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  1. 15 points
    Sprint's situation is not dire. They still have over 50 million postpaid customers. There is a relatively high churn rate, but people are not fleeing for the exits. Most of that were temporary customers they tried to entice away with promos. In virtually every metric, Sprint is in better shape now. Financially and network performance. And frankly, their current and future capex plans are more realistic and better serving. They are much more in line with what Tmo did to get itself out of its rut back in 2012-2014. Focus on urban markets first, then suburban and secondary markets. And if you play your cards right and growth starts to occur after a few years of doing that, then they can make an exurban/rural move with major highway expansions. But Sprint cannot put the cart before the horse again this time. This is a much smarter plan. We all want Sprint to be the hard charging Number Four carrier that quickly surpasses the others to become #1 or #2. But also, there are ways to be a successful company and stay #4 forever. If Sprint cannot merge, it is still completely viable to run on its own. But it will be a long process to gain more customers or move up the rung. And I think most of us believe the network experience will be the best way to do that. And Sprint needs to start with the highest concentrations of customers first, to get the most bang for its buck. But Sprint is highlighting the darkness in their current status, because it is trying to get a merger approved. And that's going to give a lot of fodder to the unbelievers. Shun the unbelievers! Robert
  2. 10 points
    Sorry for being late to this and some of this is repeating New York. They have $7 billion in cash and just under $10 billion in liquid assets. I guess I read that differently than you do. From the investor update presentation they've basically got enough liquidity to pay off their debt for the next two years if they do nothing at all. What will happen is what has happened for years. You'll likely see Sprint offer new notes at some point this year that will replace the debt or expand it further. He isn't talking about a "massive restructuring of their debt" at all. He is talking about what Sprint has done in the past and will continue to do going forward. Sprint has roughly $4.3 billion in debt due this fiscal year. If they issue $4.3 billion in new debt ceteris paribus their debt and liquidity positions haven't changed. They aren't refinancing $40 billion in debt. As maturing debt is retired they are issuing new debt. The next 3 years that is $4 to $5 billion a year at a time. Presumably indefinitely as long as someone is willing to lend to them (which there is a finite point somewhere there), but especially in the current economic conditions Sprint didn't have any trouble getting money last year and actually up-sized an offering due to favorable interest. The Free Cash Flow thing is a little weird. As a customer, I'd prefer Sprint invests in their network, something they did up about 50% year-over-year. That spending is going to drive Free Cash Flow down. If they had spent about $1 billion less in Capex they would've been free cash flow positive, which again is meaningless to me as a customer. It also isn't a really compelling failing firm argument, which is part of the reason they're having trouble convincing the DOJ of their arguement here. T-Mobile hasn't been FCF positive* since 2015. *using Cash from operations less capital expenditures
  3. 9 points
    Please demonstrate what consequences AT&T is facing for raising prices twice in the year after their merger, despite representing to regulators that permitting the merger with Time Warner would permit them to lower prices. - Trip
  4. 7 points
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  6. 6 points
    Working on adding bandwidth and carrier aggregation features to SCP.. but a lot of the data being reported by devices is inaccurate. Not sure if it's an Android issue or a vendor issue, but please help bring it to the Android engineers' attention by marking it with a 'star' if you don't mind! It's the best way to get bugs escalated.. https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/131532224 Thanks, -Mike
  7. 6 points
    I'm currently in Montego Bay and Sprint Global Roaming has been pretty decent thus far. We seemed to jump on Digicel when we first arrived, but our phones have been preferring FLOW since then. Coverage has been quite good even indoors. I imagine that the network(s) are quite dense, at least in this part of the island. I've remained on the free low-speed data option on my Note 9 while my wife eventually opted for the high speed data pass for a week on her S9+. The difference in speed can obviously be seen in the screenshots though they are from different locations. Despite the unimpressive speed test numbers I've found the low speed data to be surprisingly snappy when doing mundane tasks and even viewing Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc take longer but isn't too terrible. Data intensive jobs such as trying to upload pics or video is somewhere between painful and futile though. People who do a lot of uploading/streaming to social media will definitely want to shell out the dough for the high speed data day or week pass. One interesting thing is that despite the high ping times Sprint Direct Connect Plus still performs very nicely including during the time before my wife bought the data pass.
