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Yeehaw! Austin is moving up to the First Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment with some sites already live!

Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Update Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:30 AM MDT   BREAKING NEWS and a S4GRU.com EXCLUSIVE...We have some good news for y'all in the Heart of the Lone Star State! Sprint's Austin market is now confirmed to be in the First Round of Network Vision/LTE deployment.   Austin was originally slated to be in the beginning of the Second Round of deployment. However, since the original Network Vision schedules were compiled back in October 2011, Austin has apparently

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Windows Phone fans on the Now Network may rejoice for this LTE Beast this Fall!

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, March 19, 2012 - 10:49 PM MDT   Any Windows Phone 7 users in the house? Are you getting tired of waiting for a new Windows Phone to replace your HTC Arrive? Well you might not have to wait to much longer. According to SprintFeed's sources, Sprint will be getting a LTE Windows Phone Apollo device this Fall. At the moment, we aren't certain who is making this device. Nokia sure would sound good to most of you!   This mysterious device is r

S4GRU

S4GRU

WiMax results will not post to Sensorly site when your device is roaming

WiMax results will not post to Sensorly site when your device is roaming

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, September 29, 2011   For those of you who have tried to upload Sensorly results on 4G WiMax Protection Sites while Sprint roaming, I now know why your results aren't posting. Sensorly does not post roaming results. They only post native service. For instance, if your device is posting 3G data, it looks to see what network you are on. If you are on your native network, the results show up on the Sensorly coverage map. If you are

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

WiMax devices are going on the cheap! Does it make sense for anyone to buy one?

by Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 4:30 PM MST   Hearken back to April 2010 when Sprint announced the HTC EVO 4G and thus, became the first carrier to introduce a 4G device. Oh, the excitement! It was 4G WiMax, but who cared? Not many thought LTE would be such an overwhelmingly dominant 4G technology so quickly in the future. Of course, we later learned that WiMax didn’t pan out in America in the way Sprint had hoped.   LTE has now become the glo

S4GRU

S4GRU

WiMax adapter for iPhone 4

WiMax adapter for iPhone 4

Want your new iPhone 4S to run on WiMax? It's not too far of a stretch. It's already been done in Korea. Maybe Sprint will churn out something like this (and hopefully a lot smaller).         Source: http://www.thegadgetguycolumn.com/review-the-egg-wimax-adaptor-for-iphone-4/   Originally posted on S4GRU Facebook page on October 4, 2011

S4GRU

S4GRU

Will LTE service on Rural Roaming Preferred Program partner networks be native coverage for Sprint customers?

Will LTE service on Rural Roaming Preferred Program partner networks be native coverage for Sprint customers?

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 1:30 PM MDT   A few months back, Sprint announced new group partnerships with members of the CCA (Competitive Carriers Association) to expand the availability of Sprint LTE availability in many places across the country outside Sprint service areas. Additionally, Sprint has recently formed a subgroup of current/future LTE providers of the CCA that is referred to as the Rural Roaming Preferred Program (RRPP).

S4GRU

S4GRU

Will it soon be a crime to Root, Jailbreak or MOD your personal devices?

Will it soon be a crime to Root, Jailbreak or MOD your personal devices?

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:01 AM MST   Many of us enjoy the freedom that rooting or jailbreaking our phones gives. Adding custom ROMs, removing “bloatware” or Carrier IQ, and adding additional controls are just the start. We knowingly take the risk that that we may turn our phone into a brick, and our warranty will likely not cover repair or replacement. But will we knowingly commit a criminal act to unlock our phones? Apple has cl

S4GRU

S4GRU

Where do all the S4GRU Fans come from???

Where do all the S4GRU Fans come from???

S4GRU FAN MAP:   Last Friday I asked you all where you are from. Today I created a map of all the places you represent. We definitely have fans from all over the United States, from Metro Seattle all the way to San Juan, Puerto Rico.     Here are the final rankings of cities with the most fans: Milwaukee (approx. 5% of all fans are from the Milwaukee/Waukesha Area). Phoenix (missed the mark by only one fan!) Detroit Indianapolis San D

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

What’s going on with Android's Jelly Bean?

by Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:44 AM MST   Everyone’s heard about Androids fragmented ecosystem, well we’re about to get some more. Jelly Bean, the new Android version 5.0 is coming, and soon. Some rumors suggest that Google’s next update may be coming out as soon as this summer.   The first word about Jelly Bean was back in September 2011. There was just the announcement of the name and little else. In fact, so little information was released t

S4GRU

S4GRU

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

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

Tim Yu 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

lilotimz

lilotimz

 

What you've all been waiting for...Pics from a Network Vision site in Marengo, Illinois

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, February 27, 2012 - 7:01 PM MST   "Ladies and Gentlemen - We got him!"   That is assuming Network Vision sites are masculine. What you all have been waiting for. Real, true, bona fide Network Vision site photos! S4GRU Member runagun drove out to Marengo, Illinois in the Sprint Chicago market to check out some Network Vision action for himself. He had been seeing the reports on S4GRU.com about Network Vision in his area, and maybe even

S4GRU

S4GRU

What is a PRL? - Part 2 - EVDO

What is a PRL? - Part 2 - EVDO

by Travis Griggs Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, May 20, 2013 - 10:15 AM MDT   In Part 1 of the "What is a PRL?" series we covered the the initial basics and building blocks of the PRL which covered the 1X portion of the wireless connection. I encourage you to read the article if you have not already done so. You may have seen the various claims of receiving faster or even slower speeds with the mysterious PRL update procedure that seems to randomly happen to our devices. In rea

digiblur

digiblur

What is a PRL?

