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  1. Thomas L.

    Sprint Name Change Ideas (With Poll)

    Softbank is an incredibly awful name, especially for a wireless carrier. The only reason it worked in Japan is because neither Soft nor Bank are Japanese words, so it's basically just a name without meaning for them. In my view, neither "soft" nor "bank" are positive qualities for a mobile carrier, and I would kind of balk at it as a consumer.
  2. The major question that jumped out at me from that article was this: is Sprint going to have enough money to participate in the 600mhz auction. I know that Claure (I think it was Claure) indicated they weren't even sure they would participate in the auction because they felt they had a solid spectrum position already, and I wonder if he was trying to prepare people for Sprint not participating because of a lack of money and Softbank having its hands tied do to the "covenant" with Japanese banks that they wouldn't put more money into Sprint.
  3. They certainly shouldn't rebrand yet, because the network really isn't back up to par in so many places. They need to get up to at least T-Mobile's level in all the major metros before they do it - there are too many markets, like LA and San Jose and San Francisco where the network is not up to par.
  4. So it's still the case that MFBI would have to be activated for Sprint to use nTelos LTE? I thought band 25 scanned the G block and then the rest of the PCS band (that makes up band 2) and would connect as long as the device were authorized.
  5. What Sprint should do is combine this plan with the International Value Roaming plan - give you up to 10 gigabytes high speed while roaming in those countries and then throttle to 2G that you would have gotten with the other plan originally. That would be way less confusing and make it more of a real competitor with T-Mobile's Simple Choice North America plans.
  6. This is something I've always been confused about: I thought that if a device supported a superset, it could connect to any bands in that superset, like band 25 can connect to band 2, band 26 can connect to band 5, band 41 can connect to band 38, and that it was if it was the other way around that the network needed MFBI (a band 26 network, if it included band 5 frequencies as well would need to broadcast an MFBI, when sprint moves activates carriers outside of the PCS G block they could activate MFBI so band 2 devices would be able to connect to LTE on non G-block carriers).
  7. Shouldn't band 25 include support for Band 2? Also, WCDMA/HSPA+ which is deployed in most of these countries isn't like EV-DO, I often get 10mbps+ on HSPA+ networks, what suffers is the upload which is usually only around 2mbps, but Sprint flagship phones for years have supported HSPA+.
  8. I love the competition, it makes me so happy. This is in response to T-Mobile's Simple Choice North America plan where usage in Canada and Mexico, including LTE, counts as part of your existing plan's usage.
  9. Thomas L.

    Columbus, 8640. The Age of 10 MHz FDD Discovery.

    Is that what T-Mobile and AT&T have done with their LTE networks to enable carrier aggregation? I was hoping all that "everything can be done with software upgrades" of Network Vision would enable easier upgrades for this sort of thing.
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    Columbus, 8640. The Age of 10 MHz FDD Discovery.

    If there doing this then I wouldn't be at all surprised if we say more CDMA carriers being refarmed to LTE, with future devices supporting Band 25 carrier aggregation the same way T-Mobile does with band 4 carrier aggregation.
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    Columbus, 8640. The Age of 10 MHz FDD Discovery.

    I suspect that it has something to do with all the new people that have been brought in recently after Network Vision 1.0 didn't live up to its promises. I expect we'll see a number of shifts in what is done with the network now that fresh blood has been brought in to try and recover from the issues Sprint has encountered with their original plan.
  12. Hi All, I was looking at T-Mobile's Jump! On Demand as I cannot stand to go 2 years between phones, and I was wondering: does Sprint have anything similar? Thanks all Tommy
  13. The issue is that Softbank uses band 41 (TD-LTE) a lot like Sprint does, it's a high capacity solution while they use THREE other LTE bands in addition(1, 3, 8), none of which Sprint phones support. In addition, at least from my experience with my internationally unlocked LG G2 in China, even if band 41 LTE is available (band 41 LTE is China's main LTE band and it's everywhere in big cities, the number of towers is incredible), the phones won't access it, even with a local SIM. I wouldn't be surprised if the TD-LTE component remains locked down in Sprint phones for use abroad. My ultimate dream is that, someday, Sprint phones will at least support band 3, as it is what LTE runs on in a huge number of countries, but GSM+CDMA+UMTS+FD+LTE+TD-LTE on proprietary frequencies seems to make this impossible, or Sprint just doesn't prioritize international compatibility like other carriers.
  14. I also wonder if it has to do with the fact that the phone is designed to operate on SO many different bands. It would be hard to optimize it for every single band.
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    Network Vision/LTE - LA Metro Market

    Honestly yet another thing to dislike about SB county -_-
  16. I don't know why it's the case, but it's actually pretty accurate for the Los Banos/Merced/Turlock/Modesto area - on the highways interconnecting those cities. Sprint drops out completely in many areas, and I end up roaming on Cricket's legacy CDMA network (which always makes me wince, Cricket coverage but not Sprint) and sometimes Verizon. I don't know if it's site spacing or an issue with antenna optimization or what, but this is one of the areas that could use new sites or Nextel converts.
  17. Jeez, the network, when put like that, seems so... diminutive.
  18. I'm sure it could happen, but it would be damn expensive. You would be paying for network expenses of all four carriers if you wanted seamless roaming of some sort. Something more realistic might be a SIM that gives access to those networks, with an account you add money to and a different per gigabyte price depending on the network you're on and an app to track what you've used on each network, along with being able to prioritize service quality or service cost.
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    CCA/RRPP live date?

    Two things: Is LTE roaming going to be band 12 only? I thought some carriers had band 4 as well. What are the spots of roaming in the central valley in California? was that previous Cricket coverage that is no longer going to be part of it? It would be cool if there were some other to fill in the gaps in between cities in the Central Valley.
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    Network Vision/LTE - SF Bay Market

    Is there any (usable) service there? Is there LTE and it's overloaded or?
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    Network Vision/LTE - SF Bay Market

    Five, being so insanely busy, remains a black hole of coverage for Sprint (and I'll add for T-Mobile). Even AT&T has issues on it at some point. I don't understand how they can just ignore such a major artery.
  22. I can't find the actual PROVIDERS - or is it any provider in those countries?
  23. Can someone link me to the list of mobile providers by country that are explicitly included in this? Thank you!
  24. Hi all, As many of you know, the Canadian BRS auction is upcoming. The majority of the spectrum will be band 7 (FDD), while all of the spectrum that is TDD unpaired will fall squarely in band 38: I was a bit confused about a few things though: number one, I thought that Bell and Rogers already had band 7 deployed in Canada in many markets? In addition, I know SaskTel has a band 38 TD-LTE network deployed in Saskatchewan. Is BRS already sold in some areas and not in others? What do our local spectrum gurus have to say about the auction?
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    AT&T completes Nextel Mexico acquisition

    Would that mean they would have to go through the process of another 3GPP band standardization? Or is there already a band assigned to the original SMR spectrum?