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  1. 8 points
    Yes. But we didn't live in a bubble. There were two other vendors. Ericsson was clearly the worst of the three in Network Vision deployment (in some ways they had to do it twice). Also, when it comes to network management, a third party will almost NEVER do as good of a job yourself, because they don't take ownership of the issues the way you would yourself. And so there is not the sense of urgency when an issue or roadblock comes up. And you're much more likely to accept no as an answer. I see it all day long in my line of work. Robert
  2. 8 points
  3. 7 points
    At the Nationals Game today! My iPhone XS automatically connected to a private WiFi network “provided by Sprint” at Nationals Park. Check out the data speeds here during the game. Nice job Sprint! Here’s the speeds over the WiFi:
  4. 7 points
    Another new beta rolling out now! Minor changes since the update a couple of days ago -- Sprint 10x10 is displayed again, in-app purchases are back again, and Airave 4 stuff is fixed. A public update is also going out that rolls up all of the changes to this point, except for in-app purchases. More coming soon! Thanks for all of your help.. I sincerely appreciate it! -Mike
  5. 7 points
    The latest update to SignalCheck Pro will be available on Google Play within the hour! As always, some much needed bugfixes and a few new features. Here is the full changelog with some details: Added ability to look up network registrant by clicking on IP address. This is kind of cool -- if you have the mobile IP address display enabled (which constantly uses small bits of data to anonymously ping a public server -- so there may be a battery impact, however minimal, if you keep this on 24/7), if you click on it you'll get a popup showing the owner of record for your IP. Added option to display carrier aggregation info on Android 9.0+ devices [BETA]. This is cool but very unreliable at this point. This is a newer Android function that needs further improvements by device manufacturers. Sometimes it's accurate, sometimes it's not -- SCP will report whatever your OS is reporting. Unfortunately I cannot do much more to improve this functionality until vendors/manufacturers fix things on their end. Added indicators for Sprint Airave 4 CDMA/LTE connections. Resolved issue with CDMA site notes and logging not working when connected to Sprint Airave 4. These changes should provide full compatibility for users connecting to Sprint's brand new Airave 4. Thanks to your diagnostic reports I was able to tackle this shortly after the device began shipping! Resolved issue with no signal alerts not triggering. This alert probably never worked for most users -- but nobody mentioned it! Should be fixed now. I personally find this alert extremely useful. Added additional information to Logger Statistics screen. Hope to add more stuff like this in the future, stats and data are cool. Added option to apply a correction factor to LTE timing advance (TA) value. Some devices report LTE TA as approximately one-half of the actual value. Enable this option to manually apply a correction. If device manufacturers correct this in the future, simply disable the option.. and hopefully someday it can be removed completely. Removed option to exclude logcat output from diagnostic reports. This option was needed in early (4+ years ago) versions due to issues with force closes. This is no longer an issue and only provides confusion -- and less information to help me diagnose crashes. The only logcat output included in diagnostic reports is whatever SCP generates, and all reports are completely anonymous unless you provide identifying information. Resolved force closes when permissions were denied/revoked. Resolved internal exception when installing version 4.52. Resolved issue with EARFCN values off by 1 for some LTE band 66 and 71 cells. Resolved issue with missing LTE data on some Android 7+ devices. Resolved issue with missing popup when permissions were denied. Updated help screen. All should be self-explanatory. Squashing bugs never ends! As always, I sincerely appreciate everyone's support and please let me know of any issues! More new stuff in the pipeline.. Thanks, -Mike
  6. 7 points
    Night and day difference so far just got to work, phone is working and I had no issues streaming Spotify on the way in.
