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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. 10 points
    Ordered an S20 today; should be here Monday. Also switched to a plan that has 50GB of MHS rather than 3GB. I figure I got the best deal that'll be available for quite awhile. Will post back here when I'm able to put the phone through its paces...including in an area 3/4 mi from here that's basically a Sprint dead zone. EDIT: Somehow it's on the truck for delivery already. Guessing T-Mo/Sprint are farming out their logistics to UPS, including warehousing, 'cuz my phone was on a plane within a few hours of being marked as shipped.
  4. 8 points
    T-Mobile and GCI Wireless entered into a domestic 5G roaming agreement like they did with LTE. This makes the T-Mobile the first carrier to offer 5G in all 50 states. https://www.t-mobile.com/news/tmobile-5g-in-alaska-through-gci-partnership
  5. 8 points
    I wish Google would release the RCS API so third-party messaging apps could take advantage of it..
  6. 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?
  7. 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.”
  8. 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
  9. 7 points
    An excellent and very detailed writeup by Milan.
  10. 7 points
  11. 7 points
    Clearly you haven't seen this post. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
  12. 7 points
    Bye Softbank! You certainly f'ed Sprint. Almost made me wish that Dish had acquired Sprint instead.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 6 points
    Andrew TMBXX-6516-R2M 4x4 1700 & 1900 & 2100 (17.5) 65° 50.9 (59.5 with actuator) x 12 x 6.5 34.6lbs Andrew TMZXXX-6516-A3M 6x6 1700 & 1900 & 2100 (17.4) 65° 51.5 (60 with actuator) x 19.7 x 3.5 38.4 lbs Nokia AAFIA 16x16 1700 & 1900 & 2100 [ACTIVE] 72.4 x 25.6 x 11.8 358 lbs Commscope SBNHH-1D65B 2x2 700 (14.9) 4x4 1700 (17.7) & 1900 (18.2) & 2100 (18.6) 65° 72.9 x 11.9 x 7.1 40.6 lbs Commscope SBNHH-1D65C 2x2 700 (16.2) 4x4 1700 (17.7) & 1900 (17.9) & 2100 (18.5) 65° 96.6 x 11.9 x 7.1 49.6 lbs Nokia FASB (RAS) 2x2 700 (16.0) 4x4 1700 (17.3) & 1900 (18.0) & 2100 (18.1) 4x4 1900 (17.5) 65° 96.1 x 13.4 x 14.9 108 lbs Commscope FHH-65C-R3 2x2 600 (15.8) & 700 (16.3) 4x4 1700 (18.1) & 1900 (18.6) & 2100 (18.7) 65° 96 x 15.6 x 9 69.4 lbs Commscope FFHH-65B-R3 4x4 600 (14.1) & 700 (14.3) 4x4 1700 (17.6) & 1900 (18.4) & 2100 (19.0) 65° 72 x 25.2 x 9.3 101.4 lbs Commscope FFHH-65C-R3 4x4 600 (15.4) & 700 (15.8) 4x4 1700 (17.9) & 1900 (18.4) & 2100 (18.8) 65° 95.9 x 25.2 x 9.3 127.6 lbs
  16. 6 points
    Sprint had the most spectrum too. Look how that turned out. Its about if you can execute on a wide scale. Right now Neville is talking to much and not working enough. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
  17. 6 points
  18. 6 points
    https://www.t-mobile.com/business/government/first-responders-connecting-heroes Our first "Uncarrier" announcement....
  19. 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.
  20. 6 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 5 points
    I forgot to post this this morning. Seems that Sprint will offer the V60. My buddy at Sprint HQ says more will be said Monday. Lets see if this pans out. TS out
  23. 5 points
    Wow. That's quite a burn. 🔥🔥🔥
  24. 5 points
    It's been a good run folks. May its spectrum live on.
  25. 5 points
    A couple interesting news-bites: https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/dish-reluctantly-extends-its-600-mhz-spectrum-loan-to-t-mobile and... https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/t-mobile-seeks-ok-for-39-ghz-tests-3-markets
  26. 5 points
    Almost beating Verizon while not even using mmwave is definitely impressive.
