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I am starting to think that I will never buy another Samsung phone.  Locked or Unlocked.  First of all, the reception levels on the phone are not nearly as good as my old S-7.  Why should a new phone have worse reception than a 2 year old phone. I had hopes that HPUE would allow me to use band 41 more.   NOPE.  I lose band 41 more than I did with the s-7.  I find that I am on band 26 more than with the S-7. This is horrible.  Now, many of the various Carrier aggregations are not available.

Activating the UNLOCKED model with the correct SIM does NOT totally activate all the Sprint features and it may not optimize the phone to use the Sprint bands.  I would suspect a Sprint banded phone would be somewhat tuned to work with the Sprint Frequencies.

Maybe they are, but if they are it sort of looks like the UNLOCKED version may not be. 

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I have the same issues with my 9+.    I came from a Note 5 and it got band 41 way more easily than this newer phone.   It's not great for reception.  

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I went from the Note 5 > S8+ > S9+ to the 10+ and they have all gotten significantly better with each model. S10+ being the best by a huge margin.

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I went from the Note 5 > S8+ > S9+ to the 10+ and they have all gotten significantly better with each model. S10+ being the best by a huge margin.
I'm with you my note 5 was a great b41 performer and at first the S8+ was worse but after a few radio updates it became on par with the note 9. My S9+ without question is better than both the S8+ and Note 5. I don't have the S10 because I'm waiting on a 5G phone. Likely the Note 10.

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I am starting to think that I will never buy another Samsung phone.  Locked or Unlocked.  First of all, the reception levels on the phone are not nearly as good as my old S-7.  Why should a new phone have worse reception than a 2 year old phone. I had hopes that HPUE would allow me to use band 41 more.   NOPE.  I lose band 41 more than I did with the s-7.  I find that I am on band 26 more than with the S-7. This is horrible.  Now, many of the various Carrier aggregations are not available.

Activating the UNLOCKED model with the correct SIM does NOT totally activate all the Sprint features and it may not optimize the phone to use the Sprint bands.  I would suspect a Sprint banded phone would be somewhat tuned to work with the Sprint Frequencies.

Maybe they are, but if they are it sort of looks like the UNLOCKED version may not be. 

Sprint doesn't have a big flagship selection. Its iPhone , Galaxy or Note. LG phones are basically not considered flagships anymore and have horrible resell value. Google phones usually are subpar rf performers and lack the latest radio tech. One plus and Huawei phones don't work on Sprint and HTC, BlackBerry and Nokia are basically dead. Motorola has left the flagship race and Sony doesn't know how to run its mobile division in the US. We need new manufacturers with Sprint support.

 

So when you say you might be through with Samsung what other options are left besides being through with android in general or being through with flagships?

 

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On 3/23/2019 at 9:35 AM, chamb said:

I am starting to think that I will never buy another Samsung phone.  Locked or Unlocked.  First of all, the reception levels on the phone are not nearly as good as my old S-7.  Why should a new phone have worse reception than a 2 year old phone. I had hopes that HPUE would allow me to use band 41 more.   NOPE.  I lose band 41 more than I did with the s-7.  I find that I am on band 26 more than with the S-7. This is horrible.  Now, many of the various Carrier aggregations are not available.

Activating the UNLOCKED model with the correct SIM does NOT totally activate all the Sprint features and it may not optimize the phone to use the Sprint bands.  I would suspect a Sprint banded phone would be somewhat tuned to work with the Sprint Frequencies.

Maybe they are, but if they are it sort of looks like the UNLOCKED version may not be. 

My experience has been exactly the opposite on GS10+ so far. Plus I do see every CA combo. 

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Apparently BRANDED Sprint Samsung S9 and S9+ have all the new Carrier Aggregations if I understand it correctly. But the UNLOCKED S9 & S9+ do not.   Anybody know why?  Can it be fixed somehow? So far in al my searches, nobody has a good answer.

