When I was in India, I could charge my mobile phone and the battery would last for 7 days. Back in Oklahoma, the same cell phone has to be charged once every 4 days.
The only reason I can think of is that, in India, there were few gaps in the coverage. The phone didn't have to constantly keep searching for new signals. Meanwhile, if I go two floors down in my office building, I lose the cell signal and when I come back up, the phone has to reinitialize.
At what point did we decide that it was just fine for the quality of our essential infrastructure to fall behind that of a third world country?