  8. 6 points
    Most of the presentation is the stuff we already know about. But a couple of cool details Over 1000 M-MIMO sites are live now! Just waiting on final 5G NR software to be pushed ENDC Bonded LTE/NR will allow the full 120Mhz to be used on 5G devices and still keep legacy devices up to 60Mhz of LTE LG V50 will have a GLOWING 5G logo on the back LOL! (RGB everything life!) **WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!** They also have live QnA and I posted one question,. he actually ANSWERED LIVE! Intraband CA is coming in weeks guys!!!!!!
  9. 6 points
    A lot of rebuilds with B41 and B25/26 or just B25/26 on NY17 between Roscoe and Monticello. Previously these were all B25 only GMO site. Still a lot of coverage gaps between sites where I would drop Sprint LTE or hold on to B26 until -130dBm.
  10. 6 points
    SoftBank Founder Masayoshi Son Lost $130 Million on Bitcoin https://www.marketwatch.com/story/softbank-founder-masayoshi-son-reportedly-lost-130-million-of-his-personal-fortune-with-bitcoin-2019-04-23
  11. 6 points
    I just successfully switched my Pixel 3 XL to use the eSIM on Sprint. Works out of the box now. Since I already had this phone on the line, I had to swap to another phone and then swap back with the eSIM. Everything works. Super convenient. No more having to order the correct SIM from Sprint, and I can now swap between Sprint and another carrier easily (traveling internationally, or even using another domestic carrier). Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
  12. 6 points
    You guys are just falling for the propaganda. They all want us to think the Sprint's failure is imminent, if not even immediate, if the merger is not approved. You guys all mocked Sprint when they first were using hyperbole about their network and prospects when they played that card initially. And now going all ga-ga over the data again as if it was new info and now means even something more or different. This is all OLD NEWS. They want it rehashed and all of you to freak out and over talk about it, so general opinion is that Sprint is going to no longer exist with or without Tmo. But the reality is, as Brad mentioned above, Sprint is in better shape than it was last year, two years ago and five years ago. And also, I don't get the comment that "Softbank is looking for a bailout by any means necessary." Softbank is not looking for a bailout. No request of government giving money to save Sprint financially. That's a bailout. Softbank is looking for a BUYER. It's totally legit to look to sell the company. Why would this be surprising? Masa was discussing selling Sprint within weeks of buying it. That's always been on the table. And frankly, I wouldn't mind for someone to take over than Masa. A tie up with a cable company may be a very good thing for Sprint if the Tmo deal doesn't happen. But I fully expect a legal challenge if not approved. Robert
  13. 5 points
    Tim YuSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesTuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:00 PM PDT For weeks, rumors have been circulating that Verizon's carrier exclusivity deal to sell Google Pixel devices was ending and other carriers, such as Sprint, will offer them in addition to direct sales from Google. S4GRU has been able to attain information that this is indeed correct and that Sprint will soon be selling Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL devices. [Google has has announced that Sprint, in addition to other carriers, are selling the device. Source.] Sprint's internal systems have been updated with the devices information and retail stores are receiving shipping information notifying them of the imminent arrival of the Pixel devices. Pricing 1. Pixel 3: $799 2. Pixel 3 XL: $929 3. Pixel 3a: $399 4. Pixel 3a XL: $479 Modem Specifications Pixel 3 GSM 850 / 1900 WCDMA Bands: 2 / 4 / 5 CDMA Band Class: 0 / 1 / 10 LTE Bands: 2 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 25 / 26 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 41 / 48 / 66 / 71 Carrier Aggregation Combinations 2xCA B41 2xCA B25 3xCA B41 4xCA B41 B25 + B26 B25 + B41 