Sprint is my carrier. I stopped in to pay my bill (drats ... late again) and to look at Bluetooth speakers, new phones, and discuss my family plan. The Sprint rep told me that all cell phones need to be recharged daily with normal use. What is normal use?
Here's normal use. The days that run late, so late that you arrive home mentally eclipsed by physical exhaustion and forget to plug in. The days on the road (with roaming cell towers and dead zones) where the cell phone is working overtime to stay connected. The days spent in buildings with thick brick walls, metal roofs and trusses that thwart the cell phone's ability to stay connected. Those are the days that create burnout on the battery power levels. Those are the days where the audible and visual alerts on my HTC 4G EVO are demanding a response - 15% then 10% then radically low%. Sheez!
A few days ago Sprint Zone popped up on my phone with "My Sprint News" headlining "Wi-Fi to the Rescue". The information suggests that turning on your Wi-Fi connection to an open internet connection will extend your battery life, allow you to talk and surf simultaneously, and increase your productivity so "you can meet deadlines and enjoy movies, music and more during downtime."
When I went to Sprint's website on my laptop another page offered a different approach. It said to turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS to reduce battery drain. It also mentioned global settings that reduce brightness and timeout options for screens and keyboard. The steps to do this are many and involve editing your settings for wireless connections. Here is a step by step for Samsung mobile phone users provided by Sprint.
Personally, I use Airplane Mode when I need to conserve my battery. I hold down the power button and a pop-up window appears giving me the choice of Power Off, Airplane Mode, or Restart. I choose Airplane Mode and all wireless activity is cut off, including cellular phone signal and data Wi-Fi signal. While in Airplane Mode I can review email in my folders, use my notepad application, listen to my ebook and music, take photos and be "offline" for awhile. It stops my phone from ringing, and all calls go to voicemail. Now that's restful, for myself and my battery. And when I need to restore wireless service I hold down the power button and toggle Airplane Mode to Off.
What's your "normal"?