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  1. And what will this all mean for S4GRU? We are in a wait and see mode before we decide how to adapt. Until then, we will be here every day with you all, plotting our wireless destiny. Robert
    27 points
  2. 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
    21 points
  3. And this is the truth that many of us are going to learn. T-Mobile is not perfect everywhere. They have some markets where they have some real bad towers here and there. And there are some entire markets that aren't that good. But if the New T-Mobile fully leverages Sprint spectrum and add every Sprint site that expands coverage or provides additional capacity, it will get really good. Probably the best. Sprint failed to leverage Nextel sites to expand coverage and capacity to its full extent. Not even half its extent. Hopefully NTmo will take it to the maximum. But their comment
    18 points
  4. I knew this day was coming, and yet it's still a bit heartbreaking now that it's finally here. Sprint had some ups and downs. The most positive thing I can remember against the other three was the old Google voice integration. Largest negative would be the VoLTE rollout. It was a blast going through Wimax, the LTE launch, triband LTE, and then finally 5G NR. Getting to have tower maps through S4GRU was a huge part of the experience. It definitely wouldn't have been the same without this place. A big thanks to everyone at S4GRU over the years, and I hope the transition goes as w
    17 points
  5. I absolutely love the new header Mr. Robert!
    16 points
  6. I'm definitely going to miss Sprint. It's like a homely introverted ex-girlfriend. She's a cheap date and just likes to stay home (on WiFi). You know there was so much potential, if she could just be what you wanted her to be. Get moving, get out of the house, get a makeover. You weren't in love with her, and made so many excuses for her to all your friends. You've been meaning to break up with her, but you didn't want to end up with one of those 3 other narcissistic chicks out there, who really didn't look much better with their makeup off. Eventually she just finds someone else (T-Mob
    16 points
  7. It's also interesting to see through the lens of history that Dan Hesse is seen as a great CEO at Sprint. Dan was the right guy for the right season. It's the Masa season that will likely be judged harshly. And now we are in a new season. All hail the new supreme leader, Mike Sievert. Robert
    15 points
  8. I find it funny that all the T-Mobile fanboys are pressed over Sprints b41 all of a sudden and wanting to use it. But when it was used on Sprint, it was considered horrible spectrum and that T-Mobile was better positioned with spectrum. If T-Mobile isn’t using it then it’s no good. The same goes with DSS. Right now they’re trashing it but as soon as T-Mobile implements it, it’ll be the best thing since sliced pie. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    14 points
  9. It's been 4-1/2 years, but I am happy to announce we have a new member joining S4GRU Staff. Please join me in welcoming RAvirani in joining the Staff here at S4GRU. Rey has been a key member helping visitors to S4GRU for years. We are grateful to have him join the ranks. It feels like he has been a part of the team for quite some time. Seems fitting and overdue. Thanks Rey for accepting the invitation. You must be a little crazy to agree! Now @RAvirani will have full moderator powers and responsibilities as well. Welcome aboard!Robert
    13 points
  10. 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
    12 points
  11. 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 h
    12 points
  12. Holy crap, go Nokia: Nokia touted a new lab achievement over Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum that boosted 5G capacity by up to four times through a software upgrade. The test included a software upgrade of E-UTRAN New Radio – Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) and Multi-User-MIMO (MU-MIMO) using Sprint’s mid-band 5G spectrum and Nokia’s AirScale solution to deliver 3 Gbps total downlink cell throughput, in what Nokia called a first. It showcased Nokia’s AirScale Dual Mode Massive MIMO for 5G and LTE, using a single radio unit for both LTE and 5G. The test also tapped commercial
    12 points
  13. Hey folks, I haven't been around here in a long time. I guess I just got distracted by other things, especially after Sprint 4G LTE became commonly available for me. Then, in February of 2018, I defected from Sprint to T-Mobile. That move allowed me to get on the "T-Mobile ONE 55+" plan, (yeah, I'm an old geezer) and at the time, grab a limited time offer add-on called "ONE Plus International" that adds a lot of features, but most importantly "UNLIMITED 4G LTE Hotspot" on a phone. The move was both for the service and price. I was paying Sprint $179 for service on one p
    11 points
  14. 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 th
    11 points
  15. I'm not convinced much has actually changed yet. It seems to me like they've opened up roaming a touch more, but otherwise Sprint customers are still on the Sprint network as much as possible. I have yet to connect to T-Mobile anything since the day of the merger. - Trip
    11 points
  16. 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.
