FREEZING conditions could break smartphones across Britain leaving users completely disconnected during the cold snap this week.
The sub-zero chill can have a deadly effect on modern smartphones, forcing them to stop completely cease working altogether as the chemicals inside suffer.
Phones mainly use lithium-ion batteries for power which uses liquid electrolytes.
The ions flow through the electrolytes and deliver energy tote device.
However when the temperature drops they become thicker, slowing the pace the ions can travel through them and causing the battery to die.
The iPhone 6 can withstand temperatures between zero and 35 degrees when switched on and -20 and 45 degrees when turned off, according to Apple.
But most mobiles should begin working again once they’ve been warmed up as the chemicals recover.