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That would never happen.

You may be correct that it will never happen, but there is a possibility or several strange things happening. This sure is a strange thing that has never happened but it may be a way to combine the spectrum and have a kick axx network. Loads of capacity with less capex and miscellaneous expense. Shake hands and combine efforts all around to compete against the big 2. Several other strange things that could happen might be even worse.

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I have to tell you all I am near tears right now.  I am so stoked that Marcelo listened to us, directly.  I am sure he listened to all the feedback he heard.  But I believe S4GRU was influential in th

I'm still shocked and amazed how successful S4GRU has been in staying online, remaining relevant and keeping quality members and staff all with member donations from a relatively small pool. When we

Maybe he's outside of the city limits. He'll tweet as soon as he's back in town with a data connection.

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Seriously? You are the most unrealistic consumer ever. How many times have you switched?

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Actually I announced here around four weeks ago that I was considering leaving T-Mobile, but I haven't done so yet, as some issues have since happened. Even today is my first day back here posting after being away for a few days. There is so much I have to arrange, I don't blame anyone for the confusion/misunderstanding of my posts lately. The reason for me leaving T-Mobile though is the same as when I announced it some weeks ago, being that I can't manage the Digits service with my Lumia.

 

Anyways, I may actually end up going with a single-line Sprint plan, as I found out today that AT&T isn't offering their Unlimited Plan with the Freelancers Union discount, or any corporate discount, other than military/veteran discounts. So, I've got some things to consider. Both of Sprint's offers are very good right now, and is a difficult decision between them and Verizon, I was just hoping to make the billing easier for my mother by going with AT&T on all our services.

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You wouldn't be saying this if you resided in CT. Essentially impossible

Wouldn't be saying what? I was on B41 a good bit in Newtown and Monroe(not the only places I had B41 in CT by a long shot). I even streamed a show at the Big Y in Monroe, CT while I was waiting on someone. I just wish there was a spreadsheet and a map. The only large area I see sprint struggling is in a 25 mile by 25 mile square in the northeast of the state. 

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Wouldn't be saying what? I was on B41 a good bit in Newtown and Monroe(not the only places I had B41 in CT by a long shot). I even streamed a show at the Big Y in Monroe, CT while I was waiting on someone. I just wish there was a spreadsheet and a map. The only large area I see sprint struggling is in a 25 mile by 25 mile square in the northeast of the state.

Hartford, Bridgeport, New haven, Meriden, Hamden, Clinton, new Britain, Manchester. The areas in and around the casinos. A spot here and there may be great. Too often cell sites too far apart, maps not accurately reflecting coverage.

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Hartford, Bridgeport, New haven, Meriden, Hamden, Clinton, new Britain, Manchester. The areas in and around the casinos. A spot here and there may be great. Too often cell sites too far apart, maps not accurately reflecting coverage.

All of this is correct. Eastern CT coverage is not good. If you drive down RT 15, you'll notice LTE going in and out.

 

84 from Mass to 91 still doesn't have complete LTE coverage.

 

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I have signal detector logs and SCP that say B41 is wide spread on the western part of the state. 70% of Newtown and Monroe area is covered. 90% of the interstate between Waterbury and Tunxis Community College is covered with B41 not "small spots". 100% LTE coverage the last time I went into West CT since I started a massive signal detector logs collection. Which I was in the Monroe area and up to past Tunxis Community College. A lot of B41 sites around Bridgeport. West Haven had the first B41 3rd carrier in ALU markets. Windsor Locks has a decent network the last couple years I have worked up there 4 or 5 weeks a year. 

 

The maps are sponsor level different color pins for different tech.

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Exactly!    And it's not impeded with IBEZ issues at all the borders with the spectrum they do have. 

 

All of the carriers on both sides on the border have interference issues and inadvertent international roaming. Sprint's IBEZ issues are mostly caused because of the stupid schedule the transition administrator came up with in which IBEZ areas came dead last in the schedule. No reason why they could not have been done in parallel. The whole rebanding was a total cluster you know what and the FCC shares a lion's share of the blame. Don't get me started!

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I know bigsnake... it gets me upset too.... it's a frustrating thing.    Just hope it's finally solved now as it appears for the most part to be.   Sprint appears to be slowly adding 800 around here now that the Great Lakes region is clear.  That's is good news.

