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The last I read was there was still a Washington State public agency that has not fully cleared. But that should be out of the way anytime now.

 

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Public safety in Washington has until December 31st to clear the 800mhz band. Canada is already clear. I'm hoping to see some 800mhz antennae going up soon.

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Traveled from Eugene to Waldport over the weekend, and stayed in Yachats. A little disappointed in coverage, as it seems to have remained stagnant if not slightly degraded over the last year...

 

My mom lives in Waldport, and I could've sworn when I switched back to Sprint last year, the LTE in Waldport was solid. This time, I jumped between LTE\3G, and at times even when I had LTE, I didn't actually have data. My mom also noted that in the last couple of months, something has changed because her phone connection has just not been as good. Figured it was her G3, but my S7 Edge had the same issues.

 

Also surprised by the Yachats coverage. In downtown Yachats, it's only roaming (in fairness to Sprint, their coverage maps actually accurately represent this!) - and while staying at the Adobe, I jumped between LTE\3G, but again, at times I had LTE with 11mbps, and other times I had LTE but data didn't actually work.

 

Uplink issues along the coast maybe? Also, anyone know why Sprint is still stuck at 3G in Florence? I noticed Tmobile hasn't been able to add any LTE there either, so I'm assuming there's a reason.

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27 minutes ago, Stspdx said:

Has Sprint turned off half thier network in Portland? Not sure if it’s Volte testing, or a deliberate attempt to show thier crappy network, but wow pretty much useless  throughout city. 

4x4MIMO and VoLTE testing has caused some big issues on the network. Hopefully in the coming weeks we will see some big time improvements once they work out the bugs.

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I've been away in Austin for business for the last 3 weeks.  Has the Portland network had issues?    I can say that the Austin network has been bad the whole time I have been here.   Very slow data.    My hotel has a severely overloaded magic box to a mini macro that is so bad I had to turn off calling plus just to make phone calls.    

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22 hours ago, superbluepsd said:

I've been away in Austin for business for the last 3 weeks.  Has the Portland network had issues?    I can say that the Austin network has been bad the whole time I have been here.   Very slow data.    My hotel has a severely overloaded magic box to a mini macro that is so bad I had to turn off calling plus just to make phone calls.    

It was fine when I was down in Portland last weekend.  Although VoLTE is supposedly going live there this week.  That may cause issues.

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There are certain towers on my daily commute where LTE is either offline or functionality is diminished. On 3g in weird places, and lots of LTE <1mbps. It’s fine, but will see as it’s been about two weeks. 

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On 10/8/2018 at 9:36 AM, Stspdx said:

There are certain towers on my daily commute where LTE is either offline or functionality is diminished. On 3g in weird places, and lots of LTE <1mbps. It’s fine, but will see as it’s been about two weeks. 

South end if downtown is still total deadzone. I now see that my phone (IPhone 7) bounces between 25, and 26, and never 41. There is a lot of construction going on, and wonder if they lost a building top location? Idk but I am not seeing any new improvements in Portland and network is very bogged down. First time in almost 15 years really considering being done. Fingers crossed they will flip the magic switch and things will get better. 

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3 hours ago, Stspdx said:

South end if downtown is still total deadzone. I now see that my phone (IPhone 7) bounces between 25, and 26, and never 41. There is a lot of construction going on, and wonder if they lost a building top location? Idk but I am not seeing any new improvements in Portland and network is very bogged down. First time in almost 15 years really considering being done. Fingers crossed they will flip the magic switch and things will get better. 

I have T-Mobile.  I was in PDX a few weeks ago and they have a lot of bad spots there.  About 1/3 of the towers are crawling.  You may need to go to VZW or ATT there if you switch.

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On 10/29/2018 at 12:35 PM, S4GRU said:

I have T-Mobile.  I was in PDX a few weeks ago and they have a lot of bad spots there.  About 1/3 of the towers are crawling.  You may need to go to VZW or ATT there if you switch.

Well, switch flipped. Back to acceptable service and actually improved in a few places in my commute. Seems like whatever they have been up to is  back online. Nice to see improvements. Looking at new phone and curious what all the fancy tech can offer. 

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I realize I'm reviving a dead thread here, but damn is the T-Mobile network hurting in Portland.

 

Stayed in North Portland (Kenton) for the past month and speeds were very lackluster. At multiple points I had to ask my girlfriend (who has an iPhone 8 on Sprint) to hotspot me, even just to make Google Maps functional. Did a speedtest comparison at one of our AirBNBs (near N Winchell and N Peninsular) - 10Mb/s avg on T-Mobile, 120Mb/s avg on Sprint. Speeds tended to follow this trend most other places I tested (N/NW/NE Portland). That said, on the few sites T-Mobile had 20+20MHz of B41 active, speeds tended to be pretty usable - if you were close enough to the site to connect to B41.

 

On the other hand, as we traveled around the more rural areas outside Portland (Silverton, Tillamook, and Sauvie Island come to mind) it was pretty likely my gf would run into coverage issues far more likely than I would.

 

Can't wait for network integration hell to be over with.

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