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  1. 8 points
    T-Mobile going to Fremont, Nebraska where it had no coverage before, just sprint
  2. 8 points
    It's happening! T-Mobile seems to already be thinning Sprint's PCS spectrum and using it for their own LTE in NYC. Today T-Mobile expanded Band 2 LTE to 15MHz from 10MHz in NYC. If you take a look at this chart from speedtest.net, you can see that the only way T-Mobile can do that here is by taking 5MHz from Sprint's B-block.
  3. 8 points
    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 phone, and one USB 3G modem. The modem was what kept me with Sprint for so long. I bought it in 2007, when mobile data was just starting to catch on in popularity. Everyone else had low data caps and high overage charges at the time, but, Sprint was slow to jump on that bandwagon. They even had an ad campaign at the time, something like: "Use all the data you want, have fun"! I bought the modem outright, and paid $59.99/mo for unlimited 3G data. As an over the road truck driver, at the time, that was the same price I paid Comcast for home Internet, that was hardly home to use. I canceled Comcast, and that USB thing became my only non-phone Internet connection. The bad part of that was, shortly after I got that deal, Sprint discontinued that plan, and I was stuck. If I made ANY changes to that line/device, I would lose that plan, and have to take whatever offers were current. I couldn't activate any new device on the data account. So I milked that device and plan for just over 11 years, until Feb. 2018. After so long, the device was struggling, and the data was just damn slow. After my upgrade to T-Mobile, I have my main phone, (currently a OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren edition), an Aristo 2 Plus, used mostly as a hotspot, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10" with unlimited 4G LTE, all for $132.41. About $45 a month less than what I gave Sprint, and I have one extra device, and all with much faster data. On Sprint, my average speed was usually less than 15/2, on T-Mobile I get over 100 down and around 40 up. Of course with this arrangement, one day I will find myself in a similar situation, a line stuck on old tech, even though I CAN upgrade my T-Mobile device, the data add-on specifically says "4G LTE data", So I hope that sticks around for a while as 5G becomes a thing. If I make any changes on that line, I will lose that add-on. Sorry for all the rambling, I just looked at all the stuff I just typed, and can't bring myself to delete all that work. I guess I just got nostalgic when Facebook on Tuesday showed me a memory post from 2013, the pics are below. My first cell phone was a Nextel, that's how I wound up on Sprint, after that merger. It was 7 years ago already, that Sprint shut off Nextel. Now, Sprint is about to be shut off by T-Mobile. Everything changes. You can't see the date on the pic with "NO SIGNAL", those old Nextel phones didn't even have a proper clock, it just displayed what the network sent it, so, no signal, no clock. How far we have come. Anyway, I guess with the merger, I'm back in the family, so here I am looking to learn about a new rollout, this time 5G on 2.5 GHz, specifically in the West Michigan area. Sent from my HD1925 using Tapatalk
  4. 8 points
    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
  5. 8 points
    There is very little bloat on recent Samsung devices, 99% of them can be uninstalled.
  6. 7 points
    My experience is that Shentel beats the stuffing out of T-Mobile pretty much everywhere it runs the Sprint network, except in the rural parts of the most recent expansion area (which they put on hold pending the merger). Shentel invests in its region, and T-Mobile tries to fill the map. In Buckingham County, VA, Shentel has 17 sites. T-Mobile has 2. You wouldn't know it from the coverage map, but you'd know it from the service on the ground. - Trip
  7. 7 points
    I will keep repeating myself, I hope they prioritize the integration of the LTE network over the deployment of 5G. There are not a lot of S20 customers right now and probably close to 120M of LTE customers. Give your current customers a reason to stay by optimizing access to both networks for customers.
  8. 6 points
    https://www.reddit.com/r/tmobile/comments/hkm90h/chicago_nw_burbs_n41_bandwidth/ 40MHz of N41 live on a T-Mobile site in Chicago.
