T-Mobile phones have better battery Life?

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  1. jamezr macrumors G4

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    Laptop Magazine tests seem to show Android smartphones on T-Mobile seem to have better battery life than the same phones on Verizon and AT&T.


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    http://www.talkandroid.com/215445-t-mobile-keeps-going-and-going-in-battery-tests/
     
  2. gotluck, Aug 6, 2014
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    I think they are discounting the whole less bloat thing in the article too much. As an ATT user, I would buy my phone from tmobile if I was going to buy a carrier phone. Unlockable boot loader and less crap, carrier iq can be disabled, along with wifi calling if I ever choose to make the switch to tmobile.

    On reddit they were saying that Verizon was the lowest because of CDMA radio use that apparently is more battery intensive than sprint, and of course gsm that lacks CDMA radio capacity
     
  3. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    T-Mobile implements fast dormancy (disengages the battery draining UMTS network connection and uses fast reconnect when you turn the phone back on or engage radio/modem for internet/app) for HSPA+ and LTE while AT&T and Verizon keeps connections active even when you're not using the phone. Result equates to more battery drain, especially if you are changing towers quickly (like in a car) or in a low signal area. Takes more juice to maintain that connection.
     
  4. jamezr thread starter macrumors G4

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    Thanks Lloyddm41. That makes perfect sense after hearing it explained.
     
  5. aneftp macrumors 601

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    Since half the time u are expected to be on edge with tmobile. U would expect better battery life!

    Lol.

    J/k. Sorta.
     
  6. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    True in many places in the US unfortunately. I live in a very rural town in California and get upwards of 30megs a second download and 15 upload, but I'm currently in rural Michigan and I can't even get Edge in many parts of this town! It is a friggin black hole for T-Mobile.

    Feast or famine when it comes to T-Mobile. It really sucks that I can't even make a call via cell. Probably why T-Mobile has WiFi calling on their phones. :)
     
  7. aneftp macrumors 601

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    Yeah. Tmobile better in bigger cities. Heck. Their hspa+ is very fast and just as fast as LTE in many parts of the country.

    But they seem to still have huge gaps in service. If tmobile works for you 90% of the time than it's worth it.
     
  8. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    This has to be one of the more stupid articles posted on the internet. Battery life by carrier depends on too many variables to make any sort of blanket statement.

    In my area, T-Mobile phones always heat up and die quickly because the phone is constantly switching between EDGE/GPRS/LTE/HSPA as you go in and out of the buildings. That kills battery life.
     
  9. jamezr thread starter macrumors G4

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    that must not be the experiences of most then. Or TMO would have come in last. Did you read how they tested?
     

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