1) still having data drops that started last week
2) after the update my battery went in 6 hrs. I did not see anything unusual running
I believe your battery issue is due to you connection issue, if your device isnt getting a good connection the battery would get drained more due to the device attempting to get a connection but it seems strange because I have had the best reception since the updater to latest GB.. Have you tried removing the SIM card for about 5 minutes and put it back in, this will cause the activation to update and maybe it will help..
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