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  1. Neat stuff. Do you have wifi calling turned on in settings? Settings > Cellular > Wi-Fi calling ? Just trying to find out what settings have to be on to possibly get this to work.
  2. iPhone 8, 8+, X announced

    Early adopter here. I am one week into having the X in my hand, and it now feels odd to use my ipad and ipad mini with the home button. Using the gestures with the X took a few days of getting used to, but I'm glad I went this direction.
  3. Magic Box. Per a call with MB Support about a month ago, they told me that to see if I was connected to a MB, to look for a PCI in the 500's. Edit: Sorry - I saw others mentioned above that 502 is likely a MB.
  4. Mobilitie Sites

    Whoa. That is awesome.
  5. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Why would you want to do that with your own magic box that is designed to sit in a window of your house?
  6. [Discontinued] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    This news makes me smile. LETS GO SPRINT.
  7. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Mine did the same thing and Sprint did the same... they replaced the entire unit. However, I actually found that the power supply itself may not have died. When my replacement MB came, I tried plugging the new power supply into the old MB, and it never did come up... even after being connected to power for a solid 2 hours. Maybe the power supply went out and also killed the original MB? Odd stuff. Good luck with the replacement!
  8. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Thats sort of my point. The control is supposed to be handled by Sprint. There has to be a reason that its not handing back to the MB correctly, but apparently nobody in MB Support is able to figure it out. *shrug* So I guess i wait.
  9. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Maybe potentially related iPhones.
  10. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Our iphones still seem to prefer to initially connect to the Macro network. If I go to my basement and cycle airplane mode with the phone in a place where it only gets weak B26, the phone will nearly immediately hop onto the MB, and stay latched on until I go out of range (almost 1/2 a block!) But unless I do that, our phones almost always stick in the macro network. :-/ Hoping that at some point, a software fix is pushed (to either the phones or on the network side) that will make connecting to the MB a bit more preferred. Example, if I am at home and connected to the MB, my phone immediately grabs the MACRO when the MB is out of range. I would have thought that upon return home (or within some reasonable about of time for scanning) the phone would get handed back off to the MB. MUCH stronger signal strength (1-2 'bars' of B25 on the Macro vs full bars of B41 on the Magic Box, ) so I'm not really sure at what point in time our phones should shift to the Magic Box. We have been through 3 of the Magic Boxes, and each one acts like this. MB Support seems to want to help at a high level, but the problem still hasnt been fixed. Just dealing with it for now and hoping a future software update fixes things.
  11. [Discontinued] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Existing sites have all been upgraded, but the network around here was not designed to blanket LTE. I recognize that the coverage maps often indicate that coverage is acceptable, but that just isn't the case. Attaching a pic below that has a blue square. Illinois Route 47. Its not an interstate, but still a busy state highway. This is an area where placement of one additional tower would ensure contiguous LTE coverage from Dwight down through Forrest. It is equally as bad as you travel farther south on Route 47 south of Forrest. Phones hang onto LTE for dear life, but drop down to 1x and 3g as the town of Strawn is approached. From Strawn south nearly all the way to Gibson City is 3G or 1x. Site spacing is great for 1x voice coverage, but its just not there for full-time LTE coverage (no matter which band is being discussed.) Every time I'm in one of these areas, I'm reporting the issues in the Sprint Zone. At one point in time Sprint was working with Illinois Valley Cellular through the Rural Roaming Partner deal - but I have yet to see any indication of connecting to IVC Equipment. The partnership started in 2014, and it is now nearing the end of 2017, and I am fairly confident that IVC has not held up their end of the deal in moving their network to LTE. All of that being said, it is not a big deal at this moment. It will be a big deal at the point in time that a decision is made to shutter CDMA, if the holes are not fixed. edit: relevant to this thread - even a Sprint/Tmo merger would not fix this problem without filling in gaps.
  12. [Discontinued] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I live in a market where nearly every location has 10X10 B25. Its great to have, but there are still long swaths of highway that is non-LTE. There is gonna need to be a whoooooole lotta densification before cdma can be sunset.
  13. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Cant remember if I read it here or on reddit, but someone mentioned that the wifi portion of it could be activated remotely via Sprint. I'm still not quite sure I understand the need to have a wifi module on these things. :shrug: I guess maybe if the unit is failing to connect to relay - then at least Sprint has some way to get 'into' the unit. Seems like it would have benefited them more to simply plop an ethernet jack that would allow direct access to the unit? I dunno. My head is all over the place this morning.
  14. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Seems really odd to change it up - especially if all other ratings are the same.
  15. Apple Watch Poor LTE Performance

    Well... I pulled the trigger yesterday. Walked into Target with my family and noticed an LTE Apple Watch on display. Went to the glass cabinet where they keep the Apple products under lock and key, and there was a damn 42mm Apple Watch LTE in Space Grey IN STOCK. I had originally wanted the SS version, but they seem to be out of stock until November everywhere, so I decided to go ahead with the Aluminum version. Got it all set up yesterday and have had no major issues. The sign up with Sprint (to get it added to our account) was simple, and I first tested the ‘LTE’ of the Watch this morning. It was both an odd feeling and liberating to leave the house without my phone. Haha.