    10 points
  17. 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.
    10 points
  18. Holy batman!! TMOBILE tower in NY with Mmwave, N71, N41 massive mimo. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
    10 points
  19. VoLTE seems to be live while roaming on T-mobile.
    10 points
  20. Seems like Saw will be part of New T-Mobile! https://newtmobile.com/senior-leadership-team/ JOHN SAW EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVANCED AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
    10 points
  21. Was on one of the tech channels on YouTube... A Sprint tower tech was saying speaking in anonymity that on closing (April 1) they are setting up to open the networks. Meaning, via software update, Sprint will have access to T-Mobile and vis-a-versa... on April 1st. Hoping this is true! On Tower Integration... They are setting up Integration do begin nearly immediately as they are set to do market by market tower integrations (combining towers/ moving equipment to best site). They will be doing massive mimo upgrades as much as possible at the same-time on 2.5
    10 points
  22. OpenSignal tested every carrier's 5G network and determined that Sprint had the fastest average combined 4G/5G speeds out of the big 4. https://www.opensignal.com/2020/02/20/how-att-sprint-t-mobile-and-verizon-differ-in-their-early-5g-approach
    10 points
  23. I don't remember which blog it was but it had the best headline announcing the closing of the brand, "Sprint sacrifices Virgin".😂
    10 points
  24. All: I've been busy the past two days converting maps to BatchGeo. Which will we use to host our maps temporarily for a month or two while we work out a better long term solution. If you want me to recreate a map in one of your threads, send me the CSV file of the data and the the thread URL and I will create it in BatchGeo. I'd like to try to keep the site not looking like we were napalmed and burned up all the maps. I'm happy to create the maps for you. No matter how old the data. I like having historical data from years past, especially instead of broken links and missing ma
    10 points
  25. Never a good idea to broad brush the whole network. We know your area struggled, but there were many markets where B41 was essentially ubiquitous, and had excellent capacity and speed. Essentially everywhere I went in KC I was on B41, and rarely struggled with speed. Same with Denver when I visited. Others clearly had similar experiences in other markets.
    9 points
  26. 9 points
  27. T-Mobile going to Fremont, Nebraska where it had no coverage before, just sprint
    9 points
  28. They have 180 days to negotiate, which is until about 10/1. Then 60 days for T-Mobile to buy out Shentel (until about 12/1), then 60 days for Shentel to buy out T-Mobile (until about 2/1), then if all else fails, T-Mobile has two years after that to shut down its network in Shentel territory. I'm assuming they'll come to terms, good or bad, before all of that plays out. - Trip
    9 points
  29. It's been many years... but we're going to finally see the true power of 2.5GHz. Proper backhaul does wonders.
    9 points
  30. 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
    9 points
  31. 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 points
  32. Cavalier attitude considering how many people are dependant on their phones, especially for emergency calls.
    9 points
  33. We know that T-mobile does have more sites than Sprint, but this quote just implies it has at least an equal amount of sites as Sprint +1.
    9 points
  34. I always say the bigger, the better. It works for steaks. But I digress... Robert
    9 points
  35. Tonight I received several text messages while in the basement at my work (Boston suburbs), somewhere I have never even gotten a glimpse of Sprint service, or roaming, or anything.. checked SCP, it was moderately strong T-Mobile B66. Something definitely changed, because I've never caught that before. Sent from my Pixel 4 using Tapatalk
    9 points
  36. It seems like he is cherry picking stats for the PR publicity. I hope this doesn't result in a ban, but I'm actually genuinely curious as to what their "pornography" numbers look like during the virus outbreak? How has it affected their networks? How much data has been used? One of the more popular porn sites released their numbers by country and you could tell by the spike in their chart the day that country went into curfew 😁. Mods. Please take this post down if y'all deem it inappropriate. But I only asked because...well, for science!
