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Everything posted by Joski1624

  1. I do think it is over conservative for a lot of the Cleveland Market, actually. Basically any site that has received B41 since the beginning of 2017 is not showing on the map. Another couple map updates, and we'll be right back to the Cleveland area having hardly any B41. GRR!
  2. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    @ingenium helped me diagnose why my box never connects to B41 at my local site. Apparently the box looks for PLMN 310830 from the macro. By way of network signal guru, I was able to see what the macro was sending. Sure enough, it was only spitting out the standard plmn of 310120 on B41, but was sending both 310120 and 310830 on both B25 and 26. So if anyone has the same problem as me, that may be the culprit
  3. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Whatever, I give up.
  4. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    I'm confused, that's already indicated as a magic box GCI according to your screenshot.
  5. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    I got a magic box for my workplace because of similar obstruction issues. It worked well until the macro became more congested and Sprint peeps at work found out the LTE signal at work improved. Sometimes there's issues during breaks, but it otherwise does the job okay for things like audio streaming. Battery life improved a lot which was a huge plus.
  6. Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Wow, that's almost the lowest frequency possible. Anything below 2496 MHz is something else entirely. Cleveland had a WiMAX carrier on 2508.5MHz, but the channel was only 10MHz wide.
  7. How to contact someone at Sprint

    Why the phone boot looped, trying band toggling or something else?
  8. Ever since the massive B41 coverage overhaul for Cleveland, OH market back in December, they haven't kept up with adding B41 new coverage from sites that have been live for over a month.
  9. How to contact someone at Sprint

    If you've got a rooted phone, you might try toggling the CDMA bands (class 1 is 1900 and class 10 is 1x800) in a app like network signal guru to see if one or the other is better for you. Some phones also have this ability through the data menu, but my experience with that method was nearly disastrous. The phone I tried toggling BC 10 on got stuck in a boot loop. The only way I could stop it was airplane mode as soon as it booted into android (before the radio became active) and reenabling BC 10.
  10. In my experience handoffs from LTE to CDMA are almost always accompanied by interruptions in whatever I'm streaming, so I don't see how a handoff from LTE to CDMA would work unless some kind of call waiting function is built in on the network side to prevent a dropped call. I think it would be super annoying to the average user who would expect it to be a consistent flawless operation, and doesn't understand nor care about any technical challenges and limitations.
  11. Essentially a sprint exclusive.

    With my local site offline, the nearest site is over 6 miles away. I live in a low spot and terrain blocks in most directions, so even the best of the best probably wouldn't hold onto B26 in those conditions. 1x800 was very weak, about -108 to -110 dBm. That's close to the minimum usable threshold, so a couple of dB made a huge difference. In general, the PH-1 still worked the best on 1x800 and LTE 800. I was already fed up anyway, so even the nearly par 800MHz performance wasn't acceptable to me. Granted my LG Nexus phones aren't much better. My el-cheapo Motorola E2 is what opened my eyes 😳
  12. Essentially a sprint exclusive.

    I ended up returning the Essential because of the disappointing RF performance. When adjustments were made at my local site when B41 was just being brought online, there were periods when the site was shut down. At those times, my other phones were at least holding 1x800 solid from a neighboring site (Nexus 5X most of the time). However, the Essential was frequently losing 1x800. That was the last straw for me.
  13. Cellmapper

    It's the title of the thread 👆
  14. Cellmapper

    I use a Moto E2 via FreedomPop and cellmapper on it.. It does band locking (B25/26/41) without the need for root. You just need the MSL which FreedomPop provides when you order the phone. I think for the hydro, while I believe B26 and 41 can be toggled, the only recourse for B25 is disabling the band scan for B25. That'll initially work until the network decides to plop you on B25. I also use a Kyocera hydro for the same purpose 😀
  15. Orbic Wonder

