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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ironmanpete, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. ironmanpete

    ironmanpete Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Aug 21, 2010
    I currently switch my Wi-fi and Mobile Network switch on and off through out the day to increase battery life. I switch on mobile network and the 3G symbol turns on allowing me to surf with out wifi. This is also the only way to send and receive MMS messages.

    BUT now that my city(miami) has 4g available, i have a third switch to consider when trying to save battery life, i.e the 4g switch in widget>settings.

    Now my question, should i forever turn off my mobile network swtich and keep my 4g on? Will i receive MMS? Tryed earlier with both 4g switch and mobile network turned on and received error when sending pic. Is mobile network just 3g? Confused as F with 4g right now :thinking::mad:


  2. fmalcolmr

    fmalcolmr Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    The Bay Area, CA
    4g will drain your battery much faster than 3g, so it would not be wise to leave it permanently enabled unless you think you can make it through the day on a considerably shorter battery life. And it seems you are already worried about that since you toggle mobile network (which is 3g) and WiFi on/off. My suggestion would be download juicedefender from the market and enable it. As long as it is enabled and a data connection (3g/4g) is enabled too, it will enable data for 1 minute for every 15 minutes that occur (when the screen is off). This way your phone won't be connected to data services all the time, and it will make your battery last longer. And while the screen is on, you will always be connected.
  3. s_special

    s_special Android Enthusiast

    Aug 26, 2010
    i use 4G when plugged into my computer for tethering (and charging). IMO you'll get the most benefits from those speeds when tethering on a computer anyways.
  4. IAmSixNine

    IAmSixNine Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2010
    Service Manager for a wireless recycler.
    Dallas, TX
    I use my 4G When i get home and can plug my phone in, i also tend to leave it on all night and go back to 3G before i leave in the morning.
    Figured i am paying 10 bucks a month extra why not use it, even if its only over night when mail is checking. Sure its minimal use but hey might as well use it.
  5. ghost203

    ghost203 Newbie

    Nov 25, 2009
    4g is available in los Angeles December 1st and also Sprint has the extended battery available at any Sprint location only for 50-60 bucks, its worth of getting because 4g do be killing the battery life

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