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[PSA] Carrier Aggregation Now Officially Live

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by Tim Yu

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:17 PM MDT

 

Consider this just a public service announcement. Sprint Spark Band 41 Carrier Aggregation (2x CA) now is officially live according to a Sprint internal announcement leaked on Reddit today by a verified Sprint employee in the Sprint subreddit. Late last month, S4GRU found evidence of 2x CA being live in Atlanta, but this now is a formal notice that Sprint has sent to its employees.

 

This is the present lineup of 2x CA capable devices:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S6
  2. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  4. LG G Flex 2
  5. LG G4
  6. HTC One M9
  7. ZTE Hot Spot

Edit: S4GRU has been fielding numerous questions on other devices. To make this very clear, the above are the only devices right now capable of 2xB41 Carrier Aggregation because they have the hardware (category 6 modem) that is required. Any other phones that were released previously are not compatible because their modems are not category 6 (or higher).

 

As detailed in the internal document (posted below), the seven devices may receive automatic profile updates this week to enable 2x CA. Alternatively, as some S4GRU users have discovered, 2x CA may already be enabled or can be enabled manually via the hidden Data programming screen.

 

Next, these are the initial markets in which Sprint is rolling out 2x CA:

  1. Boston
  2. New Jersey
  3. Long Island
  4. Philadelphia Metro
  5. Providence
  6. Southern Connecticut
  7. Baltimore
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Columbus
  10. East Michigan
  11. West Michigan
  12. Indianapolis
  13. Washington DC
  14. Austin
  15. Dallas Fort Worth
  16. Houston
  17. Kansas
  18. Missouri
  19. San Antonia
  20. Atlanta / Athens
  21. Miami / West Palm
  22. Orlando
  23. South West Florida
  24. Tampa
  25. Chicago
  26. Colorado
  27. Milwaukee
  28. Minnesota
  29. Oregon / SW Washington
  30. West Washington
  31. Utah
  32. LA Metro
  33. Las Vegas
  34. North LA
  35. Orange County
  36. Riverside / San Bernardino
  37. San Diego
  38. SF Bay
  39. South Bay

For reference, here is a S4GRU map of all Sprint markets:

 

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Finally, this is the internal document posted on Reddit:

 

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Source(s): Reddit

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Great to see a fairly large number of ALU cities despite what we've all heard. However, it is disappointing that NYC is not on that list. It kind of makes me wonder why certain ALU cities made it and others didn't. Is it because NYC doesn't have enough 8T8R ( which it doesn't in my opinion) compared to a city like Boston which has a ton of Sprint Band 41?

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I wonder what hot spot they are referring to, the live pro ?

 

Also, is there any particular forum thread/discussion that relates to this article?

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I wonder what hot spot they are referring to, the live pro ?

 

Also, is there any particular forum thread/discussion that relates to this article?

 

Here?

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Surprised DC is on this list. Just assumed ALU markets will wait until end of this year. Very good news!!

 

And surprised to see Baltimore as well.

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This popped up in my G+ feed. I don't understand why this conversation never changes so sad. It was the same with wimax, lte, spark, and whatever this is. Are you guys not tired??

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This popped up in my G+ feed. I don't understand why this conversation never changes so sad. It was the same with wimax, lte, spark, and whatever this is. Are you guys not tired??

what are you talking about/ LTE/spark is nothing like wimax. I dont get people. wimax was only in 71 cities. spark is over 100 or way more.

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what are you talking about/ LTE/spark is nothing like wimax. I dont get people. wimax was only in 71 cities. spark is over 100 or way more.

 

 It looks like we have a troll in qhinton.....

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Is Colorado not an initial market for CA? I see them in the second list but not the first? It was mentioned on Reddit that CA was spotted in Denver a couple weeks ago

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Is Colorado not an initial market for CA? I see them in the second list but not the first? It was mentioned on Reddit that CA was spotted in Denver a couple weeks ago

 

#26 on the first list?

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Is Colorado not an initial market for CA? I see them in the second list but not the first? It was mentioned on Reddit that CA was spotted in Denver a couple weeks ago

"Colorado" is clearly listed.

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I have carrier aggregation on my two most used towers.  Unfortunately, I only get band 25 and 26 in my house.   

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Picked up carrier aggregation in one spot in Philadelphia metro once i get it again ill screen shot it. Optimization is done as well most signals are significantly better than -77 on all bands where i was lucky to see 90 to 115 all the time

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This is absolutely fantastic (even though my iPhone can't take advantage)! Go Sprint!

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I seem to notice more B41 CA enabled tower this morning during my commute compared to the past few weeks.  I will pay more attention during the evening commute when i'm not rushing to work :P

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Haven't seen B41 at all here in Fort Myers. Have seen it in the county to the north of us, and not sure about the south toward Naples. I've been on the phone with Customer Care a couple times in the past month about how poor the LTE speeds are here. I'm lucky to get 1 up or down on B26, and I live less than 2.25 miles from 3 towers. Hopeful that it will improve soon.

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I am glad to see this happening, though many people (magentans *cough* *cough*) won't see through the rosy glasses and pink fog and still say Sprint blah blah. All I can say is..

 

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S4GRU has talked at length on The Wall and in The Forums about carrier aggregation.  But some of our readers may have missed those discussions, thus be unclear on CA fundamentals.  The following forum post at The Verge is from a Qualcomm employee and is a nice primer written in mostly layman's terms, not overly technical language.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/7/8909127/carrier-aggregation-explained-how-lte-speeds-can-be-doubled-or-even

 

AJ

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