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Still last place in data speeds though. I wonder if that's because Sprint just can't get enough fiber to its cell towers. Even band 41 doesn't seem to be particularly fast. 

 

Could be. Richmond market also has a lot of Sprint users. I think the Baltimore/Richmond/Hampton Roads band is one area Sprint is really going to target with small cells for densification. I know a couple of folks handling RFPs for the big project right now - next 24 months for us looks very promising. :)

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Has there been any network issues as of late? Noticing a bit slower network even in LTE. Just for example...IG...snapchat not uploading as normally would...

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Has there been any network issues as of late? Noticing a bit slower network even in LTE. Just for example...IG...snapchat not uploading as normally would...

If your market is anything like the California market now, Sprint appears to have adjusted the load balancing between bands to make the phones not jump to B41 as often. I rarely jump to B41 now where I used to jump at every moment my smartphone got. Have you noticed this on your phone?

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My lines are still working fantastically in RVA. That's all over western/central Henrico and western Chesterfield, as well as Richmond. Don't venture too far into Hanover County too often, but it's working well in the two places I go.

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If your market is anything like the California market now, Sprint appears to have adjusted the load balancing between bands to make the phones not jump to B41 as often. I rarely jump to B41 now where I used to jump at every moment my smartphone got. Have you noticed this on your phone?

 

I'm not sure that's actually been a change. I certainly have not noticed this. 

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Is there any way on the N5X that I can tell which LTE bands are currently broadcasting? Sprint tells me they have enabled B26 on the tower I am on. I am almost certain they providing me with incorrect information but I would like to check for sure if I can (the reason I am suspicious is that besides experiencing no coverage improvement whatsoever when losing B25 signal indoors, about a year and a half ago for example we lost B25 completely on the same tower and it took Sprint almost a month to fix it, while for the first two or three weeks they were insisting there was no problem at all when there most certainly was, with everyone with Sprint I know of having lost their LTE signal during that time).

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Signalcheck lite/pro or engineering screens can tell you what band you're connected to. Otherwise you can look at the b26 maps in your area (if you're a premier sponsor, or crappatalk so cannot tell xD).

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Signalcheck lite/pro or engineering screens can tell you what band you're connected to. Otherwise you can look at the b26 maps in your area (if you're a premier sponsor, or crappatalk so cannot tell xD).

Yes, I am aware I can tell what band I am presently on. Sprint claims B26 is already lit though so I would like some way of verifying this as I strongly suspect what they are telling me is wrong.

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Yes, I am aware I can tell what band I am presently on. Sprint claims B26 is already lit though so I would like some way of verifying this as I strongly suspect what they are telling me is wrong.

There are massive amounts of maps for just about (if not every market) on S4GRU, feel free to support the site and upgrade your membership level (not sure if you've been a sponsor in the past or not). Maps for b26 should be Premier Sponsor level access unless it's changed. The most you can get without having access yourself is a 'yes there's b26 in your market' which is pretty much what Sprint will tell you, although information here tends to be a bit better.

 

Other than that, to the best of my knowledge, there isn't some special method for phones to just 'know' what signals are in the area unless they're connected to them or pick them up when they scan for them (logging in SignalCheck can help with this if you do not like to/cannot keep an eye on your phone constantly like most of us).

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There are massive amounts of maps for just about (if not every market) on S4GRU, feel free to support the site and upgrade your membership level (not sure if you've been a sponsor in the past or not). Maps for b26 should be Premier Sponsor level access unless it's changed. The most you can get without having access yourself is a 'yes there's b26 in your market' which is pretty much what Sprint will tell you, although information here tends to be a bit better.

Other than that, to the best of my knowledge, there isn't some special method for phones to just 'know' what signals are in the area unless they're connected to them or pick them up when they scan for them (logging in SignalCheck can help with this if you do not like to/cannot keep an eye on your phone constantly like most of us).

Thanks but checking maps isn't that much help in this case because Sprint itself is already claiming that this SPECIFIC site is broadcasting B26 publically. However, I have seen 0% improvement in in-building recpetion in a building that's located less than half a mile from the site. When 1x800 rolled out a year ago it solved all of the voice issues in this building although I do realize that 1x is a more robust signal than LTE but like I said, if what Sprint is telling me is true, I would have expected to have at least seen some improvement but I have seen none at all.

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Thanks but checking maps isn't that much help in this case because Sprint itself is already claiming that this SPECIFIC site is broadcasting B26 publically. However, I have seen 0% improvement in in-building recpetion in a building that's located less than half a mile from the site. When 1x800 rolled out a year ago it solved all of the voice issues in this building although I do realize that 1x is a more robust signal than LTE but like I said, if what Sprint is telling me is true, I would have expected to have at least seen some improvement but I have seen none at all.

B26 coverage does not improve over B25 until optimization. Which occurs between 3 months and one year after initial activation.

 

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I have the note 5 and since this new 4g lte plus announcement my signal has been trash. Am I tripping or has it for worse.

 

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I have the note 5 and since this new 4g lte plus announcement my signal has been trash. Am I tripping or has it for worse.

 

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Don't know what you mean by "trash" but can install signal check and upload a screen shot so we can have a better idea.

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Don't know what you mean by "trash" but can install signal check and upload a screen shot so we can have a better idea.

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Have you done a speed test? Your signal is actually not too bad, -90dBm. The SNR is a bit low, also, if your speeds are slow it could be your connected to a congested site.  B25 is only 5x5 wide, so if there aren't any B41 sites to offload its traffic, it can easily get congested.

 

Try not to pay your signal bars any mind. Use this application to get a real indication of what your real signal strength is.

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Mean, dam spell check

 

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517ced2c07936f8065c49f77083ac2ea.jpg this is what I eat by trash

 

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The site is congested, Your signal is actually quite good. Report your slow speed to Sprint through the Sprint Zone app asap. 

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Seems like this Richmond thread is kinda dead! Been a year since there has been activity. Anyone else in this market having issues? No service at Zion Crossroads or Louisa. Verizon roaming only

 

 

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Near Richmond yesterday mostly 10x10 band 25 and couple band 41 founded.avearge speeds 30 to 40 mbps.

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Just spent a day in Richmond, every B25 site I hit was 10x10 and also hit quite a few 3xCA sites.

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