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  1. 10 points
    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 hotspot devices. Nokia said once its service is commercially available operators will be able to “vastly increase” network capacity through software updates to the base station, without the need to invest in more spectrum or require site visits to swap out hardware or transport. https://www.fiercewireless.com/5g/nokia-notches-5g-capacity-boost-via-software-upgrade
  2. 10 points
    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
  3. 8 points
    T-Mobile has asked the FCC for a temporary authority to use Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum in advance of the merger close. They want to use it for 5G NR. https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/t-mobile-seeks-ok-to-use-2-5-ghz-philadelphia
  4. 8 points
    In this area (DC), at least, the Massive MIMO gear has continued to go online. I can see it in the MLS data. - Trip
  5. 7 points
  6. 7 points
    Cheeky California. Gotta have their fingers in everything.
  7. 6 points
    Beta version 4.582b has been pushed out, but I am not sure how long it will take before it appears on devices. Google is warning that app processing may take up to 7 days (presumably due to the COVID-19 pandemic). This update only attempts to resolve the stale LTE data problem that some users are seeing on Android 10 devices. Some code changes have been made that MAY resolve the issue -- please test it out and see if it works. If you are still seeing the same behavior with this update, I added a more drastic code change as an option under Preferences > General > Use Stale Data Workaround. Enable that option and see what changes. Please do not enable this option until you try monitoring the app for a reasonable period of time with it disabled. I don't love the "fix" I created that gets enabled with that option, but it may be necessary. Of course, neither approach might fix it. Please share your results in this thread, or privately however you normally contact me. Sending feedback within a diagnostic report is always acceptable, as that comes with background data that might be useful to me. Thank you! EDIT: It's already live as of 8:15pm EDT
  8. 6 points
    Agreed. T-Mobile knows how to execute network integrations pretty well. I’m looking forward to T-Mobile putting some real capex behind these spectrum holdings. Both networks are getting what sounds like a top to bottom review, site by site, and T-Mobile will be able to pick and choose the best site placements and equipment to have on each. It’s going to be a killer network. Verizon and AT&T have every reason to be worried.
  9. 6 points
    T-Mobile Sprint Merger can proceed per California California's Becerra will hold a press conference (@12:30 ET) Wednesday to announce a settlement with the companies. and from another report / news source: US News and World Report T- Mobile Sprint Merger
  10. 6 points
    You are aware that those are all community aggregated and not actual data? Just checked my area and it is extremely underrepresented from sites I know of. You should definitely take that map with a huge salt lick
  11. 5 points
    T-Mobile & Sprint have had 2 years to plan the network integration. If they have not figured out what to do in each site down to the size screws to use I would be severely disappointed.
  12. 5 points
    You could be right, however, most of us members on S4GRU have used Sprint for years. We were not users of T-Mobile. Do we really know how many screw-ups they had combining other networks? We were not there using it.
  13. 5 points
    I just have that "GUT" feeling that it is not going to be as easy as they think to combine the TMobile and Sprint sites. I hope they do not cause issues due to mistakes when they attempt this. I just see some problems jumping up.
  14. 5 points
    https://investor.t-mobile.com/news-and-events/t-mobile-us-press-releases/press-release-details/2020/T-Mobile-is-Financially-Prepared-to-Close-the-Sprint-Merger/default.aspx
  15. 5 points
    SC user checking in, can confirm this is legit.
  16. 5 points
    Sprint TACs have changed to match T-Mobile TACs. This is a prerequisite for MOCN. So they might roll that out soon after the merger completes. Would basically merge the radio part of the networks, but keep the cores separate. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  17. 5 points
    For our customers: Today, Sprint signed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge. For the next 60 days, we will support our residential and small business customers by: Not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus, and Waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic. Starting on Tuesday, customers with international long distance calling plans will receive complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3. By next Thursday: Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost. We will provide customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost. Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will now get 20GB as well per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
  18. 5 points
    It seems like Sprint has been doing a lot of work for 5G but has been holding back on announcing any new cities. I have a strong feeling that when they announce that the merger is complete, the new T-Mobile will start announcing a lot of these cities and take credit.
