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I was looking online and have not found any information regarding this although at this point it is likely that it is a non-issue for many people. I have 2 phones that were released around the time Sprint Spark was still being called that a Nexus 6 and LG Flex 2....late 2014, early 2015 timeframe. Now that Sprint Spark is LTE+ do these phones still pick up Band 41 like they normally do ?

 

I have the MSL and can change the band priority. I noticed on the LG Flex 2 Band 25 was #1 and Band 41 was #2.

 

I can swap them to make Band 41 #1 instead. I have been using signal check and it appears that the LG Flex 2 which is rooted and modded is primarily picking up Band 25 and not 41. Before in the past it had this little sun spinning logo in the status bar. Admittedly I've only begun using this yesterday, but I haven't seen Band 41 the times I have checked signal check. Was not sure if the 2 phones will only take 25, 26 and 3G now ?

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I was looking online and have not found any information regarding this although at this point it is likely that it is a non-issue for many people. I have 2 phones that were released around the time Sprint Spark was still being called that a Nexus 6 and LG Flex 2....late 2014, early 2015 timeframe. Now that Sprint Spark is LTE+ do these phones still pick up Band 41 like they normally do ?

 

Sprint Spark is the name they gave to B41 when it first started rolling out. It confused people because the spinning start would show up whenever you were connected to LTE, rather than when only connected to B41. LTE Plus replaced the Sprint Spark name as 2xCA was rolled out. B41 still exists, and any B41 device released at any point will still be able to connect.

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17 hours ago, Tony21 said:

I was actually getting sprint spark via the magic box until it pooped out on me, I'm in a rural area in Louisa County Virginia. 

Band 41. The Sprint Spark lable is no longer used. LTE Plus replaced it, which refers to 2xCA on B41 (2 or more carriers). The Magic Box creates it's own single B41 carrier, using the Sprint signal in your area as it's connection. Since it is a single carrier, it wouldn't actually be considered LTE Plus (or Spark). Also, sounds like you're probably using a Band 25 signal based on your area, so speeds would not match that if an actual LTE Plus signal either. But, it likely produces a cleaner and more reliable signal for your home. 

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34 minutes ago, Dkoellerwx said:

Band 41. The Sprint Spark lable is no longer used. LTE Plus replaced it, which refers to 2xCA on B41 (2 or more carriers). The Magic Box creates it's own single B41 carrier, using the Sprint signal in your area as it's connection. Since it is a single carrier, it wouldn't actually be considered LTE Plus (or Spark). Also, sounds like you're probably using a Band 25 signal based on your area, so speeds would not match that if an actual LTE Plus signal either. But, it likely produces a cleaner and more reliable signal for your home. 

Actually, on the LTE discovery app it called sprint spark 

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11 minutes ago, Tony21 said:

Actually, on the LTE discovery app it called sprint spark 

The LTE Discovery app is very out of date. As noted above in this thread, Sprint Spark was a marketing term for B41. It is no longer used, it doesn't mean anything anymore. 

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