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  1. 20 points
    Alright. There may not be a Sprint anymore, but the same rules apply. Just incessant complaining about the old Sprint is getting old. People will start checking out because it just will become a complaint board. Constructive criticism only, please. Robert
  2. 12 points
    All it took was money. Network Vision was planned properly initially, but not properly implemented due to finances. I remember hearing early into the Network Vision deployment the CFO says publicly something to the effect of, 'The beauty of the Network Vision deployment plan is that we can ramp up or slow down as necessary depending on finances or need.' It was scary to hear then, and even scarier to think of in retrospect. They were confessing that they were always concerned about how to financially pull it off that the had contingency plans of how to "half-ass" it if necessary. And they did half-ass it, and it likely was necessary. But they did. And then once you get used to losing, you forget how to win. We finally got to the point that no amount of money would fix the problem anyway. Network wise, Tmo merging with Sprint will likely be a very superior position than both going alone. The big tell in time, is what it will do to competition and pricing for the long term. That's the part we don't know. Will it be worth it 5 years from now? Who knows? But at least we will enjoy the network improvements in the interim. But even that is not totally all everyone dreamed it would be in the short term. I guess nothing is perfect, but we always imagine it will be. Robert
  3. 11 points
    The New Tmo has lots of BRS in rural areas. Tons. Just not nationwide. And they have EBS licenses in most of those rural communities if they have a university or other educational system where they have a lease. Think Rapid City and Pierre, South Dakota as examples. As well as Albuquerque and Las Cruces, NM. Although there may be more rural areas they would like to pursue more B41/n41 spectrum through leases or acquisitions, they are still in a very good position. Frankly, if a lowly rural interstate towers only has BRS and no EBS, it's going to be way more than it needs to serve the customers that drive by it. And expect Tmo to add B41/n41 to these areas last anyway. Robert This is a Spectrum Omega map edited to show BRS T-Mobile holdings. It includes every BTA that T-Mobile has any BRS spectrum. The ones in gray show BTA's where someone else owns the BRS license. And no color means no one is shown as a licensed BRS holder for that BTA.
  4. 11 points
    I became a Sprint customer on June 4, 2010 with the launch of the HTC EVO 4G. I came over from AT&T. I had just moved to New Mexico earlier that year and had virtually no AT&T Service in my area. Sprint had decent coverage, and I thought I better move to a "4G" device if I was changing providers and getting all new equipment. The rest was history. You know, we are coming up on the 10 Year Anniversary of the HTC EVO 4G launch. 10 YEARS!!! It really is what was the catalyst that caused S4GRU to come about. If I had gone to Verizon, this site and all the past 10 years of 4G hunting never would have happened. It was really a close decision. I think the cost of adding a line for my then 13 year old son is what probably pushed me over the edge. What's funny is I pay about the same now for 5 lines on T-Mobile what I paid for 3 lines on Sprint back in 2010. Robert
  5. 10 points
    It’s crazy because years ago when Sprint had all this 2.5 spectrum. All the other carriers talk so bad about it and how it can’t penetrate a paper bag. Now it’s considered the spectrum of the future and now it’s Mid band and not high band.
  6. 9 points
    It's been many years... but we're going to finally see the true power of 2.5GHz. Proper backhaul does wonders.
  7. 9 points
    It's not as if Sprint engineers themselves didn't want to get things done. Top down decisions were made which basically precluded sprint employees from doing anything useful to improve the situation of the network. It was a multi year process but Son got what he wanted in the end after the "merger" was rejected the first time around. Not that it matters anymore. It's one for the history books. We'll just have to wait and see what New TM does with all the former Sprint assets they acquired. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  8. 9 points
    Why did that last part actually make me a bit sad? Like saying goodbye to an old friend who was always there but maybe you'd simply outgrown. Lol
  9. 9 points
  10. 8 points
    Rather than all the "could have been.... should have been" talk ... guys... .... It's over. We can vent and take our frustrations out on Masa and his side kick Marcelo until the cows come home. It's a waste of energy. Welcome to the New T-Mobile! What I want to know if the S4GRU members in New York City and Philadelphia, are you guys seeing more sites come on line? The deployment was scattered, but are you seeing things fill in? Wonder when all the old Sprint cell sites will be relabeled "T-Mobile" on our phones?
