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    We Welcome Our New Magenta Overlords?

    I do not welcome any part of this. I don't think T-Mobile really cares about doing anything they say they care about. I have seen how truly bad their network is in the ways that matter for essential communication, and I want nothing to do with it. Say what you want about Verizon, but the one thing they have in common with Sprint is that they have historically built out a solid network before trying to make it extremely fast. I don't care about 50 Mbps to my phone. I care about calls that don't get disconnected constantly. I care about that stock trade getting through when I send it, even if carried by EVDO, because EVDO still gets it through. Sprint's "Outdoor coverage" maps might seem exaggerated to some, but T-Mobile's maps are a complete joke. Maybe Michigan is a bubble, the only state where this is true, but it really is very true here. T-Mobile is the network of dropped and undelivered calls, mysterious disconnection, and "call failed" error messages. If this goes through, look for me at the nearest Verizon store because price to me is absolutely irrelevant. I see two things happening if this merger goes through: 1: Sprint spectrum is used to bolster capacity at T-Mobile sites, and 2: As much of the current Sprint network as possible goes away, even if it means losing sites that would provide valuable fill-in density. I saw the latter happen with Sprint and Nextel, after they insisted that all Nextel sites that could serve to increase Sprint coverage would be used. Similarly, there were locations T-Mobile could have used MetroPCS locations to improve their own coverage but didn't, even where it left holes in their network.
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    Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Poll

    I'm watching Verizon promotions now. I will have nothing to do with any company under the management of those who currently operate the present-day T-Mobile. I think the company is shady, dishonest, and worse. As a Sprint user since 2003, I hope this merger sinks.
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Spectrum disorder
  4. There are sites around me that look like they should have 6 carriers on them. I don't get it either. What's the best way (other than physically approaching it) to determine what carriers are on what structures?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If it happens, I am going to Verizon. T-Mobile has always been very shady in my eyes. I have yet to see a case where their coverage matches Sprint's in a major area, regardless of maps and fanboys. Data speeds are all fine and good, but you don't really need insane speeds to a mobile device most of the time. 10 Mbps is more than adequate, and I get much more than that on Sprint as it is.
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    The Magic Box 6 months later

    Airave 3 isn't a magic box, though. It requires an internet connection. I don't even know if the ethernet ports work on the version of the magic box that had them.
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    The Magic Box 6 months later

    Voice over data is still data. There are still devices that don't support it, so the magic box should support voice. I'm really annoyed that all of the fill-in coverage around me is just LTE, leaving plenty of small spots where CDMA is weak. Like it or not, LTE is not going to match CDMA anytime soon for voice performance. It still doesn't on Verizon, it won't on Sprint. Maybe in a few years with a lot of density improvement, yes, but right now, no.
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    The Magic Box 6 months later

    I would just be happy with one that did voice.
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    Pixel Gets Android Oreo 8.1

    Nexus 6P just got this update too.
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    [PSA] Generation "3" Magic Box has arrived!

    Call the normal 888-211-4727. If you don't get anywhere, email booster@sprint.com.
  11. Now that the IBEZ issues have cleared up, what form will the retrofit take? Will they just add the 800MHz radio with its own antenna or will it entail removal and replacement of all of the existing 1900MHz-only antenna hardware and then adding the 800 radio? We do have a number of higher capacity sites with twin PCS setups, so those seem to have a straightforward answer. I live in Michigan, where most of the state is PC only. This even includes a couple of brand new sites that I have inspected. It seems extremely short sighted to install all of these goofy PCS antennas, only to replace them shortly. I suppose it is possible that they will install the dual band antenna with its own two radios at every site, leaving the existing PCS antenna and its radio installed and functioning. This would be good from the standpoint of redundancy and signal range due to radio limitations. Unfortunately, it would also make too much sense for a major cellular carrier to consider it. There is also the issue of the situations in which the PCS hardware, due to its compactness, is simply lashed directly to the tower mast. This would need to be replaced by dual band setups, if they even fit at all. Just a few thoughts.
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    Phone restarting

