2 minutes per month works out to a 50ppm crystal - maybe a 5 cent part. For another 25 cents, a 5ppm crystal would lose about 10 seconds over the same period. For 100k unit volume over all models, some bean counter saved $25k. Roughly. Seems like a poor quality decision to me as the time of day is very visible to the customer.My base radio loses about 2-3 minutes a month. My mechanical watch is more accurate.