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  1. [PSA] Generation "3" Magic Box has arrived!

    I finally got one, and it's gen3 with a screen. I turned it on, but it got stuck around 80% during bootup. I pressed "Power Off" from the onscreen menu to restart it, but without a power button, I can't turn it on. LOL!
  2. Pixel 2 XL Preview/User Thread

    I've moved from Pixel XL to Pixel 2 XL. I think the reception is worse than in Pixel 1 XL. I've got very low reception in my condo, so my phone is usually parked on Band 26. In rooms where I used to get calls, I see Pixel 2 XL with RSRP of -114 - 116. In blunt terms, my phone doesn't always ring anymore. In the meantime, still waiting for that magic box that we qualified for back in June.
  3. Pixel 2 XL Preview/User Thread

    Yikes, my phone is arriving tomorrow. How sure are we that my Pixel 1 sim from Sprint won't work in Pixel 2? Any hope of picking up the sim at your local friendly sprint store?
  4. Huawei Nexus 6P (was [Rumor] Huawei Nexus phone?)

    I've been checking Ampere over the last year, and when the phone was new, the battery rarely went over 30C. These days, you pick it up to check email, and the battery temperature shoots up to 40+C. Battery life is taking a hit these days. My Nexus 6P did that after only 6 months, but it's clear that batteries in the Google Phones aren't designed to last more than 6-12 months.
  5. Pixel 2 XL Preview/User Thread

    I'm not quite ready for losing the headphone jack, so might stick with my Pixel XL 128GB for one more year. While I see usb-c someday being a solution along with bluetooth, but when you're traveling and trying to watch a movie on your seatback screen, you better have headphones that work with the headphone jack. Getting lightning or USB-C or BT headphones doesn't solve that problem. argh. Buying more dongles or new headphones doesn't resound well with my mantra of traveling light. Now, if Sprint + TM merger happens AND Pixel 2 supports B71.... that might be a different story.
  6. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    You're right. I'm actually never near any of the 3x sites. Good thing that they are showing up quickly!
  7. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Should we give up hope on 3x CA on the Pixel XL?
  8. Sprint B41 MM2

    From the album Untitled Album

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  10. What's in the Box? Oh, oh, oh, it's Magic.

    Great article. Any idea how Voice is handled? Does the Magic Box provide 1x Voice via 800, 1900 or does voice have to fall back to the tower?
  11. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Well, if you look at your recent updates, you'll see that "carrier services" app was updated. Who knows what changed.
  12. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Yea, I was going through feedly and reading news. Then again, my phone could've been doing something else, so really need to pay attention to those data saver modes. Kinda sad they don't just throttle you or allow messaging traffic to go through. Cuz if you're on iphone, you need data for imessage. On Android, at least we get "downgraded" to SMS which is unlimited while roaming.
  13. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Heard that April release will be 7.1.2, so that confirms further that it's definitely more than patches.
  14. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Any word if 3x CA got flipped on as part of the March update?
  15. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Have not seen LTE roaming yet. But I did go through my 100MB of 1xRTT roaming in one night and then couldn't send messages to friends anymore - had to call. :/
  16. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Someone put a lot of effort analyzing CA on pixel XL. Sadly not on Sprint, but very informative. http://cellularinsights.com/pixel-xl-four-months-later/
  17. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2017/01/sprint-enables-3-carrier-aggregation-more-devices A Sprint spokeswoman on Tuesday said the carrier flipped the switch on three-carrier aggregation, pushing out automatic updates to enable the technology on six new devices. According to the spokeswoman, Sprint customers using the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, LG V20, and LG G5 received the update on Friday. The move raised the total number of three-carrier aggregation-enabled devices on Sprint’s network to seven; HTC’s Bolt recently launched with three-carrier aggregation enabled out of the box. The spokeswoman said a total of 13 devices are three-carrier aggregation capable, but the carrier has yet to enable the feature on the other six devices. ----------------------- Pixel isn't called out here, but here's to hoping that with the February update, 3x CA gets flipped on on the Pixel.
  18. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Oops... meant Nexus 6P...
  19. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Until SCP finds a way to detect CA status, one way is to get out an old phone that can only do 2xCA (like Nexus 6P) and set it next to your 3xCA phone (like Pixel XL) and run side by side speed test. If 3x CA is indeed enabled, then you should see roughly 50% higher speeds. If speeds are the same, then 3xCA is probably not enabled either on the tower or your phone. Seeing 2nd and 3rd carrier in SCP is largely a "hint" that this tower probably does or will support some level of CA.
  20. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    BTW. According to this post, despite the fact that Pixel support 3x CA, it seems like Sprint needs to whitelist our phones to use it: https://www.cnet.com/news/sprints-hidden-a-secret-turbo-boost-in-your-phone/ "The capability, which Sprint plans to deliver as a software update pushed over the air, will let Sprint's phones tap into a technology called 3 x carrier aggregation -- a technical term for Sprint's ability to create a fatter pipe to deliver you YouTube videos and Taylor Swift songs. Other devices slated to get an update include LG's G5 and Google's Pixel." That explains why Pixel XL doesn't seem to be seeing any faster speeds than Nexus 6P. Wonder if B25-B25 2x CA is enabled with this update too.
  21. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Probably a regression from the latest Dec update.... Hopefully you can last until January, so Google rarely does out-of-cycle updates.
  22. Just thinking outloud, but why does would Sprint keep adding only 20MHz carriers. In tech industry, you need to change things in order of magnitude, so while we start with 1 20MHz B41. Adding second carrier doubled the bandwidth. 3rd carrier only increased it by 50% (and even less when you factor in B26 and 2xB25). So my question is this. Why isn't the third B41 carrier 40MHz? Why have 6 B41 carriers each 20 Mhz instead of fewer 40 MHz or 60MHz carriers?
  23. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Where did you get the SIM for your phone? I used the SIM that I had in my 6P and that SIM I purchased at Best Buy (since at the time, no Sprint Store had it in stock). I think you should save yourself time and just get a new SIM.
  24. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    I still remember those damn size limits on my EVO. Limit was 2MB for MMS, but god forbid my photo ends up 2100KB, it'll get shrunk by the app down to 20KB. I ended up retaking photos at slightly lower res to get things through. On my Pixel, i actually switched to using Facebook for SMS. This at least cuts down the number of messaging apps I need to use, plus it's easy to send bigger videos via FB rather than MMS. Next question is whether FB Messenger supports RCS too?
  25. HTC/Google Pixel and Pixel XL Users Thread

    Looks like the those using the stock Google Messenger app for SMS on Pixel now get RCS support on Sprint: http://www.androidauthority.com/google-messenger-rcs-726627/ Has anyone played with this on their Pixel?