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Great news.

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The settlement with the states is all about contributing to some fund to subsidize poor people to get cell service, maybe for some years, 3-5 years. This is all political, they need to show that they stood up to the big, bd corporations.

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They want money that is all.

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5 minutes ago, BlueAngel said:

They want money that is all.

Yep, but if T-Mobile is smart it would give them discounts as long as they use T-Mobile's service nd network.

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1 hour ago, bigsnake49 said:

The settlement with the states is all about contributing to some fund to subsidize poor people to get cell service, maybe for some years, 3-5 years. This is all political, they need to show that they stood up to the big, bd corporations.

I think the big bad corporations are ATT and their 98 subs including CNN, Time Warner, HBO etc.  Verizon counts as a big bad corporation also.  Sprint, by comparison, not so much.  But that is just my take on it.

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Just like I suggested:

"The companies are considering a number of ways to appease the AGs. One idea T-Mobile has floated is to help fund a similar program to the federally-subsidized wireless program for low-income people, known as the Lifeline Assistance Program. The program allows eligible people to buy mobile telephone services at a discount and could potentially offer people in the program broadband service as well."

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t-mobile-sprint-open-door-213234891.html

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I'm fine with whatever they do just make this happen.

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What is the likelihood of current handsets and modems gaining the support to aggregate bands 2/66/71/12/5 with band 41?

Since band 25 is capable it seems possible on the network side of course.

Unfortunately I am unable to find an example of these combinations and what kind of process it would take to make this happen for users.

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5 hours ago, belusnecropolis said:

What is the likelihood of current handsets and modems gaining the support to aggregate bands 2/66/71/12/5 with band 41?

Since band 25 is capable it seems possible on the network side of course.

Unfortunately I am unable to find an example of these combinations and what kind of process it would take to make this happen for users.

I don't think there are any devices that can do more than 5 CA DL just yet anyway. 

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I don't think there are any devices that can do more than 5 CA DL just yet anyway. 
S10 and note 10 can do 6x. Not sure about 7

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What is the likelihood of current handsets and modems gaining the support to aggregate bands 2/66/71/12/5 with band 41?
Since band 25 is capable it seems possible on the network side of course.
Unfortunately I am unable to find an example of these combinations and what kind of process it would take to make this happen for users.
Since 26+41 is already they could do MFBI and broadcast that B5 as 26 and do 26+41

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Just like I suggested:
"The companies are considering a number of ways to appease the AGs. One idea T-Mobile has floated is to help fund a similar program to the federally-subsidized wireless program for low-income people, known as the Lifeline Assistance Program. The program allows eligible people to buy mobile telephone services at a discount and could potentially offer people in the program broadband service as well."
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/t-mobile-sprint-open-door-213234891.html
What ever it is, it will just end up on everyone who pays bill as a $3 fee so the company has nothing to lose by giving it up.
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17 hours ago, Brad The Beast said:

I don't think there are any devices that can do more than 5 CA DL just yet anyway. 

Hey Brad, I just meant with any of those, but all together would be a great second step. I have a few embedded radios and available band combinations in generic firmware tend to be broad. Unfortunately Band 41 has limited FDD aggregation band support. Band 25/26 is available so Ideally 2 and 5 fall in there like dood mentions below.

 

15 hours ago, Tengen31 said:

Since 26+41 is already they could do MFBI and broadcast that B5 as 26 and do 26+41

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Great solution! Super nice. My guess is development will gear more towards n41 but in the meantime this would be fantastic. I wonder if we will see a solution that allows us to aggregate channels from differing eNodeB or sectors. This would help in the transitional period of the merger. 

I also wonder if this is possible with that fancy virtualized dual action but one end point core all the software magicians speak of. I believe the canadien carriers have an example of what I am referring to.

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6 hours ago, belusnecropolis said:

Great solution! Super nice. My guess is development will gear more towards n41 but in the meantime this would be fantastic. I wonder if we will see a solution that allows us to aggregate channels from differing eNodeB or sectors. This would help in the transitional period of the merger. 

Inter-eNB carrier aggregation is possible and standardized (in the more recent releases) although it requires a unified backend core, so it won't be of much help until the transitional period has ended. 

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On 8/14/2019 at 2:26 PM, bigsnake49 said:

The settlement with the states is all about contributing to some fund to subsidize poor people to get cell service, maybe for some years, 3-5 years. This is all political, they need to show that they stood up to the big, bd corporations.

makes me not want to be with Sprint / T-Mobile then - because it is the customers that are going to pay this. Might as well switch to a company that doesn't have to pay. 

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What I don't get about the states suing is that they don't seem to understand that no matter what, at some point Sprint is going away.

IMHO...if the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger does not go through, then eventually Sprint will be broken up into pieces and auctioned off to Verizon and AT&T and T-Mobile and now possibly Dish.

In my mind, no matter what, Sprint will be going away at some point.

So essentially Sprint is going way one way or another.

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If the merger goes forward, we’ll get a nice new 5G device lab out of it!: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/5g-device-lab

Additional Background: https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/t-mobile-launches-5g-lab-to-test-device-performance-across-technologies

Given the dual networks, what will the device testing protocol/timeline be for the merged company?

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41 minutes ago, RedSpark said:

If the merger goes forward, we’ll get a nice new 5G device lab out of it!: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/5g-device-lab

Additional Background: https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/t-mobile-launches-5g-lab-to-test-device-performance-across-technologies

Given the dual networks, what will the device testing protocol/timeline be for the merged company?

I watched the B roll. The facility looks super nice!

 

I bet we won't see any Huawei engineers there! Poor tappy.

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22 minutes ago, belusnecropolis said:

I watched the B roll. The facility looks super nice!

 

I bet we won't see any Huawei engineers there! Poor tappy.

Lol!

Have a link to the B-Roll?

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1 minute ago, RedSpark said:

Lol!

Have a link to the B-Roll?

That first link you posted, go almost all the way to the bottom at 'for journalists' click and it will give you a splash page to download.

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32 minutes ago, belusnecropolis said:

That first link you posted, go almost all the way to the bottom at 'for journalists' click and it will give you a splash page to download.

Ahhh... Thanks! 👍

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I am encouraged by the fact that Google Fi is able to run on both Sprint and T-Mobile already.  Unlike the old Nextel network that we could never integrate properly. Looks like the technology is there to hit the ground running this time.  Still a lot of work to actually merge and shut down Sprint, but looks like a transition path could be available.

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7 hours ago, belusnecropolis said:

That first link you posted, go almost all the way to the bottom at 'for journalists' click and it will give you a splash page to download.

Wow! That was really cool! Great behind the scenes video.

Pretty awesome facility!

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