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  1. 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/
    12 points
  2. A huge update to SignalCheck Pro has been finished and is rolling out on Google Play right now.. version 4.64 should be available for download sometime over the next several hours. A big thank you to the Beta Crew for providing tons of feedback and helping get this release stable! There is a long list of bugfixes and stability improvements, as well as some new features. One significant technical item to note is this is the first build targeting Android 10 since last spring. The previous attempt was rolled back because of issues with stale data on several devices; in testing, this has not
    7 points
  3. Loving the 60mhz of N41. Never seen triple digit upload before.
    5 points
  4. Looks like NYC n41 is up to 60 MHz: Seems like a lot of sites are coming online on n41, or being widened to 60 MHz, in a push to get mid-band to 100MM pops by year-end. I fully expect T-Mobile to hit that population goal...the next 100 million will be a bit more of a push but certainly doable by the end of next year. Entertaining that there's n41 in some places that still don't (for now) have VZW NR of any type.
    5 points
  5. The day is finally here it looks like. T-Mobile officially did the swap and made n41 60MHz across NYC and reduced Sprint's Band 41 to 40MHz. Upload speeds while connected to n41 have gone up significantly for me. I'm now getting up to 95Mbps up in my house. According to OP it looks like in parts of the outer boroughs, post-Sprint Band 41 shutdown they'll be able to expand to 100MHz. 100MHz of n41 is the GSMA's recommendation for mid-band 5G. At that point we'd likely be able to get multi-gigabit speeds. Wherever they can't get a contiguous 100MHz they might try to buy CBRS to a
    5 points
  6. Also included in the overnight SignalCheck beta update was the addition of automated in-app updates. When you open the app, it checks for an updated version; if there is one available, you will be offered the option to download it without leaving the app. Once it's downloaded, a bar will remain at the bottom of the app's main screen with a button to install it and restart the app at your convenience. The app update process is still handled by Google Play, this feature just eliminates the need to check the Play Store for updates.
    4 points
  7. They just added N41 to a very rural site here in KY between Bardstown and Springfield. I was shocked when I caught that live.
    4 points
  8. T-Mobile just upgraded your rate plan: https://delivery.sprint.com/m/u/nxt/migration/faq.html Monthly taxes and fees are now included. Customers will be notified via text/email in the coming weeks. Per the FAQ, you can opt out of this plan upgrade if you want to.
    4 points
  9. Hello folks! I'm very glad to report that my issue with failing refresh information was completely solved with the new SignalCheck Pro update. I consider very important to highlight how attentive Mike was at trying to solve my problem, promptly answering all my messages in private, analysing my logs, and quickly fixing the problem with just one update. Top grade app, top notch support. Keep up the great work, Mike, and congratulations for your exemplary professionalism!
    4 points
  10. Ookla released their U.S. Q4 report for 2020. They're still providing separate results for Sprint and T-Mobile's networks until the network integration is complete. https://www.speedtest.net/global-index/united-states They revealed that AT&T has the fastest 5G network in the U.S. currently but has the lowest "time spent on 5G" out of all of the carriers at 26%. Verizon surpassed AT&T at 29.6% but is now the slowest carrier in the U.S. (even slower than Sprint). T-Mobile has the lowest latency and highest "consistency score" out of all of the carriers tested and their tim
    3 points
  11. An update to SignalCheck Pro is rolling out now, and should appear on Google Play within the next few hours! In addition to bugfixes, there were some other significant changes.. the full changelog is also posted at https://signalcheck.app/change-log and under the Help option in the app: Resolved issue with alternate PLMN ID method active on LTE regardless of user preference setting. The last update included an option to use an alternate method to obtain the PLMN ID.. unfortunately there was a bug, and the app used the alternate method no matter what the user selected. This is now f
    3 points
  12. Thank you for the in-app updater feedback! It appears to be working as designed. I will elaborate on a post in the main SignalCheck thread shortly, in conjunction with a new release rolling out now. A new beta is rolling out as well, it only has a couple of minor changes. It is mostly to keep the beta version aligned with the public release. I appreciate all of your help!
