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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by joemoe90, May 26, 2010.

  1. joemoe90

    joemoe90 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    how much does 3g drain the battery on the desire while its just turned on but not being used (if the phone has 3g on but is locked with no aplications open)?

    i was just wondering if it is worth just turning it on when i want to use the internet?


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  2. mcnob

    mcnob Well-Known Member

    Just add a toggle switch to your home screen so you can easily turn it on and off. Leaving 3G and WiFi on certainly drains the battery more quickly.
  3. confuzzled

    confuzzled Well-Known Member

    Yeah just add a toggle to your home screen, Widget-Settings-Mobile Network.

    I have a toggle for GPS, Mobile interenet and WiFi, All great and very quick.
  4. Mattias

    Mattias Newbie

    If I turn off the 'mobile network' one will i still get facebook and weather updates?
  5. joemoe90

    joemoe90 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    i have the widget already you gave me the answer i was expecting thanks and for mattias u will still get weather updates if u have "use wireless networks" but u dont need "GPS" or "mobile network" on. but u wont get facebook updates.

    u can find "use wireless networks" in setting then under location, incase u didnt know

  6. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

    No, it'll kill all data.

    3G is a funny beast. If weak signal, then yes it'll eat battery. IF however you're close enough to a mast or a good area and get H showing, then I find H uses the similar power as wifi.

    Somewhere in this section I recently posted up my experiment and power drops for wifi, 2G, 3G and H data using browser until the phone died.
  7. tomvdp

    tomvdp Newbie

    Sorry to bump this "old" thread, but I am experiencing a problem with the Mobile Network widget. I can turn it off, and that effectively works, but when I switch it back on the mobile connection does not reconnect. The other options to switch it back on (power button, settings) do not work either. I have to reboot to get my connection working again.

    A known issue or just my phone ?
  8. mikebell

    mikebell Well-Known Member

    That's not correct. You can still receive IP data if you are connected via WiFi.

    I only enable mobile networking when I'm out and about. During the day at work, and when I'm at home, I have WiFi enabled exclusively. Since we got a WiFi link at work, this has significantly reduced my phone's battery consumption.
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  9. mikebell

    mikebell Well-Known Member

    You might want to do some thread hunting, but IIRC this issue was something that was addressed in the recent OTA software update.
  10. ukzen

    ukzen Android Enthusiast

    I leave mine on ,doesn`t seem to eat my battery ,auto sync is off ,probably strong signal as mentioned above ,nearly always have the H ,thanks T-Mob

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