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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

legion125

legion125

 

FCC ready to give Sprint official go ahead on SMR 800 MHz wideband operation

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, March 9, 2012 - 1:15 PM MST   Sprint may soon be gaining some clarity regarding its Network Vision plans to deploy CDMA1X Advanced to replace Nextel iDEN in its rebanded SMR 800 MHz spectrum. The FCC today announced a proposed rulemaking that would explicitly allow SMR 800 MHz licensees (e.g. Sprint, SouthernLINC, and a few others) to utilize greater than 25 kHz channel spacing.   Currently, Part 90 SMR 800 MHz rules and regulations

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

 

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

 

Nashville & New Orleans are scheduled to be in the Second Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 2:01 PM MST   Ready for some more announcements? We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012. Music City and the Big Easy! The Nashville market engulfs all of Eastern Tennessee and the New Orleans market is the whole eastern section of Louisiana.   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Ericsson will likely begin Network Vision and LTE deployment in

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Portland, Oregon is scheduled to be in the Second Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 5:49 PM MST   Today, Sprint 4G Rollout Updates is prepared to tell you about another Round Two market in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012. Portland, Oregon. More specifically, Sprint's Oregon/SW Washington market.   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Samsung will likely begin Network Vision and LTE deployment in the Oregon/SW Washington market in 2012. This is not an imminent start in the next few week

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Sprint wants to know if you can hear me now in Atlanta???

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:28 PM MST   Did you hear? Sprint is claiming that the 3G Network is now enhanced in Atlanta! Does that mean Network Vision upgrades are complete and live on PCS 1900? What are they saying here? Their press release is vague and going to mislead many people!   Sprint is just championing temporary upgrades that have been completed. The band-aid fixes that were shown on network.sprint.com for the past four months

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Mark your calendars, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse will be speaking at MWC on Thursday

. . .   . . . by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:49 AM MST   Sprint has issued a Press Release that Señor Hesse will be speaking at MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, España this week. You think he is going to break with some exciting Network Vision news? Or will it only be things we have already covered at S4GRU.com?   Either way, MWC is largely a GSM event, so for Dan Hesse to show up and speak is kind of a big deal. He's a cookin'

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Sprint knows the way to San Jose! Sprint's South Bay market will receive Network Vision/LTE Deployment in the Second Round

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 3:00 AM MST   Will Dionne Warwick be invited to Sprint's Launch Party in San Jose? Who knows? But Sprint 4G Rollout Updates can tell you that the first market in the Second Round of Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012 is Sprint's South Bay market. Which is in the heart of the Silicon Valley. We can definitely see why this is a priority to Sprint.   Sammy wants to bring some LTE Tech to California's Tech Capital

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

 

Could tax relief legislation allow Sprint to add an "H" to its PCS alphabet?

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 4:20 PM MST   While the name of the bill might seem to suggest otherwise, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 currently working its way through Congress contains several provisions that have direct bearing on the wireless industry.   One, it assigns directly to public safety the Upper 700 MHz D block 10 MHz (5 MHz x 5 MHz) nationwide license—which had been intended for a public-private natio

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

 

Quarterback controversy? HTC One to replace the iconic HTC Evo nameplate!

by Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, February 27, 2012 - 2:21 AM MST   Earlier this year, both HTC and Samsung stated in reports that it will be slimming down its product lines in order to reduce expenses, concentrate on higher quality and to lessen the effects of diluting similar product lines. Samsung has hinted that the Galaxy S lll will be launched simultaneously in many markets, and would eliminate the U.S. carriers from individual looks and independent features. Now HTC h

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

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

 

Mo Money! Mo Money! Sprint is looking to sell $2 Billion in debt to help fund Clearwire and other notable expenses

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:01 PM MST   Our beloved Sprint today announced that it is putting up for sale $2 Billion in notes to help pay its struggling partner in crime, Clearwire. Sprint also plans to refinance some other debts coming due and pay additional unnamed network upgrades with the proceeds.   Sprint only recently raised $4 billion in the debt markets in early December to pay for up front Network Vision costs and to help pay some Cle

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Could Amazon build on the success of the Kindle Fire and move into the phone market?

