Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesTuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:00 PM PDT
For weeks, rumors have been circulating that Verizon's carrier exclusivity deal to sell Google Pixel devices was ending and other carriers, such as Sprint, will offer them in addition to direct sales from Google. S4GRU has been able to attain information that this is indeed correct and that Sprint will soon be selling Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL devices. [Google has has announced that Sprint, in addition to
Josh HillSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesFriday, April 5, 2019 - 3:06 AM PDT
Now that VoLTE is actually rolling out on Sprint, it's a good time to dive into what exactly is VoLTE, and how is it different from Calling+ and VoWiFi (Wifi Calling).
E-UTRA or EUTRA: Stands for Evolved Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) Terrestrial Radio Access. This is the technical name for the actual LTE airlink.
QoS: Quality of Service. This is a way of tagging / fla
Dave YeagerSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesFriday, February 8, 2019 - 8:00 AM PST
Sprint’s tribanding project has reached a new phase -- former Clear LTE 2500 only sites are getting new equipment as reported by nowerlater in Cincinnati, Joski1624 in Cleveland, and here in Columbus.
Converting sites from LTE 2500 only to triband LTE 800 MHz, LTE 1900 MHz, and LTE 2500 will significantly improve network performance in the traditional metropolitan areas of markets where Clear sites resi
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesFriday, December 14, 2018 - 11:00 PM PDT
Beginning today on the Sprint subreddit, individuals can begin submitting questions in this thread that will be forwarded to Ms. Schnellbacher to answer at his leisure in a few days time.
Who is Mr. Jason Schnellbacher you may ask?
So go forth and submit all your questions about Sprint Magic Box's, small cells, and other Sprint related stuff!
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesWednesday, October 2, 2018 - 9:00 PM PDT
Starting right now, October 3,2018 12:01 AM EST, Samsung Galaxy S8, 8+, and S8 Active users can manually download the firmware to remove Calling Plus from their devices and bring forth the VoLTE Opt-In toggle.
Oh yeah. VoLTE is live on the Sprint Network™ as part of the VoLTE Soft Launch in the select markets. The roll out to the soft launch markets will be gradual over the next weeks. So have at it you folks in
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesFriday, September 28, 2018 - 8:10 PM PDT
In the past few day, Sprint began informing its staff and partners that the VOIP application used for LTE Calling on Sprint devices, Calling Plus, will be starting to be decommissioned beginning with software updates to Android devices on the 29th of September. Sprint updated the Calling Plus FAQ to note this upcoming change to android devices via software updates yet to be rolled out.
The following is allegedl
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesWednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:45 PM PDT
[Edit] It has come to the attention of S4GRU that the Magic Box also supports CDMA Voice
Today, Sprint announced the newest Magic Box™ to the world. This Magic Box was first spotted in early summer and S4GRU did a quick write up on it here. Today's announcement formally revealed what new technologies this 3rd Generation public release will give to us.
This is some huge stuff here esp
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesThursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:01 PM PDT
It's been a long time coming for Sprint through many trials and tribulations. Now it's finally here!
S4GRU was able to obtain confirmations that Sprint is finally ready and prepared to enable Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for subscribers to manually opt into in select markets across the country this coming September. See list at the bottom.
As a refresher here are some of the essential points about VoLTE applicable
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesFriday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00 PM PDT
It has been a little over a year since the first Magic Box publicly available was announced. In the time since then since the Airunity 545 "GEN 1" was announced, minor revisions were done as "GEN 2" with the Airunity 544 sporting a LCD display and subsequently the Airunity 546 having an more aesthetically pleasing exterior. All LCD display models are known as "GEN 2" respectively.
Come next week starting on June 11th,
Seth GoodwinSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesMonday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00 PM PDT
After three previous attempts during the past four years, something many thought may never happen actually did. On Sunday April 29, T-Mobile announced they were effectively acquiring Sprint in an all stock deal, combining the third and fourth largest carriers in the U.S. wireless market. Pending regulatory approval, the merger is targeted for closing in the first half of 2019.
The deal using
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesSaturday, April 7, 2018 - 6:54 PM PDT
A year ago Sprint and Open Mobile announced the beginnings of a joint venture whereby they would combine their network assets and operations together to create a better more competitive alternative on the island. In late 2017, the deal was consummated which gave Sprint access to Open Mobile's spectrum holdings in the PCS 1900 range and, more importantly, the 750 MHz Band 13 block.
This LTE Band 13 is almost exclusive
Dave YeagerSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesTuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:20 PM PDT
Exciting times for those of us who track Sprint Macro sites and signals. Sprint has accomplished a lot during the last few years in many places. Even during a period of reduced capital expenditures. Progress has been made by increasing bandwidth and adding carriers to LTE 1900 MHz, adding LTE 2.5 GHz macro and small cell sites, adding 3x3 LTE 800 MHz to many existing sites near the border, and working to eliminate 3
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesJanuary 26, 2018 - 5:30 AM PST
[Edited: 1/28/18 to include additional information on Samsung 4 port 800 MHz radio]
[Edited: 2/2/18 for photograph addition of an Ericsson setup]
The Triband Hexadecaport. The newest development of Sprint's recent network expenditures.