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Apparently BRANDED Sprint Samsung S9 and S9+ have all the new Carrier Aggregations if I understand it correctly. But the UNLOCKED S9 & S9+ do not.   Anybody know why?  Can it be fixed somehow? So far in al my searches, nobody has a good answer.
As these combos eventually start to come online I think Samsung will push update to get them turned on.

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1 hour ago, Terrell352 said:

As these combos eventually start to come online I think Samsung will push update to get them turned on.

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Hope you're right. How about the Pixels?

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Hope you're right. How about the Pixels?
Pixel 3 at least can supposedly do B25-26 CA, and I *think* 26/25 + 41. Also the RF front end is capable of 2x UL CA b41, but it was not certified for such and is not enabled.

I guess we just have to wait and see when Sprint actually enables those combos.

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1 hour ago, ingenium said:

I guess we just have to wait and see when Sprint actually enables those combos.

For the Pixel or for any capable device?

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For the Pixel or for any capable device?
For any devices. Or rather, they aren't enabled on the eNB yet (at least in Samsung land), so no device is able to use them.

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i thought CA was on Samsung devices, as well as some others (LG?)

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i thought CA was on Samsung devices, as well as some others (LG?)
Samsung markets meaning they're the tower equipment vendor. Newer Samsung phones have UL CA working. But B25-41, B26-41, and B25-26 CA is not supported by Samsung eNBs (towers) yet, even though phones support it. I'm pretty sure it's not on Nokia equipment either.

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13 hours ago, ingenium said:

Samsung markets meaning they're the tower equipment vendor. Newer Samsung phones have UL CA working. But B25-41, B26-41, and B25-26 CA is not supported by Samsung eNBs (towers) yet, even though phones support it. I'm pretty sure it's not on Nokia equipment either.

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Any idea when it will be enabled/working in the Samsung market(s)?

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On 3/18/2019 at 9:06 PM, tyroned3222 said:

I’ll ask the tread. I guess as band 26 is still being optimized could there be issues on the network? My data on the I phone xs max keeps timing out in the middle of loading stuff I’ll pull 80mbps and then next second it won’t work anymore and I have to toggle airplan mode for it to work again. I had this phone replace once already.


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Most likely not your issue. If you are pulling 80 Mbps on speed tests then you are most definitely not connected to Band 26. Even if your phone switched to Band 26 during your data session, it shouldn't time out because it can continue the data session across different bands, unless there is some other issue present. Someone more knowledgeable about Band 26 tuning and such should be able to correct me if I'm wrong, but my guess is it's something else other than Band 26 needing to be tuned. 

 

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Sprint drops Target as a retail sales channel: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/sprint-drops-target-as-a-retail-sales-channel
Guess the units weren’t moving there?
I never think of target when I think about cellular. Bestbuy, Walmart and recently Walgreens but that's because I'm close to Gainesville Fl where they tested.

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Sprint drops Target as a retail sales channel: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/sprint-drops-target-as-a-retail-sales-channel
Guess the units weren’t moving there?

Yup, and Walmart has more stores in most cities .. so, sprint could double their retail footprint just by doing this in most cities..


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I only do Best Buy or Sprint store

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Yeah I never even knew Target had cell phones for sale. Or at least I never gave a f*ck. It's Best Buy or online. No reason for me to look elsewhere.

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Yeah I never even knew Target had cell phones for sale. Or at least I never gave a f*ck. It's Best Buy or online. No reason for me to look elsewhere.

Someone at best by claims they just dropped boost and Virgin. Not sure if that's true. If it is hope it's not Sprint next

 

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I only do Best Buy or Sprint store
Yeah I never even knew Target had cell phones for sale. Or at least I never gave a f*ck. It's Best Buy or online. No reason for me to look elsewhere.
Target sucks anyway. One time there I asked if they sell the unlocked model cause at the time I didn't know and the employee was very rude with the answer.

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