1. camanokid's Avatar
    Users in dead zones - no cell available.

    The phone may keep searching hard for a cell connection...burning up CPU & battery.
    I am in a dead zone at my house.
    Here is how I set the phone for Wi-Fi only - no cell, no data.
    1. Turn on airplane mode...disables all connections.
    2. Turn on Wi-Fi connection.
    You will have Wi-Fi only...phone will not seek a cell connection...saves battery!
    03-14-2014 05:49 PM
  2. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Mobile data is a battery hog. If you have limited service then you should see an improvement with just mobile data disabled. This way you can still receive calls and text.

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    03-14-2014 08:12 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    That's true, but there are also areas where there's no voice service, either. In the hospital where I work, the reception used to be horrendous, for both voice and data. I'd find my phone was chewing through battery at about a 50% faster rate. Thank God they finally installed a bunch of booster antennae.
    03-14-2014 10:03 PM
  4. jweimn's Avatar
    Users in dead zones - no cell available.

    The phone may keep searching hard for a cell connection...burning up CPU & battery.
    I am in a dead zone at my house.
    Here is how I set the phone for Wi-Fi only - no cell, no data.
    1. Turn on airplane mode...disables all connections.
    2. Turn on Wi-Fi connection.
    You will have Wi-Fi only...phone will not seek a cell connection...saves battery!
    Yea that's how I do it at work as their isn't really any service at all. And I only go through maybe 5% in a 8 hr day, works well

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    03-14-2014 11:34 PM
  5. grenefroggie's Avatar
    You could also try forcing the phone in to HSPA mode, which seems to have better QoS to keep you connected more consistently. LTE is, as mentioned previously, a battery hog. In no-service areas, like the corn fields in Indiana, see if you can drop it down to GPRS, which will pass voice only.
    03-15-2014 03:35 PM
  6. greydarrah's Avatar
    It might also be worth it to try out another provider (the beauty of an unlocked phone). Pick up a $45 for one month plan at walmart and see if you get better coverage.
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    03-15-2014 07:29 PM
  7. grenefroggie's Avatar
    It might also be worth it to try out another provider (the beauty of an unlocked phone). Pick up a $45 for one month plan at walmart and see if you get better coverage.
    That is an option. Do your research first. Most mobile service providers like WalMart, StraightTalk or NET10 are usually MVNOs operating on one of the four major networks in the US.
    03-15-2014 07:31 PM

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