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  1. 19 points
    Hot off the Goldman Sachs Investor call with Marcelo Claure... Highlights at 35 mins into the call (11:05 Eastern) -Sprint will add 2000 Macro sites (no time frame given) - Will have EVERY cell site with 800, 1.9 and 2.5 (No time frame given) - Will deploy many thousands of mini macro and such in addition to the Macro sites. -Capex will be $5-7 billion this year and "At least that much next year or more".... Marcelo's thoughts were that now that Sprint is growth positive and cash positive (his words) Sprint can now invest heavily and expand it's footprint.
  2. 12 points
    Oh gosh, not this again. I am more against this than I was before. Tmo and Sprint are getting more competitive and gaining market share against the Duopoly. Verizon is on their feet, having to actually compete. The wireless market has never been better for the American consumer. I'm willing to sit back and see what comes of this, as twospirits recommends, but I think the status quo is right where we need to be nationally with wireless. The path forward looks good for Tmo and Sprint. Prices will go up if they are allowed to merge. They are trying to do it now. It is the 4th competitor, the odd duck out, that pressures the market. Three roughly equal sized competitors just won't pressure much. Mark my words!
  3. 11 points
    Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates September 5, 2017 - 6:45 PM PDT It is that time of the year for flagship phablets and LG has returned to us with their brand new V30 smartphone. Unlike the LG G6, LG was not conservative with the specifications on this one. Many other tech sites and forums have already broken down the V30 but here at S4GRU we are more interested in network technologies and the V30 is definitely no slouch in this regard. Supported Technologies GSM 850 / 1900 WCDMA Band: 2 / 4 / 5 LTE Band: 2 / 4 / 5 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 25 / 26 / 41 4x4 MIMO on Band 25 and Band 41 up to 10 streams 256 / 64 QAM DL-UL HPUE 2xCA B25 2xCA B41 3xCA B41 4xCA B41 That is right. The LG V30 is the first device confirmed to support 4 carrier aggregation on Band 41. No other device out there, including the ever more popular Galaxy S8 or Note 8, are confirmed to at least technologically support 4 carrier aggregation for Band 41 (though maybe a re-certification & software update can fix that). In addition, the LG V30 is also a "Gigabit Class" device that supports 4x4 MIMO over Band 41 for up to 10 total MIMO streams which the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 does not support (the GS8 and Note 8 are not "Gigabit Class" devices on Sprint). Furthermore, note the inclusion of LTE Band 13. One may think this mean LTE roaming on Verizon may be in the cards, but recently Sprint consummated a partnership with Open Mobile based in Puerto Rico who holds Band 13 750 MHz spectrum. As the Puerto Rico market lacks SMR 800 spectrum needed for CDMA 1x 800 and LTE 800 Band 26, it seems likely that it may be a boutique Sprint market that will utilize 10x10 Band 13 750 MHz for low band coverage. An interesting development. So network wise, the V30 sure seems like one heck of a device that supports just about every technology Sprint is poised to utilize right now in select markets and most of the network in the near future. A potentially splendid device for the Sprint network enthusiast. FCC ID: LS998
  4. 10 points
    There are positives to be had if there is a merger, for sure. I don't believe a merger is bad in every way. And if it happens, there will be things that I will like. I just believe, at this time, all things considered, I'd prefer they'd be separate. Just my opinion, and I respect the opinions of others points as well. Because I considered them, and they are marked in the 'pro' column for me. I like where Sprint is going now more than ever in its past. And Sprint's road to "5G" is less capital intensive than the others because of spectrum and equipment deployed.
  5. 10 points
    This merger would stagnate the wireless market it would stink almost immediately. You are pro-merger but already wondering if they would have capital to build and expand the network. Sprint now has positive revenue to increase CAPEX for additional B41, MIMO, and 5G why hault the improvements that Sprint has been making? You guys screaming pro merger really need to sit back and really think, are you willing to see less competition and increasing wireless bills? Not to mention that unlimited will be a thing of the past, after all it was Sprint and T-Mobile that made the big two offer unlimited. If this merger goes through I don't want to hear complaining I am taking names...