    3 points
  13. I was under the impression that this was a keep site. I'll try to drive by in the next few days. If it's still out, I'll reach out to the network team.
    3 points
  14. For anyone who is unhappy after being moved over to T-Mobile, I was moved back to Sprint by the retentions department. That what I'd recommend anyone do who sees a decline in service with TNX/TNA.
    3 points
  15. Yes, sorry, the RRUs. Antennas (looking straight on) are 12/71 on the left, 41 middle, 2/25/66 on the right. Interestingly, there was a lot of interference around it. The video feed was really laggy. And when the drone was directly in front of the MMIMO unit it started reporting strong interference warnings. The video feed is 2.4 Gh so I guess it's close enough to 2.5 to cause issues.
    3 points
  16. I took advantage of T-Mobile's free OnePlus 8T+ and was quite surprised at what T-Mobile has been able to do with n41. My speeds went from 20-60 Mbps on LTE during the day (depending on the band) to a solid 200+ Mbps on 5G indoors. T-Mobile just became a real threat to Verizon. Comparing n41 to mmWave is fair game IMO. It's quite sad to see what a competent company has been able to do with the BRS/EBS band. I'm a lot closer to a Sprint tower and was never able to get B41 indoors as a Sprint sub. Sprint really screwed the pooch by not properly investing in their infrastructure. T-Mobile i
    3 points
  17. 106 million covered with n41 (and technically mmWave, but 99% sure unique mmWave pops are negligible), 280 million with n71: https://investor.t-mobile.com/news-and-events/t-mobile-us-press-releases/press-release-details/2021/T-Mobile-Adds-5.5-Million-Postpaid-Customers-in-2020--the-Most-in-Company-History--and-Further-Expands-5G-Network-Leadership-by-Exceeding-Ambitious-2020-5G-Goals/default.aspx They're still saying nationwide n41 by year-end, which from previous references is ~200 million covered. I'd expect 300MM covered by n71 by then. Curious whether we'll get another set of mid
    3 points
  18. 5G gateways are arriving for Redditors: Looks like at least some of them are getting 5G connectivity, including mid-band, at the same price as LTE home internet is. The gateway web UI is apparently super basic, and is missing bridge mode and port forwarding. But either way, it's happening.
    3 points
  19. SignalCheck already has a last_time field. - Trip
    3 points
  20. Minor beta update rolling out.. alternate PLMN option was always being used on LTE, regardless of user preference setting. Also updated Clearwire to show as Sprint and (hopefully) resolved a crash.
    3 points
  21. New beta is rolling out right now.. includes a new option: Preferences > General > Use Alternate PLMN ID As promised, this option will use a different method to obtain the PLMN ID, which in some instances, will give a different value (i.e. T-Mobile sites showing 312250). On modern devices, enabling this should not cause any issues, but if you experience problems, please let me know. This version is also being rolled out as a public release, with dozens of changes and bugfixes thanks to your testing results and feedback. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
    3 points
  22. What is the source for this? I see a reference to "analysts" but no source link. Auction participation data is confidential at this stage in the process, so as best I can tell, these numbers are made up. - Trip
    3 points
  23. The T-Mobile support site and Netflix’ FAST App confirms 1.5mbs for 480p.
    2 points
  24. The issue has not been corrected on plans that had no throttle. People on Everything Data that get TNX with go from unthrottled to a 480p 2.3 mbps cap on video.
