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Sprint LTE is now discoverable in the DFW, Houston, San Antonio & Austin markets

Sprint LTE is now discoverable in the DFW, Houston, San Antonio & Austin markets

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 8:46 AM MDT   It's been quite a beehive of activity around the S4GRU forums as members proclaim that 4G icons are appearing live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, Houston, San Antonio and in isolated spots around the Austin market (most notably around Waco). 4G LTE is appearing in these markets. I have now received confirmation from sources within Sprint, that they have indeed stopped blocking LTE connections in

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S4GRU

Sprint LTE launch market connection issues

Sprint LTE launch market connection issues

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:59 PM MDT   As many of you already know, the ability to connect and keep connected to LTE signals in Sprint's launch markets has been problematic for Sprint customers. What's going on? Here at our forums at S4GRU, we have been busy talking with our members and trying to figure out the issue since LTE markets started going live last Thursday. Some members were able to connect early and often. Some had problems

S4GRU

S4GRU

(UPDATED) LG Eclipse 4G casts an early shadow

(UPDATED) LG Eclipse 4G casts an early shadow

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, August 10, 2012 - 6:54 PM MDT   Update: The previously dubbed LG Eclipse is being released November 11 as the Optimus G. Additionally, the LTE 1900 EIRP figures that were missing from the original FCC filing were added six weeks later in a Class II Permissive Change application. Max LTE 1900 EIRP is 23.51 dBm -- though with substantial variability (up to 4.5 dB) due to differences in carrier frequency, bandwidth, and modulation (Q

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

Sprint Marketing Releases a 4G LTE City List where work is under way

Sprint Marketing Releases a 4G LTE City List where work is under way

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:05 AM MDT   This morning, we received a Press Release from Sprint Marketing that shows some of Sprint's plan in their LTE deployment through the end of the year. In this Press Release, Sprint officially names 12 more markets that have received/starting to receive LTE deployments currently, and names more than 100 communities names. None of these are any surprise to people who follow S4GRU closely, especially

S4GRU

S4GRU

Jack of all bands: iPhone 5 FCC OET review

Jack of all bands: iPhone 5 FCC OET review

by Ian Littman Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, September 14, 2012 - 9:35 AM MDT   In the past, Apple’s iPhone wasn’t quite the ideal Sprint phone from a network perspective; it lacked 4G of any sort and didn’t include support for Sprint’s nascent SMR-800 1x CDMA network (in place of Nextel iDEN). The situation could be worse (for example, CricKet iPhones can’t get native service in many of the company’s newer, AWS-only markets), but as a flagship phone it was odd to see the iPhone la

S4GRU

S4GRU

CONFIRMED: Network Vision/LTE deployment is under way in the Indianapolis market

CONFIRMED: Network Vision/LTE deployment is under way in the Indianapolis market

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 9:45 AM MDT   S4GRU members in the Indianapolis market have been wondering if something is up recently. Seeing a little activity at Sprint sites in the area. The past couple of days, flickerings of Sprint LTE have been discovered in the NE and East Indy suburbs. Network Vision/LTE deployment is now confirmed under way in the Indianapolis market. As you can see in the map at the bottom, diligent S4GRU members

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S4GRU

CONFIRMED: Network Vision/LTE deployment is under way in the Ft. Wayne/South Bend market

CONFIRMED: Network Vision/LTE deployment is under way in the Ft. Wayne/South Bend market

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, September 28, 2012 - 5:15 AM MDT   S4GRU received a tip from one of our members in Northern Indiana ten days ago Network Vision was spotted underway in the Ft. Wayne/South Bend market. He was able to take some photos (below) to show that new Network Vision panels indeed have been added at Site #CH03HO119 located on the south west side of Elkhart, Indiana. Yesterday, S4GRU members found Sprint LTE signals in this vicinity, reaching

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S4GRU

A Win for the Midrange: Samsung Galaxy Victory OET Review

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.

S4GRU

S4GRU

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

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WiWavelength

Sprint "brings" LTE service to Greater Chicago and Other Communities

Sprint "brings" LTE service to Greater Chicago and Other Communities

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, October 22, 2012 - 11:00 AM MDT   Today, Sprint announced in four separate Press Releases that they have brought 4G LTE Service to the Chicagoland area, as well as Wichita Falls Texas, Hutchinson and McPherson Kansas, New Bedford and Fall River, Massachusetts. It is probably no accident that Sprint selected to use the phrase "Sprint brings 4G LTE" in lieu of "launched." Don't misunderstand though that this is good news. LTE servic

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S4GRU

Sur la tablet: Apple iPad 4, iPad mini add Sprint LTE support

Sur la tablet: Apple iPad 4, iPad mini add Sprint LTE support

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 12:05 PM MDT   Over the past six months, Apple's iPad 3 has racked up millions of sales, yet Google's (and Asus') Nexus 7 and Microsoft's Surface tablets have grabbed the headlines over the summer and into the fall. Yesterday, Apple struck back by not only rolling out iPad 4 the same year as iPad 3 but also introducing the long rumored iPad mini. S4GRU readers will recall that Sprint was left out of the iPad

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

Sprint internal correspondence discusses Network Vision Progress/Issues with Employees

