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Experts explained why a 4G connection drains a smartphone faster than Wi-Fi

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun25,2024

Experts explained why a 4G connection discharges a smartphone faster than Wi-Fi

Many owners of "gadgets" notice — smartphones discharge faster when using Wi-Fi and 4G, while performing identical operations.

About why 4G connection actually requires more energy than Wi-Fi, writes "NBN" referring to material ScienceABC.

Specifically, when sending e-mail messages using using 4G, 360 mW of electricity is consumed, while connecting’to Wi-Fi, on a similar process only 100 mW is consumed. Also, during Internet surfing, 4G consumes 215 mW, and Wi-Fi— only 55 mW.

The reason for the above-described difference in energy consumption is that 4G technology is more energy-consuming due to the distance from the transmitter signal — what the distance from the "device" to the cellular tower, more energy is needed to maintain the stability of the connection to the network. Also, with a bad connection, the smartphone often has to regularly connect to different towers, which drains the battery faster.

In addition, the 4G connection supports a variety of voice functions and message services that are used other types of transmitters (2G and 3G) — when receiving calls/SMS messages, the phone is forced to search for a suitable tower each time to perform a specific task, while the Wi-Fi router is practically next to the user.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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