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  1. Alright. There may not be a Sprint anymore, but the same rules apply. Just incessant complaining about the old Sprint is getting old. People will start checking out because it just will become a complaint board. Constructive criticism only, please. Robert
    21 points
  2. And this is the truth that many of us are going to learn. T-Mobile is not perfect everywhere. They have some markets where they have some real bad towers here and there. And there are some entire markets that aren't that good. But if the New T-Mobile fully leverages Sprint spectrum and add every Sprint site that expands coverage or provides additional capacity, it will get really good. Probably the best. Sprint failed to leverage Nextel sites to expand coverage and capacity to its full extent. Not even half its extent. Hopefully NTmo will take it to the maximum. But their comment
    18 points
  3. I absolutely love the new header Mr. Robert!
    16 points
  4. I'm definitely going to miss Sprint. It's like a homely introverted ex-girlfriend. She's a cheap date and just likes to stay home (on WiFi). You know there was so much potential, if she could just be what you wanted her to be. Get moving, get out of the house, get a makeover. You weren't in love with her, and made so many excuses for her to all your friends. You've been meaning to break up with her, but you didn't want to end up with one of those 3 other narcissistic chicks out there, who really didn't look much better with their makeup off. Eventually she just finds someone else (T-Mob
    16 points
  5. I find it funny that all the T-Mobile fanboys are pressed over Sprints b41 all of a sudden and wanting to use it. But when it was used on Sprint, it was considered horrible spectrum and that T-Mobile was better positioned with spectrum. If T-Mobile isn’t using it then it’s no good. The same goes with DSS. Right now they’re trashing it but as soon as T-Mobile implements it, it’ll be the best thing since sliced pie. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    15 points
  6. It's also interesting to see through the lens of history that Dan Hesse is seen as a great CEO at Sprint. Dan was the right guy for the right season. It's the Masa season that will likely be judged harshly. And now we are in a new season. All hail the new supreme leader, Mike Sievert. Robert
    15 points
  7. Got some drone pics of a recently upgraded T-Mobile site: B66/N66 + B25/N25 AHFIG center. AHBOA B71/ N71 right. Nokia Flexi Zone B12 left. Behind AHFIG is network converging box where the hybrid flex splits output and fiber to the RRUs. Gen 2 Nokia M-MIMO (courtesy of lilotimz). More pics: https://www.joshuajhill.com/s4gru/img/PT43XC804/
    13 points
  8. All it took was money. Network Vision was planned properly initially, but not properly implemented due to finances. I remember hearing early into the Network Vision deployment the CFO says publicly something to the effect of, 'The beauty of the Network Vision deployment plan is that we can ramp up or slow down as necessary depending on finances or need.' It was scary to hear then, and even scarier to think of in retrospect. They were confessing that they were always concerned about how to financially pull it off that the had contingency plans of how to "half-ass" it if necessary. And they
    12 points
  9. I became a Sprint customer on June 4, 2010 with the launch of the HTC EVO 4G. I came over from AT&T. I had just moved to New Mexico earlier that year and had virtually no AT&T Service in my area. Sprint had decent coverage, and I thought I better move to a "4G" device if I was changing providers and getting all new equipment. The rest was history. You know, we are coming up on the 10 Year Anniversary of the HTC EVO 4G launch. 10 YEARS!!! It really is what was the catalyst that caused S4GRU to come about. If I had gone to Verizon, this site and all the past 10 years of 4G h
    12 points
  10. Hey folks, I haven't been around here in a long time. I guess I just got distracted by other things, especially after Sprint 4G LTE became commonly available for me. Then, in February of 2018, I defected from Sprint to T-Mobile. That move allowed me to get on the "T-Mobile ONE 55+" plan, (yeah, I'm an old geezer) and at the time, grab a limited time offer add-on called "ONE Plus International" that adds a lot of features, but most importantly "UNLIMITED 4G LTE Hotspot" on a phone. The move was both for the service and price. I was paying Sprint $179 for service on one p
    11 points
  11. The New Tmo has lots of BRS in rural areas. Tons. Just not nationwide. And they have EBS licenses in most of those rural communities if they have a university or other educational system where they have a lease. Think Rapid City and Pierre, South Dakota as examples. As well as Albuquerque and Las Cruces, NM. Although there may be more rural areas they would like to pursue more B41/n41 spectrum through leases or acquisitions, they are still in a very good position. Frankly, if a lowly rural interstate towers only has BRS and no EBS, it's going to be way more than it needs to serve th
    11 points
  12. To me, ads don't matter. Service does. - Trip
    10 points
  13. Never a good idea to broad brush the whole network. We know your area struggled, but there were many markets where B41 was essentially ubiquitous, and had excellent capacity and speed. Essentially everywhere I went in KC I was on B41, and rarely struggled with speed. Same with Denver when I visited. Others clearly had similar experiences in other markets.
