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  1. by Cedric Owens Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, October 3, 2014 - 2:30 PM MDT A year ago, S4GRU brought you a great breakdown article titled after the Three Dog Night hit - "One is the loneliest number". Unfortunately, this great article brought news that none of us Sprint Samsung phablet owners wanted to hear. One band of LTE. "No Tri-band For You!" Well, Samsung and Sprint officially announced on September 3, 2014 that the wait for the "King of Phablets" having Sprint Spark was finally over. Okay, maybe not over, but a little over a month away. So with the announcement from Apple September 9th, 2014, that they are getting into the phablet market with the iPhone 6 Plus and with the rumored announcement from Google and Motorola about a 5.92" beast of their own on the horizon, does the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have enough to remain on top of the throne? Let's take a look at what was found over at the good ol' FCC Office of Engineering & Technology for FCC ID: A3LSMN910P. Three Bands Short of Being One of Your Favorite CCA/RRPP Rock Concerts If you were hoping for band 4 LTE 1700+2100, band 12 LTE 700 and band 17 LTE 700, you're going to have to find a new rock tour to follow for a fully compliant Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and Rural Roaming Preferred Program (RRPP) device. Sprint announced March 26, 2014, that they were moving to include CCA band support on devices by end of the year, but the Note 4 missed the mark this time around. One would have thought that that would have included the Note 4, but just as last year when Sprint made the announcement about Sprint Spark in every device going forward and Samsung went rogue, it appears they are deciding to do the same this year with bands 4, 12 and 17. Without these additional LTE bands, Note 4 Sprint customers may be limited in the amount of pseudo native coverage gained when Sprint's CCA LTE roaming starts to go live, in the places where bands 25/26/41 are not present. So the "King of Phablets" will once again be missing out on something that "America's Newest Network" is offering. This Note 4 is capable of using LTE deployed on Band 2 and 5 though, if some of these members are using that spectrum. So the news is not the best for Sprint LTE roaming with CCA partners, but it is "Note"worthy that it will still be able to pick up bands 25/26/41 that their RRPP partners are overlaying on their own networks. Back in July, S4GRU's own Robert went into more detail of the CCA/RRPP Partnerships ERP/EIRP numbers to help anticipate RF performance Below find the maximum ERP/EIRP Numbers for the LTE Bands relevant to the Sprint variant: Band 25 5 MHz FDD channels: max EIRP 22.45dBm 20 MHz FDD channels: max EIRP 22.75dBm 15 MHz FDD channels: max EIRP 22.78dBm 10 MHz FDD channels: max EIRP 22.58dBm 3 MHZ FDD channels: max EIRP 22.09dBm 1.4 MHZ FDD channels: max EIRP 21.27dBm Band 26 5 MHz FDD channels: max ERP 18.89dBm 10 MHz FDD channels: max ERP 18.92dBm 3 MHz FDD channels: max ERP 18.96dBm 1.4 MHz FDD channels: max ERP 18.54dBm Band 41 (Spark) 20 MHz TDD channels: max EIRP 22.44dBm 15 MHz TDD channels: max EIRP 22.84dBm 10 MHz TDD channels: max EIRP 22.52dBm 5 MHz TDD channels: max EIRP 22.69dBm NOTE: This is using the better antenna, on the best channel in the band, and with robust QPSK modulation. Although Sprint currently does not use B25 1.4MHz, 3MHz, 10MHz, 15MHz or 20MHz channels, nor B26 1.4MHz, 3MHz or 10MHz channels, nor B41 5, 10 or 15MHz channels, they were included for interest as it is plausible that Sprint could use these in the future at some point. Simultaneous Voice/Data, VoLTE, Domestic WiFi Calling and Carrier Aggregation No... (Enough said) The Wrap-up After deciphering through all the FCC data, the released specifications and considering the phablet options out there... So what's my take? I give it a "Kanye Shrug". The EIRP results indicate that Band 25 and Band 41 are what's to be expected, and Band 26 is surprising less robust. One caveat though is that the Band 25 EIRP numbers are similar to the Note II, so we'll have to wait for real world results before making the final verdict on RF performance. The Note series may no longer be the beast of a device it used to be. Apple has released a very competitive device in this category. Google/Motorola are supposedly releasing a 5.92" Nexus phablet and who are you trying to fool LG, HTC and Samsung with these flagship device screen sizes you all have been releasing lately? At one point the Note series offered something you couldn't get on other devices, including Samsung, but it's now clear that Samsung intends to release its flagship device every Spring and if you want it in a bigger size, you'll have to wait until the Fall. So, here's to another year of waiting for the "latest and greatest" Samsung Galaxy Note to catch up to the latest and greatest network from Sprint. *Cough* Carrier Aggregation *Cough* Thanks everyone for reading my 1st Wall article. Hope you enjoyed it. Additional Specs Model: SM-N910P Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084 RAM: 3GB Rear Facing Camera: 16-megapixel with Optical Image Stabilization (Take that iPhone 6 Plus) Front Facing Camera: 3.7-megapixel (Selfie Heaven) Sources FCC Sprint.com
  2. Model: SM-G920PZDASPR (Galaxy S6) / SM-G925PZDASPR (Galaxy S6 Edge) Processor: Samsung Exynos Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octa-Core Display: Quad HD Super AMOLED (Galaxy S6) / Quad HD Dual Edge Super AMOLED (Galaxy S6 Edge) 5.1 inches / 2560 x 1440 / 577 PPI (Galaxy S6) 5.1 inches / 2560 x 1440 / 576 PPI (Galaxy S6 Edge) Cellular Bands: 2G GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900; 2G CDMA: CDMA800, USPCS1900; 3G UMTS: B1(2100), B2(1900), B5(850), B8(900); 3G CDMA: BC0(800), BC1(1900), BC10(800); 4G FDD LTE: B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B12(700), B25(1900), B26(800); 4G TDD LTE: B41(2500) Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MIMO Bluetooth v4.1 NFC Notes: Sprint Spark HD Voice Wi-Fi Calling Fully CCA/RRPP Compliant Sprint Band 41 Carrier Aggregation Currently no Sprint VoLTE capabilities No SVLTE (Spark devices don't support SVLTE)
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 5 User Thread

