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AT&T's charges of Sprint's disinvestment in rural areas the height of hypocrisy

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 9:59 PM MST   On AT&T’s Public Policy Blog recently, AT&T Senior Vice President Bob Quinn makes some bold claims about Sprint "disinvestment" in rural areas. But, at best, AT&T has failed to do its homework. And, at worst, the AT&T blog piece is an old fashioned hatchet job. The claims of Sprint "disinvestment" in rural areas in this case are largely contradictory to the facts. And the disp

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AT&T pulls T-Mobile Merger

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, December 19, 2011 - 2:42 PM MST   BREAKING NEWS: AT&T is pulling out of it's merger with T-Mobile. Coincidence that the tyrannical merger dies right after North Korea's tyrannical leader? I think not! AT&T said it had agreed with Deutsche Telekom to drop its $39 billion bid to buy the German company's U.S. wireless company T-Mobile given increasing regulatory obstacles and lawsuits attempting to block the deal. AT&am

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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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Artificial scarcity and the iPhone empire

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, February 3, 2012 - 2:00 PM MST   The iPhone is something many people see as a status symbol. Many who have never owned one, long for their upgrade date so they can go out and buy the "exclusive" iPhone that they have been denied access to for years. Even some who had the iPhone, and then switched carriers, long to repurchase another. Yes, the iPhone is a well made smartphone with access to a loaded app store, and has many desirable fea

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Are Milwaukee and Cleveland making a run on the Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule?

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, April 2, 2012 - 1:00 AM MDT   Oh my friends in Milwaukee, you have been so patient. Well, most of you. Especially my pal, Frank! It seems like I am harassed every day by someone in Beer City USA. Some of S4GRU's most loyal fans hail from Milwaukee. We are very happy to provide you an update. For you and your fellow Great Lakes neighbors in Cleveland.   As most of you who are reading this article know, Sprint 4G Rollout Updates has rel

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Are Microsoft and Nokia brewing up “the perfect storm” for Apple and Android’s smartphone market share?

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:29 PM MDT   Microsoft entered the modern era of smartphone operating systems with the release of their Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform. The first WP7 handsets went on sale October 21st 2010 with Sprint receiving their lone WP7 offering 5 months later with the HTC Arrive. The HTC Arrive suffered from slow sales numbers and Sprint brass quoting a poor “user experience” for returns of the device. There was recently evidence th

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Apple's new iPhone 6S has Band 41 LTE 2x CA on board for Sprint. And you could win one!

by Josh McDaniel Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:45 AM MDT   As most of nearly the entire world is aware, Apple announced the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and a number of other devices earlier this week. Most notably, iPhone 6S/6S Plus debuts 3D Touch, which is an enhanced version of Force Touch on Apple Watch. However, for most S4GRU readers here, there was one burning question that was not answered in the keynote.   As iPhone models have progressed

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Apple is unquestionably successful. It's the beauty of simplicity...

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 9:45 AM MDT   Hello S4GRU readers. In this article, I will give you my 3 reasons why Apple is successful. I will go into extensive detail on each reason why Apple is successful. These are my opinions, so feel free to comment telling me your reasons why Apple is successful and how you think Apple could improve in each category.   Note: These are in no specific order.   1. Marketing   Apple markets their products like no

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Anonymous on the Rampage!

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 4:09 PM MST   Anonymous is on the rampage! It appears that the famous (or infamous) hacking consortium is displaying its displeasure of the FBI raiding and arresting the head of MegaUpload today. Anonymous is believed to be responsible for taking down the websites of the DOJ, White House and FBI in retaliation. Additionally, just for good measure, Anonymous has also attacked the sites of the Universal Mus

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Android Fragmentation: What does it mean to you?

by Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:00 AM MDT   Linux’s biggest success story for the end-user is Android. Some analysts have predicted that Android could become the number one OS for smart phones in the world. Others have speculated that the iPhone and iOS will be Androids downfall. I don’t think so. I think the iPhone is a great phone and Apple has done well in establishing a market for it, and with it, a rabid consumer base. However, you will likely n

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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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Anatomy of a Sprint Triband Hexadecaport (16 port) Antenna Setup

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

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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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A Win for the Midrange: Samsung Galaxy Victory OET Review

by Ian Littman Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 7:05 AM MDT   At around $100 with a contract (before the inevitable wave of promotional offers that have already hit its big brother, the Galaxy SIII), the Samsung Galaxy Victory falls under the definition of a midrange smartphone. It has specs somewhat reminiscent of the old Epic 4G: a 5 megapixel rear camera with 720p video recording, a front camera, a 4-inch 800x480 screen and a not-particularly-slim profile.

