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  1. 6 points
    Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates September 28, 2017 - 2:30 PM PDT [Edit: 4/6/18: Reflects Airave 3 discontinuation] It has been 6 months since I first learned of and received access to what is now called the GEN1 Magic Box. I wrote up my thoughts about it a few months back. Sprint has now evolved to a GEN 2 Magic Box model. These units are being distributed to customers who preordered after Sprint's announcements. I've now acquired a GEN2 Magic Box myself. Upon opening the package, the most immediate and noticeable difference between the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Magic Box is the absence of an external portable battery. This was useful to lug the Magic Box around and test different locations in order to select the best spot for unit placement. On the surface this may appear to be a way to decrease unit costs. This may be true, but the Gen 2 model contains two CR18650 rechargeable lithium batteries integrated inside of the package for the same purpose. No more using a dongle and a hefty battery pack that could be easily lost! [2nd Generation Magic Box white colored on left, 1st Generation Magic Box black colored on right[ Along with the new internal guts, the external aesthetics and materials were also modified. The Gen 1 model had a super bright LCD display with a black front surrounding by white plastic. The new Gen 2 model has an eInk display with a touch power button below it on the front with the entire exterior being a reflective polished hard plastic. What didn't change is the GEN2 is still an all wireless small cell with no requirement of hard wired backhaul supplied by the user. It still uses LTE UE Relay to acquire an existing Band 25 1900 MHz or Band 41 2500 MHz connection from an existing donor site, which is then fed to the small cell unit and broadcasted as a new LTE Band 41 2500 MHz carrier. The LTE Relay unit supports up to 2 carrier aggregation on Band 41 to the macro donor site. Now to the meaty parts. The performance. Let these screenshots tell the story. Before After [Apps used: Network Signal Guru, Signalcheck Pro, Ookla Speedtest] The extremely significant data speed and signal improvements that were experienced by the original Magic Box still exist with the 2nd generation unit. The GEN2 matches and exceeds the performance of my original Magic Box, especially in the upload category. This is due to the newer LTE Relay module design which utilizes a higher gain antenna. A very satisfactory model upgrade. It upholds the positive impressions I outlined in my original article. These units just can't come out fast enough so that more people can enjoy it! The Magic Box is not a panacea, but is a very good solution in many locations. Now that thousands of these preordered boxes are hitting the streets in countless different deployment scenarios, lots of limitations and bugs are being discovered. With varying impacts. The Magic Box doesn't work for everyone everywhere due to the very nature of its all wireless design. In most places, it works as advertised. Just power up and let it rip. In a few locations there is something lacking which causes units to not fully configure. This results in errors such as the infamous "20% initialization" or "cannot connect to mobile network" screens that pop up. We researched, asked questions and were informed that Sprint's LTE Relay configuration is of the out of band variety. This means that the LTE UE Relay operation and the small cell eNB signal has to operate on different frequencies. So in Sprint's case, a market must have Band 41 High and Low separation in order for a LTE Relay to work. Thus, Sprint must have spectrum in the Band 41 low range (2500-2570 MHz) and the Band 41 high range (2620-2690). If a Sprint market does not have said spectrum with such a separation, the relay link cannot be established and the Magic Box will not work. In markets where such spectrum peculiarities exist and areas where the macro 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz RF signal is not strong enough to establish a LTE Relay backhaul connection for the Magic Box, there exists other alternatives available from Sprint. These alternatives are the Airave 3 LTE and Commscope S1000 NSC which will be offered to subscribers who do not qualify for a Magic Box or in a location where the Magic Box does not work. The subscriber will require a home broadband connection in those instances. (Left: Airave 3 LTE, Right: S1000 NSC; credit: ingenium & pwnedkiller) The Airave 3 LTE is the traditional CDMA + LTE Band 41 + WiFi femto cell. It is the successor the Airaves of old. The Commscope S1000 NSC is a LTE Band 41 + WiFi only femto cell which is in essence the Airave 3 minus the CDMA capabilities. If a subscriber desires voice and data enhancement then the Airave 3 should be what the subscriber seeks. If the subscriber does not need voice enhancement due to sufficient macro voice coverage but need 4G LTE data enhancement, then the S1000 NSC would be a better fit. There is a solution for just about everyone now. There now exists an all wireless self configuring LTE small cell, a state of the art and award winning LTE small cell, and which when paired with a CDMA module produces the newest successor in the Airave family. All of which will bring extreme improvements that Sprint subscribers can realize instantly. The densification of Sprint's network is now beginning and it all begins with one quite magic(al) box. Album of the Magic Box
  2. 3 points
    There's no map, but we do know that Sprint doesn't allow AT&T LTE roaming inside most major markets and the counties surrounding them. Sprint handsets just won't connect to AT&T in cities such as New York, Dallas, or LA. With Connecticut being so small, chances are that your county is too close to Hartford. You'll probably have to drive North into Vermont before you see any AT&T.
