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Sprint Announces Exclusive Event at CES in January

Sprint Announces Exclusive Event at CES in January

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 4:01 PM MST   Sprint announces an "Exclusive Event" for CES 2012. Scheduled for January 10th at 6:00PM. Exciting stuff. I'm as anxious as a little school girl. What do you think will be announced? LTE devices? Some new exotic 5 core tablet? Some juicy Network Vision details? Sound off below...     Thanks to S4GRU Member Steven Cote for the heads up!!!

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FCC now provides latest Snag for AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

FCC now provides latest Snag for AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 2:35 PM MST   BREAKING NEWS: The FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is now reported to believe that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger is not in the public interest and will call for an agency judge to set up a hearing on the anti-competitive nature of the deal. This is different from the Dept, of Justice who filed a lawsuit earlier this year in opposition. The fact that the FCC is now taking this position does not bod

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Clearwire is Abandoning its Legacy Pre-WiMax Service

Clearwire is Abandoning its Legacy Pre-WiMax Service

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 1:38 PM MST   Although, it's not common knowledge for many folks out there, Clearwire runs two wireless broadband networks. The 4G WiMax network that is very familiar to Sprint 4G customers, and what's called Clearwire's Legacy Wireless Network. Both run on it's 2.5/2.6GHz spectrum. Clearwire's Legacy network is based on a Pre-WiMax wireless broadband technology called "Expedience" that has performance similar

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AT&T and T-Mobile Merger approval odds have slid below 50% according to analysts

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger approval odds have slid below 50% according to analysts

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, November 21, 2011 - 6:21 PM MST   News is getting more and more bleak for the approval of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. This weekend, and in to today, there have been several articles painting a more dire outlook on the merger getting the necessary government approvals. The Financial Times is reporting that most analysts now think that the $39 billion merger has less than a 50/50 chance of being approved. Some being so dire as gi

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Jay Leno Mocks Sprint iPhone on Tonight Show

Jay Leno Mocks Sprint iPhone on Tonight Show

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, November 18, 2011   I received lots of messages and e-mails today showing a parody that Jay Leno featured last night on the Tonight Show where he took some good digs at the Sprint iPhone. It's pretty funny. You can fast forward to 3:10 seconds if you don't want to watch the whole skit. Click on image to follow the link to the video...  

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Clearwire Considers Skipping $237M Debt Payment

Clearwire Considers Skipping $237M Debt Payment

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, November 18, 2011 - 1:12 PM MST   Here we go! Clearwire, has found itself in a cash flow crunch. According to the Wall Street Journal, the struggling WiMax carrier and Sprint 4G partner is now considering skipping its debt payment of $237 Million dollars that is due December 1st. With only $698 Million currently available to fund it's entire operation, skipping the payment sure would give them a little breathing room. "It's a very

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New Sprint Network Enhancements & Upgrades Site

New Sprint Network Enhancements & Upgrades Site

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, November 18, 2011 - 11:50 AM MST There has been an exciting new development over at the Sprint website. If you go to https://network.sprint.com/, you can enter in your city, zip code, or select a major metro area and observe Sprint's network upgrades for the past six months, or planned for the next 6 months. You can scroll around all over the place and click on towers for more info. This is a great idea, and a much more transparent a

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Amazon Kindle Smartphone in the Works

Amazon Kindle Smartphone in the Works

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:26 PM MST   Can you believe it? The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet just came out and there is already talk of a smartphone offering from Amazon. But you can't let grass grow under your feet in this business. Everyone saw how quickly RIM fell from grace by waiting around and not jumping in and taking risks. Amazon is reportedly working with mega Chinese phone/tablet manufacturer Foxconn for a release in the fourt

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Qualcomm Developing 4G LTE Push to Talk

Qualcomm Developing 4G LTE Push to Talk

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 12:09 PM MST   Qualcomm announced this week it has a program under way to develop Push to Talk (PTT) technology to run over Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. As we all know, Sprint is migrating to a LTE network for it's 4G technology in Network Vision. Qualcomm's current development schedule for LTE PTT is several years, with a commercial release in 2015 or 2016. In case you are wondering what PTT is, it's

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IMOD Mirasol Displays Coming in 2012 will dramatically improve battery life

IMOD Mirasol Displays Coming in 2012 will dramatically improve battery life

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, November 16, 2011   Yesterday, we told you about new Lithium-Ion Graphene batteries that will last 10 times longer than current smartphone and tablet batteries. Today we bring to you Interferometric Modulator Displays (IMOD). Qualcomm is now finishing up their product of IMOD's branded as Mirasol. And these displays are promising battery consumption efficiency increases approximately ten times over current LCD's. Mirasol displ

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New Li-ion batteries being developed offer 10x life and faster recharge

New Li-ion batteries being developed offer 10x life and faster recharge

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, November 15, 2011   This is a product development that all dorks will unite and embrace for. Longer lasting device batteries! There have not been any significant efficiency improvements on the battery side for many years. The improvements to battery life in smartphones and tablets the past few years have been largely only related to bigger batteries and smarter and more battery efficient devices and operating systems. And wi

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Sprint to offload Commercial Airaves at your work and favorite destinations

Sprint to offload Commercial Airaves at your work and favorite destinations

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, November 14, 2011 - 12:36 PM MST   Many Sprint customers are all too familiar with personal at-home femtocells called "Airaves." These plug and play devices connect to your home router and use your internet service to provide extended 1x Voice and 3G EVDO data services in your home. These are great for folks who live at the edge of service or live in subterranean homes. Or like many here in New Mexico, people that live in adobe. B

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HTML5 is going to change Everything. Soon, there WON'T be an app for that!