Pixel 3 XL GSM 850 / 1900 WCDMA Bands: 2 / 4 / 5 CDMA Band Class: 0 / 1 / 10 LTE Bands: 2 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 25 / 26 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 41 / 48 / 66 / 71 Carrier Aggregation Combinations 2xCA B41 2xCA B25 3xCA B41 4xCA B41 B25 + B26 B25 + B41 Pixel 3a GSM 850 / 1900 WCDMA Bands: 2 / 4 / 5 CDMA Band Class: 0 / 1 / 10 LTE Bands: 2 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 25 / 26 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 41 / 48 / 66 / 71 Carrier Aggregation Combinations 2xCA 41 3xCA 41 2xCA B25 B25 + B26 2xCA B25 + B26 B25 + B41 B26 + B41 Pixel 3a XL GSM 850 / 1900 WCDMA Bands: 2 / 4 / 5 CDMA Band Class: 0 / 1 / 10 LTE Bands: 2 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 25 / 26 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 41 / 48 / 66 / 71 Carrier Aggregation Combinations 2xCA 41 3xCA 41 2xCA B25 B25 + B26 2xCA B25 + B26 B25+ B41 B26 +B41 In addition, Sprint has also recently enabled Pixel 3's eSIM support which is likely to be also true with the Pixel 3a devices when it launches. This means there is no need to seek out the correct SIM card for the device to activate it, though a physical sim card is still an alternate option and the S4GRU SIM Card spreadsheet has been updated to include the 3a and 3a XL devices. Pixel ESIM activation guide 1. Connect device to WiFi 2. Go to Settings, Network & internet, Mobile network, Advanced, Carrier. Alternatively search "carrier" in settings 3. Tap "Add Carrier" 4. Login to Sprint Account and select device to receive one time activation code to continue. Select line to activate Pixel on. 5. Pixel should now be activated. ** If ESIM capable Pixel is already activated on line with a SIM card, you may have to activate another Sprint device in its place before you can undergo the ESIM activation steps ** Credit to ingenium for the ESIM guide Pixel 3 G013A, Pixel 3 XL G013C, Pixel 3a G020A, Pixel 3a XL G020G
  14. 5 points
  15. 5 points
    Airave Gen 4 is available today. Per OKCC rep. referring to an internal email.
  16. 5 points
    There is new Sprint coverage in Goffstown NH today. I verified new Band 25 LTE coverage coming from the tower behind the Shell station. The coverage fades out quickly driving west on 114 but its the biggest development in my area since I have been following their coverage. 😀
  17. 5 points
    Major cable operators like Comcast and Time Warner / Spectrum are the primary threats to Verizon and ATT imo. They have the scale and preexisting extremely lucrative user base they can leverage to just funnel money to their wireless adventures. They've already got the infrastructure to support wireless users via their MVNO deal with Verizon and thus experience in supporting wireless subscribers. It likely won't be hard for them to just swap over their users to whoever network they take over and rebrand quickly. The greatest impediment to them fully entering the industry is cost in actually building out a nationwide cell network. Taking over a national cell network and using it as a base to launch their competitive wireless platform is much cheaper. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  18. 5 points
    Updated to Q beta 3 and I have consistent data in SCP
  19. 5 points
    I exchanged my S10+ yesterday and yes, it was clear my device was having some issues with data transfer for sure. They didn't "test" it because they weren't a repair shop. They just handed me a new one and took my old one back. Simple deal and I was outta there in about 30 mins. I updated the new phone to the ASD5 right away and have no issues with B25, 26, or 41 in any areas. Everything is reporting successful speed tests (they're pretty miserable sometimes, but that's Madison, not the phone). I hope the update on the 30th can head off any other events. The word on the Sprint thread is that there is a RF transmission issue that burns up the modem, quite literally, so then it won't read anymore. Can happen on any band. The software releases are supposed to prevent this from happening. But if your device has succumbed to this already, you're hosed.