    2 points
  25. Well finally getting some upgrade love at Lake of the Ozarks. This site is right next door to existing Sprint site and slightly higher. Upgrade from b2 only up to n41 panels! https://www.dropbox.com/s/mqqxceqhhwox69p/20210116_123342.jpg?dl=0
    2 points
  26. https://www.t-mobile.com/news/network/5g-just-got-better Low- and mid-band support (no mmWave), plans start at $5/mo and go up to $50/mo for 100GB (so a little better than the old HTC Hub plan, which as I recall was $60), and if you buy the device with a plan, bill credits drop it down to $7/mo ($268 total). So basically finance the device and get 500 MB of data for free. Curious which chipset the device uses; if it runs an MTK one that would allow for NR carrier aggregation, making it a better device for 5G than most phones right now. EDIT: It's an X55 chipset, so no NR CA. Not
    2 points
  27. Sprint plan. Tmobile plans are outdated and now the worst in the industry in my opinion.
    2 points
  28. Yeah I would not recommend flying directly in front of cell sites. I tried that on a site in Colorado and got incredible interference. It actually stalled completely and only the return to start function would work.
    2 points
  29. Looks like the 200MM coverage number is still on: https://uk.pcmag.com/networking/130839/t-mobile-4-million-sprint-customers-are-now-on-our-network Was rather surprised how few Sprint customers have migrated over at this point. Given the spectrum thinning T-Mobile has been doing on the Sprint side, I'd think there'd be more folks on TNA or TNX, particularly with the push for new phones. It's good to hear them quoting ~300 Mbps averages on mid-band though, indicating that sites that haven't finished optimization (or running backhaul) won't stay that way.
    2 points
  30. S4GRU Premier Sponsors and above who are on the Beta Crew, please see this post about a new feature you are invited to test. If you're not a Premier Sponsor, or not on the crew.. sit tight for now! Also, new beta update will be rolling out tonight. It has some minor changes, including better identification of fringe LTE signals and improvement to the Trail Logger -- no more repeated entries when your phone is remaining in the same spot, remaining connected the same cell.
    2 points
  31. Didn't see this posted: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/un-carrier/brookings-municipal-utilities
    2 points
  32. Bottom line: You NEED 5G phone for Tmobile in the Bronx, with it the performance is night and day, I average 50-150mbs and upto 50mb up in the Bx. Even with only 20mhz of N41 and 10Mhz of N71 it performs admirably.
    2 points
  33. Couple of updates about T-Mobile's network in the areas I've been recently. Crown Heights, Brooklyn: In northern Crown Heights a bunch of sites that missed out on n41 upgrades in late October/early November have recently received upgrades to include both n41 and n71. n41 coverage is now contiguous enough that you can travel across virtually the entirety of northern Crown Heights without dropping out of midband coverage now. DUMBO, Brooklyn: T-Mobile still hasn't upgraded any of the sites in DUMBO. The area is almost entirely LTE only except for if you're near the waterfront where you'll
    2 points
  34. Thats where the two remaining here are as well, EARFCNs 41292 & 41490. N41 was still at 60 MHz this morning here, I wonder how long before they adjust it. Honestly I'm not sure why they moved so fast if that is what they are doing, almost all of the sites I've tested don't have adequate backhaul to even max out 60 MHz, much less 80 MHz.
    2 points
  35. TMo is sending letters out to their business customers giving them a year notice for CDMA going away. I want to say the shutdown is taking about as long as it took them to fully digest MetroPCS several years back. Even if Sprint LTE remains online, that'll be an impressive feat given how big Sprint's subscriber base was when the merger happened. Thinking they'll keep the G block and B26 online a bit longer mainly because they don't have anything better to do with those networks; n25 support on their devices is rare, and there's no point in doing n26 unless Dish decides not to bu
    2 points
  36. I can at least confirm the alternate PLMN displays 312-250. It triggered today for the first time when I drove by a "keep" tower. Thanks for adding this feature!