  11. 8 points
    Saw this over on the T-Mobile Reddit... “I was able to speak to the tower crew. This site has been planned for nearly a year now. They’re just doing 700/AWS for now and will be adding 600/n41 at some point in the near future. They’ve been upgrading sites in northern NJ and Central NJ with band 41 for the last several weeks. I was told expect an aggressive buildout.”
  12. 8 points
    Shentel managed to be competitive with AT&T in West Virginia with the same spectrum that Sprint had anywhere else. I feel like the spectrum excuse is a cop-out; they didn't invest enough. In many of the rural areas I've been in, T-Mobile has deployed 700-only (5x5), which is the same LTE spectrum Sprint had on 800. - Trip
  13. 8 points
    Things seem stable, so SignalCheck Lite was updated to 4.61 early this morning, bringing it in line with the latest Pro release. Now I can get back to fixing the log issues and adding new goodies..
  14. 7 points
  15. 7 points
    Clearly you haven't seen this post. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
  16. 7 points
    Bye Softbank! You certainly f'ed Sprint. Almost made me wish that Dish had acquired Sprint instead.
  17. 7 points
    T-Mobile 5G working great my way. Broke upload and download records on all carriers here. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
  18. 7 points
    Not gonna lie, it's quite sad that this is just Sprint 2013's playbook with the "layer cake". That was their approach to 4G with 800, 1900, and 2.5. Just more proof that Sprint should be where T-Mobile is currently, and a testament to their management. While I am excited to FINALLY see this plan get implemented, I am completely nervous about their obsession with Verizon and AT&T. I don't want them to slowly become them...or worse.
  19. 7 points
    It's B66 that got that upload. It's possible it 64qam and 2xca up on FDD Sent from my SM-G975U1 using Tapatalk
  20. 7 points
    90 upload on band 41....wow. This speed test alone just pushed back my hairline even more.
  21. 7 points
    I think they will get rid of Sprint's magic boxes. With better low band, the need for them just isn't there. They have band 71 and band 66. That was Sprint's answer for not having enough towers.
  22. 7 points
    Looks like I was right in thinking that the update would pretty much give S20's full access to T-Mobile's network. One thing I hate about T-Mobile's network is that because they are using 2/4/66 as anchor bands and have activated EN-DC on nearly all of their sites in 5G markets, the 5G icon is pretty much always there regardless of if 5G is on the site or not. In Sprint's case, because the anchor band was the same as the 5G band and the 5G and LTE sites were collocated, most of the time you'd only see the 5G logo when actually connected to 5G. A lot of people are going to be duped into thinking that T-Mobile's 5G is everywhere when it really isn't.
  23. 6 points
    https://www.t-mobile.com/business/government/first-responders-connecting-heroes Our first "Uncarrier" announcement....
  24. 6 points
    SoftBank could have turned Sprint into a successful wireless giant, or at least it could have been the majority shareholder had a merger occurred. Instead SoftBank chose to cheap out on everything for Sprint and let it languish and flounder while it dumped its financial resources/capital into Uber and WeWork.... and so here we are. You deserve this Masa/Marcelo. You both deserve it.
  25. 6 points
    Visited this site again on Friday, appears they are wrapped up and gone already. Looks like it just added B71/N71 and both are up and running. SIte is now 10x10 B4(B66) 10x10 B2, 5x5 B12, 15x15 B71, and 15x15 N71. I believe this is the fastest upload I've ever seen from a macro site.
  26. 6 points
  27. 6 points
    🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 Saw's been waiting to say this his whole career... He's in his element now post-merger.
  28. 6 points
    I think in your case and other similar cases it is good. For others close to Sprint only sites that are on the edge of T-Mobile sites or those with well functioning Magic Boxes, this will be bad. Hopefully they easily let those in the later category back on Sprint in some fashion, else it is tracking on the Nextel merger path for at least some.
