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  1. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Eh, hold the phone. Not present tense. Future tense. That network sharing agreement is nascent, announced just this year. In the past, Bell and Telus were east and west, exclusively and respectively, with reciprocal roaming agreements. Then, following additional Industry Canada auctions, Bell acquired spectrum in at least Vancouver and built out its own network, likewise, Telus in Toronto, Montreal, etc. Only now is that overbuilding competition getting undone. AJ
  2. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Correct on the first count. But, no, I am not wearing pants. AJ
  3. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    That is part of it. VoLTE is a telephone voice service, just like the circuit switched voice that it supplements or replaces. No amount of misunderstanding or hoping is going to change that telephone voice services rightly have to jump through regulatory hoops that data services do not. AJ
  4. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Did you also just find out that the Tooth Fairy is not real and the Moon is not made of green cheese? AJ
  5. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Nobody wants the 1.4 MHz FDD carrier. Nobody, not users, not operators. On its own, the 1.4 MHz FDD carrier is too small bandwidth. In carrier aggregation, it is a waste of a limited number of carriers. No, 1.4 MHz FDD was a token, stopgap measure for 2010, not 2020. Too often, people erroneously seem to think that the FCC OET does RF testing. Nope. The FCC OET is a clearinghouse. OEMs and certified labs do the RF testing. Unless VoLTE testing already is in the bank but not submitted, additional rounds of RF testing are required. And if OEMs -- on their own or at the behest of providers -- do not decide that going back and getting authorizations for older devices is worth the time and money, then those devices will not do VoLTE. AJ
  6. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Eh, VoLTE is a hardware feature in that it requires FCC OET authorization. If a handset has not been lab tested and authorized for VoLTE in the FCC OET, then it ain't getting VoLTE. Bar none. And if the CDMA1X 800 carrier were shut down prematurely because of a merger with pink poop, that would be a damn shame. It would favor "No Service" over fallback reliability. And rebanded SMR 800 MHz spectrum that practically is made for a band class 10 carrier would go to waste, not useful for anything else. AJ
  7. LG V30

    Well, carrier aggregation falls squarely under the umbrella of "RF capabilities." Maybe you are referring to other aspects of RF performance. But no one, to my knowledge, has written up any RF analysis. Rather, just someone in the peanut gallery says that the "RF in the Pixel 2 XL is really a turn off," and several of you blindly nod in accordance. AJ
  8. LG V30

    Bemoaning that 3x CA is not 4x CA is like complaining that your 12 inch penis is not a 16 inch penis. Nobody needs 4x CA. Your e-penis already is big enough. AJ
  9. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    VZW, AT&T, and T-Mobile do not have nationwide 20 MHz FDD. In many markets, one, two, or all three lack the contiguous spectrum to deploy 20 MHz FDD. AJ
  10. No. But there is an Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Close enough on both counts. AJ
  11. Pixel 2 XL Preview/User Thread

    https://blog.google/products/project-fi/device-setup-esim/ SIM cards are overrated -- and undersized. Hasta la vista. AJ
  12. Pixel 2 XL Preview/User Thread

    Pixel has been a paradigm shift. While Nexus was priced squarely at the mid range, Pixel is aimed at the high end flagship. Some surmised that to compete with the mind share held by Apple and Samsung, Google should raise its prices to a premium, as the buying public associates price with quality, status, etc. And that seems to have borne out last year and particularly this year. AJ
  13. Pixel 2 XL Preview/User Thread

    Ordered. Pixel 2 XL. Black. 64 GB. AJ
  14. But not prior. Because once any ill fated merger attempt inevitably and rightly were to fall apart, putting the toothpaste back in the tube would be difficult. AJ
  15. Right after an announcement? Not likely. The FCC, FTC, and DOJ would have a field day. Soon after a consent order? Okay. AJ