    Model Name: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Model Number: SM-N920P Processor: 2.7 GHz Quad-core Processor Display: Quad HD+ Super AMOLED 5.7 inches Quad HD+ Super AMOLED / 2560 x (1400+160) Cellular Bands: LTE Band 2 (PCS A-F) Band 4 (AWS) Band 5 (CLR 850) Band 12 (Lower 700 A-C) Band 25 (PCS A-G) Band 26 (ESMR 800 + CLR 850) Band 41 (BRS/EBS 2600) CDMA: Band Class 0 Band Class 1 Band Class 10 GSM/W-CDMA: GSM 850/1900 W-CDMA Bands 2/5 Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology NFC Notes: Sprint Spark Sprint Direct Connect Now HD Voice Wi-Fi Calling Band 41 Carrier Aggregation certified Fully CCA/RRPP Compliant Currently no Sprint VoLTE capabilities No SVLTE (Spark devices don't support SVLTE) Link to Wall article. Link to Rumor thread. FCC Source: A3LSMG920P
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    HTC One M9 User Thread

    Stay tuned for 1st post update. Until then, users post away.
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 User Thread

    Model: SM-N910P Processor: 2.7 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084 Display: Quad HD Super AMOLED 5.7 inches / 1440 x 2560 / 515 PPI Sprint Cellular Bands: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) FDD-LTE (Bands 25, 26) TD-LTE (Bands 41) Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology NFC Notes: Sprint Spark Sprint Direct Connect Now HD Voice Wi-Fi Calling No Sprint Band 41 Carrier Aggregation Not Fully CCA/RRPP Compliant Currently no Sprint VoLTE capabilities No SVLTE (Spark devices don't support SVLTE) Sprint's Galaxy Note 4 "All you need is scented candles, massage oil, and Barry White. Write that down."
  6. "Get even more out of your Sprint phone with Google Voice" Google Voice for Android and iOS
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    Sharp AQUOS Crystal User Thread

    Model: Sharp 306SH Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8926 Display: Edgeless LCD display 5.0 inches / 720 x 1280 / 294 PPI Cellular Bands: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) FDD-LTE (Bands 25, 26) TDD-LTE (Bands 41) Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Notes: Wi-Fi Calling Not Fully CCA/RRPP Compliant No NFC Currently no Sprint VoLTE capabilities No SVLTE (Spark devices don't support SVLTE) Teaser: That Aquos Crystal is SHARP. Take the edge off.
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    Samsung Galaxy Note Edge User Thread

