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Drove from Chicago to Winston-Salem today and I noticed along the way I ran into areas where I only received 1x data and also areas without eHRPD (just EV-DO). Is there legacy equipment still in operation that only supports 1x? I observed this mostly in West Virginia (nTelos) but also along the I-77 corridor from Beckley, WV to King, NC. (Also saw Carolina West as a carrier that was non-roaming). Are these areas that are supported by nTelos and Carolina West on par with the rest of NV or are they totally separate carrier partners? It was pretty interesting seeing all the progress along the way with respect to LTE. I had it all they way from Chicago to just past Dayton, OH. After that nothing until I got into Winston.

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I do not remember any 1x only coverage on that route when I went through there in October -- but I wasn't watching my phone the whole time either.  

 

As far as Carolina West, I believe they are the ones that I was in "home" coverage with when I was in Lake Lure in June -- I noticed that I *WAS* not in a normal Sprint coverage when (a) I had EVDO and not EHRDP and (B) there were NO sprint sites on the maps in the sponsor section here.  I *DID* have smoking fast EVDO speeds I had never seen on Sprint up to that point though (I must have been the only one on that site or something)...

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Carolina West is a SRA with Sprint. 

 

SRA or Strategic Roaming Alliance partners are telecommunication partners that Sprint has agreements with to build or mirror the Sprint CDMA network to provide service to customers in rural areas.
Sprint cannot sell in the SRA Markets.
All Sprint CDMA customers can enjoy all of the Sprint CDMA voice, text messaging, Ready Link and Vision/Power Vision services, while traveling in SRA territories using any Sprint CDMA device, PDA or Connection Card without roaming indicators.
Customers should have the latest PRL to acquire SRA territories.
Pricing - Sprint subscribers will not be charged for roaming in these areas. Usage is billed as on-network

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Carolina West is a SRA with Sprint. 

 

SRA or Strategic Roaming Alliance partners are telecommunication partners that Sprint has agreements with to build or mirror the Sprint CDMA network to provide service to customers in rural areas.

Sprint cannot sell in the SRA Markets.

All Sprint CDMA customers can enjoy all of the Sprint CDMA voice, text messaging, Ready Link and Vision/Power Vision services, while traveling in SRA territories using any Sprint CDMA device, PDA or Connection Card without roaming indicators.

Customers should have the latest PRL to acquire SRA territories.

Pricing - Sprint subscribers will not be charged for roaming in these areas. Usage is billed as on-network

That's good to know, thanks! So I'm guessing its still possible that legacy sites, either Sprint or SRA, could only be 1x?

 

I do not remember any 1x only coverage on that route when I went through there in October -- but I wasn't watching my phone the whole time either.  

 

As far as Carolina West, I believe they are the ones that I was in "home" coverage with when I was in Lake Lure in June -- I noticed that I *WAS* not in a normal Sprint coverage when (a) I had EVDO and not EHRDP and (B) there were NO sprint sites on the maps in the sponsor section here.  I *DID* have smoking fast EVDO speeds I had never seen on Sprint up to that point though (I must have been the only one on that site or something)...

When I was connected to EVDO in the area I did notice really nice speeds as well, my guess of why I was seeing 1x only could have been due to the mountainous terrain. Was just curious to see if 1x only sites still existed on the sprint legacy network from my observations today. Thanks!

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Drove from Chicago to Winston-Salem today and I noticed along the way I ran into areas where I only received 1x data and also areas without eHRPD (just EV-DO). 

 

Just to clarify, eHRPD is just a software overlay to allow devices to keep the same IP address when going to and from LTE.

 

As for the 1x, it's possible your phone got stuck scanning the wrong geo or something, and just didn't latch onto the proper signals. I've watch my phone site on 1x forever after updating the PRL or otherwise resetting the scan while it tries to figure out where it is. 

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Carolina West is a SRA with Sprint. 

 

SRA or Strategic Roaming Alliance partners are telecommunication partners that Sprint has agreements with to build or mirror the Sprint CDMA network to provide service to customers in rural areas.

Sprint cannot sell in the SRA Markets.

All Sprint CDMA customers can enjoy all of the Sprint CDMA voice, text messaging, Ready Link and Vision/Power Vision services, while traveling in SRA territories using any Sprint CDMA device, PDA or Connection Card without roaming indicators.

Customers should have the latest PRL to acquire SRA territories.

Pricing - Sprint subscribers will not be charged for roaming in these areas. Usage is billed as on-network

 

Is there a listing of Sprints SRA partners? I would be curious to know how many there are.

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Sprint Rural Alliance (SRA) members (aka Sprint Partners) are those carriers who use their own equipment and also sell their own service under their own name while using Sprint spectrum. Sprint is given access to the SRA network in return for allowing use of Sprint spectrum. This allows Sprint to keep the spectrum license for the geographic area being served by the SRA member.

SRA Members: Alaska DigiTel in Alaska and NTelos in West Virginia and western Virginia.

Former SRA Members: Alltel Wireless in Montana. This portion of the network was obtained by AT&T during the merger of Alltel and Verizon Wireless. Pioneer Cellular in Kansas and Oklahoma ended their agreement with Sprint on March 1, 2012. They have since transitioned to an agreement with Verizon Wireless through the LTE in Rural America program. NexTech Wireless in Kansas and portions of eastern Colorado ended their agreement with Sprint on June 14, 2013.

 

 

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprint_Corporation 

 

i am not sure how correct it is but there is some info

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Does anyone know if there is a SRA in and around the area of Paris TN? Sprint maps and devices show native coverage in the area, but all Sprint MVNOs show the town, and main route into town as roaming. I haven't been able to find anything, thought someone here might know.

Carolina West is a SRA with Sprint. 

 

SRA or Strategic Roaming Alliance partners are telecommunication partners that Sprint has agreements with to build or mirror the Sprint CDMA network to provide service to customers in rural areas.
Sprint cannot sell in the SRA Markets.
All Sprint CDMA customers can enjoy all of the Sprint CDMA voice, text messaging, Ready Link and Vision/Power Vision services, while traveling in SRA territories using any Sprint CDMA device, PDA or Connection Card without roaming indicators.
Customers should have the latest PRL to acquire SRA territories.
Pricing - Sprint subscribers will not be charged for roaming in these areas. Usage is billed as on-network

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Does anyone know if there is a SRA in and around the area of Paris TN? Sprint maps and devices show native coverage in the area, but all Sprint MVNOs show the town, and main route into town as roaming. I haven't been able to find anything, thought someone here might know.

 

That may be SI Wireless. Fraydog might have some more information on them.

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Does anyone know if there is a SRA in and around the area of Paris TN? Sprint maps and devices show native coverage in the area, but all Sprint MVNOs show the town, and main route into town as roaming. I haven't been able to find anything, thought someone here might know.

It's definitely SI wireless

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With Alaska Digitel now being part of GCI , has the Sprint <-> GCI roaming agreement ended?

 

All coverage in Alaska is now considered roaming and not native since October 2013.

 

I saw this.

http://www.fcc.gov/document/application-sprintcom-inc-and-alaska-digitel-llc-long-term-de-facto-transfer-spectrum-leasi

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