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Sprint and Samsung Test Massive MIMO Technology in South Korea

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-and-samsung-test-massive-mimo-technology-in-south-korea.htm

 

"During field testing in Suwon, Massive MIMO Samsung radios, equipped with vertical and horizontal beam-forming technology, reached peak speeds of 330 Mbps per channel using a 20 MHz channel of 2.5 GHz spectrum. Capacity per channel increased about four times, cell edge performance increased three times, and overall coverage area improved as compared to current radios."

 

And....

 

"In cities across the U.S., Sprint plans to deploy Massive MIMO radios with 128 antenna elements (64T64R) using its 2.5 GHz spectrum to increase capacity up to eight times. In March, Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to debut Gigabit Class LTE on a live commercial network in New Orleans. There Sprint used three-channel carrier aggregation and 60 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum, in combination with 4X4 MIMO and 256-QAM higher order modulation, to achieve Category 16 LTE download data speeds on a TDD network. With Massive MIMO radios using 64T64R, Sprint has the ability to push capacity beyond 1 Gbps to reach 3-6 Gbps per sector."

 

Sounds great.

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Sprint and Samsung Test Massive MIMO Technology in South Korea

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-and-samsung-test-massive-mimo-technology-in-south-korea.htm

 

"During field testing in Suwon, Massive MIMO Samsung radios, equipped with vertical and horizontal beam-forming technology, reached peak speeds of 330 Mbps per channel using a 20 MHz channel of 2.5 GHz spectrum. Capacity per channel increased about four times, cell edge performance increased three times, and overall coverage area improved as compared to current radios."

 

And....

 

"In cities across the U.S., Sprint plans to deploy Massive MIMO radios with 128 antenna elements (64T64R) using its 2.5 GHz spectrum to increase capacity up to eight times. In March, Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to debut Gigabit Class LTE on a live commercial network in New Orleans. There Sprint used three-channel carrier aggregation and 60 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum, in combination with 4X4 MIMO and 256-QAM higher order modulation, to achieve Category 16 LTE download data speeds on a TDD network. With Massive MIMO radios using 64T64R, Sprint has the ability to push capacity beyond 1 Gbps to reach 3-6 Gbps per sector."

 

Sounds great.

That is good and everything, but if they do another deployment like the  8T8R then it will be half baked.

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That is good and everything, but if they do another deployment like the 8T8R then it will be half baked.

Expect to see this only in markets where Sprint as a network shines.

 

 

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Expect to see this only in markets where Sprint as a network shines.

 

 

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That won't mean anything because there is opportunities to grab customers everywhere across the 50 states. They are thinking with a losing mentality instead of becoming ruthless businessmen.

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That won't mean anything because there is opportunities to grab customers everywhere across the 50 states. They are thinking with a losing mentality instead of becoming ruthless businessmen.

I agree. As it has always shown, they show favor to a handful of markets that they are really good in. Everywhere else they just blend in with other three if even that. It's kinda sad given the fact that they have a extremely good hand with spectrum in almost every state.

 

There's no doubt in my mind that Sprint can surpass everyone but as time goes on, this 2.5 advantage they scream about starts to fade. How it looks right now, when 5G hits Sprint will just be competitive but not the number 1 carrier when it comes to 5G. The network will be where their 4G should have been.

 

 

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I agree. As it has always shown, they show favor to a handful of markets that they are really good in. Everywhere else they just blend in with other three if even that. It's kinda sad given the fact that they have a extremely good hand with spectrum in almost every state.

 

There's no doubt in my mind that Sprint can surpass everyone but as time goes on, this 2.5 advantage they scream about starts to fade. How it looks right now, when 5G hits Sprint will just be competitive but not the number 1 carrier when it comes to 5G. The network will be where their 4G should have been.

 

 

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We are basically 5 months away from 2018 and Sprint hasn't catched up to the competition. By the middle of 2019 the other three will be moving into 5G deployments. In fact by July of 2019 you will hear Verizon, AT&T and maybe T Mobile 5G radios being installed in their macros.

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We are basically 5 months away from 2018 and Sprint hasn't catched up to the competition. By the middle of 2019 the other three will be moving into 5G deployments. In fact by July of 2019 you will hear Verizon, AT&T and maybe T Mobile 5G radios being installed in their macros.

