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NewCo needs to drop some of the PCS from MetroPCS

NewCo needs to drop some of the PCS from MetroPCS

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, October 5, 2012 - 8:00 AM MDT   Unless you have been under a telecom rock the past 48 hours -- or stuck in the boonies with only a GSM device (I kid, I kid) -- you have read that T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have agreed in principle to a complicated reverse merger arrangement that would create a combined carrier, at least provisionally called NewCo. Now, Sprint has jumped back into the fray, this after Sprint's executive leadership h

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

"Magical Mystery Phone Tour"

"Magical Mystery Phone Tour"

by Josh McDaniel Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, April 8, 2013 - 1:19 PM MDT   On April 5, the mysterious Samsung SPH-L500 passed thru the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology), indicating that it is now authorized for use in the US on the Sprint network. S4GRU can report only the details that are currently available, but we will update the article as more info emerges. The phone measures roughly 5.24 inches tall by 2.68 inches wide, making it slightly smaller than the

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" Sprint and AT&T tango to trade PCS frequencies.

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" Sprint and AT&T tango to trade PCS frequencies.

by Tim Yu and Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:25 AM MST   Call it a comeback. The band, the PCS band is getting back together. Pun intended. You will understand soon.   After a two year absence, the popular one, two, three part "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" article series is back for an encore. For full comprehension, refer back to those articles -- and others linked throughout this article. We will lead you in the di

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lilotimz

Not just with AT&T, Sprint swaps spectrum with T-Mobile and VZW, too.

Not just with AT&T, Sprint swaps spectrum with T-Mobile and VZW, too.

by Tim Yu Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:25 AM MST   A little over two weeks ago, S4GRU published an article detailing a multi-market PCS 1900 MHz swap between Sprint and AT&T that increased spectrum contiguity for both operators in several markets. In that article, we mentioned how that spectrum swap might be the first of many, as there are numerous other markets in which Sprint and other licensees could mutually benefit by realigning disparate spec

lilotimz

lilotimz

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

lilotimz

lilotimz

 

New Network Vision/LTE Deployment details and Central Jersey market work is under way with several sites live!

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 7:46 PM MST   Exciting breaking news from the S4GRU.com News Desk. Yesterday, I received a tip that Network Vision/LTE Deployment was under way in a market that S4GRU had not yet announced (although we were just about to). An unnamed S4GRU Reader contacted me and said they had witnessed Network Vision work under way in the Freehold area of Central New Jersey. Better yet, he talked with an engineer at one of the sites and

S4GRU

S4GRU

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

 

S4GRU first to capture Sprint LTE live in the wild!

by Andrew J. Shepherd and Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, April 6, 2012 - 2:20 PM MDT   Today, S4GRU brings you the wireless equivalent of the much sought after paparazzi photo of the newborn celebrity baby. In an S4GRU exclusive, here is the first published look at a live Sprint LTE signal.   Sprint recently lit up a cluster of Network Vision sites in Olathe, KS within Sprint's Kansas market. With trusty spectrum analyzer in tow, S4GRU staff ventured to Olathe this morni

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

 

HTC EVO 4G LTE tech details revealed in FCC OET filing

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 2:55 PM MDT     A few weeks ago, S4GRU was the first to bring you the news of the HTC codenamed "Jet" that was recently unveiled as the HTC EVO 4G LTE headed to Sprint this summer. Today, the EVO 4G LTE applications hit the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) database. S4GRU brings you the technical rundown, including some important revelations.     CDMA1X + EV-DO band classes 0, 1, 10 (i.e. CDMA1X

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WiWavelength

Clear Site Triband Conversions

Clear Site Triband Conversions

Dave YeagerSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesFriday, February 8, 2019 - 8:00 AM PST   Sprint’s tribanding project has reached a new phase -- former Clear LTE 2500 only sites are getting new equipment as reported by nowerlater in Cincinnati, Joski1624 in Cleveland, and here in Columbus. Converting sites from LTE 2500 only to triband LTE 800 MHz, LTE 1900 MHz, and LTE 2500 will significantly improve network performance in the traditional metropolitan areas of markets where Clear sites resi

dkyeager

dkyeager

 

San Diego Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, July 2, 2012 - 12:30 PM MDT   The next market in our Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series is ...San Diego. The San Diego market has yet to be announced by Sprint, but is expected to be announced in the near future. Perhaps around the time of the first market launches.   The Sprint San Diego market encompasses San Diego County and parts of Imperial County, including the San Diego Metro Area, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside,

S4GRU

S4GRU

LG LS740: Could it be a midrange RF powerhouse?