Sprint internal correspondence discusses Network Vision Progress/Issues with Employees

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 10:33 AM MST   Today we feature text from internal correspondence that was distributed to Sprint employees regarding the state of the Network Vision deployment and addresses key points that employees often encounter with the public. It is from a Q&A session with Chad Elliott, Sprint's Director of Strategic Technology Programs. Although there aren't really points in the memo that will be surprises for S4GRU

S4GRU

S4GRU

Sprint deploys special Ground Mount Option Network Vision sites in some low capacity and high engineering locations

Sprint deploys special Ground Mount Option Network Vision sites in some low capacity and high engineering locations

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:13 AM MST   Often you may see us refer to a GMO site around S4GRU. But, what is a GMO site? GMO stands for Ground Mount Option. Or sometimes, it will be referred to as a GMR (Ground Mount RRU) site. In this article we will explain many points about the Ground Mount Option. In the most basic explanation, a Ground Mount site is one where they are doing a partial Network Vision conversion instead of a full bu

S4GRU

S4GRU

(UPDATED) A short time from now in a Galaxy not far away...

(UPDATED) A short time from now in a Galaxy not far away...

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:10 AM MDT   Update: The Samsung review embargo has been lifted overnight, and Galaxy S4 reviews are being published around the Web today. Thanks to one of our favorite, highly thorough reviewers, Brian Klug at AnandTech, we can confirm that the Galaxy S4 follows the recent HTC One in providing a removable micro-SIM. So, while two data points do not necessarily a trend make, the One and Galaxy S4 do suggest th

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

Mid-range LG LTE coming to Sprint prepaid/wholesale?

Mid-range LG LTE coming to Sprint prepaid/wholesale?

by Josh McDaniel Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:35 AM MDT   Last year, LG released a mid-range device that made its way from one CDMA carrier to another. This year appears to be no exception. The LG LG870 recently passed through the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) with Sprint LTE and band 10 CDMA2000 on board. If the LG Viper (LS840) last year is any indication, it was released as the Connect (MS840) on MetroPCS, and then as the Lucid (VS840) on

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

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

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

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:35 PM MDT   Welcome back to S4GRU's continuing series focused on understanding many of the signal metrics displayed on your devices' engineering screens. If you missed part one a few weeks ago, that is a good place to start for background info. Last time out, we covered 3GPP2 band class 1 PCS 1900 MHz, in which Sprint has long operated its CDMA2000 network, and 3GPP band 25 PCS 1900 MHz, in which Sprint is c

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

"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

Married to it

Married to it

by Christina Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 3:10 AM MST   Travel back with me a few weeks ago. It’s a cold Saturday afternoon, and I am standing and staring into a gated area near a cell phone tower. My date for this outing is frantically taking pictures and discussing the exciting upgrades to the equipment which have occurred since our last visit. I have no idea what he is talking about, all the mechanical stuff looks exactly like it did a few weeks a

MommaCiCi

MommaCiCi

Clearwire…a little LTE plastic surgery and suddenly the Belle of the Ball?

Clearwire…a little LTE plastic surgery and suddenly the Belle of the Ball?

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 5:37 PM MST   Clearwire. Clearwire. Clearwire! Clearwire!!! And Dan Hesse wakes up. Clearwire has often been the bain of Sprint’s existence. Once hopeful adopted child. Then run amok with its own plans, disregarding everything its Daddy taught them. And then prodigal child returning home. And now Clearwire is out of wireless rehab with its new CEO Eric Prusch and trying to get things turned around. And its f

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S4GRU

Clearwire releases 4th quarter 2011 results, talks about TD-LTE

Clearwire releases 4th quarter 2011 results, talks about TD-LTE

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 4:45 PM MST   Clearwire released its fourth quarter and full year 2011 results in a conference call with investors, analysts, and the media this afternoon. S4GRU was on the call to bring you this report.   Clearwire highlighted its 8-K report with the following statistics: Record Fourth Quarter 2011 Revenue of $361.9 Million, Up 107% Year Over Year From $175.2 Million Full Year Revenu

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WiWavelength

Sprint 4G Partner Clearwire announces TD-LTE test trial markets

Sprint 4G Partner Clearwire announces TD-LTE test trial markets

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 1:05 PM MST   Clearwire has announced that they are beginning trials of their new upcoming TD-LTE network, in conjunction with their GTI (Global TD-LTE Initiative) partner, China Mobile. Clearwire will deploy their TD-LTE in Phoenix, Arizona and Herndon, Virginia. China Mobile will deploy theirs in Beijing and other Chinese communities.  As part of the interoperability testing, devices from each others networks

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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lilotimz

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

[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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lilotimz

Des Moines 4G WiMax coverage reappears on Clear's coverage maps after 6 month hiatus

Des Moines 4G WiMax coverage reappears on Clear's coverage maps after 6 month hiatus

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 10:01 AM MST   Hold the corn and pass the pork chops! Des Moines is back on the map!!! Clearwire rolled out several 4G Protection Sites for Sprint and Clear WiMax customers back in Spring 2011 in the Des Moines area. However, after only showing for just over a month, they disappeared off coverage maps. And haven't been seen since. The service continued to be live after it disappeared from coverage maps. And we

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S4GRU

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