  7. 6 points
    I really like this picture from a Washington Post article about OPM. - Trip
  8. 6 points
    I also would not be shocked if the States were thrown out of Federal court for now. They technically do not have a case until the Feds APPROVE the merger. They have not been harmed until that point. Suing because the Feds might approve a merger may not be sufficient. Actually harm most likely is required, not potential. Robert
  9. 6 points
    Got my Airave 4 and have it setup. It uses the same earfcn as my Magic Box, 39874. CDMA 1x uses channel 1125, which is right in the middle of the 15x15 B25 carrier, so I'm guessing it's misconfigured. I ran a packet capture on it during setup. It requests 2 IP addresses, one for the CDMA side and one for LTE. This is in contrast to the Airave 3 which used a single IP. So the internals are very much completely separated on the 4, much more so than on the 3. Both IPs are for the same MAC address (ie, the Airave 4 ethernet port has a single MAC, but 2 IPs assigned). At startup, the CDMA side does an NTP query to the hardcoded, private address for some reason, before falling back to querying the NTP pool. The LTE side also queries the pool, but does not try the hardcoded address first. The CDMA side then looks up SEGW-Airspan-Combo-3G-GLOBAL.SPCSDNS.NET and opens an IPsec tunnel to it. It then looks up segw06.femto.sprint.net and establishes an IPsec tunnel to that address. This is the same domain range as the Airave 3. Valid options seem to be segw01.femto.sprint.net through segw10.femto.sprint.net. This tunnel is what is used for CDMA, so I'm guessing the first tunnel was used for configuration? The LTE side looks up SEGW-Airspan-Combo-GLOBAL.SPCSDNS.NET and establishes an IPsec tunnel to it. It then looks up SEGWAKR-PUBL.sc.spcsdns.net and establishes an IPsec tunnel to that address. I believe the latter is the tunnel for LTE, and the first is the configuration tunnel. The LTE side is similar to what is seen on the MB Gold. The Gold first establishes an IPsec tunnel to SEGW-AIRSPAN-IFUR-GLOBAL.SPCSDNS.NET, and then a tunnel to SEGWSKT-PUBL.sc.spcsdns.net. Note the similarities in the addresses. It's also interesting that the Airave 4 uses hardcoded DNS servers, querying 3 of them at the same time for the final IPsec tunnel.
  10. 6 points
    Saw said that once DSS becomes available they'll be able to use 100MHz of spectrum for 5G and 60MHz for LTE simultaneously.
  11. 6 points
    I was against this merger from the beginning. And now, after seeing that Sprint & T-Mobile are willing to divest spectrum, I'm more against it than ever before. Hacking apart 2 companies to make 2 more makes absolutely no sense. T-Mobile and Sprint have way too much debt now, and they will have even more after the merger. At this point, the FCC should withdraw their approval, the DOJ should sue to stop it, and the 2 companies should just go another route. There are plenty of other companies that have plenty of money and can afford to absorb the debt load of either company. Otherwise, if Sprint & T-Mobile are allowed to merge, prices will have to be raised to astronomical proportions just to afford the monthly debt payments, and even then, The New T-Mobile could still fail, the new 4th carrier could still fail, and where would we be? 2 nationwide cellular carriers! This show from Legere and Claure needs to stop! It's gone off the deep end!
  12. 6 points
    Sprint is showing some good results. Granted, it’s not 1gbps but it’s exceeded Verizon in terms of coverage and reliability. Kudos to Sprint! This is the good press they needed. Playing up their strength of allowing the reviewers to walk around the city and still maintain speeds looks great on them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 6 points
    I hope we get an update on official VoLTE support at some point soon. Forgive me, but it seems a bit ridiculous that Sprint’s talking about launching 5G when VoLTE isn’t officially available nationwide or on popular phones like the S9/S9+/Note 9/Pixel 3 series, etc.
  14. 6 points
    With the merger madness going on, its time to take a little break and look what the Sprint 5G network could do. Over 735mpbs in Houston Texas just before the launch of the 5G network. I wonder if they could pull over 1gpbs with the current configuration.
  15. 6 points
    I'm tempted to get an Android phone just so I can download this app and support you.
  16. 5 points
    Making them give up any band 41 spectrum just completely defeats the purpose of the merger.
  17. 5 points
    It almost looks like an attempt to weaken the combined company to prevent any real competition for V and ATT.
