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Does a mobile broadband connection in a low network area eats away laptop battery?

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    Question Does a mobile broadband connection in a low network area eats away laptop battery?

    I use idea 3G dongle to access my mobile broadband connection. As my home is in a remote area, network reception is not good. I use my laptop for net surfing for about 4-6hours daily and most of the times it is dead slow. My laptop's battery is almost dead now and it does not hold power anymore. Is it the low network coverage and the dongle which caused draining of my lap battery so soon?

    My lap is only 1.5-2 years old. In the case of mobile phones, if we keep it in a low coverage area it will drain off its battery within no time. May be that is the case with laptops too.

    Can anybody throw some light on this?

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    Network coverage and quality of reception will impact on the battery life of any device, mobile, tablet or laptop. The worse the signal is, then the more the device (and battery) will have to work, so unfortunately yes, signal can play a big part in the life of your battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    Network coverage and quality of reception will impact on the battery life of any device, mobile, tablet or laptop. The worse the signal is, then the more the device (and battery) will have to work, so unfortunately yes, signal can play a big part in the life of your battery.
    Thanks a lot for the clarification. I wish I would have joined this forum earlier. Had I joined this forum earlier, I would have never used my laptop on battery then. The battery does not hold power anymore and if there is a power cut my laptop is going to be shut own forcibly.

    I think then it will be OK to use it on direct power even if I use a dongle under such circumstance. Does it affect laptop's performance anyway except for a slow connection? I think it has nothing to do with it, right?

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    you can always change the battery for a couple of thousand.
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    That means laptop batteries are cheaper now. That is a great news for me. But if the same situation prevails what is the use of changing the battery time and again. If this is the case then the new battery will also get expired in no time. I think I need to change the Internet first.

    I was thinking to go for BSNL broadband till there is proper mobile network coverage available. In fact I am more keen to have a mobile broadband connection only as it helps me with my traveling.

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    The power source you use won't affect the actual quality of the network reception you get no, that's entirely separate.

    As for the cost of buying a replacement battery, depending on the make and model of your device, they can be picked up pretty cheaply these days so it might be worth a look.

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    But I think even if I go for a new battery in the present condition, it will also get used up very soon due to low network coverage.

    It is really bad that these companies hardly focus on rural areas. Nowadays they can even share the tower with other telcom players and once they setup a tower in an area that can be a steady revenue generator for them. But everybody is looking at the other player to build a tower so that they can also share the same.

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    You could move? Haha, seriously though I agree the fault is with the network operators and they need to increase their coverage in rural areas but as with any business, it's all about the money and not the customers unfortunately and if they don't think it's financially viable then you might be waiting awhile.

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    I think one more options is there. Just change the operator and go for a landline broadband connection. I was a little hesitant for a landline connection as I travel a lot and a mobile broadband would be handy for me. Now I think I need to rethink and change it.

    Yes, you are absolutely right everything is based on revenue. If they feel the area has no potential for a good business, they may not bother to invest any money there. Bu I think they need to analyze the future potential too.

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    If getting fixed line broadband is an option then that's definitely the best route to go down and you certainly won't have to worry about dropped signals or anything like that.

    And businesses should look at future potential but they're more concerned with making money sadly, and until that mindset changes there's not a great deal the customer, or even potential customers can do about it.

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    try a CDMA connection, if available. as they work on 800 Mhz, the average signal levels are better than 3G which work on 2100 Mhz
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