carrier-battery-chart2When it comes to how long your smartphone can last, there are many factors that come into play. First and foremost would be the battery that the OEM provides. Naturally larger batteries have larger capacities, which in turn allows your phone to run longer. However that’s pretty much where it starts branching out.

For example a user with a 3,000mAh battery who only makes phone calls will find they have better mileage than the user with the same battery, but surfs the web along with making phone calls. That person will also probably have better mileage than the hardcore gamer who makes calls, surfs the web, and plays a ton of video games.

However does your choice of carrier matter as well? Well according to the folks at Laptop Mag, the answer is yes. As you can see in the table above, Laptop Mag did a bunch of tests using phones on different carriers, and it seems that out of the four major carriers, T-Mobile performed the best and had the longest battery life for devices on its network.

So why is this? Well according to a statement issued by T-Mobile, “We work with our OEM partners to identify the data transfer, screen enablement and other functions that have an impact on the battery life in order to reduce the background process that impacts overall performance.” The carrier also claims that they limit the amount of preloaded apps that could possibly add to battery drain as well.

While that is T-Mobile’s official statement, other possible explanations could include that there aren’t as many users on T-Mobile’s LTE network, thus congestion is less meaning that data can be pulled easily. It could also be the bands used by T-Mobile that makes sending and receiving data more efficiently, but what do you guys think? Do you agree that devices on T-Mobile tend to last longer in terms of battery life?

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