    I looked up the processor specs, and the modem is capable of 2XCA (actually 2x10 MHz, so it probably wouldn't be much use on B41). It's about what I would expect for a phone in that price range. https://www.qualcomm.com/products/MSM8937
  16. I agree about the overrating. My thought has been all along that density will be more the answer than wrestling away spectrum from someone every decade. More density means spreading the load out more. I think Sprint's 2.5 spectrum is more suited for small cells. The range is limited enough that it gives a place like a neighborhood in a macro site dead spot good service without being overloaded. Small cells don't need to cover several square miles.
  17. Well Praise the Lord! The "LTE Plus".coverage issues for the Cleveland market have been mostly resolved. They forgot to add the new B41 coverage in Geauga county. Then again, it has only been continuously live for less than a week. It looks like the Toledo market may have been thinned on B41, but my hunch is that it needed it. It doesn't look like anything was done in west PA to account for any of the B41 live sites around Erie, Meadville and State College. It may be that an official launch hasn't occurred yet.
  18. The transition of 600 MHz spectrum is starting to happen here. The first bought out of 4 stations, WUAB, shut down their RF-28 transmitter on Monday and is now channel sharing with WOIO on high VHF For now they still have a translator in Akron on channel 24 until WEAO kicks them off.
  19. This is certainly promising. Other markets like the seemingly forgotten West PA market now have 800MHz sites that have been found by S4GRU members.

    I still can't figure out how to "follow" anything in the protected threads. If it's a public thread then I have no problem following.
  21. I just see this as part of a push and pull between a free enterprise capitalistic economy and the government not letting it get out of control. For example, letting cellular carriers put up 100' poles in a local Akron Ohio area neighborhood made people who live and work in the area quite upset. I (and ingenium) spoke to a small business owner who was not happy with the 100' tall pole Sprint small cell right in front of their auto care business. Neither one of us argued her point despite our excitement about finding the Sprint small cells. I certainly understood her situation as I'd probably be mad too, even if it is Sprint.. Stuff like this kicked off a wave with cities in Northeast Ohio starting to pass zoning restrictions to limit the height of these things while also allow the cellular industry to continue their deployment work. So as far as net neutrality goes, similar forces are at work. It's this time that the capitalistic side is pushing back on the government. Apparently it is now perceived by the now FCC top dogs as having too much government control over this avenue. Like it or not, people voted in an administration who is more business friendly. For some light reading, here's a link to the post that contains these small cells that I mentioned. http://s4gru.com/forums/topic/6612-cleveland-market-nv-20-spreadsheetmap-and-discussion/?do=findComment&comment=494147 Per site rules, it is only allowed to be in the premier section, sorry.
  22. The "LTE Plus" coverage in my market, Cleveland, is still way off. It's mostly understated. Cuyahoga County is especially bad. On the flip side, the Eastern part of Mahoning county is overstated in portions east of Youngstown. New B41 has been still showing up from time to time. I found one new live from a site off of Brookpark Rd. Just east of I-71 a couple weeks ago. And the maps and spreadsheet have been continually updated. A vast majority of sites in the Cleveland metro area now have B41, but one would never know that on Sprint's coverage map. http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/6612-cleveland-market-nv-20-spreadsheetmap-and-discussion/
  23. I'm quite pleased at how the Sprint network is performing in the Cleveland Market, but it was a LONG time coming. It has only been within the last month that most sites in the primary IBEZ now have all sectors live with B26. Average signal strength has improved with B26, but most dead zones without B26 still are dead zones with B26. I think it's really a testament to Sprint's network rebuild that B25 LTE worked as well as it did in the absence of B26. Sprint's decision years ago to put the brakes on rural site 8T8R deployment has still left me without B41 even though it came really close, but speeds are still plenty fast enough for me on B25 and 26. I think the rural 8T8R build-out here was a stupid idea despite my happiness to see it deployed. From a spreadsheet manager standpoint, I hate trying to match these (cheaper) B41 mini macros that have been deployed over the last year, but fortunately over 60% of our sites already have 8T8R equipment installed. The last two most recent B41 sites I've found live have been 8T8R, so I'm glad to see that at least both are still being used now. It's my dream that mini macros will cease to be used here in favor of the 8T8R stuff.
  24. Mobile hotspot in Extended LTE

    Years ago when my parents had a mobile broadband router (3G), they somehow managed to rack up a ton of roaming usage one month. I then changed it to home only and they never had another problem. The letter basically says cut it out or your service will be dropped. Fortunately they got a warning first before a letter of termination of service.