  6. 10 points
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  9. 9 points
    Just got my MB yesterday, after about 5hrs of messing with it ended up setting it up on the 3rd floor(my sisters apt) of my apt building, I live on the 6th floor and unbelievably enough I pick up signal in certain parts of my apt and everyone below and on top of her now have a near perfect signal. Speeds we're the worst in her case cause she was too low to pick up a good macro signal and too high for the small cells. But with the MB now average speeds are between 5 and 15mbs depending on time of day vs .3 and 1mbs. Magic Box isn't that far off from actually being magical..lol
  10. 9 points
    This is the default IP Board layout and color scheme. It will be changing incrementally over the next few weeks. I will be working on it as I have time this weekend. Not home from work yet. Soon™
  11. 8 points
    And yet Verizon allowed these people to become customers. They showed the coverage. They allowed the customers to join. Even though Verizon really is being asshats to rural customers and is giving rural Mainiacs the big middle finger here, I do respect that they have the right to do this. But I kind of like them getting the black eye publicly for this. They created the issue and they are showing their true colors. They really have no interest in rural customers. They just want a cheap place for their urban customers to roam when travelling. And now rural customers can make their buying decisions accordingly. USCC is a better fit for them anyway. But Verizon deserves to take this on the chin publicly. They could have stopped these customers from joining to begin with. They didn't. They were hoping they wouldn't use the network much. And now they want to put the toothpaste back in the tube. It's a one way street with Big Red. The house always wins. In every single county. Every day.
  12. 8 points
    I'm safe. Sprint holding up well. 4.5 million without power. The eye of the storm coming straight for Marion county with 100mph winds. I hope I have a home to go to when this is over.
  13. 8 points
    I've made navigation and color toning changes to help readability and help you all get around the site. Web site and mobile site. With the changes, I'm starting to dig it. Especially the mobile site. I'm actually liking it much better than Tapatalk. IP Board responded to my support request and it made no difference when I re-installed Tapatalk. I don't know what further to do at this point on that front. But to wait for Tapatalk's next update for IP Board 4.2. Hope you are finding the site more usable now. More to do. Going to get more coffee. Robert
  14. 7 points
    I snagged an Airave 3 this week thanks to a timely heads up by a friendly S4GRUer! Sounds like inventory is still sparse, but I got lucky. Had to set up an RMA for the broken 2.5 before they would finish processing the new order. Arrived a few days later via UPS Ground and working ok so far. Biggest difference to me so far: the aesthetics. It is much larger than I expected; I knew it was bigger, but it still surprised me. All of the wires connect on the bottom. The data LEDs are on one side of the housing, while the voice LEDs are on the other. None of this is really a problem, just unusual. -Mike
  15. 6 points
    SignalCheck Pro update is finally out! Should be available on Google Play within the hour. I believe most of the changes should be self-explanatory. 0E8 appears to be for Airave 3's, not Magic Boxes. The biggest difference is Airave 3 or S1000 B41 connections will now show as "Airave/S1000" because I have not identified a way to differentiate between the two yet. Added additional indicators for Sprint LTE band 41 Airave/S1000 cells. Added additional indicators for Sprint LTE band 41 Magic Box cells. Added indicators for T-Mobile LTE band 4 Cellspot and In-Store Pico cells. Added support for LTE band 71. Improved identification of mobile network type on IWLAN connections. Resolved issue with invalid GSM neighbor cell PLMN/CID/LAC information displayed. Resolved issue with IWLAN signal strength missing from notification icon. (Pro) Updated provider database. Thanks for everyone's support! Holler with questions anytime.. -Mike
  16. 6 points
    I'm on Harvard Ave in Boston at my barbershop where inside I would get a weak Band 25 signal. I'm currently connected to a Band 41 Mini Macro. Ping of 29ms with speeds of 30 down and 13 up.
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  18. 6 points
    Also...I did not buy any insurance. And my device was nearly two years old. I purchased my device September 29, 2015 and they agreed to replace it September 5, 2017. Count me as one happy customer.
