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I have seen LTE in some new places, particularly the Cary dead zone. although it is still just band 26. However, in East Raleigh I got something down-right weird. Signal Checker showed band 41^2 (41 with a power of 2 above it). Is this carrier aggregation here in Raleigh? I didn't think my phone supported it at all, and I might be right, because when band 41^2 is showing rather than just band 41 without the superscript I have no data connection. 

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I have seen LTE in some new places, particularly the Cary dead zone. although it is still just band 26. However, in East Raleigh I got something down-right weird. Signal Checker showed band 41^2 (41 with a power of 2 above it). Is this carrier aggregation here in Raleigh? I didn't think my phone supported it at all, and I might be right, because when band 41^2 is showing rather than just band 41 without the superscript I have no data connection. 

What you saw was indeed a second Band 41 carrier. Every device that supports Band 41 will see both carriers. Essentially doubling capacity and bringing speeds up for everyone despite not supporting carrier aggregation. Having a CA enabled device would not only have access to that second carrier, but also aggregate it for double the peak speed.

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I've noticed greater data speeds and better coverage on the Saunders corridor south of Raleigh heading into Garner lately, probably since Christmas. Before my phone would hop down to 3G or my streaming music would pause while waiting on the I-40 off-ramp turning onto Saunders.

 

That's the only real improvement I've noticed recently in the area. I said a few months ago that coverage now is 100% adequate for my needs - and it remains as such.

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What is the deal with Wake Forest? Coverage is good but all my speed tests are slow.

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What is the deal with Wake Forest? Coverage is good but all my speed tests are slow.

 

Wake Forest is plagued with failed coverage and failed fiber to the home.

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I live in Person County (North of Durham), I used to get decent LTE on the road I live on,  but looking at the maps it seems to me that they are in the process of removing the LTE from around me? Could they be upgrading or just packing up and leaving lol?

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So is what we see here in RDU the best it's going to get? I'm not complaining -- I activated a VZW phone over the weekend and have better coverage with S than I do with VZW in the areas I live work and play -- but I hope I'm not being greedy by looking for more. What's upcoming in Sprint's improvements in the RDU area?

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So is what we see here in RDU the best it's going to get? I'm not complaining -- I activated a VZW phone over the weekend and have better coverage with S than I do with VZW in the areas I live work and play -- but I hope I'm not being greedy by looking for more. What's upcoming in Sprint's improvements in the RDU area?

Please, Sir. I want some more.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZrgxHvNNUc
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Visiting family here in Raleigh, 3XCA in full effect almost everywhere I've been..

 

Speeds north of 100mbs..

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Any news for the Triangle market?

 

I switched from T-Mobile a few days ago as I kept having issues with coverage in some of the buildings I am in frequently and the modem on the iPhone XS kept locking up when transitioning from low coverage to high coverage areas.

Sprint has better coverage indoors in the places I go to but the upload speeds are an issue. While it's nice to get 70 - 90 MB/s DL, video chat just doesn't work well with 2 MB/s UL.  Latency is pretty good too. Just that upstream... Always something :)

 

Also, does WiFi calling on Sprint use a different audio codec that is more compressed than the one T-Mobile uses?

I understand my area still uses 1x for voice at this time but I would have thought WiFi calling uses a better codec since bandwidth doesn't matter. T-Mobile was much clearer on WiFi calling.

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