Trip Posted December 2, 2015 Share Posted December 2, 2015 So as Premier Sponsors know, I've been hard at work making various cell tower maps in my spare time. Several months ago I bought a MetroPCS phone which, without activation, still connects to LTE such that I can get the GCI/PCI/TAC data even if nothing else goes through the network. I am looking to do the same thing with AT&T, US Cellular, and Verizon, probably in that order, but I have a feeling I won't be as lucky with the LTE as I was with my MetroPCS phone. (If anyone disagrees, please let me know.) I have a Nexus 5 on the way for use with AT&T as well as an AT&T SIM in hand and an H2O SIM on the way. The AT&T SIM is for testing and came from my wife's employer, and the H2O SIM is for their $10/90 days plan, but now I'm getting nervous that maybe that particular H2O plan isn't LTE compatible. (It doesn't actually say on the website, that I can find.) Any thoughts? I also have my Galaxy S4 Mini from before I left US Cellular, which is compatible with Bands 5/12/17. After it was deactivated, it now only connects to 1X for 911 calls and, since it technically has the same number as my Sprint phone, when it's powered on it causes calls to fail to connect properly on my main Sprint line. On a whim I bought a new SIM on eBay for it in the hopes that I might get lucky with the LTE as I did with MetroPCS, but I'm not counting on it. I plan to do a system reset before putting it in. Thoughts? I don't think any of the MVNOs use US Cellular, which means this may actually be the hardest one to manage cheaply. Finally, I want to do something similar for Verizon. Either pick up a Nexus 5 or some other used Verizon phone, then do something to get LTE information out of it. Any ideas here? Thanks. - Trip 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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