  19. 6 points
    Yes, FCC OET. Trust that, after 5+ years, S4GRU staff knows what it is doing. Apple device authorizations pop up in the FCC OET within hours of their announcement events. AJ
  20. 6 points
  21. 6 points
    At a heavily congested intersection the other day I could not make a call on CDMA but went through with no problem on calling plus. Pretty cool
  22. 5 points
    LIMITED TIME PROMOTION!!! YOU COULD POSSIBLY WIN A NEW iPHONE 8 IF YOU DONATE TO SUPPORT S4GRU **OR COMPARABLY PRICED ANDROID DEVICE!** The Goal The goal is to have some fun and raise some money to support S4GRU. If we can raise enough money to cover the device by 8 PM Pacific Time on Friday, October 27th, then we will schedule the raffle. The contest winner can select the color from what's available. The winner can also select the carrier (not limited to Sprint). The Plan If we are able to raise at least as much as the device costs us plus incidental charges like taxes and shipping, we will add any additional proceeds to the S4GRU general fund. If we can't raise enough, we will provide opportunity to refund. And which model it ends up being depends on how much money we can raise. If we raise just $750, it will be the iPhone 8 64GB ($699 value). For each additional $500 we collect beyond $750, we will give another $100 in toward upgrading to the iPhone 8+, iPhone X or memory/apple care upgrades. The winner can select any variant or upgrades, but they will need to pay any cost difference, from the prize value. Increases in prize vales will be announced in this thread. THE WINNER CAN SELECT AN ANDROID DEVICE IN LIEU OF AN iPHONE, IF THEY CHOOSE. Like a NOTE 8, Pixel 2, LG V30, Essential Phone, etc. Equal of lesser value to the winning iPhone prize. The Raffle Each donation to the iPHONE 8 PROMO will receive a range of numbers, equating to one number for every dollar you donate. The minimum donation to the cause is $10. If you donate $10, you get a range of 10 numbers. If you donate $100, you get a range of 100 numbers. The more you donate, the greater your chances of winning. There is no limit to the amount you can donate...in amount or frequency. But it needs to be at least $10 per donation to the iPHONE 8 PROMO. You will receive a Private Message (or email if you are not a S4GRU member) from S4GRU giving you your numbers after your donation. Most likely within 8-12 hours, but could take a day or two. We will stop accepting donations at 8PM Pacific on Friday, October 27th. Any donations received after that time will not be counted toward this promotion. Date and time of the drawing will be announced after the close of donations acceptance. We will select a number at random using my random number generator app in my Pixel XL. You do not need to be present in the live chat to win. All money donated to the raffle will be credited to your S4GRU accumulation total and will count toward future upgrades. If you are not currently a S4GRU Sponsor, you will be given Sponsor status for six months with the minimum $10 raffle donation. To Enter Go to the S4GRU PayPal Donation section by clicking on this hyperlink or by by clicking the donate button in the upper right hand corner of most S4GRU pages. Enter an amount you want to donate for this promotion, minimum $10. In the notes section, tell us your screen name and type iPHONE 8 PROMO. If you forget to do that in the PayPal donation, then send me a Message. You will get a message response giving you your raffle numbers by 11 PM Pacific on 10/27/2017. If you don't get them, message me. Rules S4GRU Membership is not required to enter. S4GRU Staff Members and their families are ineligible to win. Dollars spent on the promotion will count toward future member upgrades. There is no cash value of the prize. S4GRU will pay the shipping costs to send the prize to the winner. The winner will be offered options as to network selections, device options and colors based on availability within the winning prize amount. S4GRU cannot guarantee availability of any products, types, varieties or colors. Although many devices can be used on several networks, S4GRU cannot guarantee operability on any network. A SIM card purchase for the winner's preferred network may be required and is not paid by S4GRU. This contest is void where prohibited. Pre-scheduled automatic recurring payments to S4GRU during the contest period will not be eligible for entry in the contest. Should the winner desire a phone other than the iPhone product offered at contest conclusion, they can request an Android device of equal or lesser value. If a device more expensive than the iPhone offered is desired, the winner will need to pay the difference before the product will be ordered. If winner selects a less expensive phone than the prize offered, S4GRU will retain those funds as a donation. The contest may be subject to amendment, extension or cancellation as necessary. S4GRU reserves the right to provide a gift card or PayPal payment of the value of the prize for convenience or difficulty in sourcing the prize occurs. Photo Courtesy of Phone Arena
  23. 5 points
    An Interesting byproduct of this kind of news... I was on the cusp to move back to Sprint now since they are starting to deploy 800MHz in Washington State. But now I will just stay on Tmo and wait and see. Because if the merger does go through, I expect the network to go LTE Only or WCDMA/LTE. Sprint CDMA being phased out relatively quickly. No sense (and cents) in buying all new devices and jumping back to Sprint. I will just ride it out and stay on the VoLTE ecosystem that will likely be the survivor. I would like to see Sprint stay independent though. I just don't expect it to happen.
  24. 5 points
    The thought of a Sprint/Tmobile merger is enough to make me queezy.