  27. 5 points
    Those have been going out for the last month. VoLTE was opened up while on T-Mobile roaming a few weeks ago.
  28. 5 points
    The whole site is now a T-Mobile section since the merger. Robert
  29. 5 points
  30. 5 points
    https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/ex-sprint-cto-saw-s-new-job-finding-cool-ways-to-use-t-mobile-s-5g Cool write up in regards to Saw’s new role with New T-Mobile. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  31. 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/
  32. 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....
  33. 5 points
  34. 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.
  35. 5 points
    That "spark" fizzled. But now part of it can serve a bigger purpose.
  36. 5 points
    Thought you-all would enjoy the new commercial coming soon: Sprint and T-Mobile are joining forces, more towers, more engineers...
  37. 5 points
    I went up to the Bronx yesterday and experienced a weird issue where my phone wouldn't get more than 2Mbps down. It definitely seemed out of the ordinary given that the network screens showed that I had pretty much a perfect signal. After I restarted my phone, speeds went up to 71 Mbps down and 27 Mbps up. Maybe I'm lucky but for me T-Mobile has been consistently in the 40-80Mbps range. It's slower than my average Sprint speeds in the same areas but T-Mobile has had better indoor LTE coverage in the places I frequent. My only complaint is that they really need to densify their 5G footprint. It's a shame that T-Mobile can get away with saying they cover NYC in 5G when 9 times out of 10, I'm on LTE while outdoors. The 5G experience on Sprint is way superior to T-Mobile.
  38. 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!
  39. 4 points
    Just got a text from Sprint. Seems like they want to cut off LTE backhaul soon. Sprint: A quick & easy update. Reconnect your Sprint Magic Box to your home internet for a better network. http://s.sprint.com/tz9Evsv FreeMsg. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  40. 4 points
    There should be a surge of T-Mobile 2.5 GHz 5G lighting up in the coming weeks as a result. T-Mobile moves very quickly.
  41. 4 points
    I found something interesting while looking through some AT&T site plans I found online, this is from a site in Connecticut. Looks like they have a SiriusXM repeater on the B30 antenna. I'm guessing this helps to eliminate the interference B30 causes to Sirius receivers. I wonder if they'll eventually do this in all of the markets they had to shrink B30 down to 5x5, or at least in the urban areas.
  42. 4 points
  43. 4 points
    I bet Hesse is feeling pretty good today. I plan on getting the iPhone 5G this year.
  44. 4 points
    Me too. I can't imagine a more incompetent parent company than SoftBank at this point.
  45. 4 points
  46. 4 points
    I seem to remember that T-Mobile has a complex automated monitoring system that generates regular capacity reports for each of their sites. The network people use those reports to decide how to boost capacity at or near sites that are already overloaded or getting close to being overloaded along with how to fill coverage gaps. It then takes time to order the equipment and schedule the work that is required to fix the overload problem or fill the gap. They do not just throw all their bandwidth up on every site as they properly manage their money.
  47. 4 points
    Difference is that T-Mobile under-promises and over-delivers. That's something we're not used to having with Sprint. Sprint's Triband build-out was still not dense or expansive enough to be competitive.
  48. 4 points
    T-Mobile boasts 2.5 GHz momentum right out of the gate Nice write-up of Neville's comments.
  49. 4 points
  50. 4 points
    I would think Sprint network employees would be most vulnerable when the Sprint network is eliminated. Up to that point they need to keep both networks operational. I have heard reports of some work still being done on Sprint sites since April 1 just to retain Sprint customers (like maintenance or increasing backhaul to make a site function). In some markets the T-Mobile network staff has a lot of former pre-merger Sprint network employees. Your post is on the publicly visible side of S4gru.com, which could threaten your or other posters if employed now by T-Mobile. You might want to donate do you could post inside the paywall. Most people are on this site for technical information so there might be better forums.
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