  9. 6 points
    Are you suggesting that Sprint was attempting to build a network with champagne taste but on a decidedly beer budget? 😂
  10. 5 points
    2.5GHz install on a T-Mobile site in the Houston area: 29.7018566, -95.7397737 Site is only broadcasting two B41 LTE carriers, no N41 as of right now. Talked with the crew for a bit and the four of them are tackling four sites per day right now.
  11. 5 points
    T-Mobile continues to sign 600Mhz spectrum leases with different companies: T-Mobile has applied for instant spectrum leases with Channel 51 License Company and LB License Co. to lease 600 MHz spectrum in a number of major markets, including Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Seattle, among others. Currently, these companies are lending 600 MHz spectrum to T-Mobile to help the carrier boost its network during the Covid-19 pandemic. T-Mobile is still negotiating with Dish to lease some of Dish's 600Mhz spectrum. https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/t-mobile-strikes-600-mhz-spectrum-leases-8-out-10-top-markets
  12. 5 points
    What is this g5 LTE you speak of? Robert
  13. 5 points
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/16/softbank-to-sell-up-to-two-thirds-of-t-mobile-stake.html Hopefully they have to sell the rest one day. What an embarrassment. Frankly, I'm glad that SoftBank will have less of a stake/interest in New T-Mobile. It's clear that Son had no idea what he was doing with Sprint and he'd probably bring that incompetence to the New T-Mobile as well. Seriously, what does Son bring to the table? Nothing... absolutely nothing at this point.
  14. 4 points
    The problem with covering rural Northern California is that they don't want new towers to be built because it will Martha natural beauty. I understand it but then if you want coverage you have to compromise.
  15. 4 points
    Look in some places T-Mobile had a denser network and in others Sprint had a denser network and in others neither did. It's the nature of the beast. Let's hope that they do an masterful blending of the two networks and then buildout the places where neither was strong.
  16. 4 points
    I can confirm that 15MHz PCS is live across all of northern Brooklyn at the very least. I went to Red Hook, Williamsburg, Park Slope, Sunset Park, and everywhere in between today and encountered 15MHz PCS everywhere.
  17. 4 points
    A full deployment has never been T-Mobile's strategy, and that's why they've never been the best in Seattle. Despite having the best site density (by a lot), their network experience falls far short of AT&T, Sprint and even Verizon now, who I would have claimed was in last place a year ago. The trend for the last 4 years has been that AT&T and Verizon never climb a tower without deploying every LTE technology available at that time. Even today, the same cannot be said for T-Mobile. I would estimate that more than 35% of T-Mobile sites in Seattle are still midband only. And some are still B2-only whereas others are B4-only. That makes coverage/capacity inconsistent between sites and handovers at the edge of cell sloppy, to say the least. To really compete with the big two, they're going to have to rethink the way they're deploying their RAN and stop deploying the minimum needed to get by. Hopefully we see those changes going forward, because they definitely have the economies of scale necessary to do so now.
  18. 4 points
    Band 2 on T-Mobile got expanded to 15MHz. That means that they officially poached 5MHz of Sprint's PCS B spectrum to do this, leaving Sprint with a contiguous 10MHz in PCS-B and the PCS-G block.
  19. 4 points
    https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/01/dish-closes-boost-mobile-purchase-following-t-mobile-sprint-merger/ This deal should help free up some more capital for New T-Mobile now that Boost and Virgin Mobile are officially in Dish’s hands. [emoji389][emoji1430] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. 4 points
    I can only speak for NYC once again, but here it didn't work as well as Sprint's choice to put everything everywhere. T-Mobile's deployment method led to some neighborhoods being under-deployed while others have the "full experience". This is as opposed to Sprint where everywhere I went, I always knew that the site I was connected to had all 3 bands available. I also don't know if it's fair to say that Sprint didn't deploy based on data. It looks like they simply deployed where it made the most economic sense to invest heavily. That ended up being their largest markets. The unfortunate side effect of this is that if you aren't in a large market the network languished until work was completed in the bigger markets. There are definitely pros and cons to both styles of deployment. Sprint's biggest issue to me is that they tried a Verizon and AT&T deployment style without Verizon or AT&T money.