It's unclear how much is really happening network-wise. When I look at the excellent maps here and see changes, that's encouraging, but it's a bit painful honestly to see how many areas still have 3G towers or no 800 MHz/2.5 GHz deployed. This isn't a short term fix. A tremendous amount of work remains to be done.

 

Magic Boxes aren't shipping until late summer per the status page. (https://www.sprint.com/content/Sprint/sprint_com/us/en/shop/services/magic-box/status.html)

 

The AIRAVE 3 has yet to be officially announced, and I'm sure it will help substantially once deployed.

 

Combine that with Marcelo's CapEx remarks that seem at odds with what's actually happening.

 

It almost seems like this MIMO press release was designed to counter the PC Mag Results, even if Günther's trip there was planned well ahead of time.

 

It just feels a bit stalled out. I can't describe it.

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It's unclear how much is really happening network-wise. When I look at the excellent maps here and see changes, that's encouraging, but it's a bit painful honestly to see how many areas still have 3G towers or no 800 MHz/2.5 GHz deployed. This isn't a short term fix. A tremendous amount of work remains to be done.

 

Magic Boxes aren't shipping until late summer per the status page. (https://www.sprint.com/content/Sprint/sprint_com/us/en/shop/services/magic-box/status.html)

 

The AIRAVE 3 has yet to be officially announced, and I'm sure it will help substantially once deployed.

 

Combine that with Marcelo's CapEx remarks that seem at odds with what's actually happening.

 

It almost seems like this MIMO press release was designed to counter the PC Mag Results, even if Günther's trip there was planned well ahead of time.

 

It just feels a bit stalled out. I can't describe it.

I agree. I have yet to see any movement on small cell deployment and stoped getting b41 coverage in places I use to get it. Further, I have seen no 3xca anywhere in my area. It is extremely frustrating to see pieces like this given the rhetoric that has come out of marcelo's mouth.

 

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I agree. I have yet to see any movement on small cell deployment and stoped getting b41 coverage in places I use to get it. Further, I have seen no 3xca anywhere in my area. It is extremely frustrating to see pieces like this given the rhetoric that has come out of marcelo's mouth.

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Networks are never finished. They continually improve with new technology, but this PC Mag report shows Sprint's performance disparity, and it's not by a little bit. They used Galaxy S8's, and that's what the performance was. Hopefully the next report is better.

 

We'll see what Marcelo says at the next Earnings report call, but it's got to get better than this.

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Networks are never finished. They continually improve with new technology, but this PC Mag report shows Sprint's performance disparity, and it's not by a little bit. They used Galaxy S8's, and that's what the performance was. Hopefully the next report is better.

 

We'll see what Marcelo says at the next Earnings report call, but it's got to get better than this.

And on this note mini macros have popped up in providence ri over the last couple weeks.

 

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And on this note mini macros have popped up in providence ri over the last couple weeks.

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That's good news. We could definitely use some of those here.
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Headline, "At S4GRU, Naysayers say nay."

 

Get constructive.  Stop the pessimism.  I don't put in the countless hours to host whining.  *Yawn*

 

Negativity just spawns more negativity.

 

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I definitely do not want to make excuses for Sprint, but I do find it interesting that the GS7 averages better speeds than the GS8 in their own testing, and I believe it's due to radio tuning on the GS8.

 

Don't get me wrong it's a great device, but for some odd reason, before I swapped the band priority(comes with B41 as third! Why Sprint?!) it loved to live on Band 26. After making those changes I and a few other users noticed alot more consistently sticking to B41, but still, I find it swapped to other bands too soon.

 

Would have it made a difference? Maybe maybe not, but it sure as hell has for some.

It has to be, I just forced B41 to be the #1 choice, B25 #2 and B26 #3 and it's made a real difference speed/coverage wise. I don't know why the default setup on the S8 is I believe B26, B25 then B41 which makes no sense.

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Frustration leads to nay saying. Quit spending Money and Time on useless things and expand the network to all areas as previously promised many times and never delivered!!!

 

Last word I received from Sprint is that there are no plans currently to upgrade the towers I use at home and work. If it isn't better with either a Magic Box or by the time T-Mobile finishes their upgrades here I will have to consider changing services after over 15 years.

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The reason for me leaving T-Mobile though is the same as when I announced it some weeks ago, being that I can't manage the Digits service with my Lumia.

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So you'll leave T-Mobile for not supporting one of their services on your device for a network that doesn't offer the service at all? I mean, it's your money, but it sounds like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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