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bigsnake49

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  1. When will Qualcomm stop putting it in their chipsets? Intel? When will Apple or Samsung stop supporting in their handsets?
  2. You need B26 for VOLTE both for coverage and capacity. B41 as it is configured right now is great for cruising the net and downloading. Not great for symmetric traffic like voice. Well, when I am talking to my wife, it is highly asymmetric but that's neither here nor there😂.
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    When will handset makers stop supporting CDMA

    KDDI in Japan still has their CDMA network. Verizon is tired of paying Qualcomm royalties on top of paying Billions of dollars for Qualcomm equipment.
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    When will handset makers stop supporting CDMA

    They (Verizon) will not activate CDMA only devices after July 1, 2018. They will shutdown their CDMA network to consumer devices on Dec 31st 2019 but will keep their CDMA network available for M2M customers until 2022. So Sprint customers have until then to roam on them.
  5. They really need to deploy band 26 on all their sites, no excuse anymore.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Hey, I'm all for network sharing if they cannot merge.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    You mean like merge with T-mobile?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I think the days of really cheap data plans with really generous data allowances are over. Sprint, T-Mobile and the Big 2 have all raised their prices. It was not a sustainable situation and it ended up hurting Sprint most of all because they had to compete on price which meant that they had no money to speak of for Capex.
  9. At what point, what threshold of signal strength does it switch to T-Mobile data roaming? -120dbm RSSI?
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    Wild speculation about Dish

    The FCC is asking Dish for detail plans on their buildout: The head of the FCC’s wireless bureau fired a wide range of questions at Dish Network about the carrier’s wireless network buildout plans. Importantly, the FCC’s Donald Stockdale stated that “I am contacting you to request updates and more detailed information on your buildout plans for the 53 megahertz of low- and mid-band spectrum that is apparently lying fallow in these bands.” The implication of Stockdale’s questions is that the FCC may begin to take action against Dish for collecting spectrum licenses but not using them. In his letter to Dish, Stockdale noted that Dish told the FCC earlier this year that it had not met the applicable interim construction deadline for its AWS-4 licenses, its 700 MHz Lower E Block licenses and its H Block licenses. As a result, Stockdale asked Dish to provide a wide range of specifics about how exactly it will build out a wireless network using its vast spectrum holdings. Stockdale asked for details on Dish’s buildout plans, technology choices, coverage area plans, handset strategies, and any additional delays that the company may encounter as it runs up against the FCC’s spectrum license buildout requirements. https://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/fcc-wireless-chief-peppers-dish-wireless-network-buildout-questions
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    Wild speculation about Dish

    Dish and Charlie Ergen has always fascinated me but is it or he out of his depth? Dish has accumulated a vast amount of spectrum including nearly national 10x10 in 600MHz spectrum. I don't for a moment believe the cockamamie IoT story. Verizon does not seem interested in acquiring Dish or its spectrum. They are concentrating in small cells, LTE-U and 5G/millimeter wave. AT&T also does not seem interested. T-Mobile and Sprint have plenty of spectrum and will also participate in the LTE-U effort. So where does that leave Dish/Ergen? What about Comcast? If you're going to go into wireless why only acquire a puny 5x5 sliver? Is there another player that might be interested in entering the market. Tim Farrar suggested Amazon in partnership with Dish and the cable cos. What does each partner get out of it? Dish gets plenty of bandwidth for its Sling service. Cable cos get plenty of spectrum for a nationwide network and get to market to millennials and cord cutters that live on their phones. They can also bundle wireless service with their other offering for a quadruple play. Amazon gets a network for their delivery drones and wireless service for their video/music offerings and their tablets. What say you?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Sprint contributed their 60MHz of BRS to Cleawire along with Clearwire's leased EBS. Cable cos invested in the venture. Clearwire's original business was fixed wireless, using pre-Wimax OFDM and then Wimax. Sprint had to deploy something on their 60MHz of EBS as a condition of the merger with Nextel so they chose Wimax which at the time was much further along than LTE. The window to deploy something on the spectrum was closing fast. They should have just put up protection sites but...
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    You're right about the 800 but not about 2500GHz. Sprint already had 30 MHz of BRS. Nextel brought another 30MHz of BRS. The vast majority of Sprint's 2500MHz holdings came from Clearwire's BRS.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I have been advocating setting that as a condition for the merger, within 3 or 4 years, although it will probably be sooner since they can clear rural 600 Mhz easier than in the big cities.
  15. Hopefully they will install B26/1x800 voice in the site very close to me. Oh and make the single B41 carrier into 3CA. and eventually a 15x15 B25.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Hey, you're a Sprint customer, you should be used to it by now . Hell I will be satisfied, at least temporarily, if they cover what they cover well with no holes and with consistent signal. Implement all three bands on all their sites. Maybe even cover interstates?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I agree with you but Sprint needs to prioritize. How come you were not roaming on somebody?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    It's called return on investment (ROI). For a cash strapped carrier like Sprint, it matters.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I am thinking that VOLTE will probably prefer band 25 and 26 since they can provide much better upload speeds than band 41. Or they can use band 25 as upload while using band 41 for download. I have a question though, what happens to 1x800 after the merger. Do they keep it for a while to service Machine to Machine existing contracts?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    They 14Mhz nationwide even in Solinc territory except for Puerto Rico. Now they have not fully rebanded in the IBEZ areas (that's where they have 3x3 LTE) and San Bernardino County.
  21. Only the LG K30, Samsung S8, S8+, S9, S9+ are supported at launch and more expensive than buy-in them from Samsung for example the S9 64 GB is $619 at B&H, $719 at Samsung and $749 at Spectrum Mobile. No iPhones and no BYOD. Plans include $45 unlimited or $14/GB. Free calls and texting. You do have to be a customer of their Internet offering. Totally underwhelming launch!
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Where will they find the money to continue spending $6B/year?
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