I had not planned another post in my review series of Republic Wireless, but one of my readers, Andrew, asked about battery life. I decided that was a good question, and thus here is my answer.
Before commenting about my battery life results given the combination of the Motorola Defy XT and Republic Wireless, let me note I am not a heavy user of my smart phone. The screenshots presented below represent a day working in my home office. I used my cell phone for about 30 minutes of talking time. In addition, I read my GMail messages, and downloaded the new Facebook app. I did not watch any videos, or browse the web. In general, I have been very satisifed with my battery life. Over the past month I have never had a day where my battey dropped below 60%. My usage tends to be for reading email, talking of the phone (at most 45 minutes), sending some text messages, and occasionally using Google Maps while riding my bike.
With respect to working at home, the reason I don't use my cell phone more is a combination of using my company's VOIP via Microsoft Lync, and Skype on my iPad for telecoms (Skype is free for toll free calls). The final fact, all of my communications (data and voice) was via my local wifi; thus I was not using the 3G connection.
These screenshots were just taken at the end of the work day which I defined earlier in this post. Click to maximize any image.
Root Screen ... including battery usage app
1st Screen ... battery usage app
2nd Screen ... battery usage app
2nd Screen (farther down) ... battery usage app