    10 points
  14. Ordered an S20 today; should be here Monday. Also switched to a plan that has 50GB of MHS rather than 3GB. I figure I got the best deal that'll be available for quite awhile. Will post back here when I'm able to put the phone through its paces...including in an area 3/4 mi from here that's basically a Sprint dead zone. EDIT: Somehow it's on the truck for delivery already. Guessing T-Mo/Sprint are farming out their logistics to UPS, including warehousing, 'cuz my phone was on a plane within a few hours of being marked as shipped.
    10 points
  15. It’s crazy because years ago when Sprint had all this 2.5 spectrum. All the other carriers talk so bad about it and how it can’t penetrate a paper bag. Now it’s considered the spectrum of the future and now it’s Mid band and not high band.
    10 points
  16. Holy batman!! TMOBILE tower in NY with Mmwave, N71, N41 massive mimo. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
    10 points
  17. VoLTE seems to be live while roaming on T-mobile.
    10 points
  18. That simply isn't true by any stretch of the imagination. Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Philly, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Seattle, Dallas, Kansas City, Charlotte ...there are many, many more examples all over the country of great legacy Sprint markets. Every carrier struggles here and there but to say that band 41 wasn't well and widely deployed in many, many metros across the country is simply untrue. Facts are facts.
    9 points
  19. 9 points
  20. T-Mobile going to Fremont, Nebraska where it had no coverage before, just sprint
    9 points
  21. They have 180 days to negotiate, which is until about 10/1. Then 60 days for T-Mobile to buy out Shentel (until about 12/1), then 60 days for Shentel to buy out T-Mobile (until about 2/1), then if all else fails, T-Mobile has two years after that to shut down its network in Shentel territory. I'm assuming they'll come to terms, good or bad, before all of that plays out. - Trip
    9 points
  22. It's been many years... but we're going to finally see the true power of 2.5GHz. Proper backhaul does wonders.
    9 points
  23. It's not as if Sprint engineers themselves didn't want to get things done. Top down decisions were made which basically precluded sprint employees from doing anything useful to improve the situation of the network. It was a multi year process but Son got what he wanted in the end after the "merger" was rejected the first time around. Not that it matters anymore. It's one for the history books. We'll just have to wait and see what New TM does with all the former Sprint assets they acquired. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
    9 points
  24. Why did that last part actually make me a bit sad? Like saying goodbye to an old friend who was always there but maybe you'd simply outgrown. Lol
    9 points
  25. Cavalier attitude considering how many people are dependant on their phones, especially for emergency calls.
    9 points
  26. We know that T-mobile does have more sites than Sprint, but this quote just implies it has at least an equal amount of sites as Sprint +1.
