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I got a Pixel 5 recently. The phone defaults now to all T-Mobile bands. At least where I am at, the connection and speeds are worse which I didn't think was possible. The reception is probably slightly better, but overall the speeds are garbage, even "5G".

 

From what I understand, all new 5G phones automatically default to T-Mobile bands unless it is roaming.

 

With respect to the phone itself, I'm probably one of the few who actually liked the fingerprint vs. face unlock. I found the fact unlock really unstable and flaky.

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I activated my new Pixel 5 last week on Sprint with eSIM. It very much prefers T-Mobile bands. Won't connect to my Magic Box unless I go in the basement and hide in a corner where it can't see anything else, then it will connect with the little 'R' roaming indicator in the status bar. I think all Band 41 LTE might be that way. I will connect to Bands 25 and 26 from time to time, so overall it seems like it's grabbing a hold of just about everything. Except the Magic Box. 3 iPhones in my house have no trouble with the Magic Box. Neither did the Pixel 2 I retired when I activated the Pixel 5.

So ... Figured I might as well get TNX on this thing then, but CSR at the store said they can't activate the Pixel 5 for me on T-Mobile. Wha???

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7 hours ago, DurhamHusker said:

I activated my new Pixel 5 last week on Sprint with eSIM. It very much prefers T-Mobile bands. Won't connect to my Magic Box unless I go in the basement and hide in a corner where it can't see anything else, then it will connect with the little 'R' roaming indicator in the status bar. I think all Band 41 LTE might be that way. I will connect to Bands 25 and 26 from time to time, so overall it seems like it's grabbing a hold of just about everything. Except the Magic Box.

My Pixel 5 behaves the exact same way.. I believe that is normal ROAMAHOME behavior. It rarely hits my Airave, only when it completely loses T-Mobile signal.

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