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Brynn0823    78

Totally agree the cell spacing for 1.9 is horrendous in So Cal. HPUE and B26 would barely make up for it. Sprint needs to add a ton of macro amd small cells in So Cal to improve coverage.

 

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I'm tempted to switch my 5 lines to T-Mobile in September for iPhone 8 but I'll wait and see. They're talking to Tmo again about a merger so if they do come to a deal then I won't need to switch carriers. Fingers crossed ????????

 

 

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ericdabbs    1,935

I'm tempted to switch my 5 lines to T-Mobile in September for iPhone 8 but I'll wait and see. They're talking to Tmo again about a merger so if they do come to a deal then I won't need to switch carriers. Fingers crossed

 

 

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Lets just hope the merger does not happen between Sprint and Tmobile.  i don't want to see the consolidation of 4 national carriers into 3.  I like the competitive environment as it is now.  Mergers will only lead to higher prices and not to mention that Sprint/Tmo would need to disperse a ton of spectrum to satisfy regulators.

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Brynn0823    78

Lets just hope the merger does not happen between Sprint and Tmobile. i don't want to see the consolidation of 4 national carriers into 3. I like the competitive environment as it is now. Mergers will only lead to higher prices and not to mention that Sprint/Tmo would need to disperse a ton of spectrum to satisfy regulators.

 

We'll see what happens. I think exact opposite. A stronger 3 is better then a strong 3 and weak 4th. Sprint doesn't have the funds to improve its network in a timely fashion nor are they going to expand its LTE reach anytime soon. The issues in SoCal and tower spacing are glaring. The network grid just isn't dense in SoCal when it should be given it's the largest market. I've been with them since 1999, but I'll wait and see. Personally I'm for the merger and doubt it'll increase prices THAT much but we'll see

 

 

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ericdabbs    1,935

We'll see what happens. I think exact opposite. A stronger 3 is better then a strong 3 and weak 4th. Sprint doesn't have the funds to improve its network in a timely fashion nor are they going to expand its LTE reach anytime soon. The issues in SoCal and tower spacing are glaring. The network grid just isn't dense in SoCal when it should be given it's the largest market. I've been with them since 1999, but I'll wait and see. Personally I'm for the merger and doubt it'll increase prices THAT much but we'll see

 

 

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The problem I see is that merging the two together will not improve the debt obligations and its flexibility to do more.  In fact it will just amplify and exacerbate the issue.  Then the whole idea of the CDMA shutdown will come up again.  Tmobile did a great job in shutting down the MetroPCS CDMA network but to do it in a much larger scale with Sprint is going to take more time and cannot afford to invest in CDMA/EVDO/UTMS/HSPA/LTE technologies to keep capex down.  Tmobile is doing their part in drawing customers away from Verizon and ATT already in Q1.  Sprint took a minor blip away from Verizon and ATT in Q1 with net postpaid adds. I don't think even if Softbank is a minority share that they can just pump billions into the combined network because that will result in an increased stake in the joint company which is why Softbank has been careful into just going ALL IN into Sprint with additional funding since that would put them above the 85% stake which would immediately tender an offer to buy the entire company.

 

With the Magic Box and HPUE improvements, Sprint can just continue to deploy their small cell strategy to expand its network and can also try to expand the B41 network via the Magic Boxes once they start becoming more available.  Throughout 2017 and 2018, Sprint should try to find a way to pump more money into network capex.  What sorta breakup fee would be required to get this merger done?  If I were Tmobile, i would command 2.5 GHz spectrum as part of the penalty since there is a B41 LTE ecosystem already especially with HPUE availability and can really use more spectrum in their portfolio since they still have the least out of the 4 major carriers.

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optimummind    118

Is there really LTE 800 in Irvine? I see a TOY site by John Wayne airport on the map & another site by Zion Market.

 

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S4GRU    54,610

Is there really LTE 800 in Irvine? I see a TOY site by John Wayne airport on the map & another site by Zion Market.

 

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I don't know. No one has verified them yet. Check them out if you're in the area and report back. I'd love to hear confirmation.

 

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nexuss4g    149

Is there really LTE 800 in Irvine? I see a TOY site by John Wayne airport on the map & another site by Zion Market.

 

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I don't know. No one has verified them yet. Check them out if you're in the area and report back. I'd love to hear confirmation.

 

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I work in Costa Mesa, so I will check the toy cell by Fountain Valley, I take Euclid  daily to go to work. Havent seen anything 

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S4GRU    54,610

I work in Costa Mesa, so I will check the toy cell by Fountain Valley, I take Euclid  daily to go to work. Havent seen anything 

 

The Toy Cell is the least likely to get out on the street.  Those are typically only indoors.  However, I have connected to the Toy Cell in Cheyenne, Wyoming before.  But only once of the three times I've driven by it.  So it's possible.

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nexuss4g    149

The Toy Cell is the least likely to get out on the street.  Those are typically only indoors.  However, I have connected to the Toy Cell in Cheyenne, Wyoming before.  But only once of the three times I've driven by it.  So it's possible.

 

This is what I connected to when I was in the building.Screenshot_20170713-172059.pngScreenshot_20170713-171821.png

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S4GRU    54,610

 

 

This is what I connected to when I was in the building.

Yeah, with really strong B41 and B25, it would be hard to get it to jump to B26 if it was there. It would likely require a device with band locking to find.

 

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optimummind    118

I drove to Zion market in Irvine but I didn't connect to Band 26 LTE nor 800 MHz voice, despite setting band priority to Band 26.

 

At least in LA, I connect to 800 MHz voice.

 

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S4GRU    54,610

I drove to Zion market in Irvine but I didn't connect to Band 26 LTE nor 800 MHz voice, despite setting band priority to Band 26.

 

At least in LA, I connect to 800 MHz voice.

 

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Bummer. Thanks for checking it out. Hopefully soon!

 

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optimummind    118

Today I was at the Zara clothing store inside South Coast Plaza - a known Sprint deadzone for both voice & data - and to my surprise, I got an alert from SignalCheck Pro that I was connected to Sprint 1x800 voice.

 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0BzXeLw4AsxZHQXBCb0lQQVhlRWM

 

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And going deeper inside the store, I didn't lose voice nor data this time.  SignalCheck Pro reported that I was still on B41.  

 

I guess Sprint is making improvements to this area.  I've sent several reports to Sprint about this dead zone through their app.

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