even put on a sticker if required. They'll take care of it. Just keep the battery in, have it turned off, and packed well. Easy peasy.
    I've done it many times with the battery in for my mom.
    Device batteries are considered safer in the device since they don't have a chance of shorting out in transit. Any crazy regs have to do with bulk shipping batteries.

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    I believe it's best to have the battery at a charge of around 50% for stability reasons just in case. I noticed that batteries shipped that way. Also for storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joseg2016 View Post
    I would remove it before shipping (IF YOU CAN).
    Some people might have a cell phone with a removable battery but of which actually opening the back cover for battery removal is extremely difficult.
    DOT recommends NOT shipping battery loosely.
    https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/sites/phms...-version_2.pdf


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    https://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c3_027.htm

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