  19. 4 points
    Curious how quickly T-Mobile management will act on things.
  20. 4 points
    I'm starting to see my 5G mapping show up on CellMapper. I'm still surprised by how little N5 is active in Louisville, especially considering how many sites should be capable based on B5 LTE added during the recent upgrades. I thought it was just a firmware update to switch from B5 to N5. Only a handful of sites even have the 5G indicator, and of those only a smaller group are actually broadcasting N5. The good part is that as long as the adjacent sites have been upgraded it will keep the N5 connection while connected to LTE from another site. Map of Louisville: I've seen the 5G indicator whenever a site has "Support" for the UPPERLAYER_IND_R15 field in the Service Mode screen. It will not show when connected to a non-anchor LTE band. For N5 its B2, B4(B66), and B30 as the anchor bands. N260 adds B12 as an anchor band. I'll have to do some more in depth testing to see how much N5 is contributing speed wise, the sites I've tested so far I don't really have any before data to compare to. My phone (S20 Ultra) doesn't seem to have any trouble initially connecting to and staying connected to N5, and it seems to want to hang on to a tower that supports it longer before handing off to the next tower at times. I have noticed NR PCIs high into the 900s, vs LTE PCIs that didn't go much higher than 500. MM-Wave testing SO far I've only found N260 on one site in Louisville. Looks like an Ericsson M-MIMO panel. I was wondering if it would be on all of the small cells they are throwing up everywhere but so far they're still only B2/B46 LTE. I wasn't able to test range much in the below example as its downtown around lots of buildings and bridges. Luckily there is a McDonald's right next to the tower, so that is where this testing is from. Disclosure: I was going for best case scenario for testing. I had the case off and was holding it out my window to get the best signal. But I did connect to it just fine in my truck with the windows up and case still on for the first test. The first round of tests were done at 6:30pm on March 13th. I had the opportunity to test this site again at 1:30am last Sunday morning from the same spot to see the difference from a high traffic time to a low traffic time: Ping was consistently around 14-15ms
  21. 4 points
    The "Extended" alpha tag comes from the PRL Sprint loads onto phones. Note that PRLs are only necessary (or relevant) for CDMA connectivity. On most all devices, the carrier name displayed is the voice carrier. Previously, Sprint only roamed on 1x for voice. Accordingly, whether using Sprint or a roaming partner for voice, the PRL always dictated that the alpha tag should read "Sprint" or "Extended" (or "Roaming" a very long time ago when on an international CDMA network). With the recent switch to WCDMA/HSPA voice roaming (which is the default now), the PRL is no longer in play, and the alpha tag reads what the roaming network dictates.
  22. 4 points
    T-Mobile and Sprint are nearing a close on their merger deal, and are poised to pool their respective spectrum resources. Together they’ll have high-band 47 GHz spectrum covering most of the country, and appeared to have picked up licenses in adjacent markets. Combined, T-Mobile and Sprint are licensed to provide service using 47 GHz spectrum to 95% of the U.S. population (315,331,464 people), according to Goemmer. How about that....
  23. 4 points
    I can also confirm this is happening.
  24. 4 points
    Hopefully they would STOP holding Sprint Customers onto LTE at extremely bad levels and allow the connection to T-Mobile LTE if it is better. Holding onto poor LTE at -120 to -130 levels does nothing but aggravate users and raise their blood pressure.