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 4:09 AM MST   The Kindle changed the way many of us purchased and read books. Amazon may have seen the way iTunes and iPods changed the way consumers purchased their music. Consumers were moving away from physical CDs and towards digital media that could be delivered electronically without the trip to the store or even the trip to Amazon.com to have the CD shipped to their house.   Amazon created an ecosystem, com

pyroscott

pyroscott

 

Sprint proclaims new SDC Push-To-Talk Network virtues over iDEN

by Rickie Smith Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 1:01 PM MST   Sprint announced yesterday that in recent testing conducted in 17 markets, that their new CDMA-based Sprint Direct Connect met or exceeded all measurements. Sprint Direct Connect, or SDC, is the successor push-to-talk network that Sprint is implementing to replace its aging iDEN network it inherited from its merger with Nextel.   This come on the heels of recent developments of how the Nextel iDEN PTT si

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

New Early Upgrade Promo in select Sprint markets, all devices including the iPhone

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 5:40 PM MST   Sprint 4G Rollout Updates has been notified of a covert new upgrade promotional titled "Upgrade Now Promotional - Trial." This is similar to one leaked a few weeks ago, but eligibility is a little less stringent this time. However, it is only limited to 21 out of the 97 Sprint markets, from now through April 14, 2012.   The markets included: Atlanta / Athens, GA Charlotte, NC Chicago, IL Ci

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

"Two if by LTE!!!" declares Sprint 4G Rollout Updates as Boston is named as a Network Vision/LTE city for 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, February 20, 2012 - 1:33 AM MST   OK, Sprint 4G Rollout Updates is prepared to name the second city that Sprint's Network Vision vendor Alcatel/Lucent is deploying during 2012...Boston, Massachusetts. Bean Town, and soon to be LTE Town for Sprint. On Friday, we announced that Sprint is working on Network Vision/LTE Deployment in the San Francisco Bay Market. And now we can tell you that the Sprint Boston market is also about to begin work

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

 

SNL mocks Verizon's 4G LTE Campaign

In a YouTube video I saw this morning lighting up all over Twitter, Saturday Night Live has spoofed Verizon's 4G LTE commercials. It would be even funnier if they mocked their LTE network outages. Maybe that's next week?   To view the video, click on the image below. The original YouTube embed was taken down because NBC Universal complained to YouTube about Copyright infringement. Now the image below links you directly to the non-infrnging video on the NBC Universal site. You will have to

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Network Vision Drawings for a site in Overland Park, Kansas

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 8:59 PM MST   Another set of Network Vision drawings have appeared, and of course we have to post them up here at Sprint 4G Rollout Updates. There isn't anything earth shattering in these drawings that weren't really in the drawings S4GRU published a month ago in Lawrence, Kansas.   The new drawings show a roof mounted cell site on top of the Hillcrest Bank at the corner of W. 95th and Nieman Road in Overland Park, Kan

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Spectrum Analysis Part Two...Sprint and T-Mobile spare PCS spectrum would pair nicely for a LTE Partnership

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12:22 PM MST     In part one of this series, we discussed how Sprint could theoretically leverage its long held PCS A-F block spectrum to deploy a second 5 MHz x 5 MHz LTE channel in many markets alongside the 5 MHz x 5 MHz LTE channel that Sprint plans to roll out in its unused, nationwide PCS G block 10 MHz spectrum. Here is the rundown:   . Verizon Wireless (VZW) and AT&T Mobility (AT&T) have the Up

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Spectrum Analysis...Does Sprint have more options for additional LTE carriers?

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 10:01 AM MST   Within the wireless industry and among wireless enthusiasts, it is fairly common knowledge that Verizon Wireless (VZW) and AT&T Mobility (AT&T) have landed Boardwalk and Park Place, respectively, in terms of wireless spectrum for LTE deployment. (Pardon the Monopoly…er, duopoly pun.) VZW has huge Upper 700 MHz C block 22 MHz licenses that it holds nationwide. And AT&T has a not quite a

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Riverside/San Bernardino is scheduled to be in the Second Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012...Good news for the Inland Empire

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 5:05 PM MST   Going inland to the empire! We are now prepared to tell you about another Round Two market in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   Riverside/San Bernardino!   Sprint's Riverside/San Bernardino market   Sprint's R/SB market basically covers all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It also includes a portion of Imperial County that is on the north and west side of the Salton Sea

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S4GRU

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