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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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4G Service restored in Fortuna Foothills, Arizona

SERVICE RESTORED: Fortuna Foothills, Arizona (east Yuma)   The Fortuna Foothills tower east of Yuma, Arizona was taken offline at the beginning of the month. But today it's back up again. Rumor I heard was that it was creating interference across the border in Mexico with a foreign broadcaster. I guess it's been taken care of!  

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4G Protection Site back online in Houghton/Hancock, Michigan

BACK ONLINE: Houghton/Hancock, Michigan   The Upper Peninsula communities of Houghton and Hancock are back online. They disappeared off the Clear coverage map a few months ago, but showed back up today. This is roaming territory for Sprint customers, which means that older generation WiMax devices may have problems connecting to this site.  

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32GB Samsung Galaxy S-III Preorders supposedly on their way out for shipping...finally!

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 4:00 PM MDT   It appears that the logjam has been cleared and the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S-III pre-orders by Sprint customers are finally starting to roll. And yours truly has been one of those affected, sitting in backorder purgatory. We informed you all last week about the delay affecting 32GB models reportedly caused by overwhelming global demand that Samsung couldn't keep up with. The sources say that devices sta

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2012 Predictions from Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, December 30, 2011 - 1:39 PM MST   OK, OK! I can't resist the ridiculous speculations of what 2012 will bring. Some of these are things that I think will happen, some I think may happen, some are just fun guesses to stir up discussion and controversy. It was once said that, "Only fools, charlatans and liars try to predict earthquakes." I think the same can be said for those who make predictions for the upcoming year. I think the qu

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S4GRU

2011 Year in Review...Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

A letter to all our fans and supporters:   As we get to the final business day of 2011, I can't help to think back on the past year. Some of you know my background, and others of you just joined along for the ride at some point in the past few months, or weeks. At the beginning of 2011, there was no S4GRU. I was just another Sprint customer with his Evo 4G, waiting for 4G service to come to his tertiary market. I bought the Evo on opening day, June 4, 2010. I had been an AT&T

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[UPDATED] Teaser: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. One of "US." One variant each for all of the US?

by Josh McDaniel, Tim Yu, and Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 11:50 PM MST   Update: Further inspection of the FCC OET authorization filings has shown that while Samsung will produce only one "US" hardware variant each for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, it still will delineate operator specific "V," "A," "T," "P," and "R4" variants via firmware.   That firmware on the Sprint "P" variant, for example, will enable CCA/RRPP

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[UPDATED] How P for powerful is the Nexus 6P RF?

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, September 28, 2015 - 10:40 AM MDT   Update: Now that Google has released the full tech specs for the Nexus 6P, we can write a few addenda. While the FCC OET authorization filings disclosed support for several GSM, W-CDMA, and LTE international bands -- something that they are not required to do -- they curiously omitted W-CDMA band 8, which is the GSM 900 MHz band. Add that one to the W-CDMA list. Additionally, we can co

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WiWavelength

[UPDATED] EDITORIAL: Marcelo, that's not quite what we were thinking "All In" would look like

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 1:30 PM MDT   Update: at 7:00 p.m. MDT Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure announced the following on Twitter, "We heard you loud and clear and we are removing the 600 kbps on streaming video. #Allin and we won't stop" . We don't do many editorials here at S4GRU. We tend to editorialize in our forums. Where our opinions run rampant. We also don't do articles about plan offerings. We are a network focused site

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[UPDATE 2] [Teaser] Is S4GRU 5X certain that this is the new Nexus 5X?

by Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, September 25, 2015 - 5:44 PM MDT   Update 2: S4GRU's technical editor here again. It is Monday, October 19, and today is the day. Many of the Nexus 5X first preorders started shipping this morning for delivery later this week. You also may have caught the Nexus 5X television commercial that Google ran multiple times during the NFL broadcasts yesterday.   In light of the first handsets shipping today, S4GRU wants to publish

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[Teaser] The 9th Galaxy Arrives Early - The Galaxy S9

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 

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