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Does enabling data on 2g use more power?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by coolxal, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. coolxal

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    I'm using the power control widget to toggle Wi-Fi, 2g/3g, Auto Sync, and Mobile Data. I like to keep it on 2g and auto sync off unless I need to use the Internet.

    I'm wondering if enabling mobile data will use more power even if I have auto sync off and no other data is going on? Would the power consumption be the same whether mobile data is enabled or not?

    I want to leave mobile data on in case I lose the phone and I can use a locator app to remote track it.
     

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    I think it will still use a bit more power, but it wouldn't be as large as if there is no ongoing autosync.
     
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    There would be no difference in power drain if only 2G is on. If 3G/4G is on it would still be negligible as long as you are in a 3G/4G coverage area so the phone is not constantly searching for a 3G/4G signal.

     
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    I've measured the drain, and while on standaby, 2/3G will use almost no battery at all. (given that you have a good signal)
     

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