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  1. 14 points
    I've owned two XC90's. And other vehicles too. I totaled an Isuzu Ascender by hitting a deer outside Bismarck, North Dakota chasing Sprint LTE tracks on Sensorly (which turned out not to be actual Sprint signals). I have run into golf ball sized hail while signal tracking. Been chased by a funnel cloud. I have slid off icy roads. I have backed into parking bollards. Numerous paint scratchings from brush and trees while driving up mountaintop access roads. I have blown a transmission. I have had more close calls than I can count with other cars and pedestrians (and sometimes farm animals). I have dropped a brand new phone on asphalt jumping out to view new base station equipment deliveries. I have been chased off by well armed unhappy property owners. And other things that aren't coming to my mind quickly. There have been a lot of casualties. But many fun memories. I think I get the same rush that extreme sport enthusiasts get when I discover a new signal or some sort of unexpected anomaly and begin the chase. Like a less dangerous storm chaser? And less useful. I don't provide useful information to climate scientists and meteorologists. But hey, we do have a meteorologist on staff at S4GRU. And I'm glad for that! Robert
  2. 13 points
    Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesJanuary 12, 2018 - 5:30 PM PST "New year, new me. Am I right?" ~ signed Samsung Samsung has decided that the beginning of the new year is a great time to change. Samsung has decided its newest flagship Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices must meet with the FCC OET for certification far earlier than usual. With ever watchful and prying eyes, S4GRU staff discovered the twin filings for two devices with FCC IDs of A3LSMG960U and A3LSMG965U which follows the previous Samsung numeration of the Galaxy S8 / 8+ (950u/955u) and Galaxy S7 (930u/935u) respectively. In addition, previous leaks for purported international Galaxy S9 variant have captured the ID of 960F and 965F respectively. To keep this short and simple, the Galaxy S9, to date, is the most technologically powerful device we've seen at least for Sprint and possibly other entities and the following technical specifications should demonstrate why. CDMA BC: 0 / 1 / 10 GSM: 850 / 1900 WCDMA Bands: 2, 4 , 5 LTE Band: 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 17, 25 , 26 , 29, 30, 38, 41, 66, 71 Downlink Carrier Aggregation (DL CA) 5xB41 (up to 5 B41 carriers aggregated) B25+41CA (up to 2 B41 carriers - 3 total carriers aggregated ) B26+41CA (up to 2 B41 carriers - 3 total carriers aggregated ) B25+26CA (up to 2 B25 carriers - 3 total carriers aggregated ) Uplink Carrier Aggregation (UL CA) 2xB41 256 / 64 QAM Downlink/ Uplink HPUE CAT 18 Modem 4x4 MIMO B2, 4, 25, 30 , 41, 66 12 spatial streams Holy bonanza! This phone supports up to 100 MHz of LTE spectrum being aggregated together from 5 individual Band 41 carriers! To add to that, it also supports FDD and TDD LTE carrier aggregation by utilizing Band 25 1900 MHz or Band 26 800 MHz as the primary component carrier which would contribute to downlink and uplink while Band 41 is aggregated to it would be downlink only secondary component carriers. Remember the saying of having B25 or B26 uplink with Band 41 downlink, anybody? Plus there is expansion of FDD carrier aggregation to that of between Band 25 and Band 26. This will help a ton in areas where Band 41 and its oodles of capacity does not reach. As the recent CDMA refarming nationwide on PCS spectrum has allowed Sprint to fire up an additional Band 25 carrier, this means in many Sprint markets there currently exists two Band 25 carriers in addition to a Band 26 carrier. This additional carrier is not forgotten and can now be used alongside the other Band 25 and Band 26 carrier for carrier aggregation. Last but not least, this phone is "Gigabit Class" by having up to 12 spacial streams means that 4x4 MIMO can be used for 3 separate B41 carriers when aggregated together instead of 2 in the previous generation which supports only 10 spacial streams. Though it was a moot point as the entire generation of Samsung flagships from this past year did not support 4x4 MIMO on Band 41, until now! A phone this size should not be able to pack so many technologies...but yet it does! A splendid phone and surely a must have for the S4GRU and other tech adept users!
  3. 13 points
    That is why roaming was invented. Compete where it makes sense, and cooperate where it doesn't. - Trip
  4. 10 points
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  6. 10 points
    The way to fix this is to have a nationwide secret shopper program run by an outside entity under the direction of Sprint management in order to document these issues for resolution by senior management. This program needs to run for the foreseeable future and the findings need to reach the highest levels of management for resolution.
