The rumor mill has fully geared up, so it seems time for a thread in which the potential HTC-made 2016 Nexus phones can be discussed.
Rumors suggest two phones: a 5" device codenamed Sailfish, and a larger device codenamed Marlin. Both are thought to be produced by HTC. [There's also a report that Google is making its own phone, without an OEM partner--along the lines of a Pixel phone--but that report has been largely discounted.]
Android Police has claimed it knows with 8/10 certainty some specs of the smaller device--Sailfish:
Manufactured by HTC
5" 1080p display (~440PPI)
Quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor (model unknown)
32GB storage (unknown if multiple models will be available, or even if this is the base storage level)
12MP rear camera, 8MP front
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
USB-C port (bottom)
Bottom-firing speaker or speakers (unknown if dual)
Top-mounted headphone jack
Any thoughts on these devices? The last several Nexus devices have been Sprint compatible; is there any reason to think these won't be? Any hints in regulatory filings? How is HTC's radio performance, generally? Will Sprint sell them directly, and even if they do, will it still be preferable to buy directly from Google?
I don't think that they will be able to decommission all redundant sites by the end of the current quarter. Maybe they can decommission redundant sites whose leases end this quarter. But the question still remains. Will the Sprint subscribers it served be given full access to the T-Mobile Network or not? Will Boost subs be given full access to the T-Mobile network before Sprint subs?
That assumes that hey move over band 26 or replace it by band 12 or b71 (if you have a compatible phone) they move over band 25 spectrum and possibly add another RRH and move over B41 panels/RRHs or replace them with T-Mobile compatible panels/RRHs with b41/n41 MMIMO and give you access to them via a SIM swap or something. Roaming is not working real well right now since you have to lose coverage before it will switch you over.
With network upgrades being 5G centric as well as Sprint subs being left off the T-Mo network unless no other Sprint signal can be found, will result in an even smaller footprint. Yes this is assuming that majority of the redundant sites torn down being that of Sprint's network. Until there is consistent network sharing, Sprint subs will be weaned off the network through 5G device upgrades or through leaving due to shrinking service.