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  1. 22 points
    Couldn't help myself. Got to work today and went to put my lunch in the fridge. I noticed the microwave, did a double-take, then took this picture: I sent it to my wife with a note, "We must have good reception on the microwave today. 4 bars." I'll show myself out. - Trip
  2. 10 points
    I'll add my MagicBox experience, recieved my MagicBox today and followed the simple directions and setup. Now my Sprint service was never bad or terrible but more on the side of fair to good seeing 800/1900 LTE indoors and 2500 LTE on the south side of my house if I was outside with speeds ranging from 5Mbps to 20Mbps depending on the time of day. So after finding a place to put this box of awesomeness where my OCD self thought it looked ideal and in optimal conditions plugged it in where it would finally rest, after all the configuration it decided on B41 (Band 41 High 2628000) instead of B25. My initial thoughts on the MagicBox is the range! Coming home my phone jumped on the MB over a block away! What I am kind of meh on is the speed seeing 10 to 20Mbps but the user count is 7 according to the MB so 5 other neighbors around me are hitting the MB as well. As far as topography my house sits the highest in our hilly neighborhood and I know 2.5 was non existent on the north facing side of the house which the MB filled quite nicely, add 7 other happy Sprint customers. Note: When I left after setting up the MB the CINR was around 2.3 dB upon checking the screen 6 hours later it has climbed up to 7.2 dB. So it seems this little box is still optimizing itself. Update: CINR is now up to 8.6 dB.
  3. 10 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. 9 points
    Coming next: "Announcing Magic Box 5.0 - in addition to improved reception, it's a combination hookah and coffee maker! It slices, dices, and makes julienne fries!"
  5. 8 points
    As someone who could benefit from a Sprint/Charter relationship, I can get behind this! We need all of the small cells, strand mounts and backhaul we can get in NC/SC to fill in the very many gaps that exist on the Sprint network here.
  6. 8 points
    I knew they were coming out with a new magic box, but i never would have thought.
  7. 8 points
    BIG news today from @FCC could help cut extreme costs & long delays for @Sprint Next-Gen Network deployment. Thanks to @BrendanCarrFCC @AjitPaiFCC for leadership. #5G #5Gready https://t.co/VaWbPU8Hyk https://t.co/ffD3smqf9I Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  8. 8 points
    Sprint Unveils Six 5G-Ready Cities; Significant Milestone Toward Launching First 5G Mobile Network in the U.S. It’s happening!
  9. 8 points
    New Microcell Found In Rockford IL. Location = https://goo.gl/maps/uAtzZ2yLzR22
  10. 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
  11. 7 points
    Well, I did it. I ordered an iPhone X from Best Buy this afternoon. I'll have it by Friday. I'm excited.
  12. 7 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
  13. 7 points
    ****************************** Edit: As of March 7 or so, my Magic Box is no longer working in Lincoln. I did a reset or factory reset on it and it will no longer boot up completely to work. ***************************** 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.
  14. 6 points
  15. 6 points
    Although it's been years, I once returned an AT&T device to a store that then went lost and they claimed that I never turned it in. They they tried to charge me. It was a nightmare beyond all reason. If they say you need to return it via RMA, do it that way. Even if you get a store to accept it, if it goes missing somehow, it will be a nightmare to get it worked out. I all but guarantee it.
  16. 6 points
    Ordered a Sprint Magic Box a few weeks ago for my parents vacation cabin in Idyllwild, CA. Cabin sits just barely outside of LTE range (even in outdoors). Not going to lie, I was very skeptical of this magic box, after about 20-30 minutes, followed by toggling on and off airplane mode, & PRL update and I was very happy with the after results. Download speed has increased 25 fold & upload speed has increased 5 fold. I placed the unit inside the detached wooden garage and thus far, it's working great! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 6 points
  18. 6 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
  19. 6 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.
  20. 6 points
  21. 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.
  22. 5 points
  23. 5 points
    Here comes Capex! http://investors.sprint.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release-details/2018/Sprint-Corporation-Announces-Private-Placement-Offering-of-Wireless-Spectrum-Backed-Notes/default.aspx ”...up to $3,937,500,000 of wireless spectrum-backed notes in two tranches”
  24. 5 points
    New CFO Michel Combs just did his first conference Q&A with Deutsche Bank, only caught the tail end of it. He mentioned 6B CapEx for next 2 to 3 years, making triband on every site and 5G main priority.
  25. 5 points
    Sprint’s Massive MIMO deployment (and 5G launch in the first half of 2019 based on Marcelo’s recent Tweet: https://twitter.com/marceloclaure/status/970816490155970560) could make a huge difference for performance in Super Bowl cities in: 2019: Atlanta, GA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_LIII 2020: Miami Gardens, FL: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_LIV) 2021: Tampa, FL: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_LV) 2022: Los Angeles, CA: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_LVI) Perhaps the 800 MHz rebanding will be done by then!
  26. 5 points
    Sprint in internal communications directly instructs their stores to not accept Magic Box returns on location and directs them to contact sprint customer support to obtain Rma kits. Sprint store employees are definitively not trained nor equipped to handle anything related to magic boxes and to recommend it as a fact will lead to headaches beyond comprehension. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  27. 5 points
  28. 5 points
    Got this email the other day after requesting one for my dad's location in the summer sometime. Pretty slick email, click the "Send it my way" button, and the confirmation page just says "The Magic Box is on the way". I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't some complicated log-in to website, then re-navigate back to where the MB information might be, etc. Simple....from Sprint....is this the future??
  29. 5 points
    Neville Ray has always dismissed Sprint 2.5ghz portfolio, but deep down he knows is a game changer. He always says how can you deploy a nationwide 2.5ghz network, but you can ask the same question how can you rollout a nationwide network on MMwave Spectrum.
  30. 5 points
    4x4 + 2x2 + 2x2 + 2x2 + 2x2 w/ 256 qam on 20 mhz carriers rounds out to little over 1 gb.
  31. 5 points
    Mobilitie SD90XS130Ahttps://opendsd.sandiego.gov/Web/Approvals/Details/1965735
  32. 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.
  33. 4 points
    They could pass AT&T in a day if they would just turn on 4x4MIMO and 256QAM... 🙃🙃🙃
  34. 4 points
    My favorite part of that video was the guy holding the piece of glass and using it like a phone.
  35. 4 points
  36. 4 points
    I'll try and keep this as updated as possible as information becomes available. Maybe i'll find one time to do one for all of Sprints devices eventually...
  37. 4 points
    Yes. Mostly. Yes. Gmos all getting 4G with many now getting triband. Also live volte testing around Fresno. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  38. 4 points
    Which note, the one about the microwave? Yeah, that's working in government. - Trip
  39. 4 points
  40. 4 points
  41. 4 points
    I'm hoping for the best but I'm still very much a skeptic when it comes to Sprint. They are talking so much about 5G and they have not mastered 4G LTE yet. I hope they know what they are doing this time around. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  42. 4 points
    They better not. The remaining 3G footprint needs LTE. Sprint still has the largest areas without LTE. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  43. 4 points
    Update rolling out today. February patch.
  44. 4 points
  45. 4 points
  46. 4 points
    30-40 megs. The dead zone in Woodman's has been fixed. In the store it was more like 10-15megs. Much Better then no service or 3G.
  47. 4 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
  48. 4 points
    Already added to the beta of SCP today [emoji3] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  49. 4 points
    FCC supposedly gonna help fund network expansion into rural areas.. https://www.androidauthority.com/fcc-billions-for-10-mbps-lte-rural-areas-840043/
  50. 4 points