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Support Signal Strength and Battery Life

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by James Hansford, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. James Hansford

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    Hello everyone,
    I just upgraded my Straight Talk phone to a Samsung Galaxy S5. This phone uses the Verizon network and I quickly discovered that where I live the 4G LTE signal strength is poor (averaging -112 dBm). I switched the phone over to 3G CDMA and found that the signal strength is much better (averaging -74 dBm). Considering that I get a stronger signal on 3G will this result in less battery consumption? I realize that 3G is going to be slower than LTE but if the weak signal I get with the latter means more battery consumption I'm willing to sacrifice speed for better battery life.
     

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    It should give you better battery life, yes. It may not be a ton because, I believe (and could be mistaken) 3G is less battery friendly than LTE. But...a stronger signal is better than a weaker one. :p Give it a go and see, it will probably help though.
     
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    Thanks. I do intend to test it but I've only had the phone for a day and in the meantime I welcome and appreciate any input from those more experienced in this area of expertise than I. Thanks again.
     

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