T-Mobile's devices offer more battery life than AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon

We’ve seen countless battles and advertisements over who is the best wireless provider in the United States, but it looks like recent tests have revealed that T-Mobile might offer devices with the best battery life.

This is according to Laptop Mag's findings, as they tested four identical devices on four different carriers, using the exact same testing methods. The test involved a custom app that surfs 50 popular websites, pauses for 60 seconds on each page, and continues this behavior until the battery runs out. The smartphones tested are also tested with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC turned off.

In every single test, T-Mobile reigned supreme. On some of the devices, T-Mobile provided up to two more hours of use when compared to its rivals. Just to make sure that it wasn't an isolated incident with the network, the test was performed in two different locations (New York/Jersey and Chicago, Illinois) and both instances yielded similar results.

Although there isn't a definitive answer as to why T-Mobile's devices performed better, the source does think that it has something to do with the band frequency used and the efficiency of the data transmission. Another possibility is T-Mobile's lack of bloatware compared to the other carriers' devices.

In the end, there isn’t a clear cut answer as to why the devices perform better, but in the test performed, they beat out the competition, which could influence your decision when shopping around for a new carrier.

Source: Laptop Mag | Image via Laptop Mag

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GSM has always had better battery life than CDMA networks. Hence why T-Mobile and ATT have better battery life than Verizon and Sprint.

What a useless comparison. If they are switching devices at the same time as they switch a carrier you never know what's the source for the difference in battery times.

They should have just used stock Android to really know if it's down to better signal or not.

Androids comes bundled with dozens of applications which keep running throughout the lifestyle of the device & in most cases not even used by the user once! These not only poses a security risk but surely is a privacy & performance concern.

The best bit is these cannot be removed from the device without rooting (which most users don't) & in this turn is another security issue since the device is now open to the internet and with admin rights.

Windows Phones are a hell lot better since it allows users to remove all applications except the true essentials like Onedrive, photo viewer, etc. Even then the background activity can fully controlled through the batter saver application.

its probably because tmo has fewer subscribers compared to att and vzn meaning there would be less load on a given cell tower. This of course would mean pages would load faster for tmo enabling the phone to go into power saving mode faster than the others resulting in shorter overall time radio has to be on. This is especially true in densely populated metro areas such as NYC and Chicago where this was tested. I would be interested in the result from a rural area.

Is t-mobile loaded down with a lot of useless services/features? I know verizon tends to load crap which is annoy, not needed, and uses more power. Been a few years since I had been with TMO.

I am somewhat with T-Mobile but not quite. I am not using their monthly plan cos the monthly plan, it advertise as 25$ but when I get the plan, I end up paying over 60$/month so I stop using the monthly and use their "pay-as-you-go" plan instead. So I wouldn't say T-Mo is the best all around but their "pay-as-you-go" plan is good enough for me.

I am somewhat with T-Mobile but not quite. I am not using their monthly plan cos the monthly plan, it advertise as 25$ but when I get the plan, I end up paying over 60$/month so I stop using the monthly and use their "pay-as-you-go" plan instead. So I wouldn't say T-Mo is the best all around but their pay as you go plan is good enough for me.

I have T-Mobile, and I'm very happy with it. Trying to pick out the right plan with the others was giving me a headache. T-Mobile has a simple, clean site that gives you the options without trying to trick you into getting more than you need. Very elegant, and the service has been as good or better than when I had Sprint.

The reason I would choose T Mo over the others would be because I like what they are doing and as a consumer, if I dont put my wallet where my ideals are then we will always get verizon/att style businesses. They arent bad businesses its just not consumer focused imo =).