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  1. 8 points
    Just for reference re: Lincoln... Sprint obtained a lease on EBS A2 that they didn't have before. This allows for a 20 MHz contiguous channel from BRS 1 to EBS A3 that Sprint had previously lacked in said market (giving the magic box the necessary high/low b41 seperation). https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsEntry/attachments/attachmentViewRD.jsp?applType=search&fileKey=1772442106&attachmentKey=20153479&attachmentInd=applAttach
  2. 7 points
    well holy #@)* Magic Box working in Lincoln, NE! So I plugged it in this morning again to see if it was a fluke. No fluke. It's working! I just checked my address on the Magic Box site to check eligibility and it says "Not available in this area". When I press any of those 3 icons, nothing happens, it just goes back to the clock after 15 seconds or so. So the only thing I can see is the time or those 3 icons.
  3. 7 points
    Ericsson RRUS82 2.5 GHz 8T8R Now being found in Ericsson vendor territory, these augment the existing Nokia Flexi 2.5 8T8R radios in place. Photo Credits: mdob07
  4. 6 points
    It shouldn't be a huge surprise based on the last earnings call (Combes strongly hinted they were looking at the high-yield market, even further so when asked a question during the Q&A); but overall, I'd say it is a pretty positive development. It shows Sprint has regained access to the high-yield bond market at terms fairly commensurate to when they last participated 3 years ago almost to the date. Plus, if you expect interest rates to rise, which certainly doesn’t seem unreasonable, now is probably as good of a time as any to lock in what you can. The other slightly positive way of looking at things is that Sprint management and Softbank appear to be comfortable with the financial position of the company right now to do this. To the former, they strongly hinted they were going to do both. I don’t read anything regarding not being able to do something re: spectrum co. To the latter, there are plenty of reasons. The best of them being ideally the spectrum backed secured debt probably needs to be somewhat reserved for when it is actually needed. The solvency of the company to an extent was in question in early 2016 with some analysts estimating the company would run out of money unless something was done in the subsequent 18-24 months in large part due to $10+ billion in debt coming due in the following few years. The primary reason that Sprint was using spectrum backed debt vehicles, using 2.5 vendor financing options, selling future customer income at discount for money now, selling off phones and leasing them back, etc. is that the company was in such a giant liquidity pinch. This was compounded by the fact that the company effectively lost access to the high-yield debt market at the same time. In Early 2016, Sprint’s debt that had been issued at par was trading at about 75 cents to the dollar with coupons in the 6-8% range was yielding 12-13.5% (implying that would be Sprint’s future cost of borrowing on any new high-yield debt). Robbiati came on at roughly the same time and said the following at one of his first investor conferences, “Would you really want to tap into the high-yield market at 10%, 12%?” No. It doesn’t make any sense.” So, they went the handset leasing, spectrum backed security route, which again isn’t without it’s downfalls. When it happened in 2016 a Bloomberg article likened it to “borrowing against the tires to make car payments.” An equity analyst in a WSJ article said, “it shows what kind of bind Sprint is in, when you have to collateralize the plates and silverware.” Neither are exactly wrong. The spectrum backed debt has two advantages for Sprint. 1) The interest rate is significantly lower than the junk bond market and 2) it is a way for Softbank to get around some of their debt covenants and end-run-around inject money into Sprint. Both of those advantages come with some costs though. The spectrum is a finite asset and they already sold 14% of it off. Secured debt is cheaper for Sprint, because it is less risky for the lenders due to the fact their bonds are secured by the asset (in this case the spectrum). If Sprint were to hypothetically default or go bankrupt they in all likelihood lose the spectrum. The other bigger factor is that as illustrated in the paragraph directly above this one, there was a time less than two years ago when Sprint really had no other realistic borrowing options other than doing this. In a lot of ways, you’d want to preserve the capacity to do this again if you absolutely needed to in the future i.e. a “rainy day” when the market conditions aren’t favorable or the company isn’t in a financial position to obtain funding through more traditional sources. The junk-bond market isn’t going to last forever if Sprint cannot show an ability to generate actual free cash flows on a consistent basis. Furthermore, the more they collateralize assets for securitized debt the greater the potential they cut themselves off from the traditional unsecured debt markets due to covenants, seniority placement, and concerns about Sprint’s capacity to payoff non-secured debt in the event of default. It literally could be the difference between getting 80-90% of your money back versus pennies on the dollar. So the tl;dr of this is even if you can obtain debt cheaper by say offering 2.5 spectrum as collateral that isn't necessarily the better option. The whole reason Sprint was offering 2.5 secured debt or handset leasing vehicles was they didn't have access to traditional debt markets. It is certainly creative, cheaper borrowing that will have a place at S going forward. That said, tapping the high-yield market while Sprint can at relatively decent rates makes a heck of a lot of sense. They'll tap Spectrum Co again soon based on the earnings call.