  25. 4 points
    Of the 18 executive positions only 4 will be former Sprint executives: Deeanne King, chief human resources officer for Sprint (NYSE: S), will hold the same position in the New T-Mobile. The 30-year-plus Sprint employee also will have the title of executive vice president and report directly to Sievert. Nestor Cano, Sprint’s COO, will be executive vice president of integration and transformation and a strategic adviser to Sievert. Dow Draper will be executive vice president of emerging products, reporting to Sievert. Draper has had a number of roles with Sprint, including chief commercial officer and leader of the carrier’s prepaid services. John Saw, who led Sprint’s network efforts, will be executive vice president of advanced and emerging technologies for the merged company. He will report to Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile and the New T-Mobile. https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2020/03/12/leadership-of-new-t-mobile-will-include-few.html?ana=yahoo&yptr=yahoo
  26. 4 points
    They have been preparing for this merger for 2 years. They know in minute detail what exactly needs to happen in every site, how to migrate each and every customer. They have had dry runs and know where the difficulties lie. They have added fields in the data bases to accommodate differences in customer info and plans. Knowing all the prep work that was put in it, I am thinking 2 years instead of 3.
  27. 4 points
  28. 4 points
    How do you like the last bullet point of the California's Attn Gen: Reimburse California and other coalition states up to $15 million for the costs of the investigation and litigation challenging the merger. We sue you, we loose and you pay!?! Politics at it's best! I don't think T Mo should have to pay for their stubbornness.
  29. 4 points
  30. 4 points
    Getting more info from a few other people, it sounds like it's definitely limited to some Android 10 devices, and everything continues to update normally *except* signal metrics and cell ID details for the active LTE cell. LTE neighbors, CDMA info, and Wi-Fi are apparently working normally. If anyone is seeing something different, please let me know! I'm still working on finding a solution.
  31. 4 points
    I may have found a band-aid fix that will resolve the import/export issue temporarily. New beta release is processing and should be available on Google Play within the next hour or so. I also decided to unveil some very basic 5G data, although I do not expect many devices to see it yet. It will appear below the LTE information if there is any data available; please send a diagnostic report if you see it!
  32. 4 points
    The phone comes with a screen protector pre-installed. It's not tempered glass but it's pretty good and I'd honestly refrain from removing it/switching it out unless it gets scratched up quite a bit.
  33. 4 points
    Sprint has about 45,000 macro sites, T-Mobile 65,000 and Verizon and AT&T 85,000 each approximately.
  34. 4 points
    FINALLY the Sprint Note 9 gets Android 10 and VoLTE!!
  35. 3 points
    I think for all us who have been long time Sprint subs that there is a little fear with the network integration and not wanting to relive the network vision era. On the other side of this is the excitement of what kinda of coverage and speed this will finally bring us. As it stands, T-Mobile has made good on their promises and failure to combine the networks properly is not an option. They’d be highly scrutinized like no other. I think all will be fine. I would say 6 months from the official close will give a good enough idea of what to expect. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  36. 3 points
    I've been with Sprint since 2000. T-Mobile's integration of Metro (former CDMA) was considered to be a huge success. I can tell you though, that I've been through Nextel buyout and the famous (not in a positive way) Network Vision, and countless promises of "a better network", so many "Projects" planned and started and very few of them completed. Dr Saw is probably the best head of network Sprint has had in some time. He's going to T-Mo too. I too have heard through tower engineer friend that T-Mo has been buying and storing Massive mimo units for a while... and fully plans on using them when the network conversion starts. I'd say give T-Mo some time to actually start before doubting them. We don't really know their latest plan. I am looking forward to hearing this and much more news, hopefully beginning Wednesday.
  37. 3 points
    I really wish they would re-TAC and re-PCI the entire network as part of integration, although I know there's almost no chance they will.