  29. 6 points
    Just in case if you haven’t seen it
  30. 6 points
    T-mobile has the 5G indicator set to show when connected to any site that supports EN-DC, regardless of whether or not your phone is connected to NR. T-mobile allows NR aggregation between different sites (ie, you can be connected to one site for LTE, and another for NR). Since to my knowledge, no phones at the moment support B71 as the anchor band for N71, it's not uncommon to be using B2 as an anchor on a closer site, and N71 from a further site. For this to work, the sites without NR need EN-DC enabled. So what ends up happening is that if you're near a site that has NR deployed, it shows 5G in the indicator even if you're not connected to NR. Sprint does not have their 5G indicator configured this way. Also, with N41, usually using B41 as the anchor band, you're like getting NR and LTE from the same site. I'm not sure if Sprint even supports NR+LTE from separate sites. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  31. 6 points
    The KMW triband antennas have notably poor 800 coverage patterns. The new octoport 4x800/4x1900 antennas are really great though. In Seattle, there are areas where I can pick up -105 L800 when L1900 drops off with the new RFS antennas. The Commscope antennas are a close second place contender.
  32. 6 points
    Sprint typically chose to have b26 operate better within its given range when they increased the radios from 2 to 4 ports. Most all sites were also given b26 which definitely helped. Rural sites where b26 was added often have the extended range. The biggest area to benefit was cities with lots of former WiMAX sites when they were upgraded to triband. Building penetration is far superior and essential for VoLTE.
  33. 5 points
    Almost beating Verizon while not even using mmwave is definitely impressive.
  34. 5 points
    Those have been going out for the last month. VoLTE was opened up while on T-Mobile roaming a few weeks ago.
  35. 5 points
  36. 5 points
    Good news, borrowed 600 MHz spectrum extended through June 30th. https://www.tmonews.com/2020/05/t-mobile-extends-600mhz-spectrum-agreements-june-30/
  37. 5 points
    Right. Masa f'ed Sprint and now he f'ed his own company.... See, when you do clownery, the clown comes back to bite. Don't let the door hit you where the good lord split ya....
  38. 5 points
  39. 5 points
    Where is that coming from? It isn't accurate... And the T-Mobile AT&T situation isn't really analogous here at all. Correct. They're basically getting the best MVNO deal in the history of U.S. wireless, paying very favorable wholesale rates, but they're still paying.
  40. 5 points
    Sprint has much improved in Ohio in the last few years by tribanding sites. The problem is they waited until their reputation was trash. Lack of sufficient backhaul also an issue at some sites. 3x3 b26 also has its limits in the northern half of the state. The suburban edge is the area lacking site density. T-Mobile has addressed some of the backhaul issues. 35x35 600Mhz will be interesting to watch in my market. Another 600Mhz site was just fired up today which took a few seconds of downtime rather than the 30 minutes or so last time.
  41. 5 points
    That "spark" fizzled. But now part of it can serve a bigger purpose.
  42. 5 points
    A new SignalCheck beta has been pushed out and should be available shortly! It is focused on 5G improvements.. I still don't expect to see actual signal data yet, but there is now a possibility of seeing more information than previously. I have added several new status indicators; these descriptions are taken directly from some hidden Android routines: Restricted: "camped on an LTE cell that supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) but either the use of dual connectivity with NR (DCNR) is restricted or NR is not supported by the selected PLMN" Not Restricted: "camped on an LTE cell that supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) and both the use of dual connectivity with NR (DCNR) is not restricted and NR is supported by the selected PLMN" Connected: "camped on an LTE cell that supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) and also connected to at least one 5G cell as a secondary serving cell" My educated guess is that many devices are showing the "5G" icon when any of these statuses are present, not just "Connected" -- hopefully this will help confirm that. Configurable alerts for when an actual 5G connection is detected or lost have been also been added. These are similar to the LTE and SMR800 alerts already in the app. One difference is the "5G Found" status bar icon is a "5G" graphic so it should be clear when you connect. It is an "Alert" so it will only appear once, when the connection is made (if it's dropped and reconnected, you will be alerted again). That also means that it is not a true 5G "indicator" like the regular status bar icon because if you do not swipe away the alert notification, it will stay there forever (or if you do swipe it away, that doesn't necessarily mean you are no longer on 5G). You can also continue to use the "LTE Custom Alert" to make your own 5G alerts for now, because any 5G information still displays in the app as text under in LTE section for. I do not have a 5G device (or coverage), so I am relying on feedback from those of you who do. Let me know.. thanks!