  20. 5 points
    I say this as one of two staff members on this site that lives in Omaha, but this market has a fairly active thread on the premier sponsor level that tracks B26/B41 deployments locally, and has been tracking MIMO permits. It still isn't clear to us where those photos are actually from. Thanks for the link though.
  21. 4 points
    I would never believe a sales-pitch argument to the FCC--that has almost no consequences for misleading statements--over those to investors that are subject to the threat of insurmountable criminal and civil liability. But, that's just the perspective of a successful businessman and lawyer.
  22. 4 points
    Ha. Sprint is discounting their prior disaster of NV, etc., and just focusing on their John Saw network improvement plan when they talk about it. I'm a believer. If you go back in my post history, I didn't think Sprint could turn it around. Los Angeles was a disaster. They've bumped capacity like crazy, fixed coverage holes, and now have low-band LTE and VoLTE live. It's night-and-day from a year ago.
  23. 4 points
    We've got 7 or 8 reports between two threads right now which tells me either people are being overly sensitive and/or people need to tone it down. We'll be reviewing posts as we can, and vacations may be warranted but consider this a further warning to anyone from this point on.
  24. 4 points
    As I've stated elsewhere, Sprint as an independent entity has no real way foward. Sprint will be relegated to the history books but it's network may survive to tell the tale depending on who purchases it be it T-mobile ripping it out root and stem or a cable carrier wanting to vertically integrate and get off Verizon's MVNO deal. Softbank will not just let Sprint flounder and die. They will sell one way or another. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  25. 4 points
    Yes, the other way to look at it is that for the first time in over a decade, Sprint actually has what is required to become a strong, viable competitor in all the large metro areas. Removing that as a competitor will ultimately result in higher prices. Think about it this way: Sprint is about to turn on 5G NR 64MIMO in spectrum sharing B41 in over 1,000 sq miles. That's huge for delivering an amazing network experience. Consider that MetroPCS was able to build to 1.6 million subscribers in Los Angeles and a million subscribers in New York City and Miami, etc. They had a tiny, terrible, and slow network in those areas but competed on price. There are A LOT of customers that don't travel much from home. Sprint can cover them VERY well and is becoming the gold standard for network in those areas. They still have a mediocre network elsewhere on top of that...it's a super compelling value proposition. They should be able to eat a lot of other carriers for lunch in those metro areas--especially T-Mobile/Metro. That keeps price pressure on T-Mobile and the other providers.
  26. 4 points
    Nope you're 100% right [emoji4] Sent from my SM-G965U1 using Tapatalk
  27. 4 points
    Back when I got my First Cellphone...an Audiovox...I was with Worldcom Wireless. As you all know...Worldcom Wireless went Bankrupt after a much publicized scandal. When Worldcom Wireless went out of business, I get a letter in the mail [emoji394] that informed me that my contract will Worldcom had been converted to a contract with AT&T. I immediately contacted AT&T, and requested to be released from the contact, which I had a right to do within the 30 days after my contact had been assumed by AT&T. Not that I personally had anything against AT&T, it was just that I wanted the opportunity to shop around for the best price and best contract that fit my needs. Here is a CNN article from 2002 that explains the situation... http:// https://money.cnn.com/2002/07/29/pf/saving/q_wireless/index.htm Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  28. 4 points
    Nice speeds @ Platform Beer Co yesterday evening.