This is a new triband antenna configuration now being deployed by Sprint that is able to do 4T4R MIMO on both 800 MHz and 1900 MHz in addition to 8T8R MIMO over 2.5 GHz. All in one sing
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesJanuary 12, 2018 - 5:30 PM PST
"New year, new me. Am I right?"
~ signed Samsung
Samsung has decided that the beginning of the new year is a great time to change. Samsung has decided its newest flagship Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices must meet with the FCC OET for certification far earlier than usual. With ever watchful and prying eyes, S4GRU staff discovered the twin filings for two devices with FCC IDs of A3LSMG960U and A3LSMG965U which follows the
Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesDecember 11, 2017 - 9:30 PM PST
Recently, individuals who ordered Magic Boxes noticed a change in the product code of the unit to AU544 from AU545. It is now confirmed that the product code change is due to the release of the 3rd generation Magic Box. They are now being shipped!
The new revision is in essence a GEN2 optimized with a high quality LCD touchscreen display like that of the 1st Generation AU540. In addition, an external battery pack with an
Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates September 28, 2017 - 2:30 PM PDT
[Edit: 4/6/18: Reflects Airave 3 discontinuation]
It has been 6 months since I first learned of and received access to what is now called the GEN1 Magic Box. I wrote up my thoughts about it a few months back. Sprint has now evolved to a GEN 2 Magic Box model. These units are being distributed to customers who preordered after Sprint's announcements. I've now acquired a GEN2 Magic Box myself.
Upon opening the packa
Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates September 5, 2017 - 6:45 PM PDT
It is that time of the year for flagship phablets and LG has returned to us with their brand new V30 smartphone. Unlike the LG G6, LG was not conservative with the specifications on this one. Many other tech sites and forums have already broken down the V30 but here at S4GRU we are more interested in network technologies and the V30 is definitely no slouch in this regard.
Supported Technologies GSM 850 / 1900 WCDMA Band:
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
May 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM PDT
The Sprint Magic Box was announced on Sprint's quarterly earning call earlier this month, and was heralded as the first truly all wireless small cell in the industry. So what is this mystical beast that is purported to increase coverage by up to 30,000 square feet, amplifies data speeds, and "boosts" your data signal?
This is the 1st Generation Sprint Magic Box
In more technical terms, the Mag
Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates December 15, 2016 - 9:40 PM PDT
It's been but a blink of an eye since Sprint CTO Gunther's last Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) but he's back!
Right now, December 16, 2016 at 11 AM to 12 PM PDT, he is doing his second AMA on R/Sprint.
Be sure to check it out and ask him many questions that have kept you from blissful nights of rest.
by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
September 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM PDT
We have many good friends over at the Sprint Reddit page, and many of our members spend a lot of time there. They are excited at their recent score to host an AMA with Sprint's new COO of Technology, Günther Ottendorfer.
S4GRU wants to help spread the news. The AMA is scheduled for tomorrow, September 12th from 1:30 - 2:30pm Central Daylight Time. This should be an exciting exchange for
by Andrew J. Shepherd
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 2:04 AM MDT
Earlier this week, the two HTC 2016 Nexus handsets -- codenamed "Marlin" and "Sailfish" -- were caught in the net of the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) authorization database.
While Google has yet to reveal them officially as Nexus handsets, that HTC is the manufacturer of choice this year has been a heavily leaked secret the past few months. And the circumstant
by Tim Yu
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 3:40 PM MDT
Over the past week, S4GRU members in multiple Sprint markets have discovered new EARFCNs and corresponding GCI endings that identify new Band 41 LTE carriers.
The EARFCN is the center frequency of an LTE carrier that, along with the carrier bandwidth, identifies the carrier placement and occupied spectrum.
As Sprint is doing intraband contiguous/adjacent carrier aggregation -- 2
by Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 9:13 PM MDT
Authors Edit (8/25/16): According to a report, the LG G5 (and HTC 9) is indeed capable of 3xCA specifically for Sprint due to the intraband contiguous setup Sprint utilizes.
The spotlight may have been largely on the Samsung Galaxy for the past few weeks, but from behind the red moon, a new contender has revealed itself.
To keep it short, as per typical of a S4GRU teaser article, the model LS992 Sprint
I've seen one or these here in southeast Denver/Aurora/cherry Creek area. And cellmapper citizens have found a few more that I've not yet been past, especially the tower next to the Aurora Mall. They are definitely busy here in Denver.
am i the only one who think unlimit shuld go away i some what think it is sort of not worth the mony rahter know how much data i have and then be able to pay for more money i perfer if there a provider where you pay a acces fee each moth just to have phone number and such then pay per x amount of data and minun and tex message big group you have to tell it to pay they never expire instead of this pay for 2 gb and not use all of it in one month and fell like you pay for data you did not get