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Trip

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  1. I would imagine that the 1X 800 carrier will linger for a long time, even if the rest of the 1X/EV-DO in PCS goes away. There's not much else you can do with that sliver of spectrum. - Trip
  2. There are clearly some issues with that map, but you're right, western MD does look good and like they're planning to cover it well. Looking at the current Sprint coverage map in voice view, it looks like two or three new sites might be up and running already along I-68. (If not, then they might be coming very soon.) - Trip
  3. So the press release lied when it said existing customers could get in on it. Got it. - Trip
  4. I saw the fine print. It's what was missing from the fine print that has me concerned. - Trip
  5. So it says the $22/mo price is for a "limited time." Does that mean that the price itself goes up, or that it's locked in, but only available for a limited time? When it says it's available to existing customers, does that mean that I can just change my plan to the new Unlimited Plus as I am, or do I also have to upgrade devices? Also, do any BYOD devices support Calling Plus/Wifi Calling? Lots of unanswered questions. - Trip
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Out west, where houses are made of stucco and signals can't get inside, the Magic Box would allow you to essentially place a relay in a window to get signal through that would otherwise be blocked by the stucco. Seems pretty useful to me. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Yes, but that doesn't constitute "fighting." Moreover, there was no requirement for them to do so. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Not clear what you're talking about here. The TV stations are being compensated for their moves, and that work is on-going. Many have been desperate to move earlier, rather than later, to get a hold of the new equipment as soon as they can. Phase 1 of the transition hasn't arrived yet, and already about 25 TV stations have moved. - Trip
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    Why not add a T-Mobile section?

    T-Mobile discussions already exist: http://s4gru.com/forums/topic/7845-sprint-tmobile-merger-disc/ http://s4gru.com/forums/topic/6950-t-mobile-lte-network-discussion-v2/ - Trip
  10. Follow-up note: Do not buy the Moto E4 if you're attempting to use it for network tracking as I am. Leaving aside the bad Band 66 EARFCN (which means I never see a valid EARFCN for AWS-1), it's also having issues with Network Signal Guru. The band lock doesn't seem to stick properly some of the time; if it can't find LTE in a particular band, it looks like it will sometimes override the lock and try the other bands anyway. I was also having trouble with the GPS power save being really aggressive and not providing coordinates at all; I had to change it to high accuracy. I may still keep it if Mike puts the override in for the bad EARFCN, but it's rather disappointing. - Trip
  11. Mike, I bought a Moto E4 to replace my Moto G4 Play that I use to track Verizon since the GPS is dying in it, and it has the bad EARFCN on Band 66. For Verizon (and I suppose AT&T), where we know that the sector number properly indicates the band in use, could a fast work-around be to check the sector ID and, if appropriate, add 65535 to the EARFCN provided by the API if it's an AWS sector but providing a non-AWS EARFCN? - Trip
  12. AT&T opened a bunch of permits around here that, I believe, are for Band 66 and/or 14. I know in Montgomery County, MD, I can see some of the actual application documents and they show those bands being installed. I just need to get a phone that supports Band 14 now. Waiting for one that's a bit lower in price than what I've seen thus far. - Trip
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    LG G6 to be Sprint's first HPUE-capable device

    Are there any changes in the way SCP behaves? - Trip
  14. For folks in the south Texas part of IBEZ: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-542A1.pdf - Trip
  15. 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
  17. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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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