HTML5 is going to change Everything. Soon, there WON'T be an app for that!

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, November 13, 2011   I've been having this discussion a lot lately with fellow wireless dorks. About HTML5. How it's going to transform the mobile computing experience. On smartphones and tablets. In the current scheme of things, most of us use apps on our smartphones and tablets. In fact, one of the most important things that most people consider before selecting a mobile operating system is the app selection available. Most shopp

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Looking for 50 Hardcore Beta Testers for the new S4GRU Community

Looking for 50 Hardcore Beta Testers for the new S4GRU Community

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, November 10, 2011   If you are here reading this, you now are experiencing Beta Version 1.0 of the S4GRU Community. It's designed to be a full community, including unique sign-in and forums. THIS IS ONLY A BETA. In the beginning, I am only looking for serious testers. Everyone is open to peruse the site. However, I only want people who regularly participate to register for membership. The first trial is limited to just 50

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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 Di

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Sprint VP talks up LTE-Advanced, VoLTE and HD Voice in new video

Sprint VP talks up LTE-Advanced, VoLTE and HD Voice in new video

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:39 PM MST   A 12 minute video from the VP of Network Development/Engineering of Sprint. It's interesting for wireless dorks interested in Network Vision. It's very dry for the Average Joe.  

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BREAKING NEWS: Sprint rolling out Network Vision in Chicago right now!

BREAKING NEWS: Sprint rolling out Network Vision in Chicago right now!

BREAKING NEWS!!! Samsung lets the cat out of the bag and announces in foreign press that Sprint is rolling out LTE and Network Vision in Chicago right now!!! This is two months ahead of schedule. LTE is a coming, folks! Hold on!!!   Article: http://www.indiatele...m/archives/7249     Originally Posted on S4GRU's Facebook Page on October 28, 2011

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New 4G WiMax Protection Site on the south side of Elmira, New York

New 4G WiMax Protection Site on the south side of Elmira, New York

A NEW 4G WIMAX PROTECTION SITE is active in Elmira, New York. The new signal is on the south side of town. This makes two towers active in the Elmira area, coupled with the one on the northside of town near Horseheads that's been active for months. The coverage area is very small and pathetic, though.   See coverage map below...  

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Sequans ties with Fujitsu for LTE chips

Sequans ties with Fujitsu for LTE chips

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates October 21, 2011   This is an exciting article about new System-on-Chip (SoC) chipsets coming out for LTE that will run on all frequencies between 700MHz and 3.5GHz. If Sprint used something like this, it would allow for a lot of LTE flexibility in the future. Currently, Sprint has only announced LTE on 1900 only. However, Sprint can be running LTE on as many as 8 different frequencies in the next few years (700, 800, 900, 1500, 1600, 190

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Sprint not beginning LTE deployment necessarily in WiMax areas first

Sprint not beginning LTE deployment necessarily in WiMax areas first

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates October 19, 2011   LTE DEPLOYMENT NOTE: Did you know that Sprint is not necessarily starting their LTE deployment in WiMax areas first? In this slide, it shows that in the first year of LTE deployment there will be 123 Million covered. Only 67 Million overlapping with WiMax. That means 56 Million with LTE coverage from Sprint in 2012 are in Non-WiMax areas. Presumably places like Detroit, Phoenix, San Diego, Indianapolis, Milwa

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New 4G WiMax Protection Site in Dubuque, Iowa

New 4G WiMax Protection Site in Dubuque, Iowa

RUMOR CONFIRMED - NEW WIMAX SERVICE ALERT: Dubuque, Iowa   Back on July 20th, we told you that a WiMax Protection Site was bound for Dubuque. And today it's shown as live on clear.com. So now all you Sprint and Clear WiMax device holders can use them in Dubuque. Happy surfing.  

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New 4G WiMax Protection Site in Burlington, Iowa

New 4G WiMax Protection Site in Burlington, Iowa

RUMOR CONFIRMED - NEW WIMAX SERVICE ALERT: Burlington, Iowa   Back on July 20th, we told you that a WiMax Protection Site was bound for Burlington. And today it's shown as live on clear.com. So now all you Sprint and Clear WiMax device holders can use them in Burlington. Happy surfing.    

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