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bigsnake49

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  1. Everything is bigger and better. As a former Texan, I can attest to that!
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    We Welcome Our New Magenta Overlords?

    Tell us how you really feel @MrZorbatron! I think that most cellular players exaggerate their coverage. Yes, I suspected a long time ago that T-Mobile was one of the most egregious. Now according to the merger presentation, they will end up with 85,000 macro sites. That will be enough to match the coverage of pretty much everybody. Like you, I appreciate not having dropped calls or undelivered texts. In my area on my T-Mobile MVNO, I don't get any but can't say it won't happen elsewhere. Once Charter offers service via their Verizon MVNO, I think I will move my 4 personal lines there. My business line will stay on Sprint/T-Mobile, well, because I can't control that.
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    Google voice integration going away June 1st

    You have 3 networks that you can be on depending on the availability and strength, T-Mobile, Sprint, USCC.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    They're still bragging about 2.5 GHz. Although in that article he does say that 5G will be better with T-Mobile in that they can leverage low, mid and higher bands for an ubiquitous 5G experience.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    As a side effect of the proposed merger, FreedomPop is creating the Unreal MVNO taking advantage of the regulatory environment created by the mergers in extracting pricing concessions. They clame to offer $15/mo unlimited service that is competitive with post paid offers by the two carriers. I am suspicious so I signed up for their beta program :). https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/freedompop-s-unreal-mvno-uses-sprint-t-mobile-merger-to-offer-15-unlimited-service
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    Wild speculation about Dish

    Sorry to resurrect an old thread. But have some news for the horse's (ass, as in donkey) mouth. Charlie Ergen, at the Connect(X) conference gave a few details about their upcoming network: 1. It will cost approximately $10B which is what a brand-new nationwide network costs, which leads one to believe they will not partner with anyone else 2. They have 654 days to deploy Block H spectrum 3. The network will follow the NB-IoT standard and then 5G-IoT standard when that becomes available 4. It will be heavily virtualized with network slicing 5. It will be designed not for smartphones (longer data sessions) but for the shorter data sessions of IoT 6. They don't have the money right now so they operate like a startup For all the handwaving, don't be surprised if they don't sell network capacity to non-IoT (say MVNO's) at some point. https://www.fiercewireless.com/5g/ergen-s-5g-buildout-ambitions-for-dish-could-pass-10b
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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.

    Even after merging, the new T-Mobile will face an uphill battle. First, AT&T because of FirstNet will have to touch everyone of their sites and so they will probably deploy all their spectrum on their sites. So I presume they will deploy CA, 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM on all their sites. They will also deploy new sites for First Net so they will add their bands on all the new sites. Verizon will have real competition on their hands. New T-Mobile better not bring a knife to a gunfight.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    The former founder of Boost calls for divestitures from the combined company but not of spectrum but of the prepaid brand(s). I'd be OK with that. https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/boost-founder-angles-for-divestitures-from-sprint-t-mobile-merger
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    We Welcome Our New Magenta Overlords?

    Not when Verizon just bought 1GHz of mmwave spectrum. Those were the policies of the past. If it does not get approved, it would the loss of jobs and the fact that it might not be good for consumers. Although when I look at the table on this page, comparing unlimited plans, it is already evident that the other three are not really competing and Sprint's lower prices are not working since they did not manage to steal anybody from the other other three. To me it is evident that were Sprint to remain independent they need massive investment in their network since competing on price is not enough anymore and low prices just deprive their network of investment.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    The reason that neither Verizon nor AT&T are worried about this merger is that that even after the merger Verizon mostly and A&T to some degree are going to have twice as many postpaid subscribers as the New T-Mobile. Verizon's markings are still going to be fat and so will AT&T's. It will take a year to get the merger approved then about three years to fully integrate the two companies. Meanwhile the two behemoths will do everything in their power to poach postpaid subs from the new T-Mobile.it is imperative that the resulting company execute on all cylinders. from network integration and expansion to marketing to billing system integration.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I wonder how many more people they think they can sign up beyond mobile. I know that everybody things there are a lot of money to be made in IoT but that is a totally unproven business case. From my previous forays in this area I can tell you that it is not a money maker because there is not a lot of data being passed back and forth. Maybe in 20-30 years when everybody is driving self driving cars and data needs to be exchanged between cars and the Traffic Controller there might be some money to be made but meanwhile, no.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Verizon also does not care about the merger.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    It seems that AT&T will not contest this merger: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/at-t-s-donovan-t-mobile-sprint-combo-we-won-t-contest-it
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    New Verizon MVNO

    Called Visible. $40/month for unlimited but limited to 5Mbps.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I think the key to having a successful merger is to immediately open up T-Mobile's PCS and AWS-1 data networks to Sprint customers. I think pretty much every LTE capable Sprint phone has band 2 (25) and 4 on it. Up to 20M might have band 12 on it. Newer phones might have band 66 on them. The moment that the merger is approved, have phones ready that can use both networks. Get Sprint to densify their network enough to duplicate 1x voice coverage and implement VOLTE even before the merger. Refarm all possible EVDO spectrum to LTE before the merger. Maybe use band 12 and 26 mainly for VOLTE after the merger.
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    New Verizon MVNO

    For me that likes to stream music but very little video this will be a good service.
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    New Verizon MVNO

    Or any kind of discounts for family plans.
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    New Verizon MVNO

    For somebody like me that likes to stream music, it can be great. Bu then I cache up to 12 hours using WiFi so the desire to stream is quenched by caching.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If they want to do fixed wireless in rural areas they better get some of that rural 2.5GHz spectrum. Sprint has great 2.5GHz spectrum but it is concentrated in urban areas,
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Yeah, this business about beating China on 5G is to tug at the patriotic strings of this administration. But not having to play a lot of money for 5G spectrum would allow New T-Mobile to concentrate on integrating the two networks and deploying 5G.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    The fact that Softbank let Sprint go for a dime will tell you that they were desperate.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I am pretty sure that as far as #2 is concerned, they will have to go further into debt in order to sustain that pace of investment in their network. T-Mobile would have been in the same boat if they had not had the break up fee from AT&T and a $5B debt forgiven by the parent company. But T-Mobile has been stellar in their marketing and in their execution. As far as #3, I am very happy that they're finally executing. It just might be too late. They should have done whatever they're doing now in 2013. Softbank wanted to merge them with T-Mobile even back then.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I have been pro merger for a while now for the following reasons: 1. Softbank did not invest in Sprint beyond the original buyout 2. Sprint could not afford the LTE deployment on its own, much less 5G 3. Sprint could not project manage its way out of a plastic bag DT has shown a willingness to invest in T-Mobile's network, the two networks will be become one so the 5G deployment costs will be shared and T-Mobile has shown that they are mean and lean and can get things done.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    So I see the combined company new phones have to support Band 71, 12, 26, 25, 66, 41. Most new phones on Sprint support those bands except 71. I think only S9 supports 71on Sprint. I could be wrong thou. The complicating factor would be all the different CA schemes. Yikes!!!
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