Its always best to charge ALL batteries for at least 8 hours for the first charge... so that the batteries individual cells are all full to some degree.. With NIMH its always best to do the charge then recharge thing 2-3 times to get the most out of it and at least once a month discharge it altogether (until the phone turns itself off)
Li-Ion and Li-Pol batteries don't have the memory effect that the older types (NIMH) did but its still always good to do a full discharge once every month or two.
I've found with my last couple of phones that the batteries have lasted longer (both in terms of longivety and talk/standby time) if I've discharged them... I found that if I didn't (ecspecially with a NIMH battery) that the battery life diminshed considerably.
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