  21. 4 points
    They seem to be totally intent on killing Sprint band 41 and activating T-Mobile 5G on band 41. This does need to be done, but I seem to see quite a few people complaining about the result being bad. Some people need to actually turn off 5G on their new phones and use 4G. So, if this is true, they are not getting it right at least in some places. They do need to somehow get band 2/25 straightened out. In many cases,Sprint has loads of band 25 that T-Mobile has not touched. This is a massive job and I have some doubts that they will do it and not cause lots of issues. in my area(Shentel) T-Mobile is nowhere close to being up to Shentel's standards. Shentel's Sprint service works very very good. T-Mobile is a disaster here. If T-Mobile has service like this in other parts of the country, we are using the wrong network for the base network.
  22. 4 points
    I knew that DISH would not walk away. It was a bluff. They pretty much were committed. But Charlie couldn't pass up an opportunity to turn the screws and try to renegotiate a better deal thinking he may have an upper hand. I don't believe the Feds would have ever reversed the Sprint/Tmo transaction. Too far gone. And Tmo did all the right things in good faith. It just could have left DISH in the cold. And that's what I meant by 'blow up in their faces" for the member who asked the question up the thread. Robert
  23. 4 points
    Yeah, no need to deal with small cells if you can avoid it. Without 2.5, it's tougher because the spectrum you've got is finite, particularly when 600/700/800 have to be run in "provide as much coverage as you can" mode. With 2.5, you can just throw spectrum at the problem...and propagation on 2.5 isn't bad at all, to the point that throwing it toward the top of a larger macro tower actually makes sense. Whereas you'd never do that with mmWave. I'm biased here because most of the places I go are dense enough for 2.5, depending on how high up you put the radios, but not dense enough to make sense for small cells, but there are plenty of places like that. Meanwhile, when you *do* get into urban cores, you can throw LAA and a denser 2.5 network at the problem, and statistically enough people will have mmWave-capable phones (in a few years) to meaningfully offload from the macro network. So things work out nicely.
  24. 4 points
    Neville Ray revealed a lot about his plans for the combined network going forward.
  25. 4 points
    It's not due to backhaul or anything like that. mmWave is sharing the same backhaul as n41. The reason why is because current 5G chipsets aren't able to make the most out of mmWave spectrum. n261 in NYC is currently split into two 50MHz carriers that are aggregated together so technically 100MHz of spectrum. However, it operates in 2x2MIMO and 64QAM. This is in comparison to n41 which operates in 4x4MIMO and 256QAM. It's a lot more spectrally efficient than the current mmWave deployment and as a result, you get much higher speeds.
  26. 4 points
    I am here to declare that I was not one of the million people.
  27. 3 points
    I’m not sure either. I do know that the Sprint name and logo and everything is on the way out... like soon... if we remain an affiliate we were told To expect TMo branding soon - like ASAP soon. All the back office billing and stuff is handled by Sprint. Shentel has its own customer service call centers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. 3 points
  29. 3 points
    They are trying to get two different results with the upgrades. The 600 Mhz upgrade was to get more range from the site to cover fringe areas. The 2500 upgrade is to get faster speeds & capacity in major population areas.
  30. 3 points
    Likewise. Despite my good experiences with T-Mobile, Sprint was definitely better here. T-Mobile now has the scale and revenue to throw the money at the wall like AT&T and Verizon. They really should focus on upgrading every single site to have every single technology available. There's no reason to hold back anymore. That's part of the reason why AT&T's network shot up to first place in the U.S. according to independent testing. They stopped bs-ing and started throwing money at the problem. They did it in Mexico too and now their network there is second best and only marginally so.