What is a PRL?

by Travis Griggs Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 10:00 AM MST A PRL file is a Preferred Roaming List. In simple terms, it tells the device how to scan for various wireless cell systems, which ones are native, and which priority to use them in. If there isn't a native Sprint signal available, the PRL defines which roaming partners to scan for, which ones should be used, and in what order of preference to scan for them in. Contrary to belief and what some Sprint rep

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

West Michigan Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 2:30 PM MDT   The next market in our Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series is...West Michigan. The West Michigan market has yet to be announced by Sprint, and may not be announced until as late as this Fall.   The Sprint West Michigan market encompasses the Western and Central Portions of the Michigan Lower Peninsula, as well as a few isolated Upper Peninsula sites around St. Ignace, Mackinac Island and Sault

S4GRU

S4GRU

We Welcome Our New Magenta Overlords?

We Welcome Our New Magenta Overlords?

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 The deal using

Mr.Nuke

Mr.Nuke

 

Washington, D.C. Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:35 PM MDT   Whether you call it the District, DC or simply Washington doesn't much matter. Soon we will be able to call it a Sprint 4G LTE city. The next market in our Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series is...Washington, D.C.. This market has not been announced by Sprint, but appears to be on the way for a late August launch.   The Sprint Washington DC market covers all of the District Columbia, and th

S4GRU

S4GRU

Want a Samsung Galaxy Note on the Now Network? Maybe you can...

Want a Samsung Galaxy Note on the Now Network? Maybe you can...

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 7:51 PM MST   Tim Godsil wants you to sign his petition. What petition do you ask? The petition he started on the Change.org website to motivate Sprint to carry the mega-sized Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone. The Android powered, not-quite tablet, not-quite smartphone is making many waves this season. If all the hype turns into sales, Samsung has the making of a new iconic smartphone series. And dozens of knock-off

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

VIDEO: Catch to AT&T Unlimited Plans? Sheppard Smith unloads!!!

OK...some late night humor. Here is a clip from Fox News' Sheppard Smith complaining about AT&T's bait and switch on his unlimited plan. He's angry, and it's pretty funny. Click on the image below to load.     Thanks to Brian Jones for posting the link on our Facebook page.

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Turn that 3G iPhone 4/4S into a 4G WiMax iPhone by just installing this case!

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:39 AM MDT   FreedomPop is a company that aims to provide free broadband, founded by Niklas Zennstrom (Skype Founder). FreedomPop plans on releasing a case for the iPhone 4/4S with an integrated 4G WiMax radio according to a "high level source inside FreedomPop." Not only will it allow your iPhone device to use a 4G signal, but this case will be able to share a WiMax connection with up to eight devices, for 30 hours. At

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

The Subsidy Quandary...Do you prefer cheaper phones or cheaper plans?

Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Update Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 4:14 PM MDT   What would you do to get a $20 per line discount on your monthly bill? Would you pay full price for your cellphone? That is what Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer would like to see happen. In fact, T-Mobile already offers a discounted plan for customers who forego a subsidy on their device. This works out fairly well for T-Mobile’s GSM customers who want to use an unlocked international or AT&a

pyroscott

pyroscott

 

The Sprint markets of Tampa & Jacksonville are slated to begin Network Vision/LTE deployments in Summer 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, March 23, 2012 - 4:00 AM MDT   Another double Sunshine State announcement! We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   Tampa and Jacksonville!   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Ericsson is scheduled to begin these markets in the early Second Round. Ericsson and their subcontractors are scheduled to begin mobilization into these markets in July with the

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

The Sprint markets of Memphis & Minnesota are slated to begin Network Vision/LTE in the 2nd Half of 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 1:29 AM MDT     From the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes to the gates of Graceland! We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   Memphis and Minnesota!   Sprint's Memphis market   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Ericsson is scheduled to begin the Memphis market early in the Second Round. Ericsson and their subcontractors are scheduled to be

S4GRU

S4GRU

The RF evolution/revolution of the HTC 2016 Nexus

The RF evolution/revolution of the HTC 2016 Nexus

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

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

The Magic Box 6 months later

The Magic Box 6 months later

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

lilotimz

lilotimz

 

The dynamics of carrier loyalty are shifting

by Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, March 30, 2012 - 1:09 PM MDT   Prior to the rise of smartphones, carrier loyalty was tied more to network coverage – and for many it still is. Consumers don’t want to worry about signal strength or proximity to a cellular tower in order to place a call. At their most basic level, phones have to work for their primary purpose. In the early days of cellular, there wasn’t much difference between most voice-only handsets.   Of course there

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legion125

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