  5. 5 points
    SignalCheck Pro update was pushed out a few minutes ago! Not a huge update, but laying the groundwork to be able to raise the minimum Android version so I can move forward with new features I really want to add. Trying to tie up loose ends by fixing all significant bugs I am aware of. Grab the update on Google Play, should be available shortly if you don't see it yet.. Added additional indicators for Sprint LTE band 41 Magic Box cells (up to 0FC). Magic Boxes are confirmed up to GCI prefix 0FA as of right now. This will continue to evolve as more Magic Boxes are deployed. Internal development changes. Stuff nobody would really notice without seeing the source code, but important nonetheless. Resolved force closes on certain Android 7 devices with the 1X status bar icon enabled. (Pro) Resolved force closes on some devices when Location Service is stopped before it finishes initializing. (Pro) Resolved issue with CDMA BSL display failing on certain Android 8.0 devices. (Pro) Resolved issue with missing Wi-Fi data on Android 8.1 when location permission was not requested. Bug fixes, more bug fixes, yay bug fixes! As always, please let me know if you have any issues, and thanks for everyone's support! -Mike
  6. 5 points
    B41 is now live in Collins, Lowry City and Clinton! Plus I found two new B41 deployments along I-49 and I-435 on the Missouri side (in Belton and KCMO respectively) that filled in previous weak gaps. These sites were B25/26 previously. I could not tell if they were Hexadecaport antennas or not, foggy and raining made it hard to see. I know the site at 87th and Lackman in Lenexa has new antennas on it. I could not get a good look. The site was previously B25/26 + Clear B41. Clear was still active so don't think they are finished. Sprint is really moving again, so keep your eyes peeled for new developments! Even in places you may not expect. I will be heading out I-70 tomorrow and expect to find some new B41.
  7. 5 points
    So this is the ad I mentioned running on Facebook. It is making customers upset because it reads "upgrade today" which naturally is interpreted as referring to existing customers who want a new phone. When it comes to cell companies, people have been conditioned to read "upgrade" as "get a new phone for your existing line" And yet only when you log in to your account, is it clear that this offer is for new customers only. It feels like a bait and switch. Sprint doesn't have the best reputation, and this kind of thing doesn't help. I started my day with zero thoughts about Sprint. I saw the ad, and thought "great". I clicked through and became disappointed and angry. The 100+ comments all expressed the same sentiment. Spending money to make people upset is not good business.
  8. 4 points
  9. 4 points
  10. 4 points
    Holy moly that's old. Like 7+ years old. Prior to LTE. Who's pushing this as new??? Robert
  11. 3 points
    New update just pushed out.. no changes from yesterday's release other than the version number, necessary because otherwise beta users would end up getting the public release that went out today. I know some people like having the "Diagnostic Mode" screen that is exclusive to the beta version. Thanks for all of your help! -Mike
  12. 3 points
    There will be an auction where you bid to provide such broadband for the lowest price. Maybe Sprint can bid in that auction to help defray some of their rural expansion costs.
  13. 3 points
    B41 is now live in Bolivar! The B41 footprint expansion is happening! Keep your eyes peeled, even in places you may not expect. Also on Highway 13, B41 is live in Collins, Lowry City, and Clinton. Those are the KS market, but more evidence of B41 expansion. Sent from my LG G6
  14. 3 points
    FCC supposedly gonna help fund network expansion into rural areas.. https://www.androidauthority.com/fcc-billions-for-10-mbps-lte-rural-areas-840043/
  15. 3 points
    I got a magic box for my workplace because of similar obstruction issues. It worked well until the macro became more congested and Sprint peeps at work found out the LTE signal at work improved. Sometimes there's issues during breaks, but it otherwise does the job okay for things like audio streaming. Battery life improved a lot which was a huge plus.
  16. 3 points
    Janesville, WI. Faster than Verizon/T-mobile here
  17. 3 points
    That is what you are looking for. https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8915542,-87.6177293,3a,37.3y,217.09h,110.03t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1szlTWckf2NeOG11Y-Kuah0Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Or a few blocks over https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8925985,-87.6187761,3a,61.7y,30.12h,118.72t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1syTkfZJXcuqxInWygbjfZUg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  18. 3 points
    While Sprint has issued debt basically to payoff debt (and they'll continue to do it as long as they aren't turning a profit, 10 years running now), I highly doubt that is the case here. They actually retired debt early last quarter. Additionally, Sprint currently has enough cash on hand to cover their debt maturities through fiscal year 2018 (3/31/18). What they're likely doing (and what they said they'd be doing on the last earnings call) is building up money for the increase in CapEx.