  31. 3 points
    I am not enjoying this t-mobile 5G in Astoria Queens or even LTE for that matter. Here is comparison between the 2 today at Astoria park. This area had even faster speeds before Sprint 5G was shut down. T-Mobile really needs to expand the N41 coverage outside of Manhattan asap. Some how Sprint really delayed it fast. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
  32. 3 points
    DISH enters retail wireless market with close of Boost Mobile, advances build of the nation's first standalone 5G network: https://ir.dish.com/news-releases/news-release-details/dish-enters-retail-wireless-market-close-boost-mobile-advances
  33. 3 points
    I get confused by all these Galaxy variants. 🥴
  34. 3 points
    A bunch of updates: I still haven't connected to n41 but I've come across LAA a lot more recently. In some areas, T-Mobile has it deployed on enough sites such that there is near contiguous coverage. I've noticed this in Chinatown and Chelsea. Typically the 20MHz Band 66 carrier is the anchor band, the 10MHz Band 2 carrier is the secondary carrier, and two 20MHz Band 46 carriers are the third and fourth carrier. I find that anytime I connect to LAA, I'm able to break the 200Mbps barrier pretty easily. I connected to n71 and Band 71 at the same time for the first time yesterday. Previously, only OnePlus devices were able to do that but it appears that sometime during the past few weeks/months one of the updates for the S20 series made that available. n71 is pretty much useless in NYC however, it really shows its usefulness in suburban/rural areas. Yesterday while connected to a weak Band 66 signal and strong n71 signal in Bay Shore I was able to get 70Mbps down and 14 up while inside a department store. A few weeks ago, I was in Mt. Sinai, NY where I was pretty much at the edge of LTE signal but I was still able to get over 120Mbps thanks to n71 (this was while n71 was still 10MHz).
  35. 3 points
    I spent Friday evening through Sunday morning in an area with 20 MHz of T-Mobile spectrum deployed: 10x10 of B71, 10x10 of B2. Confirmed when driving back from there (Brackettville) that T-Mobile puts Sprint's network ahead of B71 priority-wise. Also confirmed that AT&T is running MFBI on their sites (PCS -> B25, CLR -> B26) to facilitate Sprint roaming; on US 90 west of Uvalde both T-Mobile and Sprint were nonexistent for maybe ten miles. In Uvalde, T-Mobile B2 was weak and overloaded, while Sprint had B41 there. For those wondering what this has to do with NR, the tower east of Brackettville has it, so maybe ten minutes outside Brackettville I was sitting on B2 + n71. At that point, I was seeing 15 MHz of n71 + 10 MHz of B71. I got a number of decent speedtests along that route, in contrast to basically everything east of NW San Antonio on 410, where n71 is overloaded and even throwing 20 MHz of B66, among other things, at customers still isn't enough to keep the network fast. But in those same areas B41 was solid, with the usual 70-100 Mbps speeds, so all TMo needs to do is throw n41 on those same sites and they'll be set. While coming back this morning I got my best upload speed test ever on mobile:https://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/6228326864. I want to say this was on 10 MHz of n71, plus 20 MHz of B66 and maybe some B2 in there. This was on 410 just west of where it intersects with I-10 north of town. Yes, I double-checked to make sure I hadn't found an n41 tower, but if I had download speeds would've been higher anyway. I may post more updaets later. Chewed up plenty of data running speedtests while riding shotgun. It's great seeing how an unloaded network performs, even on relatively narrow channels...which is something I can't really experience here in town.
  36. 3 points
    Samsung logo on power-off. Phone model info, then Samsung logo along for boot. My guess is that both animations are now identical to the unlocked version, and I'll be able to confirm this on Thursday.
  37. 3 points
    Paul coming over would be another blow to Verizon as I am sure they thought he would disappear with Sprint. Him and the lady at AT&T seem to be the best spokespersons in the telecom industry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. 3 points
  39. 3 points
    I am sure that they can come up with a much more elegant solution than the Google Fi one. The integration of spectrum and and sites will take about 2 years. Meanwhile the current method of waiting to have no service before switching to the other network is deeply unsatisfactory.
