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I created an IFTTT recipe that logs all of his Tweets with permalink, time stamp, and embed code to a Google Drive Spreadsheet. Searchable!

 

When it triggers for the first time to create the sheet, I'll share the link with everyone.

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I created an IFTTT recipe that logs all of his Tweets with permalink, time stamp, and embed code to a Google Drive Spreadsheet. Searchable!

 

When it triggers for the first time to create the sheet, I'll share the link with everyone.

Brilliant!

 

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I created an IFTTT recipe that logs all of his Tweets with permalink, time stamp, and embed code to a Google Drive Spreadsheet. Searchable!

 

When it triggers for the first time to create the sheet, I'll share the link with everyone.

Here's a sheet for @johnlegere's stinky toots

 

 

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So In Dallas Sprint is running 5mbps faster than Verizon b4. Actually suprised, b41 is pretty decent. 10-20 mbps is the normal.

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I'm seeing on twitter and reddit that people are complaining about an outage/no service for T-Mobile in the northeast. I guess reliability does matter.

 

https://downdetector.com/status/t-mobile/map

Yet still sprint trolls in the comments.

http://www.droid-life.com/2015/02/13/t-mobile-service-struggling-in-northeast-at-the-moment/

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Let them get their remaining 15 secs. It won't be long before they're shut up for good. The giant is slowly awakening; no troll is safe.

 

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Let them get their remaining 15 secs. It won't be long before they're shut up for good. The giant is slowly awakening; no troll is safe.

 

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Regardless Sprint is still playing catch up and will be for the next half a year or so. 

 

They are usable in most markets now but competitive in data speeds they are not.

 

That requires implementations of additional Band 41 carriers, increase site density via organic expansion of macro and micro (small cell) sites, and the addition of LTE-Advance technologies such as HetNet, Son, and a whole bunch of network optimization tools that are not yet active today but will go live in phases pending completion of FITs. 

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Regardless Sprint is still playing catch up and will be for the next half a year or so.

 

They are usable in most markets now but competitive in data speeds they are not.

 

That requires implementations of additional Band 41 carriers, increase site density via organic expansion of macro and micro (small cell) sites, and the addition of LTE-Advanced technologies such as HetNet, Son, and a whole bunch of network optimization tools that are not yet active today but will go live in phases pending completion of FITs.

Agreed.

 

The point I'm making is this: These things are happening and will be implemented soon, some faster than others. The other carriers (especially TMO) are on notice.

 

The only part I don't agree with is speed in some markets. My personal market (Jax), my Sprint service often trumps my Verizon service and usually always outguns AT&T. Clear B41 blankets much of the area. B26 is finally being optimized and is running well.

 

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Regardless Sprint is still playing catch up and will be for the next half a year or so.

 

They are usable in most markets now but competitive in data speeds they are not.

 

That requires implementations of additional Band 41 carriers, increase site density via organic expansion of macro and micro (small cell) sites, and the addition of LTE-Advance technologies such as HetNet, Son, and a whole bunch of network optimization tools that are not yet active today but will go live in phases pending completion of FITs.

Whether they are "competitive" in data speeds depends on whether there is a NEED for limitless data speeds. It only matters that they don't pull 20 Mbps if you have an application for 20 Mbps. Otherwise it isn't much more than 4th graders comparing the size of their johnsons in the gym class shower.
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The average consumer knows nothing of data speeds. Case in point: I had to convince a girl at work to spend the extra $5 on home internet for the upgrade from 5mbs to 15. Not realizing 5 mbs with 5 people with multiple devices probably wouldn't cut it.

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I can't see At&t being out gunned in Jax I was there a week ago and carrier aggregation was all over the place. Sprint was fast but At&t won almost every speed test. If you have a nexus 6 you would see.

Agreed.

 

The point I'm making is this: These things are happening and will be implemented soon, some faster than others. The other carriers (especially TMO) are on notice.

 

The only part I don't agree with is speed in some markets. My personal market (Jax), my Sprint service often trumps my Verizon service and usually always outguns AT&T. Clear B41 blankets much of the area. B26 is finally being optimized and is running well.

 

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http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/whitepapers/wp-app-coverage.pdf

 

I would be OK with using "app coverage" as a measure of network performance. Most users aren't hitting the Ookla button, they want to get in, use their app, and get the phone back to the pocket. To do that the network has to have uniform coverage, reliability, latency, and throughput on both the downlink as well as the uplink.

 

This is a good read, check it out.

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I can't see At&t being out gunned in Jax I was there a week ago and carrier aggregation was all over the place. Sprint was fast but At&t won almost every speed test. If you have a nexus 6 you would see.

Carrier Aggregation on AT&T is nice...until you are out of reach of all other bands other than B17. Then you see that sharing that band with everyone else who had access to B2 or B4 isn't so nice. Because it drops a ton of traffic on B17 that isn't needed, and people who need the low frequency because of their location are stuck with slower speeds.
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The average consumer knows nothing of data speeds. Case in point: I had to convince a girl at work to spend the extra $5 on home internet for the upgrade from 5mbs to 15. Not realizing 5 mbs with 5 people with multiple devices probably wouldn't cut it.

I live in a house with three people and game on xbox one on 3 Mbps. I thought the speeds higher than 3 were for suckers. Although I am not satisfied with 1 Mbps on sprint since it isn't future proof, I believe you can do anything currently at 1 Mbps or even 0.5mbps as long as it is stable and the pings are low.
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I live in a house with three people and game on xbox one on 3 Mbps.

But really my point was just how much convincing it took for her to spend $5 extra dollars. And that's at Home, could u imagine anyone spending more money on more mbs for mobile if some are barely willing to at home. Where there is more devices that need more speed then ur Cellphone will ever need.

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I'm really surprised at how much band 41 has slowed down in LA over the past 6-8 months. I used to get speeds of 40 mpbs plus. Now I get 10-15. What does Sprint need to do to deploy additional band 41 carriers, and what is their rational for rolling out additional band 41 carriers over time instead of just getting it out there?

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I'm really surprised at how much band 41 has slowed down in LA over the past 6-8 months. I used to get speeds of 40 mpbs plus. Now I get 10-15. What does Sprint need to do to deploy additional band 41 carriers, and what is their rational for rolling out additional band 41 carriers over time instead of just getting it out there?

Sprint has the carrier aggregation and multiple b41 carrier FIT's running right now, so that's coming, and the other problem is backhaul isn't fully ramped up on a lot of B41 sites yet.

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I'm really surprised at how much band 41 has slowed down in LA over the past 6-8 months. I used to get speeds of 40 mpbs plus. Now I get 10-15. What does Sprint need to do to deploy additional band 41 carriers, and what is their rational for rolling out additional band 41 carriers over time instead of just getting it out there?

 

WiMAX still occupies much spectrum.  Plus, Clearwire equipment may not support greater than one WiMAX carrier and one LTE carrier.  I am unsure on the latter.

 

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I had honestly forgotten WiMax even exists.

 

Yep, the WiMAX network is still alive and kicking for a little while longer.  But it will join the iDEN network soon.

 

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