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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

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[PSA] Generation "3" Magic Box has arrived!

[PSA] Generation "3" Magic Box has arrived!

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

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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

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[PSA] Sprint begins Band 13 deployment in Puerto Rico

[PSA] Sprint begins Band 13 deployment in Puerto Rico

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

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Discovery Time: Next-Gen Dual Band 10 port 800 / 2.5 configurations

Discovery Time: Next-Gen Dual Band 10 port 800 / 2.5 configurations

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

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Teaser: Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a boost via Wi-Fi but not carrier aggregation

Teaser: Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a boost via Wi-Fi but not carrier aggregation

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, March 10, 2014 - 8:47 AM MDT   After official unveiling at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a few weeks ago, the Samsung Galaxy S5 made public its authorizations in the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) database at the start of this weekend. All of the domestic variants are there, including the A3LSMG900P, which in its tri band LTE configuration and "P" designation is the obvious Sprint variant.  

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Teaser: Samsung and Sprint 'Tri' again with the Galaxy S III

Teaser: Samsung and Sprint 'Tri' again with the Galaxy S III

by Josh McDaniel Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 4:45 PM MDT   Samsung and Sprint are planning to re-release the Galaxy S III in a Sprint tri-band LTE edition. According to the Sprint UA profile, the SPH-L710T has mostly the same specs as the original GS3, except the inclusion of tri-band LTE, and an upgrade to Android 4.4.2. Plus, in a nice twist, Samsung didn't make confidential the antenna diagram for this phone, so I include it for your viewing pleasu

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LG G2 mini: A Day Late and a Dollar Short?

LG G2 mini: A Day Late and a Dollar Short?

by Josh McDaniel Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, June 13, 2014 - 10:59 AM MDT   Earlier this year, rumors began circulating that Sprint and LG were going to release the LG G2 mini, a smaller version of the G2. The model number of the phone was even listed as LGLS885. Earlier this week, LG received FCC OET approval for that very model number. But is this phone too late to market, as the release of the LG G3 is rumored to be early this summer? No, it couldn't come at a more p

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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

LG G3 4G: It's a G thang.

LG G3 4G: It's a G thang.

by Josh McDaniel and Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:59 PM MDT   On June 5, 2014, LG received FCC OET approval for the LG LS990, otherwise known to handset consumers as the Sprint variant LG G3. Then, just two weeks later, on June 19, the device received a Class II Permissive Change filing that appears to show slightly improved radio capabilities.   The LG G3 has a strong spec/feature list: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974

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Sprint purportedly giving up on T-Mobile acquisition and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse to leave company

Sprint purportedly giving up on T-Mobile acquisition and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse to leave company

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 5:30 PM MDT   The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are reporting this evening that Sprint will announce tomorrow morning that it will stop pursuing a purchase of T-Mobile USA.   Furthermore, according to these leaks to financial media, it is also anticipated that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse will leave Sprint and his replacement will be named. The combination of the two companies was already cast as dubio

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S4GRU

Teaser: That Aquos Crystal is SHARP. Take the edge off.

Teaser: That Aquos Crystal is SHARP. Take the edge off.

by Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, August 18, 2014 - 8:14 AM MDT   [update] Sprint has announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal which confirms our findings and theories this certified device is indeed the Sharp Aquos Crystal.   While rummaging through recent FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) authorizations on a hot evening in late July, S4GRU staff noticed a curious new entry. It was a smartphone that supports the full spectrum of tri band LTE for Sp

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Teaser: "X" marks the spot for the first Sprint CCA/RRPP fully compliant handset

Teaser: "X" marks the spot for the first Sprint CCA/RRPP fully compliant handset

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:21 PM MDT   As many of you know, Sprint recently established a partnership with members of the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) as sort of a quid pro quo. This partnership is called the Rural Roaming Preferred Program (RRPP), and S4GRU wrote about the nascent RRPP in a recent article on The Wall.   In a nutshell, Sprint will gain pseudo native LTE coverage outside of its standard f

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And the Band 41 marches on...in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for Sprint

And the Band 41 marches on...in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for Sprint

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 5:55 PM MDT . The news so many of our members have been eagerly awaiting...the announcement of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus occurred today. A LOT of information has been leaked out the previous weeks. More than I can ever remember from an Apple product. But some new information did come out today. And of most interest to our readers, is YES, Sprint Band 41 is supported. Welcome to Spark, our beloved

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S4GRU

Marcelo declares A New Day For Sprint and changes Band 41 priorities

Marcelo declares A New Day For Sprint and changes Band 41 priorities

. by Seth Goodwin Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:20 AM MDT   Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has only been on the job for 3-1/2 weeks, but dramatic changes have already been made. Claure took part in Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Communacopia Conference this morning in New York City. During the course of an approximately 35 minute onstage interview, Claure’s strategy for Sprint going forward was publicized for the first time.   Claure started

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Sprint's Galaxy Note 4 "All you need is scented candles, massage oil, and Barry White. Write that down."