  40. 3 points
    I don't think they intend to do that. I believe they intend to move everyone over to T-Mobile, even if the Sprint network is better. - Trip
  41. 3 points
    It seems that Dish will close the Boost transaction on July 1st: The company did not officially close the purchase, nor did it provide any of the parameters of the pending deal, including how many customers might be involved or the final price. But the company's announcement – made via an SEC filing – represents Dish's intention to enter the wireless industry, first as an MVNO of T-Mobile and, potentially, as a nationwide 5G network operator. It appears that the Department of Justice had to step in during the negotiations between T-Mobile and Dish to push the transaction forward. "On June 17, 2020, the Department of Justice (the 'DOJ') determined that T-Mobile has complied with the requirement in the final judgment entered by a federal district court in Washington, D.C. on April 1, 2020 (the 'Final Judgment') to provide Dish the ability to cross-provision any new or existing customer of the prepaid business with a compatible handset onto the T-Mobile network," T-Mobile wrote in its own SEC filing on the matter. "As a result, we believe all conditions to closing under the Asset Purchase Agreement (other than those conditions that can only be satisfied at closing) have been satisfied and, subject to the satisfaction of the conditions that must be satisfied at closing, the closing of the Prepaid Business Sale will occur on July 1, 2020." https://www.lightreading.com/5g/dish-said-it-will-buy-t-mobiles-boost-on-july-1/d/d-id/761784? All of you can breathe now 😅!
  42. 3 points
  43. 3 points
    To be realistic, I would expect New T-Mobile to be cutting thousands of jobs to eliminate overlap in the combined companies as well as adapt to the reduced physical footprint needs of the COVID-19 era.
  44. 3 points
    Several updates have been posted to the top of the megathread over on Reddit. Now the FCC is getting involved saying they are launching an investigation.
  45. 3 points
    I talked to the Ericsson engineer doing this tower. He said they usually use their own equipment but for this tower they are using Nokia massive mimo and 600mhz equipment. That explains it. They are using Nokia on some and Ericsson on some just like you thought. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
  46. 3 points
    There's no cyberattack (DDoS or otherwise) going on outside the baseline activities we see every day. Seems like a call and SMS routing issue isolated to T-Mobile with other carriers' customers reporting problems because they're trying to reach folks on T-Mobile.
  47. 3 points
    Also Tmo has the most uninformed network. You will see towers with B66/4+B12 and some with B66/4 +B2+B12+B71 or B66/4, B71, B12 and even some with just B12 or just B66/4. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
  48. 3 points
    Not all antennas are made by the Network Vendor OEM's. Antenna panels can be pretty agnostic. It's possible to use the same 2.5GHz antenna panel with Nokia as Ericsson as another vendor. So long as the radio is separate and not integral. So it could be possible that Tmo is taking NR41 panels from Sprint installs (anywhere in the country) and re-using them. And if not reusing them (anywhere in the country), reallocating units that had not been installed anywhere yet or were in the supply chain, and resending them out to new installs. I'm not saying they are reusing Sprint NR41 antenna panels. I do not know. But I am wondering. Robert
  49. 3 points
    Anybody here part of the lucky 1M? Or anybody notice any differences today?
  50. 3 points
    Today I noticed that the grocery store that I frequent has a T-Mobile CellSpot. What made me notice is that throughout the store I have low to no signal everywhere and will occasionally roam on super weak Verizon signal but by the registers, I had a full signal which is stronger than the signal I get outside. I immediately checked SignalCheck and saw the T-Mobile B4 CellSpot label and started searching for it. I found it in about 30 seconds. It was attached to the ceiling right next to a WiFi router. Interestingly, speeds on the CellSpot were significantly faster than they were on WiFi.
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