  19. 3 points
    As my dad would’ve said, Son.... Bulls__t walks and Money talks!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. 3 points
    Alright guys. Great news. I am at Whole Foods for lunch and I usually have full LTE here at Academy ans Wyoming. I only had two bars on my iPhone so I checked. I am connected to Band 41. Earfcn 39874 first sighting north of the uptown area for the northeast heights. Great news.
  21. 3 points
    Great write-up by Dr. Saw on the difference that HPUE makes for Network Coverage and Speed: http://newsroom.sprint.com/new-hpue-report.htm?linkId=48356122
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
    Alltel was a very healthy company financially with very low debt that would have complemented Sprint's coverage. Alltel had approached Sprint repeatedly about a merger but Forsee was totally blind. Alltel finally gave up and sold itself to a hedge fund that used Alltel's borrowing ability to borrow the money for the buyout. So Alltel was heavy leveraged after the buyout but not before. Sprint was in perfect position to merge with them before the hedge fund buyout.
  24. 2 points
    If they plan on a million+ of MB they need to do something like this with the sectors.
  25. 2 points
    The american tax payer is going to help fund rural expansion. The FCC has no money of it's own.
  26. 2 points
    Already added to the beta of SCP today [emoji3] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  27. 2 points
  28. 2 points
    Ah ok gotcha. Carriers always try to be somewhat vague when it comes to this stuff, same like the car industry (granted nowhere near as bad as car industry) But I could see people getting lured in by this without even qualifying and end up with something else, which is somewhat the advertisers intent. Not entirely malicious but not 100% kosher and somewhat annoying.
  29. 2 points
  30. 2 points
    Well Samsung is rolling out a new update, CRB7 so guess we still have a long wait since I'm sure Sprint will need to do their testing and add the bloatware... This may be my last Samsung phone, this long for an update that was released more than half a year ago and still waiting.
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    That's basically peanuts. Maybe enough for protection sites. I still think that their best best is to be acquired. This payTV side lost another 121K customers. Their SlingTV is doing great however.
  33. 2 points
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  35. 2 points
    For the most part I had only seen mini macros. Only exclusion has been down town and uptown sites. I don’t have time today but I’m pretty sure which site/sectors cover that store. I ran ran a test and I got 76 down.
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    I love how much more active Sprint has been on Social Media; Dr. Saw and Craig-S especially!
  38. 2 points
    I imagine it takes time for this information to flow across teams. I’m not sure what the lead time is for generating the Coverage Map updates, but perhaps that has something to do with it. If you’re aware of specific sites that are missing, you should mention it in a reply to /u/Craig-S (https://www.reddit.com/user/Craig-S) on the Sprint Subreddit in this current Coverage Map thread: /u/Craig-S is one of the people in charge of Sprint’s Coverage Map, and he’s participating in this thread. He also said about a month ago in an older Coverage Map thread that they were reviewing all of their processes:
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    See a new site outside of Macon, GA too, on 129 to the southeast.
  41. 2 points
    Looks like there might be a couple new sites online in Utah. Also, appears to be a new B41 protection site in Coffeyville, KS, and a clear conversion in Miami, OK.
  42. 2 points
    2 permits for small cells have surfaced in the last week in Springfield, and we have found small cells in Central Missouri and in St. Louis! Keep your eye peeled and report anything you find!
  43. 1 point
    New beta just released a short time ago. Minor update, making sure it's good for public release soon! -Mike
  44. 1 point
    Yes, you can. Many folks have multiple MB's.
  45. 1 point
    Wow, that's almost the lowest frequency possible. Anything below 2496 MHz is something else entirely. Cleveland had a WiMAX carrier on 2508.5MHz, but the channel was only 10MHz wide.
  46. 1 point
    Nope. Take a look here to get a better look at what Sprint Airharmony small cells look like...
  47. 1 point
    That's B41 only from the Protection Site. The roaming pseudo native is from Golden West Wireless.
  48. 1 point
    It seems like Sprint has finally decided to roll out band 41 around Macon and Warner Robins; so far there are band 41 deployments on 3 existing sites in Macon and 1 in Warner Robins beyond the replacements for the old WiMax protection sites that went live a few months ago. For some reason, Sprint has also put band 41 mini-macros on the tower right by the intersection of US 23 and SR 18 near the Plant Scherer power station east of Forsyth... basically the middle of nowhere. All I can figure is they changed the tilt of the antennas to get some more range on band 25 and figured they'd need to fill in the coverage around the tower as a result.
  49. 1 point
    It must of been a crap update then.
  50. 1 point
    My thoughts? FLIP THE DAMN SWITCH SPRINT! edit: tested just a minute ago, and this is not live in Atlanta, GA