    9 points
  37. Can't say who said, but looks like some of the network hiccups on the T-Mobile side are due to software and migration going on. Also found out T-Mobile is sticking to the original plan (2 years ago plan when merger was announce) to use the T-Mobile network as the "Host" network, move the sprint customer base over to it quickly as possible and then use the Sprint equipment from the old Sprint network to add on and enable additional load (Market-by-Market) until complete. Currently T-Mo is increasing use of it's AWS spectrum and Dish's to be able to handle the addition of Sprint person's o
    9 points
  38. I'd rather not see him at all. Sent from my LM-V450 using Tapatalk
    9 points
  39. Here we go!!! T-Mobile and Sprint are finally merging: What you need to know about the $26.5 billion deal
    9 points
  40. An update to SignalCheck Pro is rolling out shortly and should be available on Google Play within the next several hours! This version includes many bugfixes; the full changelog is below with some details added about the most significant changes. Still working on full dual-SIM support; not sure when that is going to be ready. Thank you for all of your support! Added option to choose LTE cell ID display format: GCI, ECI, or hybrid. Based on user feedback, there is a new option under Preferences > Display to determine how LTE cell IDs are displayed. The default method is still "GCI"
    9 points
  41. Just because he can, doesn't mean he will. And he doesn't mean he is required to. He is thinking like an investor, not a philanthropist who is trying to find the best thing to serve the people, with his money. Believe me, I am not defending him. And he is not required to do with his money what you like, just because the government does not approve a merger (which they have already, by the way). The last hurdle really is just the state's lawsuit. I've never really been for the merger, anyway. I've always said Sprint can go it alone. Even when many here have vehemently disagreed with
    9 points
  42. Yes, some of you disagree with me. That's to be expected. Sprint sucks in some places. But Sprint is not only great in my area, but they're actually the best. And in most metro areas, they are perfectly usable. But guess what? T-mobile sucks in many places. And I can tell you here in their home market, they're the worst carrier. Verizon also stinks in places too. I suppose if I lived in a crappy Sprint market, I'd go. But I can tell you I see more and more people who leave Sprint and either come back or even if they don't, admit that the network wasn't as bad as they thought and
    9 points
  43. Glad to do it , Robert. Especially now with all the work to convert and update all the maps. I know you and some others are really putting some major time in on the project. I look at your S4GRU site every day and most of the time, I am looking several times. The cost to operate the site is often overlooked. So many sites today are supported by paid ads that just destroy the experience at the site. This site is very clean and easy to navigate. Just loaded with info. Everybody that uses the site should step up and make a donation.
    9 points
  44. Posted an update to the Top Donors list. Justen moves way up the list to #4. Brockeb1 has made it on to the list and jumps all the way in to #28! jlbattagli, Trip, and runagun also moved up quite a few spaces. Rawvega made it back on the list. And thank you for all your time on the list, but, lrosete777 and leerage were bumped off the bottom. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! Robert
    9 points
  45. RootMetrics 2H 2019 RootScore Reports: Ann Arbor, MI - Median download speed decreased from 33.2Mbps to 18.4Mbps. (ouch) Austin, TX - Sprint recorded the fastest median download speed at 25.8Mbps. Boston, MA - Median download speed decreased from 30.2Mbps to 20.6Mbps. Chattanooga, TN - Median download speed decreased from 25.6 to 19.5Mbps. Corpus Christi, TX - Median download speed increased from 27.1Mbps to 36.2Mbps. Durham, NC - Median download speed increased from 9.7Mbps to 15.5Mbps. Louisville, KY - Sprint recorded the fastest median download spee
    9 points
  46. Got my Pixel 4 XL yesterday (Google Store). Activated instantly on Sprint via the eSim. WiFi Calling and VOLTE are functional. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
    9 points
  47. I wish Google would release the RCS API so third-party messaging apps could take advantage of it..
    8 points
  48. 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?
    8 points
  49. Please do not confuse me explaining what Tmo is doing with my personal preference for what they should do. I'm not advocating the New Tmo's moves. I'm just trying to explain where there is confusion. But there is much more that we don't know at this point. Robert
    8 points
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