  38. 3 points
    Sprint changed the default QCI from 9 to 6. Matching T-mobile's. Another sign of prep for MOCN I think. I've also been roaming on T-Mobile at home all day. Going back and forth between Sprint and T-Mobile macros, despite having an Airave and MB at home... Haven't connected to either all day. 3xCA on T-Mobile, but shit performance. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    Hey everyone, I wanted to share something that I've been working on. I bought a Fibocom 850GL from eBay (the HP version) for about $30. My original intention was to create a DIY Portable Mobile Hotspot with a Raspberry Pi acting as the router and a TP Link WR902ac for a fast WiFi AP. I got two Cradlepoint antennas (I didn't trust any cheap ones on eBay/Amazon) that is rated to pickup 2.5 GHz and put the modem in an enclosure that converts from M.2 to USB 3.0 with a SIM slot. You can see it all together held by rubber bands (there is also a 20,000 mAh battery underneath it all): It worked great! I installed OpenWRT on the RPi and configured it to get a cellular data connection. I used it for a few weeks taking it around town and it was stable. However data speeds weren't as fast as it should be (about 42 Mbps). I initially thought it was the antennas but after some digging around I figured out a way to fix it. To keep it brief, abrasive on GitHub figured out how to change USB modes with an AT command. I tried changing the USB mode to 7 which allows it to work in Windows using CDC MBIM (before it wouldn't work in Windows). To my surprise it worked, and without any drivers! Best of all, I'm seeing much better data speeds almost upwards of 120 Mbps download. The modem supports 3xCA on B41. From here, I haven't gotten much further. I'd like to put this modem in a real router using PCIe instead of USB but I'm unsure about compatibility and drivers when looking some up. Now why this modem? You can activate it on Sprint as a "tablet" which costs $15/month after auto pay (the HP version only) for unlimited data. Also as a side note, right now I deactivated it. Should I reactivate it again because of the merger and the plan not being available? I don't need this but it's pretty cool to have.
  41. 3 points
    Whoa! Slow down! If you move those goalposts any faster, they'll fall over and you might hurt yourself. - Trip
  42. 3 points
    This morning, my phone roamed on T-Mobile via the 310260 PLMN instead of 311490. But it was still restricted to PCS and did not roam on 700. - Trip
  43. 3 points
    Picked mine up Thursday, activated it Friday, and have some initial impressions. Good: PythonFanPA is 100% right, this is a much better RF performer. I would say it's probably 3-5 dB better, at least, than the G6 was. I see more LTE more often, including roaming. I'm currently out in the sticks once again, and where I used to see -106 dBm on Shentel 1X with LTE at -117 dBm or so from US Cellular LTE roaming that would frequently drop, this phone is currently at -102 dBm on Shentel 1X (from a different tower) and -110 dBm on LTE roaming. It's enough to make it usable for tethering in a stable manner, something that always gave me problems in the past. (Nicer to use my phone's unlimited data rather than eat up the 10GB on the hotspot here.) I've been using it for more than two hours now without issue. App performance is far and away faster and better than the G6. I don't think I realized just how sluggish the G6 really was until I had my G8X in-hand. It's pretty impressive. I like the screen a lot more than the old phone, though I can't quite put my finger on why. Perhaps better color gamut? I like the size a lot. It's somewhat taller, but only a touch wider, which makes for a fit in the hand that is consistent with my G6. It is, however, wide enough that it only barely fits in my phone holder in the car--but it fits, which is what's important. Disabling the extra button on the left side of the phone was painless. Shame it can't be remapped to something useful. Home screen now allows for more columns for apps, so I can fit more on a page. Very pleased about this. Much more internal storage. My G6 had like 10GB available or something, so even though I was offloading pictures and whatnot to my SD card, it was still almost always full. Now it has more than 100GB available, which is more breathing room than I should ever need. Bad: I'm missing the power button on the back a lot. I keep trying to press it and there's nothing there, then I have to go hunt for the button on the side. I assume I'll get used to this. The LG default keyboard no longer seems to allow you to long-press for symbols. Given that I use symbols in most of my passwords, this is unacceptable. I've now switched to SwiftKey, at least for now, though it seems less accurate than the LG keyboard