    Hey I am writing this from my replacement 6P, which I think is a different hardware version than my original. Anyone want to confirm?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I will generally agree with this, though in my area, T-Mobile has a lot more odd dead zones. I rack up sometimes several thousand minutes on air per month. I talk to someone for about an hour and a half a day on her way to and from work, and it drops on her end at least three times if she goes one way, and at least four another way. This is right through my area, which is a very well-off place where people have nice phones, so phone companies make a lot of money. We can start with a mile long mostly-dead zone in the middle of Oxford, continuing into the Orion Township border. Next are two spots in Bloomfield Hills, and lastly one in Southfield. This is ignoring countless spots with brief fading. I can make that same drive with zero issues. This is obviously not an exhaustive comparison, as not all networks have hardware in the same places, but it's a recurring theme around here when comparing T-Mobile and Sprint. T-Mobile also has a lot more data outages than Sprint does.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    They are on par only in their own eyes. AT&T is not nearly on par with Verizon coverage wise, especially geographically, and even further behind in consistency of coverage (swiss cheese). T-Mobile won't be on par with either one in the near future. They both have more than enough money to get ahead without breaking a sweat if T-Mobile starts to get anywhere close.
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Nouveau Riche
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    Pixel 2 XL Preview/User Thread

    Bought from Worst Buy.
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    Pixel 2 XL Preview/User Thread

    My 6P took a crap. I literally took it and my Thinkpad into a friend's restaurant's walk-in freezer and sit there for half an hour in a winter jacket in (-10 F temperature) to keep it operating in order to get my data off. No repair or warranty replacement in sight for my $450 paperweight that broke after 7 months, despite it being in perfect exterior condition. Huawei and Google are being sued now over this (common) malfunction.
  18. I am guessing that you're talking about the site I was talking about earlier, the tall guyed tower north of the river, kind of between Second and the river. Sending message with contact details. I have a couple of people at my limited disposal, both Sprint and Ericsson. They don't work for me, but have been happy to help me so far. Call or text next time. Worst case, maybe meet up for a wine or something. Wife, girlfriend, whatever invited. It's interesting to meet people from the internets to work on real world problems sometimes.
  19. Exactly where is this bridge site? Are you talking about the Home Depot on Avon? That place is a pit for cell service.
  20. How the hell did I not notice that? Well, I guess that's what I get for reading online when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep.
  21. It has a Sprint site on it. A good friend of mine owns a restaurant there at forth and main and I noticed I get extremely strong (better than -90) LTE on 2500 when I am in his office. The office is in the back of the building and has a large window facing right toward that tower. I have actually personally examined this site and can guarantee with zero doubt that it is a Sprint site, in fact, I was one (the one or one of the ones) who submitted it here as being a conversion in progress a couple of years ago. Site ID on the electric meter is SPRINT PCS DE60XC067. If you're a sponsor, you should be able to look that up on the map. I'm on my phone now, so I can't do it easily. I guess it's possible that it's retired, but the full S4GRU map won't load without crashing my browser here.
  22. There are no new Galaxy S3s. It's a four to five year old device. Great model in most ways, though. SVDO is very impressive.
  23. Tienken and Rochester is in the back corner of the shopping center, right where Orion Ct. comes into the parking lot from Orion Rd. It's a really busy looking self-supporting tower, with so much stuff on it that there is cable run on the entire exterior of the structure, in addition to the cabling in the inside. There's also a site along the south side of the Clinton River Trail that is a narrow but very tall guyed mast tower, which also mounts lots of microwave hardware. You might actually get a better signal from this site in a lot of places that are much closer to the tower in the shopping center parking lot. I live off of Baldwin Rd. just north of the donut at Indianwood. My normal site is next to the Odyssey Industries factory on Indianwood, but I have been picking up the site on Oxford Rd. next to the storage complex and sort of behind the Meijer store on M24. I have been picking up 800MHz CDMA from that site frequently over the last few months, though am grabbing 1x 1900 from there at curiously strong signal levels (between -96 and -91). I also get the site on Seymour Lake every now and then. Despite being less than a mile from the site on Indianwood, my signal levels from that site are pretty bad lately, almost never exceeding -95 in my house.
  24. Interesting. Verizon speeds suck fluorescently in a couple of areas near me that have those units installed, yet Tmobile's have improved significantly. Got any pictures or info about Tmobile's small cell setup?
  25. I was in the Rochester area for quite a while yesterday (16th). What side of town was this? What time did it happen? Is this an area you frequently visit? I am all over the place as part of my work, so I frequently notice a lot of network "evolution" pretty quickly.