    Model: SM-N915P Processor: 2.7 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084 Display: Curved Quad HD Super AMOLED 5.6 inches / 1440 x 2560 / 524 PPI Sprint Cellular Bands: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) FDD-LTE (Bands 25, 26) TD-LTE (Bands 41) Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology NFC Notes: Sprint Band 41 Carrier Aggregation Sprint Spark Sprint Direct Connect Now HD Voice Wi-Fi Calling Not Fully CCA/RRPP Compliant Currently no Sprint VoLTE capabilities No SVLTE (Spark devices don't support SVLTE)
  9. Model: Apple A1586 (iPhone 6) / A1524 (iPhone 6 Plus) Processor: A8 chip with 64-bit architecture Display: Retina HD display 4.7 inches / 1334 x 750 / 326 PPI (iPhone 6) 5.5 inches / 1920 x 1080 / 401 PPI (iPhone 6 Plus) Cellular Bands: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz) UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz) TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A) GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29) TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41) Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology NFC Notes: First Sprint Spark capable Apple Device Sprint RRPP capable No Sprint Band 41 Carrier Aggregation Currently No Wi-Fi calling Currently no Sprint VoLTE capabilities No SVLTE (Spark devices don't support SVLTE) And the Band 41 marches on...in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for Sprint
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    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ User Thread

    Model Name: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Model Number: SM-N928P Processor: 2.7 GHz Quad-core Processor Display: Quad HD+ Super AMOLED 5.7 inches Quad HD+ Super AMOLED / 2560 x (1400+160) Cellular Bands: LTE Band 2 (PCS A-F) Band 4 (AWS) Band 5 (CLR 850) Band 12 (Lower 700 A-C) Band 25 (PCS A-G) Band 26 (ESMR 800 + CLR 850) Band 41 (BRS/EBS 2600) CDMA: Band Class 0 Band Class 1 Band Class 10 GSM/W-CDMA: GSM 850/1900 W-CDMA Bands 2/5 Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology NFC Notes: Sprint Spark Sprint Direct Connect Now HD Voice Wi-Fi Calling Band 41 Carrier Aggregation certified Fully CCA/RRPP Compliant Currently no Sprint VoLTE capabilities No SVLTE (Spark devices don't support SVLTE) Link to Wall article. Link to Rumor thread. FCC Source: A3LSMG928P
  11. Maybe I can work something out like the Alphabet - Google purchase.
  12. Can I renounce my S4GRU Team Membership to participate?
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    Network Vision/LTE - Columbus Market

    Mmmmmmmmm.... Cake ???? and cheeseburgers ????. Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
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    Network Vision/LTE - Columbus Market

    You have to have a factory recovery installed before you'll be able to update via an OTA. Since you have TWRP installed you don't have a factory recovery. Best thing to do is go onto XDA and find a stock ROM that can be installed via a custom recovery (TWRP). Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
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    WiMAX Down, Other Alternatives?

    We can't compare today's pricing of options to what was the pricing of yesterday's options. I'm talking strictly on the standard data cost options available from Carrier A versus the data cost options from Carrier B, Carrier C and so on and so forth. That's all I'm saying.
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    WiMAX Down, Other Alternatives?

    Compared to the standard cost other Hotspot plans, there are great options out there.
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    WiMAX Down, Other Alternatives?

    You're not going to find something similar to the data cost of Clear but there are great metered plans out there. Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
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    Network Vision/LTE - Columbus Market

    Spotted at an Columbus area hotel. Probably just passing through. Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
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    HTC One M9 User Thread

  20. It's not the first time they've made a similar statement, so how does this add to the latest news, let alone Sprint news?
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    Network Vision/LTE - Columbus Market

    New LTE Fredricktown
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    Network Vision/LTE - Columbus Market

    New LTE Columbus Reynoldsburg Westerville
  23. My guess is an S5 Sport in an otterbox is probably the best you're going to get.
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    Account Spending Limit

    That's due to the representatives that you worked with on the phone. Majority of store representatives can just call into employee support for you, they'll review your account and either it's updated immediately or they tell you how many months you need of on-time payments before it could be removed or increased to a higher amount. Again, I'm going off of when I was an employee (2009). Things may have changed.
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