LG LS740: Could it be a midrange RF powerhouse?

by Josh McDaniel Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, January 31, 2014   This year is shaping up to be an interesting one for Sprint handsets. In 2012, 15 LTE devices were released on the then brand new Sprint LTE 1900 network, while last year saw a 100 percent increase to 30 devices. And this year could be just as big of a year as last. So, what better way to start 2014 off right than with a tri-band LTE phone?   We present S4GRU's first FCC OET authorization article

MacinJosh

MacinJosh

Teaser: How does HTC M8 RF performance stack up?

Teaser: How does HTC M8 RF performance stack up?

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, March 3, 2014 - 5:37 PM MST   No one is publicly sure what the codenamed HTC M8 will finally be called. HTC One 2, HTC One More, or maybe pull an Apple move and just call it yet again the HTC One. Regardless, all of the big four domestic variants were added to the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) database today. The last to have its authorizations appear online this afternoon was none other than NM80P6B700

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WiWavelength

 

Sprint and HTC plan joint announcement, most likely the next HTC device...the S4GRU invitation must be lost in the mail!

Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 3:18 PM MDT   Today, Sprint releases invitations to the grand Sprint/HTC collaboration event, to be held on Wednesday, April 4th. We didn't get our invitation yet, but the mail man here at the Espanola post office can be slow.   We can't help but jump to the conclusion that this event is to announce the upcoming HTC Evo One X Jet HD LTE, or whatever the name actually ends up being, that we broke the story about the past S

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Atlanta/Athens Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 8:44 AM MDT   In the first article of our new Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series, S4GRU brings you to Atlanta, Georgia. Sprint announced to the world early in Network Vision that the Atlanta/Athens market would be one of their first LTE launches. Slated for the end of June 2012.   Since the announcement last December, Sprint's Network Vision OEM Ericsson has been busy with deployment. As of this week,

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

First 4G LTE sites start going on-air in Sprint's Boston market

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, June 18, 2012 - 7:53 AM MDT   Last Friday, we provided a few tease postings on social media about Sprint 4G LTE sites going on-air in Boston. First 4, then a 5th and later a 6th. Now this morning, two more. A total of 8 sites in the Sprint Boston market now are live with 4G LTE.   As most S4GRU followers know, Sprint's Network Vision OEM Alcatel/Lucent has been very active in the Boston area for several months. However, until late la

S4GRU

S4GRU

Coverage of the Q2 12 Sprint Nextel Corp Earnings Conference Call

Coverage of the Q2 12 Sprint Nextel Corp Earnings Conference Call

Sprint Nextel revealed their second quarter 2012 corporate earnings in a conference call to their investors today and S4GRU was covering for news on Network Vision. Network thinning of the iDEN network is complete, taking 1/3 of Nextel towers off air. The Nextel network was built to support 20 million subscribers, but was only supporting 4.4 million subscribers, so it could easily be thinned without [much] noticeable change in street coverage. Sprint also converted 60% of the Nextel subscri

pyroscott

pyroscott

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" Interpreting your engineering screen. Part one.

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" Interpreting your engineering screen. Part one.

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, April 26, 2013 - 6:29 AM MDT   A significant piece of S4GRU's educational mission is helping our readers understand what goes on behind the scenes and underneath the hood in the operation of a wireless network. This often requires getting readers to access internal engineering (or debug) screens on their handsets to view numbers and metrics, such as PN offset, Ec/Io, cell identity, etc., as we track the progress of Sprint's Networ

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

Teaser: What's this aboot the BlackBerry Z30 being single band, eh?

Teaser: What's this aboot the BlackBerry Z30 being single band, eh?

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, September 30, 2013 - 4:41 PM MDT   Phew, what a September it has been for discovery/announcement of new devices likely headed to Sprint! S4GRU staff has been busy keeping a watchful eye on the FCC OET. And in an egalitarian way, we have covered nearly the gamut of mobile operating systems: Android, iOS, and now, the latest OS version for BlackBerry.   Yes, ahead of a potential government shutdown tomorrow that

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

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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lilotimz

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

dkyeager

dkyeager

 

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

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

 

Norfolk/Virginia Beach Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, June 25, 2012 - 12:08 PM MDT   The next market in our Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series is just about to get moving...the Norfolk and the Virginia Tidewater Region. The Norfolk market has yet to be announced by Sprint, but is expected to be announced in the near future. Perhaps around the time of the first market launches.   The Sprint Norfolk market covers basically all of Southeast Virginia and the Hampton Roads, fro

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Sprint's Network Vision & LTE Deployments will soon come speeding into Washington, D.C. to jump start stalled bureaucracy

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 3:33 AM MST   OK, Sprint 4G Rollout Updates is prepared to name the third city that Sprint's Network Vision vendor Alcatel/Lucent is deploying during 2012...Washington, D.C. The District will soon be getting another LTE option, but this time via the Now Network. In the past few days, we announced that Sprint is working on Network Vision/LTE Deployment in the San Francisco Bay market and Boston market. And now we can

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