  3. 3 points
    On most plans you will get cut off after 100mb. My brother on the way to New Mexico encountered roaming and managed to use 100mb and was cut off.
  4. 3 points
    Actually, went to a fair today that had a Verizon COW set up i believe. I roamed on it much of the time while there. Sent some traffic through and my roaming totals did update from that traffic so USCC roaming, not counted (even in native coverage totals for some reason). Verizon roaming IS counted.
  5. 2 points
    Verizon needs some help with their discounts system! I thought this was too funny not to post.
  6. 2 points
    No way they will do half off this phone (phone is over $900 retail) without some sort of clause, keep in mind that Sprint's version is the Plus model with 128GB of memory. On flex lease plan, you lease for first 18 months, (also have option to pay an additional $5 for 12 month early upgrade) then you can either pay the remaining balance of the finance price, or pay an additional 6 months and keep the device. It really is best of both worlds. *EDIT* One other option is to wait on Best buy to start selling the device, they almost always have some sort of discount , plus they do the normal 24 month finance, and on top of that they're insurance is 2 bucks cheaper than Asurion every month, and includes Lost/Stolen plus you would not have to wait, walk into the store and they will supply you with a brand new replacement on the spot.
  7. 2 points
    FINALLY! Official info... http://newsroom.sprint.com/lg-v30-arrives-in-sprint-stores-on-oct-13-lease-one-get-one-on-us-just-38-per-month-for-two.htm
  8. 2 points
    I had some bumps at first with my MB but now it seems as though it has settled on the network. My speeds do vary though. i get anywhere from 14 down to 60 down. Either way, its a vast improvement from getting 10x10 b25 in my apartment. Best part this box didn't even impact my electric bill but by a few cents.
  9. 2 points
    Nope still nothing. The first time I went up to Wausau was almost 1.5 weeks ago with LTE roaming, and now it's been over 24 hours since I was last on LTE roaming and still at 0. Both after using Cellcom and U.S. Cellular roaming data. Tomorrow we're headed down to Prarie Du Chien and will be roaming from La Crosse until we get there. I'll recreate the experience again and see what I roam on... but still looking very promising as long as I stay off of Verizon!
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  11. 1 point
    Right after an announcement? Not likely. The FCC, FTC, and DOJ would have a field day. Soon after a consent order? Okay. AJ
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  14. 1 point
    They probably cover 18 month's worth of payments, wouldn't make sense to give you one 100% free and not the other, so you'd be on the hook for 6 more months of payments if you decide to keep it. But you should probably confirm directly with Sprint to be on the safe side.
  15. 1 point
    Where you part of the Motorola Network something something? I cant recall the correct/exact name.
  16. 1 point
    October 13th launch
  17. 1 point
    I was on the Test Drive on Nougat all summer, using my device as Wifi only with a cracked screen. Battery life isn't as great marshmellow, but still acceptable. I've been using the phone as my daily driver for a week now and its preformed very well. Only real issue I have is BT seems to break up more easily than my Nexus 6P. I have to keep the phone on my left side if its in a pocket or the audio gets choppy.
  18. 1 point
    I'm waiting for the steep discount...
  19. 1 point
    This is beginning to sound really promising. I’ll see if I can drive out into US Cellular territory in the coming weeks and duplicate your experiences!
  20. 1 point
    same here. although ive had like half a megabyte get added to my roaming totals for some reason. dont know if it was a quick jump onto verizon at some point or something but ive done like 2 gigs this month in testing and nothings been tracked. i dont like to push it so i will probably lay off for a bit.
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  22. 1 point
    100% for the merger. A friend of mine seems to love his combined coverage with Google Fi. Also, hello everyone it has been a year and a half since I posted here.
  23. 1 point
    http://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-magic-box-takes-flight.htm A flying Magic Box... That’s pretty neat!