    9 points
  27. I always say the bigger, the better. It works for steaks. But I digress... Robert
    9 points
  28. Looks like T-Mobile turned on HPUE for n41.
    8 points
  29. I am, by contrast, extremely wary of T-Mobile buying Shentel. Shentel is a known quantity, and T-Mobile is not. I'm very concerned they will try to cover the area as cheaply as possible rather than providing the best service as Shentel does today. If they keep all the Shentel sites, then great. If they decide to thin them... that's bad. - Trip
    8 points
  30. The problem with that is many of their sites in rural areas need attention even if they're not putting 2.5 GHz on them. I'm aware of sites that are 700 MHz-only (so only 5x5 LTE available!), for example, or PCS-only (so if co-located with a Sprint site, that site would lose the low-band advantage of Band 26). If they do it right, they'll put 600 (and 700, where available) on every site. If they are serious about also being a fixed ISP, they'll do AWS and PCS as well. And pick up a lot of Sprint sites. - Trip
    8 points
  31. 1,000 sites per month sounds impressive (up from 800/month we heard previously), but if they're talking about having an 85,000 site network, it would take them 7 years to touch all of them. They actually need to speed up more, IMO. Especially given how weak the network continues to be outside of populated areas. If they kicked me off of Sprint's network today and said I couldn't have it back, I'd switch carriers as soon as possible. (Not possible right away, mind you.) - Trip
    8 points
  32. If a customer is on Sprint because it works best for them (as I am), and shunting them to T-Mobile changes that (it would for me, in a vastly negative direction), it doesn't matter which network is "overall" better. I don't think you can translate your experience or even a statement about which is better overall into a general statement about whether or not there would be a lot of complaints. Even in areas where T-Mobile is better, Sprint is on different towers. People who have reception in their homes, workplaces, or other frequently visited areas today could lose that just because the exa
    8 points
  33. I had been seeing T-Mobile neighbor cells for months, but only when my Sprint signal was weak. Tonight I'm suddenly seeing new behavior, TMO neighbors consistently mixed in with Sprint neighbors regardless of connection strength. At one point my Pixel 4 was connected to B41 and I had B12, B25, and B41 neighbors on the list. Pretty cool, and fun (in a nerdy sense) to watch.
    8 points
  34. Some of you do realize the merger just closed 4 months ago right? Things take time. I don’t think they prepared for a pandemic or other roadblocks. Geez lol
    8 points
  35. Even after all the pics I've seen on here over the years, I still have no idea what I'm looking at when I see a tower. [emoji16]
    8 points
  36. 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.
    8 points
  37. There is very little bloat on recent Samsung devices, 99% of them can be uninstalled.
    8 points
  38. T-Mobile and GCI Wireless entered into a domestic 5G roaming agreement like they did with LTE. This makes the T-Mobile the first carrier to offer 5G in all 50 states. https://www.t-mobile.com/news/tmobile-5g-in-alaska-through-gci-partnership
    8 points
  39. I wish Google would release the RCS API so third-party messaging apps could take advantage of it..
    8 points
  40. Rather than all the "could have been.... should have been" talk ... guys... .... It's over. We can vent and take our frustrations out on Masa and his side kick Marcelo until the cows come home. It's a waste of energy. Welcome to the New T-Mobile! What I want to know if the S4GRU members in New York City and Philadelphia, are you guys seeing more sites come on line? The deployment was scattered, but are you seeing things fill in? Wonder when all the old Sprint cell sites will be relabeled "T-Mobile" on our phones?
    8 points
  41. Saw this over on the T-Mobile Reddit... “I was able to speak to the tower crew. This site has been planned for nearly a year now. They’re just doing 700/AWS for now and will be adding 600/n41 at some point in the near future. They’ve been upgrading sites in northern NJ and Central NJ with band 41 for the last several weeks. I was told expect an aggressive buildout.”
    8 points
  42. Shentel managed to be competitive with AT&T in West Virginia with the same spectrum that Sprint had anywhere else. I feel like the spectrum excuse is a cop-out; they didn't invest enough. In many of the rural areas I've been in, T-Mobile has deployed 700-only (5x5), which is the same LTE spectrum Sprint had on 800. - Trip
    8 points
  43. Things seem stable, so SignalCheck Lite was updated to 4.61 early this morning, bringing it in line with the latest Pro release. Now I can get back to fixing the log issues and adding new goodies..
    8 points
  44. I can confirm that. Out here in the wilds of Montana. Sent from my SM-N960U1 using Tapatalk
    8 points
  45. Left B12, B71, N71 Second to the left B2/B25 possible N2/N25 Middle massive mimo B41/N41 Second to the right B4/B66 possible N66 Right mmwave. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
    8 points
  46. Please do not confuse me explaining what Tmo is doing with my personal preference for what they should do. I'm not advocating the New Tmo's moves. I'm just trying to explain where there is confusion. But there is much more that we don't know at this point. Robert
    8 points
  47. https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertreiss/2020/04/14/the-sprint-t-mobile-merger-and-the-surprising-history-between-john-legere-and-dan-hesse Interesting read.
    8 points
  48. An excellent and very detailed writeup by Milan.
    7 points
  49. What I liked about S4GRU was that the site drew the technical people rather that the ones that had phone problems from drops or water issue and billing issues. Technical issues got discussed here and solved. Problem children were on REDDIT or similar sites with crazy issues that they often created themselves.
    7 points
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