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Third-Party LTE Toggle for Thunderbolt Hopes to Help Battery Life



Despite its amazing speeds and the ability to access Verizon’s blazingly fast 4G LTE network, the biggest drawback behind the HTC Thunderbolt is battery life. As the first 4G LTE Android smartphone to grace Verizon’s network, the device has a short battery life of under 4 hours under moderate use–at least in my testing. Enter LTE OnOff, an app developed by a third-party developer, that hopes the remedy the Thunderbolt’s short battery life by toggling the 4G connection.

Essentially, LTE OnOff allows users to disable 4G LTE network access when 4G isn’t needed. When you’re not downloading a large file or uploading a video clip to YouTube, you can toggle off 4G LTE and switch back to Verizon’s 3G CDMA/EV-DO network to conserve battery life. You can also quickly toggle on 4G when you need faster network access as well.

While 4G phones from Sprint–the EVO 4G and the EVO Shift 4G–have had the ability to toggle 4G WiMax network to save battery life or increase speeds, the Thunderbolt was released without the 4G disabler feature. It’s understandable that Verizon wants to showcase its nascent 4G network, which the carrier is boasting of capable of 10 times the speed of 3G, the speeds of 4G really is a detriment to battery life.

The app is available for free from Android Market.

Via: Android and Me

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  1. Bclasen

    04/04/2011 at 2:57 pm

    I am going to say this, Now I say this alot but nobody ever seems to listen. EVERY HTC PHONE SUCKS IN THE BATTERY LIFE DEPARTMENT. I own an incredible and love it. However, I use an extended battery which still gives me minimal battery life. Nobody ever seems to point out that this is a problem with EVERY HTC PHONE. Yes, we get articles on each individual phone but nobody seems to connect the dots and say hey we have a problem here. This is not sarcasm or a joke, literally every HTC device has this problem and the flyer already will too. I love htc but somebody has got to write an article on this cause I can’t.

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