it replaced. (If there's a way to turn it on in the LG keyboard, please let me know.) Ugly: I suspect everything else I absolutely abhor about this phone is not exclusive to the G8X and has more to do with general Android 9 having a number of very crappy design choices, which is nothing new for Google. It feels unfair to knock the G8X for them, except that LG does some amount of customization and should be able to fix these issues even if Google makes stupid choices. The notification bar, or whatever it's called, no longer stays a consistent color, so in most apps, it is impossible to see what SCP is doing at a glance. I've tried both the built-in setting to force the color, as well as apps that change the background color, but the former doesn't work most of the time, while with the letter, the color of all the other icons still change with the app in use, so I can't see the clock or anything--so if I use it on an app that would have turned the bar white, then ONLY SCP is visible. What a headache. Similarly, the navigation bar at the bottom used to be black, as it should be, but is now gray. This is certainly unpleasant to look at, but is made worse by the fact that the buttons seem to change color with the apps, so in Twitter, for example, the buttons are the same color as the background and thus cannot be seen. Someone failed to do any amount of testing on this, it would seem. Attempts to fix this have been similarly unsuccessful. The clock has moved to the left, which I knew about, but there is no option to move it back to the right, as far as I can tell. There's plenty of space there to do so, which leaves me puzzled about why it's not available as an option. Moreover, the notch looks ridiculous and there seems to be no option to simply make that entire row of the screen black and move the whole notification bar down to eliminate the notch entirely, which would solve the problem that I don't even have. Again, lousy UI choices and lack of options degrade the user experience. And, of course, still waiting for Mike to see my posts about not being able to import/export with SCP. Hopefully it's an easy fix. Conclusion: If I could have gotten this phone with Android 8, it would be a nearly perfect phone, as it would have fixed all of the "Ugly" items and one of the two "Bad" items. From a hardware and performance perspective, this is a great device, and I would very much recommend it. Unfortunately, as is typical these days of many software projects, each new version removes features, makes absurd and irrational design choices, and makes using the device more difficult and less pleasant, making for a degraded user experience. And, in order to use my RSA Token for work, I can't even root it to replace the OS and fix the issues. Very unfortunate. As I use it more, I may add additional comments. - Trip
  44. 3 points
    In the words of Seinfeld (George).... "They're sticking it to us Jerry... Stickin IT!!!" LOL
  45. 3 points
    There's no signal or cell ID info being reported, but I found a different approach to try.. unfortunately it doesn't give anything useful other than a status flag. Not convinced it's entirely accurate yet, but that's where you guys come in!
  46. 3 points
    Got the update on my V50. I got da 5Gs! [emoji23] I think by the time I sent the diag report I might have dropped to LTE. I didn't see any 5G in the diag data. Then again, I didn't see that section at all until you pointed it out to me. [emoji16]
  47. 3 points
    I discovered the problem and will be working on it, but it will likely be several days before I have something ready for beta testing.
  48. 3 points
    I finally got my S20 Ultra yesterday evening. It turns out that 5G is deployed a lot more than I imagined. I connected to 5G as soon as I walked out of my house this morning and I'm even connected to it right now at my desk at work. This is indoors. This is outdoors.
  49. 3 points
    Turned out my entire neighborhood is covered in 5G. I connected as soon as I left my house and disconnected from my Magic Box. Edit: I also have 5G at my desk at work. 164Mbps down and 6 up indoors, 358 down and 21 up as soon as I walk outside.
  50. 3 points
    I don't know how much it matters to people but one of the things I'm looking forward to about these phones over my S10+ is the location of the NFC reader. On the S10+ it's in the middle of the phone on the back but on all of the S20's it's at the top of the phone. It sounds stupid but if you've ever used iPhones for Apple Pay or even the Note 10, you'll understand that having the location of the NFC reader at the top of the phone makes it much easier to tap your phone for payments or public transportation. I'll no longer have to adjust my grip to pay by phone.
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