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Trip

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  1. Interesting, it also appears to be giving you correct EARFCN values for Band 66, so maybe they've fixed that issue as well. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Plus staff who should not take a position on it. - Trip
  3. I won't speak for Mike, but it sounds like they're specifically talking about network traffic, as in what websites you're connecting to, rather than which cell tower you're connected to. That information comes from an actual Android API which requests permissions, and what they're talking about here is direct access to /proc/net in the file system, which apparently does not. That said, it's vague enough that I, too, would like to hear more information on it. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I'm not sure I understand how that works. Shentel builds out better than any other carrier. They are the leader in their region, they don't rest on their laurels despite that, and they continue building out and upgrading at a ridiculous pace. I'm not entirely sure how it is anti-innovation to want the company that clearly knows what they're doing to continue being able to do so. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Old expression: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Seems like it should apply here. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    You're not familiar with Shentel. In its region, Shentel beats out the other three or four carriers hands-down. In the recent state-by-state wireless company rankings, Sprint was tied for first place in exactly one state: West Virginia. https://www.rootmetrics.com/en-US/rootscore/map/state/west-virginia/2017/2H Shentel operates the network in almost all of West Virginia. Getting rid of Shentel would be a very bad decision, in my opinion. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I took care of it. - Trip
  8. That has not been my experience at all. When roaming on US Cellular, the moment my phone thinks it sees 1X 800 from Sprint, it immediately ditches the US Cellular LTE signal and tries to connect to 1X 800 until it realizes there was nothing there after all. Very, very annoying. - Trip
  9. Not sure if you have a US Cellular phone, but on mine, it roams seamlessly onto Sprint LTE even while connected to US Cellular 1X. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    What I've been reading is that the combined network would have 120,000 sites, and they're planning to shut down 35,000 of them, leaving 85,000. That's about 30%. Going back to the Spotsylvania County example, counting it that way, there are 30 sites. 12 of the Sprint sites are co-located with T-Mobile sites. Turning those off would decrease the total number of sites by 40%, but there would be no change in coverage. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    To the earlier discussion about the number of cell sites being turned off, I did a little bit of an analysis. I used Spotsylvania County, VA as my example case, excluding the Shentel area. I put both the Sprint and T-Mobile sites on a map. The total number of sites is 18. Of those, 12 are shared between Sprint and T-Mobile. Of the remaining six, 5 are Sprint-only and 1 is T-Mobile only. While the 1 T-Mobile only site is kind of near one of the Sprint-only sites, both are on I-95 and AT&T is actually on both towers, so I would expect them to keep both. So even though 2/3 of the Sprint sites would presumably go away in Spotsylvania County, the actual change in service would be effectively zero. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I've been in half a panic about this merger because there's been no word at all about what happens to Shentel. I found this article this morning, which is making me feel better, though I want to wait to hear something for certain: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4096992-real-winner-sprint-t-mobile-merger The link to the agreement being discussed in the article is here: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/354963/000114036115031058/ex10_2.htm The summary seems to be that in the case of this merger, Sprint either has to buy out Shentel at a premium, sell the T-Mobile customers and network in the Shentel region to Shentel at a discount, or shut down the T-Mobile network in the Shentel region. One of the latter two options would make me happy. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    There are an absolute boatload of sites shared by both Sprint and T-Mobile. There are additional sites that are at adjacent locations. I wouldn't be surprised if that number added up to 35,000. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    It just ended. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Mostly taking questions about business synergies and other buzz words. I missed the beginning of the call so I missed any discussion about roaming. - Trip
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