  29. 4 points
    I put all the M-MIMO site we've found in NYC on a google map. Also linked to the post in this thread so you can see the photos or other details. From my understanding they started the testing and deployment in lower Manhattan. Hopefully we can find more. Can't wait to get my hands on a 5G phone. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WtVBmfoB0H6ORmsTs1ei6lGNmqlbJJsU&usp=sharing
  30. 4 points
  31. 4 points
    If you read the internet, for the last 7 years I have been a Sprint customer, every quarter I have been told that Sprint was going to go under and file for bankruptcy. Their position isn't pretty, but it isn't like Sprint is in some unique position. People like to be like, debt, debt, debt, but having more debt than revenue is pretty common. Look at Charter. $40billion in revenue but they have $70billion in long term debts. A company like AMD couldn't make any money for like a decade before their recent turn around. They sold, leveraged and won some key lawsuits that helped them stay afloat. Now they are kicking ass and taking names. This idea that Sprint needs to be at the same coverage level as AT&T or VZW to survive I think is a fallacy as well. They have great roaming agreements. This is how the dozens of regional carriers survive.
  32. 3 points
    If Sprint can just prove to CNET and others that you don't need to be within line of site of a cell site to get decent speeds, they'll already be ahead of the pack even if they can't provide gigabit peaks like VZW. For these Verizon tests the press were encouraged to stand a certain distance away from the site and to face the antenna, etc. Sprint should just give the device to them and tell them they can roam free.
  33. 3 points
    And Verizons exclusivity deal is over!
  34. 3 points
    5G coverage is shown on the coverage map for the first round of cities. (Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City) https://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp?
  35. 3 points
    I'm on a Pixel 3a XL with the Android Q beta 3 installed. So far all seems good. No issues that I can tell. I even have the bandwidth values reporting (I think correctly, I'll keep an eye on it). 👍
  36. 3 points
  37. 3 points
    FWIW, Comcast has been providing strand mount colocations and backhaul access for small cells in select markets most noticeably in Michigan. Likewise Cox is doing BH access in Nebraska.
  38. 3 points
    Again, I have to point you to Chicago and New York City as good examples of their density efforts. They have about a thousand mini-macros coming online in Chicago and 20,000 strand-mount small cells deployed in the NYC area on Altice fiber. It's cost effective and offers unmatched capacity.
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    What he said ^^^. Sprint lacks the capex. Sprint also lacks the financial support from Softbank. For the past several years, Sprint has lacked the leadership, primarily because Claure was obviously brought in to cut the company to the core in preparation for a sale or merger. Sprint lacks the brand image, and the probable hit-and-miss effort Sprint will be able to mount to implement 5G will not improve that: It will almost certainly be too little, too late. Sprint lacks the ability to continue to meet its debt service requirements and meaningfully expand coverage or service, because the debt service is simply going to eat away at future capex. In sum, Sprint simply lacks the resources to compete as an equal with ATT, Verizon, and the still-growing T-Mobile. Let's be totally real: Within a very short period of time (1 year? 2 years? Less?), Sprint as we know it will no longer exist. Either the merger will be approved, or Sprint will enter Chapter 11 and be totally reorganized, or some 3rd party outside of the telecom industry will purchase the company in a fire-sale and change it drastically. But the Sprint we know today is doomed. That saddens me, because I have been a Sprint customer for over 20 years, and a combination of stupid moves by the Board of Directors, muddy objectives and execution on the part of Masa Son and Softbank, and a cutthroat competitive environment have forced a future that is very bleak.
  41. 3 points
    Read the text exactly... it says simultaneous voice and data will only be available when Volte is turned on in your area. It does not say you will not have data. Simultaneous means at the same time... ie being able to use data while on a phone call. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  42. 3 points
    The Att and TMobile merger would have left us with 2 large carriers and an underfunded Sprint. The Sprint and T-Mobile merger could provide a third strong competitive carrier. That seems like the difference to me. Is there another way to look at it?
  43. 3 points
    Punctuation and grammar are more than a suggestion; they're paramount in conveying a proper and clear message. This isn't nitpicking. It's a necessary thing so that others can clearly understand your meaning. Please work on this as it's painful to attempt to read poorly constructed communications.
