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S4GRU Gift Account/Scholarship Account New Year Fund Drive

S4GRU Gift Account/Scholarship Account New Year Fund Drive

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 8:30 PM MST (edited)   Happy New Year!   Some of you are aware that S4GRU maintains a gift account/scholarship account. When a member cannot afford to renew or upgrade, we draw from this account to help others in need. It seems like this year we have had more people down on their luck than in past years, and our scholarship account has been fully depleted. We use this to fund not only people dow

S4GRU

S4GRU

[PSA] LTE roam if you want to. Plus (+), it may count as native coverage.

[PSA] LTE roam if you want to. Plus (+), it may count as native coverage.

by Tim Yu and Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 2:55 AM MST   S4GRU staff is burning the well past midnight oil for our readers. Overnight, Sprint has unofficially updated its network coverage map tool to include LTE Roaming+ and LTE Roaming acquired via its participation in the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) Roaming Hub and its own Rural Roaming Preferred Partners (RRPP) program. The coverage tool LTE roaming update clearly is a

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HTC One A9: The first Sprint Handset to support uplink 2x CA

HTC One A9: The first Sprint Handset to support uplink 2x CA

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 3:07 PM MST   Yes, you read that correctly. Thanks to the mid range Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 (MSM8952), the HTC One A9 is the first Sprint handset to include a modem that supports uplink 2x CA (carrier aggregation). That comes on die via the X8 LTE modem, which is a Category 7 LTE baseband, capable of aggregating up to 40 MHz FDD/TDD 2x CA on both the uplink and downlink. Now, before anyone gets too

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

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

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

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

MacinJosh

MacinJosh

Sprint's PCS spectrum position in Memphis goes from nothin' but a hound dog to Graceland

Sprint's PCS spectrum position in Memphis goes from nothin' but a hound dog to Graceland

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 3:28 AM MDT   Ladies and gentlemen, C Spire has left the building. In Memphis. Or so it seems.   Based on an FCC spectrum lease filing that came down the pike earlier this week, Cellular South dba C Spire has applied to lease all of its spectrum in Memphis to Sprint. S4GRU has not been able to confirm yet, but this almost certainly appears to signal a C Spire exit from Memphis -- its large

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Sprint affiliate Shentel to buy regional wireless operator nTelos bringing customers and spectrum to Sprint

Sprint affiliate Shentel to buy regional wireless operator nTelos bringing customers and spectrum to Sprint

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, August 10, 2015 - 10:30 PM MDT   What began as widespread speculation back in May came to fruition today. Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) announced its intention to buy nTelos in a $208 million deal ($640 million total counting debt Shentel will assume). The purchase includes network, spectrum licenses, retail customers/stores and all assets.   Shentel is a regional affiliate for Sprint and provides wireless

S4GRU

S4GRU

Columbus, 8640. The Age of 10 MHz FDD Discovery.

Columbus, 8640. The Age of 10 MHz FDD Discovery.

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 1:28 PM MDT   Columbus. But not 1492. Just 8640. And 26640, too.   This discovery did not require an Italian navigator sailing under the Spanish flag, nor the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Instead, the explorers were an intrepid S4GRU Columbus membership group (sorry, restricted to S4GRU sponsors), some handsets, some screenshots, and some speed tests.   Those last two numb

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Even More Guardians of the Samsung Galaxy

Even More Guardians of the Samsung Galaxy

by Tim Yu and Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 1:20 PM MDT   On the heels of the first of the late summer/early fall flagship handsets that S4GRU reported on two weeks ago, a second group of superheroes has appeared. And both of these new handsets are destined to be the size of a galaxy. So, take note, and stay on the edge of your seats.   Last week, Samsung started certifying what is presumably its next go round of devices for

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[PSA] Carrier Aggregation Now Officially Live

[PSA] Carrier Aggregation Now Officially Live

by Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:17 PM MDT   Consider this just a public service announcement. Sprint Spark Band 41 Carrier Aggregation (2x CA) now is officially live according to a Sprint internal announcement leaked on Reddit today by a verified Sprint employee in the Sprint subreddit. Late last month, S4GRU found evidence of 2x CA being live in Atlanta, but this now is a formal notice that Sprint has sent to its employees.   Thi

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

[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

S4GRU

S4GRU

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

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

WiWavelength

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

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

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

S4GRU

S4GRU

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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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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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

S4GRU

S4GRU

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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COZisBack

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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Mr.Nuke

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

S4GRU

S4GRU

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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