  25. 5 points
    And we know that there are more green areas than shown. Like in South Dakota. They already have permits and leases going, but were not reflected in the map. Hopefully it's an example of under promise, over deliver.
  26. 5 points
    Hopefully this will shut some people up for a bit. I know we're waiting to see execution of this but Sprint is definitely more competent and on a better footing now than ever before. It seems like we get more exciting info from these side engagements than we do during the quarterly reports.
  27. 5 points
  28. 5 points
    I had just about given up on the original box (I opened one of two received) after I had taken it a few places where I knew it should connect for sure. It finally got stuck in a boot loop. So letting its battery die and I'll send it back. Tonight, Spectrum took a dump again so I said what the hell. Let's try the other one. I opened it and with no expectations of success it popped up a test. The first window was a 4. haha The second one was 24, third one and likely best was 36. I said I'll take it. It set up on that one. Before: DL: 0.93 UL: 0.60 After: DL: 12.81 UL: 0.48 While not the best I think this isn't too bad in my zip code/rural area. 27316. The upload speeds in the area are bad even if you're line of sight to tower on a nearby hill, so I hope there's something going on soon to help that out. At least I can use this as a hotspot on occasion now and hopefully it will only get better from here.
  29. 4 points
    How is Canada's three wireless companies working out...
  30. 4 points
    I don't want this merger to happen, and I could care less about the Magenta fans saying that Tmobile is too good to merge with Sprint. The fact is Sprint is finally picking steam. They don't really need this merger especially with that massive amount of spectrum for 5G. Massa is wasting his time, the Germans and Legere won't want him to have a say in a combined company period. News like this distract the people that work in the field from executing the company's goals. A combined company will be saturated with debt and will slow the rollout of gigabit class LTE, and 5G. Maybe this is Verizon leaking false information since they are the ones that would benefit from this merger. They are eager to go back to raise fees and eliminate unlimited again.
  31. 4 points
    Round and round we go... https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/19/t-mobile-and-sprint-are-in-active-talks-about-a-merger.html I can't imagine having Legere as CEO. It's painful to think about.
  32. 4 points
    Seems the majority of the members don't have a problem with the color scheme. The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few or the one. So for those that do have an issue (and are using Chrome browser) then just install the "Dark Mode" Chrome extension by Grephy. It makes the site (or any site) look like this... The cool thing about it is that its a toggle in the upper toolbar that one can go back to regular bright view or dark anytime you want. TS out
  33. 4 points
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  35. 4 points
    I'm glad things are really ramping up fast for Sprint. I think that both Sprint and T-Mobile can really stand on their own without a merger between the two. I would rather them not merge but we'll see what happens.
  36. 4 points
    This is the first Mobilitie small cell that I've seen in the West San Fernando Valley. This one is in Reseda.
  37. 4 points
  38. 4 points
    It all will depend on the tower spacing and optimization. B26 performs pretty decently in most of rural Oregon. However, does not in West Michigan. It really depends on how many customers are outside B25/B41 coverage. It needs to be as few as possible. And B26 should not be used for capacity. Or CA, IMHO. Where the network is set up this way, it seems to work pretty well. Although, I have to admit Tmo has problems on B12 in places too. Tmo has a B12 site in my county on top of South Mountain. It covers the whole county. One sector covers 50,000 people. If you ever end up on B12 in that sector in between sites, you will get no throughput or measure your speed in mere bytes with a ping out of this world. Network/sector design and optimization is critical on low bands over wide areas. Think of a Triband site with 3xCA B41 and 2 B25 carriers. In this example working out from the tower, not counting HPUE, B41 will cover 2 miles out, B25 4 miles out and B26 6 miles out. B41 is 12.5 sq mi, B25 is 37.5 sq miles beyond B41, B26 is another ~80 sq miles beyond that. So the first 12.5 sq miles around the tower is covered in 60MHz of B41. The second ring is 50 square miles, but the amount outside of B41 coverage is 37.5 sq miles. Three times more area, but at least still has 10MHz of DL spectrum. Maybe 15 if a 10 & 5 PCS market. But bad things happen when you get to that outer B26 ring. That outer B26 ring is 112 square miles around the tower (at 6 mi radius). When you subtract out the inner rings your left with just under 80 sq miles you are covering with just 5MHz of B26. Way more area than the other two. And that if it is optimized. Even in a well optimized network, there still will be B26 usage inside the B41 