  43. 5 points
  44. 5 points
    I have a Pixel 4 on Sprint and LTE band 41 has suddenly become unusable over the past 2-3 days in the suburbs northwest of Boston. Signal strength is strong, but no data is flowing. Eventually the "X" appears on the system signal bars. Toggling airplane mode gets it working on B41 again for a few minutes, but it's only temporary. Bands 25/26 are working fine. I had to disable B41 to make the phone usable. Presumably it's upgrade-related, as it seems to be impacting at least 8-10 sites across several towns. Tried manual profile/PRL updates and several reboots, no change. Probably noteworthy that all of the impacted sites began broadcasting unusual GCIs several weeks ago that don't match any local patterns.
  45. 5 points
    Wow I never knew that the Evo 4G was the spark for the creation on S4GRU. I thank you for not going to Verizon! I’ve had sooo many memories of this site. I still have my Evo 4G that I got in college. Over the years I did switch away from Sprint a few times to see if the grass was greener being that Sprint has been the only carrier I’ve had since being on my parents plan in high school. The other carriers (Verizon and att) did have better service at times but for me the price just wasn’t worth it to have service that was slightly faster. However, no matter what carrier I switched to, I kept my sprint account on the side just to keep up with things. As of yesterday I officially closed out the Verizon account after two years and ported my number back into sprint. I’m at the point where for the places I go, Sprint works just fine. Yes Verizon might be a little faster but it doesn’t justify the price. Hell I have the unlimited Premium plan for $65 per month (employee discount and Byod discount) thats a price you can’t beat with the amount of features you get. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  46. 5 points
    With all the nuts overseas attacking 5G masts and telecom workers I wouldn't say a thing either. We have a habit of importing bad ideas from overseas at our own expense and now we can't have a casual conversation with some doods working.
  47. 5 points
    4 p.m. I'm sitting on T-Mobile's NR 71
  48. 5 points
    I figured out how to get to Field Test/Engineering Screens on my LG V60 DS (*#546368#*600#). I went to the Downtown site with the 5G NR live and went to the Engineering Screen and see this. So this probably explains why it's not populating in Cellmapper. It's not even populating any data in the LG hidden screens. It just shows connected to 5G and that's it. No band info, no bandwidth info. No PCI. No signal strength. I also noticed that as I drove away and my 5G signal transitioned to 4G LTE, the signal bars never dropped from full signal. So it never was showing the "bars" for 5G in the signal indicator. It was the 4G LTE strength. Because where I drove out of 5G NR coverage was near another 4G LTE tower. So I wasn't able to determine which NR band I was on using Engineering Screens or Cellmapper. But I was able to turn on and off NR bands using the LG Field Test options under Modem Commands. So I first tried under NR bands, n71 only and then hit Save. The signal indicator changed to 4G LTE for 2-3 seconds, and then the 5G indicator came back. Still nothing on the engineering screen or Cellmapper, except to say 5G = True. So I then went back and changed it to Auto select NR band. It flickered back to LTE and settled back on 5G signal indicated. Next I selected n66 only. Save. 5G disconnects. Connects to 4G LTE. Then nothing. After 5 seconds, 10 seconds. Nothing. Stays on 4G LTE. Does not connect NR. Go back to automatic, reconnects to 5G. Try it again with n71 only...connects. Try again with n66 only...stays on LTE. OK, maybe I can determine that I was on n71 then. Next I tried n41 only and saved. It too immediately went back to 4G LTE indicated. But, BAM!!! It settled back on 5G indicated. Is it actually connected n41? Excited by the prospect of finding n41 in WA State, but highly skeptical, I decide to try other NR bands only. I was thinking that maybe the phone was overriding my selection and forcing it back to n71, though requested not to. I went back to auto select NR bands, and reset. It then went thru its normal reset...first 4G LTE and then settling back on 5G indicated. OK. Try with n2 only. Nothing, stays on 4G LTE. They with n12 only. Nothing. When it comes to NR, it would connect to the local site using n71 only, n41 only, or automatic. No other NR band selections. Does this mean NR is broadcasting on n41 in my town? I cannot definitively say. I did run speedtests. But these are not revealing. On n71 I was getting approximately 6-8Mbps up and down. On supposed n41, I was getting approx 10-12Mbps up and down. On 4G LTE I was getting 50-60Mbps. But I hear new 5G sites start out very slow and then drastically approve. So I don't know what to think. I can't really get access to this site to take pictures of equipment. Thoughts? Robert