    2 points
  37. Looks like TMo is beginning to send out Nokia 5G-capable gateways for home internet: Later in the thread someone mentions late January as the go-live date for home internet over 5G. Will be interesting to see if TMo lets people onto n41 with no speed cap (or, say, 200 Mbps) at the same $50/mo they charge for LTE home internet. If that happens, once I get n41 covering my area I'll happily drop my cable connection in favor of T-Mobile until Google Fiber shows up here, since 20+ Mbps uploads are achievable without n41 here, and if I can get better upload speeds while still getting
    2 points
  38. another exciting aspect is Wi-Fi 6E, which includes the huge 6GHz band. Wonder if it will also include the just announced expansion of the 5GHz Wi-Fi band (https://wifinowglobal.com/news-and-blog/fcc-adopts-new-5-9-ghz-rules-unlocking-gigabit-wi-fi-in-5-ghz/)
    2 points
  39. The evolution of BRS/EBS on Sprint/T-Mobile. The first speed test is one I did on "Sprint Spark" 6 years ago, the second is on "LTE Plus" about 3 years ago, and the last test is my new personal best on my home site on n41.
    2 points
  40. Found an interesting find today, this site was one of the earlier 600 upgrades, probably over a year ago at least. Noticed today that they are adding 2600 equipment and also appear to be swapping out the existing low/mid band antenna panel for a new one. On the latest permits around here that are adding 600 they are using Commscope FFHH-65C-R3 antennas, so I wonder if the existing one was an older revision and the new one has enough improvement to be worth replacing already.
    1 point
  41. Definitely a T-Mobile code, works on mine but didn't before I got the R15 sim.
    1 point
  42. Yes. The R15 sim is no longer required according to numerous posts on the TMobile subreddit. The reason it was required originally was that the formal 5G spec requires that the sim use encryption for 5G SA. But T-Mobile has now modified its network equipment to accept sims lacking that encryption as well. References to R15 being required have been removed from the T-Mobile web site.
    1 point
  43. The $700 credit for the S20 means I'm now in line for a 256GB S21. A bit annoyed about the various downgrades, but I didn't use the microSD card slot or higher resolution screen, hopefully won't notice the RAM drop, and don't care about having a glass-backed phone. A better fingerprint reader and the extra network features from the new modem are sufficient for an upgrade, and renewing the device after several months for about what the deductible would be on an insured phone is pretty nice. Figure I'll use the phone for awhile, then pass it on to a family member when the next hotness comes
    1 point
  44. The example I’ve seen is on the Everything Data plan. Normally no throttle at all if I get 50 on speedtest I get 50 on fast. Another guy in this forum, switched one of his lines to TNX and went from no throttle to 2.3 max.
    1 point
  45. I might upgrade my wife's S9+ to an S21+ 256GB. She may not want it since it doesn't have a MicroSD Slot or a 3.5mm Audio Jack. She teaches Elementary School Music Full Time and often needs to connect her phone to the speakers in her classroom or on the mobile cart I built her just for teaching during COVID. Sure, she could own multiple USB-C to 3.5mm adapters, but that should not be necessary on a $800+ "Smartphone." All this stripping away of features is ridiculous and makes me glad I spent $179 for my Moto G Stylus (2020). I placed that on a Kickstart v1 line and it works great! I
    1 point
  46. mine worked! here are the steps i did opened app and waited 5 seconds - no update prompt exited the app and reopened it immediately got an update notification tapped update waited about 30 seconds prompt came up at the bottom of the screen saying an update was ready to be installed tapped install the app closed and an install screen came up once the install was done the app reopened presented with the new release notes profit
    1 point
  47. After new update, T-Mobile is now showing as Sprint 310120. Phone is an LG v60 with a Sprint SIM card.
    1 point
  48. Sprint also had huge sponsorship deals with NASCAR and the NBA. Of course, if you look at the customer metrics at the time, that's when the network began to get creaky and Sprint began to lose a substantial number of customers over time. Sprint would have been better off spending the money on the network instead and none on sponsorships. I'd love to see a customer survey of how many people stayed with Sprint because of its sponsorship agreements vs how many left because of a poor network experience. In fact, I'd love to see it broken down to a per-person cost. The bean-counters came in an
    1 point
  49. The site in downtown Juanita Beach is now equipped with n41. It's got a pretty good backhaul, I was able to hit around 470 down (n41+B2+B66).
    1 point
  50. T-Mobile L1900 is going to 20x20 in two weeks per the engineering team's estimate!
    1 point
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