Can someone tell me if toggling LTE extends battery life?

Rainforest

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Oct 17, 2012
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There seems to be a lot of confusion out there. Can someone tell me if turning off LTE extends the battery life of the iPhone 5?
 

tymaster50

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Oct 3, 2012
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If you have 3 bars and above on LTE it might actually be better to leave LTE on since the power management takes care of the rest. However if you have less than 3 bars then leave it off if you're not near a charger, the device will strain itself trying to get a good signal.
 
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CNeufeld

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Nov 25, 2009
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I guess it might be hard to quantify, but I listen to an Internet radio station at work. So one morning, I listened to an hour on LTE, then an hour on 3G. Both used 30% per hour, based on starting at 100%. This was in a location with 1 or 2 bars, so lousy signal. Using wifi was negligible, when I tried at home.

Clint
 
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stonyboys

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Oct 16, 2012
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According to apple, the length of time that you can browse on LTE for is equal to the time you can browse on 3G
 
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tymaster50

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