88frat4ht6

How often do you charge your mobile? I generally have to charge my phone every night? Is that normal for modern phones? Are some worse than others?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  May. 3, 2011 at 20:27

It depends on your phone, and on your settings etc... But yes, most current smartphones - especially touchscreen devices - need a daily charge or two. There are things you can do to save juice: reduce screen brightness; only enable 3G when needed (ie to download large files or stream video. You do not need to have 3G on to make calls, send sms or poll email headers.
Disable wifi scanning unless you want to use wifi. Make sure no unnecessary apps are running in the background. Limit email updating to a bearable minimum like once an hoir. Or just update manually. Use Opera Mini to browse the web - it loads a fraction of data and thus saves battery life (and data charges).
Also: for some phones you can get extended batteries - if charging is a bother they can help.
There are exceptions to the trend: Nokia C7 and E7 will get you through a day or two - unless you're constantly online. Blackberry's non-touch smartphones are excellent.
The worst offenders are the 3.7'' and larger Android phones.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2011 at 20:27

It depends on your phone, and on your settings etc... But yes, most current smartphones - especially touchscreen devices - need a daily charge or two. There are things you can do to save juice: reduce screen brightness; only enable 3G when needed (ie to download large files or stream video. You do not need to have 3G on to make calls, send sms or poll email headers.
Disable wifi scanning unless you want to use wifi. Make sure no unnecessary apps are running in the background. Limit email updating to a bearable minimum like once an hoir. Or just update manually. Use Opera Mini to browse the web - it loads a fraction of data and thus saves battery life (and data charges).
Also: for some phones you can get extended batteries - if charging is a bother they can help.
There are exceptions to the trend: Nokia C7 and E7 will get you through a day or two - unless you're constantly online. Blackberry's non-touch smartphones are excellent.
The worst offenders are the 3.7'' and larger Android phones.

CTPAHHIK  May. 4, 2011 at 08:13

Jan, you need 3G to make calls on 3 Mobile. It's not required for other networks, but you never know when you are in the area that does not have 2G coverage. I would keep 3G on, but disable auto data sync.

JanSt / MOD  May. 4, 2011 at 12:28

ctpahhik?
On Three you do not need 3G for calls - for their data services, yes, but for calls not. Or am I mistaken? Usually Three have roaming agreements with other networks for voice. That is how it works in Ireland and other countries. Is it different in the UK?

CTPAHHIK  May. 4, 2011 at 13:45

Definitely different in UK.
When I turn off WCDMA band in Desire HD with 3 Mobile card I only have emergency services. It works fine with Vodafone and O2 SIM cards and showing EDGE or GPRS.
Inserting 3 Mobile SIM into BlackBerry Pearl (no 3G support) results in phone staying on emergency band.

Just tried in BlackBerry 9700. Vodafone SIM card works fine with phone in 2G mode. 3 Mobile SIM has no service. Working fine when 3G is enabled. I can see 3 Mobile 2G in list of available networks, but manual registration result in emergency service only.

Looks like only 3G for Three. They used to have roaming agreement with Orange, but that is not the case anymore.

Another update for iPhone. Looks like iPhone does not turn off 3G at all. Turning off 3G in setting disables data over 3G, but phone calls still work.

88frat4ht6  May. 4, 2011 at 14:38

I'll try some of your tips jan, maybe i can squeeze a bit more life out of it

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