  18. 5 points
    If you for a moment think that the attys general are suing because they have our interests at heart you have not been paying attention. I bet you there has been intense lobbying by the big 2 to extract concessions that would weaken the merged company. I have no problem such as we will match Verizon's coverage within 3 years or roaming agreements will stay in effect for the next 3 years or other such concessions but I have a major problem with spectrum concessions.
  19. 5 points
    Sorry for all the spamming. This is my last post of the day. M-MIMO under the 59th street bridge. These are my speeds today on the Island. I also found at least 5 crown castle sites. Sprint is not on them, not sure who is. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  20. 5 points
    M-MIMO on the north end of Roosevelt Island. Crazy how much you see when you look up and know what to look for Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  21. 5 points
    Full Airave 4 support is in the latest version of SignalCheck Pro, rolling out on Google Play within the hour.. yay! -Mike
  22. 5 points
    More positive press about Sprint's 5G network. https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/3/18647432/sprint-5g-network-impressions-speed-tests-t-mobile-merger-verizon#comments
  23. 5 points
    You guys failed to realize though, with Verizon's 5g, you have to be standing within 300 feet or less of a node to get anything, while you can drive around with Sprint's which has greater coverage.
  24. 5 points
    Spotted another M-MIMO site in Astoria this morning. Still wasn't active and was connecting to neighboring M-MIMO cell.. Explains why my speeds were slower yesterday. Speeds this location were 75Mbps to 125Mbps at all times of the day. Really hope the old 8T8R equipment get reused in neighboring markets that lack B41.
  25. 5 points
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sprint-corp-m-a-t-mobile-amazon-com-e/exclusive-amazon-interested-in-buying-boost-from-t-mobile-sprint-sources-idUSKCN1T02OV?il=0 Amazon wants to buy boost and some spectrum. The irony is, they should have bought the whole company from the get-go.
  26. 5 points
    More Sprint 5G from ATL.. https://twitter.com/hastough/status/1133890849769697280
  27. 5 points
    I think the whole entire suggestion of the 2 smallest carriers create a competitor is absurd!
  28. 5 points
  29. 4 points
    Sprint calls in Ericsson for site work ==> Ericsson assigns available local peons of varying quality to work ==> some time later ==> Ericsson worker arrives on site ==> worker connects to Ericsson employees in India to do the actual work ==> worker verifies work is "done" and calls it a day ==> tells sprint all good. TLDR of Ericssons network management work. TLDR2: Remember the 65 MHz PCS project? Ericsson completely ripped out the entire PCS NV ERC network in 2014+ for brand new radios for basically free while ALU and Samsung NV era PCS radios are still in use. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  30. 4 points
    I'm in total shock! My home site just got 3rd carrier!!!! This is a huge deal! No site north of 169th street in the Bronx had gotten a third carrier, even as far up north as West Nyack. Am super happy about this. It's a huge deal!
  31. 4 points
    I'm loving my S10 5G so far. Sent from my SM-G977P using Tapatalk
  32. 4 points
    Tyrone... Nobody, including Craig Moffet knows what the details are, ... as do none of us. Until the details are clearly released in public, this is all nothing but speculation. We don't know how much spectrum will have to be giving up or even if any. They make great news headlines for the investment markets and help give Moffet a paycheck. Until the DOJ makes a damned overly long awaited decision and publicly announces, we are just rubbing the crystal ball. I happened to knock mine over and it broke hitting the floor thank goodness! At this rate, if the DOJ announces, it will be Friday at 4pm in the afternoon.
  33. 4 points
    I absolutely agree! [emoji106] My personal opinion...Verizon and AT&T have a lot of sway with the politicians. Both Verizon and AT&T have a ton of money [emoji385] and both most likely make large campaign donations. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  34. 4 points
    Well there you go.. BK definitely has some "live" 5G... https://www.pcmag.com/news/369005/we-found-sprint-5g-in-brooklyn
  35. 4 points
    Found live 5G in BK's king plaza. Clearly was not meant for consumer use since it kept pushing me out, but did get a few speed test from 0mb lol to 150mb... Side note: NR engineering screens were blank and SCP would show last LTE connection. But seems to be coming real soon! Super excited.