Sprint's Galaxy Note 4 "All you need is scented candles, massage oil, and Barry White. Write that down."

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" hav

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800 Reasons in South Florida why Sprint is further delayed to deploy LTE on 800MHz

800 Reasons in South Florida why Sprint is further delayed to deploy LTE on 800MHz

by Kristofer Maki Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 11:00 AM MDT   With great patience comes great reward. And with all the waiting that Sprint customers in South Florida have been doing lately, many are wishing it will pay off in spades, and soon. Indeed, I am referring to the 800MHz spectrum embargo that is still occurring in South Florida today.   If you aren’t aware of the background of the issue, fret not, I will cover the background in de

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S4GRU

Cellular Cornucopia: A Sort of Sprint Holiday Shopping Guide

Cellular Cornucopia: A Sort of Sprint Holiday Shopping Guide

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, November 14, 2014 - 7:46 AM MST   'Tis the season for turkey and tablets, pumpkin pie and "phablets." So, whet your appetites, and get ready for a movable feast -- or should I say, a mobile feast.   Welcome to the first annual S4GRU holiday shopping guide. This may be nothing more than a one year tradition. We shall see. But we have definitely fallen behind this fall on publishing articles following FCC OET (Of

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WiWavelength

BYOD FTW!  Sprint to allow Apple Devices from other Providers on to their network

BYOD FTW! Sprint to allow Apple Devices from other Providers on to their network

. UPDATE, Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:40 AM MDT: BYOAD is back. Follow this link for new article: http://s4gru.com/index.php?/blog/1/entry-384-take-two-sprint-offers-byod-for-apple-devices/   UPDATE, Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:15 PM MST: I have received a message that Sprint is postponing this until further notice. Hopefully it will be instituted soon. . . by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, December 19, 2014 - 4:40 PM MST  

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Sprint planning large network expansion adding 9,000 new LTE sites nationwide

Sprint planning large network expansion adding 9,000 new LTE sites nationwide

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 2:45 PM MST   Sprint is embarking on a significant expansion of its network. The first major addition of compatible sites to its network in a decade. Past expansion has been limited to buyouts of Nextel and Clearwire, both of which included networks of different technologies. Organic growth has not been on the table for Sprint in some time. Sprint is expected to announce these plans in the not too distant

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S4GRU

Summer of 6&9:  Samsung and HTC Rock Out with Their Flagships for the Season

Summer of 6&9: Samsung and HTC Rock Out with Their Flagships for the Season

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:15 PM MST   I got my first real smartphone. Bought it at the five and dime. Browsed S4GRU 'til my fingers bled. Was the summer of 6&9.   Spring has not quite yet sprung for a few more weeks. But with the annual Mobile World Congress just wrapping up today in Barcelona, new smartphones that likely will dominate the mobile landscape through most of the summer are starting t

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WiWavelength

Take Two!  Sprint offers BYOD for Apple Devices

Take Two! Sprint offers BYOD for Apple Devices

. by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:40 AM MDT   Back in December, S4GRU brought to you news that Sprint was opening up their network for Apple iPhone devices from other networks to be brought in and used on theirs. BYOD - Bring Your Own Device. Or, as Sprint is calling it, BYOAD...Bring Your Own Apple Device. However, just before it could go into effect, Sprint pulled the program and the plan was put on hold. Well, it's back!  

S4GRU

S4GRU

(UPDATED) Use the 4th, LG. May the 4th Be with You.

(UPDATED) Use the 4th, LG. May the 4th Be with You.

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:15 PM MDT   Update: A week after the Sprint variant LG G4 original authorization documents were released at the FCC OET and S4GRU published this RF performance article, a Class II Permissive Change filing was added to the G4's docket. In writing the article last week, we did not detect anything amiss with the original filing, so this represents an optional change, which the filing discloses as hardware m

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Sprint LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation Discovered Live Today in Atlanta (B41 2xCA)

Sprint LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation Discovered Live Today in Atlanta (B41 2xCA)

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 5:20 PM MDT   It's finally happening. 2x Carrier Aggregation was found in the wild today on the Sprint network! We have been receiving reports for the past several months that second B41 channels were appearing all over Sprint-land, but nothing about finding them being aggregated together. That changed this afternoon.   It was discovered today by an S4GRU Member in the Atlanta market that Carrier

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S4GRU

Teaser: Hello Moto (X)?

Teaser: Hello Moto (X)?

by Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 08:51 AM MDT   Mid summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and that means the harvest of fall flagship handsets is just getting underway. (The exception are Apples, which are planted and picked all in one afternoon in September.)   The past two weeks brought our first crop. A new authorization for a Motorola device in the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) database arrived yesterday. Ju

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