General Wifi vs. 3g

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  1. ntrocket888

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    I was just wondering how much battery is used during wifi/3g and which one is more advantageous to use? which one uses less strain on the battery? I live on a university's campus so i have widespread wifi all the time and it is most of the time faster than my 3g network... is it better for me to just use wifi all the time?
     

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  2. kmoore11

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    Yes, the general consensus around here is that wifi uses less battery and is usually faster.
     
  3. i VTAK

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    WiFi uses less battery because it's sending a signal for a shorter distance. Plus the benefit of being faster, if you have a good WiFi signal available, use it.
     
  4. Napoleon_PhoneApart

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    Agreed. My 3GS uses much less battery on wifi than it does on 3g.
     
  5. justbrae1

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    3g is an absolute battery killer, regardless of the signal quality.
     
  6. rocke

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    I added the individual widgets for mobile network and wi-fi to one of screens so when I have a strong wi-fi signal, I can easily turn off the mobile network--really helps on battery use. You just need to remember to turn it back on again when you don't have wi-fi available. And then turn off the wi-fi, again to save on battery.
     
  7. subar

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    my 3g is so fast i don't have the need for wifi...lol
     
  8. woop

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    I found out that for me, 3G will use more battery than WiFi
     
  9. howarmat

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    wifi would be preferred :)
     
  10. rgr555

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    my Wifi is (5000kbits/sec) vs my 3G (2500kbits/sec)

    glad it saves battery too
     
  11. veloslave

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    If only there were an app that would automatically turn off my 3G and turn on my WiFi when I am at home and do the opposite when I am away... that would be a dream. My coverage at home is terrible... no bars or about a -96 and 6.5

    I love Verizon... they have treated me right for many years now but the house I live in... in a VERY populated area that is just plain [​IMG]
     
  12. howarmat

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    i would like this app basically too. My bb had Smartwifi that worked perfectly. It was location based of your cell tower and would turn the wifi off and on based on if you were using that tower.
     
  13. Stealth Droid

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    I haven't tried wifi on the incredible yet because of the hassle of entering in passwords. My experience with wifi on my ipod touch is super slow. and then 3g on my samsung rogue was even slower. thanks to the incredible's processor, I think either 3g or wifi would be good. I should test out wifi soon.
     

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