  44. 3 points
    This could be a positive for the merger, gonna be down to possibly 3 carriers anyway.
  45. 3 points
    That's true... I really hope this isn't the case. I guess it's all part of a consideration where the carrier networks stand at some point. AT&T: https://www.att.com/5g/consumer/ --> AT&T has its "5G E" logo on select devices. Actual 5G is currently live in parts of 19 cities. T-Mobile: https://www.t-mobile.com/5g --> Launching in the second half of 2019: https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/25/t-mobile-5g-launch-delayed/ Verizon: https://www.verizonwireless.com/5g/ --> Launched in parts of Chicago/Minneapolis... 20 more cities just announced for this year. Sprint: https://www.sprint.com/en/landings/5g.html --> Launching in May for Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City. Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington D.C. are slated to launch in the first half of 2019. According to Dan Riccio in this Mashable interview, Apple locked down the design for the iPhone X in November 2016, and it launched in November 2017. Assuming the same lead time in the design cycle, perhaps Apple will evaluate where carriers' 5G networks stand in Fall 2019 and make a decision on what's coming as far as 5G for Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 iPhones. The iPhone XS/XS Max has the Intel XMM 7560 Modem. In terms of available Intel LTE Modems that have been published, I think we're likely to see the Intel XMM 7660 Modem in the Fall 2019 iPhones. It's marketed as a Gigabit+ LTE Modem that supports more than 45 bands (vs. more than 35 bands in the Intel XMM 7560 Modem), and it has support for 7CA DL and 2CA UL. As far as the modem pipeline beyond that, there's nothing else on Intel's website, save for the 5G modem that Apple/Intel has said it won't use, so I have a feeling Apple will switch over to Qualcomm for 2020.... or it could have decided to completely pull the rug out from Intel and use Qualcomm Modems in the 2019 iPhones. The iPhone 8/8+/X used the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem (alongside the Intel XMM 7480 Modem).... and had Qualcomm/Apple made a modem deal for the iPhone XS/XS+ Apple would have likely used used the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem alongside the Intel XMM 7560 Modem in the iPhone XS/XS+... but that didn't happen. So I think we could see the Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE Modem in the Fall 2019 iPhones, or Apple could decide to save this modem for Fall 2020 if it doesn't launch a 5G model in Fall 2020. It seems like it could potentially be a step up from Intel's XMM 7660. As far as 5G modems go, I think this is the one we'll be seeing in a future 5G iPhone, especially given T-Mobile's 600 MHz holdings for 5G and the fact that Apple tends to like single chip solutions: Qualcomm X55 5G Modem So to tie this back in, I believe mass network feature adoption happens primarily with Apple devices because of the upgrade cycle, such as with Sprint's "iPhone Forever" and Apple's "iPhone Upgrade Program". In so doing, I think Apple actually moves the carriers along on their networks more than other device manufacturers, even if they aren't necessarily the first to launch with those features, and this is because of the surge of new devices hitting the networks.
  46. 3 points
    I should have been more clear on that, Intra meaning non-contiguous CA within the same band and inter for different band CA.
  47. 3 points
    T-Mobile, Sprint trash-talk their own networks in bid to merge Here's the FCC filing from the meeting they had with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10419537725960/4-19-19 Rosenworcel Public Ex Parte.pdf
  48. 3 points
    This Gif though.. mmWave Maybe in a world without walls mmWave would be a thing.
  49. 3 points
    May Clearwire sites Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 triband conversions begin / continue!
  50. 3 points
    BTW, over on the Sprint thread about the data loss issues, they are releasing a "test" for this data issue to all the corporate stores. So if you think you are having data issues, head to a corp store tomorrow or after and they can verify your device is affected. I might swing by anyways and have mine tested. I'm not going to get a replacement quite yet if it fails. I'm not convinced they've got a single clue about how to actually fix this mess.
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