  7. 10 points
    A brand change would be very expensive to do. This money would be better used for improving the network in my opinion. A brand change would also be ineffective in my opinion. People would remember the old brand name and reputation for a very long time. Given that there are only 4 Major Wireless Carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint), Sprint’s Legacy Branding and Reputation wouldn’t simply go down the Internet (or off-Internet) memory hole for the foreseeable future. There would be a slew of articles and press referring to Sprint’s rebrand which will continue the association with its legacy brand. The saturated wireless market would constantly refer to Sprint’s old branding and reputation. This is therefore not a near term fix nor a long term one, as it takes resources that could be better used for tangible improvements to the business and product. In short, I’d expect a rebrand to have as much effect as Comcast trying to call itself Xfinity. Was this even a real rebrand? I’m still not sure. However, it didn’t work. T-Mobile went through a terrible branding period... and it’s emerged fine on the other side. No rename necessary. Here’s the solution and it’s nothing novel: Network, Network, Network. Make the Network blow the other guys’ out of the water. Distribute flagship devices to prominent columnists (Sascha Segan, etc.) and have them write reviews on the Network. Share these reviews widely. Here’s a start: https://www.pcmag.com/review/358021/lg-v30 https://twitter.com/saschasegan/status/945682340105289729 https://twitter.com/saschasegan/status/945688172943593473 The customers will come if the product is better. People are savvy enough to see through a brand change and it would be a waste of money. A brand change would be a waste because Sprint doesn’t have a perception problem as much as it has a product problem. Here’s what’s wrong with the product: Sprint doesn’t have Band 41 on 50% of its towers (or about 30% of its POPS) . It doesn’t have Band 26 on many others. It needs thousands of more tower sites to improve coverage on its existing footprint and at the fringes where there’s been suburban development that has exceeded the capacity of the Network. It needs to get all three LTE Bands deployed on every site. Sprint doesn’t have VoLTE for simultaneous Voice/Data (and for good reason as we all know why, but Prospective Customers don’t and may not switch.).
  8. 10 points
    Well things have certainly gotten a lot better in Weston. One of the formerly trouble spots is now a full build that's rocking and rolling. Still one more tower to check, but everything else is top notch. Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
  9. 9 points
    I carry a Sprint and Verizon phone for work, as well as a T-Mobile device, Note8, S8, and S8+ respectively, so I get to use all three networks on a consistent basis. Sprint's claims of 1% are usually spot on in my experience. May not be the fastest, but it works. That's the real tag line, works for me. T-Mobile usually blows away Sprint in terms of raw speeds, but it's very inconsistent. For example, was in Denver last week, and Verizon bounced between great LTE and 1x, T-Mobile was strong signals but piss poor throughput, and Sprint had 3CA everywhere I went. Sprint needs to make their network work better across the board, and not be limited to city hotspots.
  10. 7 points
    People dont hate roaming, they dont even notice except when some services are missing. Roaming agreements make alot more sense that haveing four carriers spending the money to compete for 500 customer of some town in the middle of nowhere. Let one or two players offer service to the locals and other players rent their network when ond of their customers accidentally wander in to those areas. Ps. People that call sprint an MVNO are ignorant of simple definitions.
  11. 7 points
    I guess people forgot that Sprint still had to pay out for frequency rebanding , some jurisdictions being a pain in the butt wanting more money for the effort, trying to get Sprint to help there budgets. California going broke.
  12. 7 points
    Sascha Segan is highlighting some Sprint improvements in NYC: https://twitter.com/saschasegan/status/945682340105289729 https://twitter.com/saschasegan/status/945688172943593473 https://twitter.com/saschasegan/status/945746289827950592 So nice to see this happening. Bring the network love to DC!
  13. 6 points
  14. 6 points
    Sprint is only using 2xCA on the DAS. But im willing to bet, it will hold up really nicely because of one major thing.. Quote from Sprint blog post "We're using a brand new state-of-the-art Distributed Antenna System (DAS) with more than 800 antennas inside the stadium powered by Sprint small cells" This leads me to believe that peak speeds will be somewhat limited but average speeds will stay quite high despite traffic due to antenna density.
  15. 6 points
    I guess a new airspan unit just passed thru fcc certification. https://fccid.io/PIDAS1300
  16. 6 points
    The general rule for mobile coverage is that coverage needs to match up to the road network. If you want to know where the population lives and works, More than 95% of the population are always within about 10 miles of anywhere where there are roads with 2 or more lanes in each direction or are driving on those roads with 2 or more lanes in each direction passing through that area. Once you get about 10 miles outside of the multi-lane road area to single lane in each direction roads, you are in rural areas with very few customers. In my opinion, native or native-like roaming coverage covering the multi-lane road areas makes the most financial sense for Sprint with slower limited roaming outside of those areas.