  49. 5 points
    VoLTE has always been perfect for me on Sprint. Crystal clear. I definitely can't say the same for 1x, which is complete robo garble all the time (every third word cuts out) due to congestion. At least that's the case in Pittsburgh and San Francisco / Bay Area. That being said, I've been on rural towers with a very weak 1x800 signal and had it sound very clear. So it's definitely a capacity problem. When 1x becomes congested, it cuts quality to increase capacity. In cities this results in absolute garbage calls. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  50. 5 points
    We have seen at least two networks shut down here and there is a plague. Let's enjoy the best moments and frens we have made in all that process. We all know what you mean man. I joined Sprint because they offered unlimited, family plan pricing and nice devices. They were a domestically operated company at the time, wholesome and based in the mid-west. Wimax was rolling out and so were a bunch of us trying to squeeze every bit of data we could out of it, if we were just lucky enough to spot it in the right place at the right time and optimal frame of mind I suppose. That sent a bunch of us off learning and asking, bantzing online, getting cool devices and the want to build cool stuff. I bought a series of cameras to get out, get photos and in turn I was fortunate to meet other Americans that like to build stuff like towers and radios and backhaul, it was all amazing! I brought pizza so it was easy. I am not kidding that gets you into the hut. I let my device spend more time logging or flashing or TTL DUN in this file after entering an unstable baseband FW that turned out to be not at all what I needed After I promptly jacked it up the nice person at the store would explain how not to do what I just did; then repair or replace and charge me a fee for service. Early on they did not mind device ownership and what we really did to them within reasonable noise limits. Conventionally we have done been told and debated and pontificated unlimited and it's meaning. So sidestepping that mess, I always wanted to see if my X handset could compete with my current expensive option. Being more forward thinking with the knowledge I picked up here, I knew we would come to rely on wireless internet for service where we want to live. That became magics unto itself with components like sims, plans and pricing. Tethers, radios and firmware. I could go on for days, I have here and that is great. Tonight I am cleaning up a bunch of project waste in the lab from cool LTE tasks I like to build. Might even add another 14$ lamp so I can take moar better pictures of what part of the house I am running an antenna to this season. I have always been a device value and ownership advocate, I was able to explore that on the Sprint Network. I actually found my old Netgear 6100D(Band 41!). This was my first real LTE routing device and it was surprisingly stable for a Sprint branded product. This was unfortunately not replicated in the femtocells, as demonstrated in the related threads with endless Q's about how to service what Gen of which Rave or Box that worked until a month ago or somehow just showed up at random. Sprint was innovative, but liked to inflict those product ideas on their user base in beta. A LOT. So we learned. Anyway that old thing is going in the bin, unless T-mo will take it for trade in value that may appear in 3 billing cycles. Either way it has to go. I gotta make room. An Official Shiny And New Five(5) Gee(G) Embedded Radio (with New Radio!) got here today from the nice communists over at Quectel on the mainland and once again I am bypassing lame carrier hardware. This time I am just building my own for the network of the future. I may wish I knew as much last time but I am thankful for the experience gained by doing so. I am just an exceptionally common American 🇺🇸 that likes to build things and I appreciate what got me to what I am doing now as an enthusiast and 𝓅𝓇𝑒𝓂𝒾𝑒𝓇𝑒 shitposter. Thank you for sharing @danlodish345 I remember many fond memories of your exploding Samsung phones and that tower near your home, did they ever upgrade that to triband? Mine is still GMO band 25 in 2020 lol. The local Sprint site is a jalopy still, and the abandoned SprintShak in town has a microcell on top that got turned off with the power so it is kind of lights out around here. It is happening. Fast. I wish I was able to experience Wimax, L41 and other variations of BRS intentions at home, we are still here for the next try. It is also a grinding recession all of sudden where everyone needs to get connected, recently furloughed I find this set of skills useful to have. Imagine what I would have done if I listened to everyone who told me not to get as much as I could out of my Sprint connection? I am glad to have met ya'll and keeping me challenged, I learn so much.
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