  36. 4 points
    Found another M-MIMO site in Astoria. Looks like they are really pushing these upgrades at full speed
  37. 4 points
    $$$,$$$. Same reason why T-mobile and Vzw and ATT throws up low band only sites in rural areas. Optimize sites for coverage and then go back and add mid band and high band if there's demand. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  38. 4 points
    Yep. Just a single C2A to a 2 port antenna. A super rare find! Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  39. 4 points
    So here is the mysterious Sprint B26 site in Williston, ND. I can only pick up on B26. So I suspect that's all that's broadcasting. It seems odd Sprint would just put up a 3x3 B26 site only. Sent from my SM-N960U1 using Tapatalk
  40. 4 points
    Sprint likely doesn't have the money to get 1-2gb backhaul yet. So they are competing on coverage and reliability. It should work. Most people are not running speed tests on there devices but they do notice 5G icon. If it's there more than any other carrier and still really fast Sprint will start finally winning customers. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  41. 4 points
    Sitting on my return flight from Belgrade figured I'd write up my roaming experience. I was here to speak at a conference (PHP Serbia) and the organizers gave folks Vip Mobile SIMs, but I elected to keep my Sprint SIM in and use some high speed day passes instead. Mainly so I didn't forget to swap my own SIM back in, and because that way I could do WiFi calling (which worked well). Here, you have your choice of Telenor (the default when I landed) or Vip Mobile (which I switched to shortly thereafter). Both have B3 and B20 LTE, but it seemed like Vip had better service in Belgrade, sort of like T-Mobile. That said, the hotel I was in was in the shadow of a cell site so service was a bit spotty, and the conference venue was built well enough to have iffy cell service as well. So I used WiFi in both locations, as well as the airport to a large extent One interesting thing is that my bank rejects Serbian IP addresses...fair enough, I guess...so the VPN provided by Sprint's roaming was handy.
  42. 4 points
    If the Merger fails they should buy Sprint Sent from my SM-G965U1 using Tapatalk
  43. 4 points
    Real world difference. This is definitely the press they need.. Also this is Tmobile 4G vs Sprint 5G
  44. 4 points
  45. 4 points
    There will be no spectrum divestitures. This is some hack over at Bloomberg being creative. However they could insert some vague language in the agreement saying that the new T-Mobile will give Dish favorable hosting terms.
  46. 4 points
    The Magic Box concept is very interesting. It is basically and end run around zoning issues for small cells and allows Sprint to address issues with certain building types: stucco, full brick (modern veneer brick is normally ok) and concrete structures. Plus Magic Boxes are self-install. T-Mobile's approach has been to run cable or fiber to medium-sized buildings where large numbers of people gather which are in RF shadows where they do not have small cells. Then they install Nokia equipment that supplies about 10-15Mbps each for a large number of people. For small cells, T-Mobile goes all fiber. No doubt many small cells will have to be relocated and will likely be fiber supplied. Magic Boxes make more sense for many buildings (LEEDS and larger buildings excepted.) Why not allow Magic Boxes to use other frequencies and/or 5G NR B41? With 194Mhz of B41 in some metro areas (that is 9 - 20Mhz [19.8 actually] plus 15Mhz plus extra for buffering). So IMO keep the concept, upgrade the boxes.
  47. 4 points
    May security patch for unlocked devices is out now.
  48. 4 points
  49. 4 points
    Found my first two M-MIMO sites in the area: SE03XC104 (located by Wild Waves in Federal Way) and SE03XC278. They are both broadcasting five L2500 carriers.
  50. 4 points
    I think that is totally unrealistic and completely bad! That is a completely protectionist approach in a free market. The market should drive prices not artificial price freezes. Network Investment takes capital. Terrible idea. Government should stay out of setting prices.
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