  17. 6 points
    Beyond T-Mobile getting money from AT&T, they also got an influx of 9 Million customers and a bit of spectrum from MetroPCS. Dan Hesse wanted to buy them first but the board told him no. T-Mobile jumped at the opportunity to buy them and it paid off.
  18. 6 points
    I think people truly overestimate what CS (from any carrier) should be able to handle. But I find that using online Chat CS has worked well for me. I do believe Sprint is in transition of fully embracing online/automated based CS, but I think it's a bit too soon for quite a bit of folks. Sprint does have an image problem, some of it deserved, most are not. So I'd take 85% of the comments as bandwagon haters.
  19. 6 points
    Ok, while I am not pro net neutrality in its current form. You really have a massive misunderstanding of what the internet is and how it has been regulated in the past. As well as why some form of net neutrality will be essential in the future. While the DOD did infact create both the original network and standards. Starting in 1988 IANA was formed with Jon Postel at the helm. However, IANA was completely under control of the DOD until ICANN was created in 1998 to help facilitate the transfer of authority away from the Government. This is where Net neutrality becomes more important. Up until 1998 theoretically the Government had the full ability to revoke IP addresses and DNS access. The government handed over full control October 1st 2016. So up until that date the government wielded massive control over the internet via IP addresses and root server access. Furthermore, up until a few years ago ISPs were dumb pipes with no real skin in the content game. Sony entertainment was not a theat Charter's video business. Comcast was not competing for content production rights with netflix or amazon. We now have a situation where the ISP no longer a simple dumb pipe, they now have an interest in what I am using it for. We also have a situation where the peering agreements that created the broader Internet may no longer be the best option for the larger tier one networks. Leading higher capacity networks to charge gate fees. This would essentially end the free and open internet as we know it. Also driving prices in rural areas up. Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
  20. 5 points
    Well, now that they have Altice and Cox, I'm hopeful they will sign with Charter Spectrum next. Having two decent sized cable companies on board may help to convince the others to join in.
  21. 5 points
    I continue to be impressed. Ohare gate H10 at 8:15 Monday morning.
  22. 5 points
    Seems like B41^3 is now lighting up in Orange County and parts of the IE such as Corona and Chino Hills.
  23. 5 points
  24. 4 points
    As of recently, there has been a huge uptick of work being done in many markets. It seems as though Sprint is putting the pedal to the metal with the network. I do miss the high activity with posts, mapping screenshots and etc that was going on in here during 2013 -2015. Anyways, with all the work that is currently being done, I think its a good time for us all to start mapping again where we discover new and or improved coverage.
  25. 4 points
    Signal bars have been showing data strength for several years now.
  26. 4 points
    If you're looking to try to find tower locations or correlate GCI/PCI information to towers, here's some code I've been working on that processes the data collected by my SignalDetector app, using the LTE Timing Advance information reported in recent Android versions for triangulation. It's not 100% perfect with only a few data points but it can zero in pretty decently with sufficiently-spaced data points; typically it gets within 50 meters or so of Sprint's recorded GPS coordinates of the towers. https://github.com/lordsutch/cellfinder An example of what it does is attached. Note that this is not based on anything except data collected from the phone—it's not using any sponsor data from S4GRU to estimate the tower locations, just signal data collected by me driving on I-16 and around the Savannah area in early November.
  27. 4 points
    War Games Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  28. 4 points
    24 sites just went online yesterday for B26 LTE around Tucson and Sierra Vista. In addition to the 3-4 sites that have been going up each week for 1x800 all over the place. Asurion Lead Technical Consultant II Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  29. 4 points
  30. 4 points
    The Rapid City one was there in the 12/8 update. It's Golden West Wireless on Sprint spectrum. G Block.
  31. 4 points
    Wow, I'm buying a new phone sooner than I anticipated.
  32. 4 points
    I mean if people want "coverage" smacking down a B26 mini Mac and an omnidirectional antenna gives you that. *totally not because we found such a site in a rural previously no native coverage area* Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  33. 4 points
    I agree. Improving the product will improve perception. Sprint doesn’t have the brand power or equity to rely on a rebrand. In fact, a rebrand would be a total disaster. Sprint needs to do what Domino’s Pizza did: You could essentially substitute Sprint Corporate folks for the Domino’s ones. Instead of crust, sauce and cheese, you talk about towers, spectrum, Speed/Coverage. This is what Sprint needs to do. I’d actually love to see a video like this from Sprint, shot on location in Overland Park HQ, in conjunction with actual progress of course. We’ll hopefully get a better sense of where things stand in terms of Sprint’s plans/progress from Dr. Saw’s discussion at CES on January 10th at 2:45PM ET: http://investors.sprint.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release-details/2018/Sprint-CTO-John-Saw-to-Speak-Jan-10-at-Citis-2018-Global-TMT-West-Conference/default.aspx We’ll also learn more during Sprint’s upcoming Earnings Call, which I believe should happen at the end of January, so I expect details on that to be announced soon.