and B25 rings too, deep inside buildings, etc. Also, B26 will likely go beyond the 6 miles in this scenario, picking up even more customers. A lot for one 5MHz carrier to do. And then consider doing it with 3 MHz. Sprint must keep B26 purely for "out of ring" customers and "deep penetration" customers. Also, if too many customers end up in the outer ring and performance suffers below a certain threshold, a new macro site is warranted. Or if a major part of the congestion is one part of the outer band, maybe even a well placed small cell. In a place like urban/suburban Detroit or Seattle, a 3MHz B26 channel might do OK. Because the network B25 coverage is already OK, nearly ubiquitous. B26 can just fill in the shadows and deep penetration. They will just need to manage it very firmly. Continued B41 rollout will help. It's the rural areas, especially places like Michigan, that have the toughest time. Out in the West, in rural areas, most people live concentrically around a town. You get 4 miles out of town and density drops dramatically. However, in Michigan (and many other places), the rural town may have 2,500 people but the surrounding townships and county have 25,000 people all scattered about. And the tower is in the town. And the concentric circles start from there. Leaving thousands to share their small piece of the spectrum pie. Only in B26. Posted using Pixel XL with S4GRU Mobile
  39. 4 points
    Nothing else expected from Apple. They make a decent phone... but I will not fall victim to their financial eco system. I refuse to have to turn everything I own into an apple product.
  40. 4 points
    Id say wait for about another hour or so before rebooting it, if its still on the same screen, unplug it for about another hour (battery rated for an hour) you will notice it will probably still be on the booting screen, its because E-ink displays keep last image persistent (even if the actual battery is dead. which causes people to think its still powered on! haha) Then plug it back in, it should boot back up and the display should change.
  41. 4 points
    Guenther showing off Nokia Massive MIMO, Can't wait to see one of these bad boys live..
  42. 4 points
    What the heck Robert? I go away for a bit and you change the interior decoration? I bet if we were married you would have changed the locks and put my clothes to the curb!
  43. 3 points
    For me...I believe unlimited and prices are the most at risk for a merger. They will likely make promises to regulators not to scrap unlimited or raise price for one year. They won't offer it initially when presenting for approval. But it will be one of the things they offer early to help anti-trust issues. And if they get desperate, they'll offer more than a year. I don't think prices will double overnight, or anything. But Tmo cancelled unlimited before. And it was only Sprint who held firm. Not that Sprint is some holy protector of unlimited. They did it only to differentiate and try to compete. In a Triopoly world, if the new Tmo drops unlimited again, AT&T and VZW would follow suit quickly. They can't wait to go back. It will only be a mere Legere business decision to end unlimited in the USA. Maybe forever. I personally don't use much data anymore. It's not a big deal to me, all things considered. I like unlimited data because I hate constantly keeping track, and having to constantly meter my behavior over a remaining period. I hate that.
  44. 3 points
    It should be a top priority. Upload is very important as more and more people upload pictures, videos, and host live streams on social media. Those UL speeds reflect this. Too many people uploading junk to the internet. Personally, I don't get the need for people to have their lives displayed 24/7. But I'm sure I'm in the minority...now get off my lawn.
  45. 3 points
    Beta update 4.453b uploading now! Just some little stuff.. but little stuff is good. A few more changes than I initially expected, so I'm gonna let you guys play with it for a couple days before it goes to the masses, just in case I missed something. -Mike
  46. 3 points
    Because nothing says "bad for America" like locally-owned small businesses that can respond to local customer needs, right? I don't understand why you desperately want gigantic companies who run roughshod over consumers to grow ever larger and more able to run roughshod over consumers. While complaining that they run roughshod over consumers, no less. - Trip
  47. 3 points
    Is massive mimo coming to b25/b26??? According to Samsung FDD massive mimo is coming. https://news.samsung.com/us/samsung-sprint-conduct-real-world-massive-mimo-testing-mobile-world-congress-fall-2017/
  48. 3 points
    I miss that feature too. It’s probably the biggest change for me with the new update.
  49. 3 points
  50. 3 points
    The one thing I'll say immediately that I like, which may be purely due to the upgrade and new functionality therein, or may have been neutered in the original configuration - but count me as definitely a fan of keeping the multi-faceted reaction-based 'like' options akin to what you see now on Facebook rather than the like-or-nothing approach. Options are nice.
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