  34. 4 points
    Yeah, unfortunately GMOs will not run 800MHz. However, Sprint is now planning to fast track GMO to full build conversions since the Tmo breakup. So the end is nigh for the GMO.
  35. 4 points
    So let me get this straight, Robbiati was instrumental in helping Sprint cut cost and he is to be replaced by Combes who resigned at Altice because that company was losing a lot of customers. Things that make you go hmmmm.
  36. 4 points
    More news from T-Mobile today. 600mhz now LIVE in 586 cities, and heard that maybe 150 more went live this afternoon/evening. Be sure to read the whole story. Will be heading into Wyoming to map Gillette-Wright-Newcastle on CellMapper and Sensorly. https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/number-1-customer-satisfaction-2017.htm Additional info here-click on the list to see the actual list of cities that are LIVE. You must have a phone that supports Band 71 to receive any benefits from this....currently only the LG V30 and Samsung S8 Active are available, however, it looks like more than a dozen new phones coming in 2018 that support it. Also talks about the I-Wireless deal being completed as of yesterday. https://www.tmonews.com/2018/01/t-mobile-600mhz-lte-586-cities-confirms-completion-iowa-wireless-deal/
  37. 4 points
    https://twitter.com/SprintCTO/status/948586846044524544 Dr. Saw is speaking at Citi’s 2018 Global TMT West Conference in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at 2:45 PM ET. A livestream/replay will be available and I’m sure SeekingAlpha will have a transcript as well.
  38. 4 points
    Got 125Mbps in downtown Binghamton last night on NYE. It seems like they finally provisioned more backhaul to this site. It has always been weak, I assume, due to a dense population of MVNO customers in this area. Most sites around here have 3xCA enabled but can’t crack more than 60-80Mbps.
  39. 4 points
    I just got these speeds on B25 😳
  40. 4 points
    Software update. December security patch. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  41. 4 points
    New update.. Says just security. Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
  42. 4 points
    Well in the end 3g, 4g, LTE, mimo, 5g it doesn’t really matter!!! Hope everyone has a great Christmas, and New Years! Oh and a safe one! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  43. 4 points
  44. 4 points
    I wish they had sold to a German conglomerate. Then I could say they are the wurst.
  45. 4 points
    Sprint’s going all-in in Minneapolis: http://newsroom.sprint.com/network-big-game.htm Great stuff.
  46. 3 points
    1st official small cells permit for sprint in El Paso besides using them on there own stores Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  47. 3 points
    Look for service coming to Wyoming and McDowell counties by end of the year. [emoji854] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  48. 3 points
    People don't like roaming if the experience is terrible when they're roaming. A lot of Sprint's roaming is terrible when it comes to data (1x speeds.) However, if the experience is seamless, people really don't care too much, or at least I can't imagine why people would. When I'm roaming on US Cellular, my data works beautifully and it feels like native service. I honestly don't care if I'm on Sprint or USCC roaming, because both experiences feel the same. Most people don't care about the technical side of how their phone service works; they just want it to work. Roaming in extremely rural areas makes sense, especially for a budget carrier. There's not enough money to be made to invest in towers absolutely everywhere. However, that experience should feel similar to on-network usage, at least for a limited usage timeframe/usage amount. If that was the case everywhere, then most people would be fine with a little roaming here and there, especially if the cost savings were decent or the on-network experience was better than the other carriers.
  49. 3 points
    So I contacted Marci Carrie and she replied back immediately and referred the case to a technical service group which contacted me within 2-3 hours. They told me that there is a tower down being repaired and that might be causing my data speed issues. They opened a ticket and even though they have not called me to follow-up I am very happy to say service is much better today.
  50. 3 points
    Until such time as ISP's are no longer legal monopolies, yes. Just to be clear, I understand that an ISP is not a legal monopoly. However, the companies which provide internet access are mostly legal monopolies or must abide by high levels of regulation due to their core business ie: cable companies and Telephone companies. Until such time that we can introduce enough competition into the arena, consumers should be afforded some level of protection in order to keep the internet a viable economic engine.