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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/
    13 points
  2. To me, ads don't matter. Service does. - Trip
    10 points
  3. I finally got those gigabit peak speeds on n41 that T-Mobile always talks about.
    9 points
  4. Back from my whirlwind Hawaii tour and have a few more things to report. Oahu has the most mature n41 deployment I've seen yet. While it's not everywhere, its outdoor coverage in Honolulu is significant, such that it's hard to find n71 unless you're at the airport. Also saw n41 at the BYU campus. Interestingly, I was able to keep n41 down to even negative SNRs, which is the first time I've seen that happen. Speeds with good signal were in excess of 500 Mbps, though that's pretty obviously backhaul limited, as Oahu has a full 100 MHz live already, even though I'm pretty sure Sprint still has 3CA B41 there as well. This feat is even more impressive given that C-Band flat-out doesn't exist for mobile in Hawaii...it's the one market that didn't even get auctioned off because the existing satellite providers still need all that spectrum. I also confirmed B26+26 CA, with 26 as the primary and 25 at 10x10, on Oahu, though this CA config was fleeting. This was on a non-keep (312-530) site. So...I guess that means that AlcaLu gear can do 25+26 CA? Also saw 25+41 CA along the trip, but that's less interesting in the scheme of things. By contrast, on Kauai Sprint seems to cover more geography than T-Mobile by a significant amount, with B25 10x10 on 312-250 reaching over 15 miles in some cases if Timing Advance values are to be believed. Actually wound up in a number of areas where 1x (PCS or even 800) survived when LTE didn't, and 1x800 was a few db stronger than VZW's CDMA 850 signal, which in turn reached further than VZW B13, TMo B12, or Sprint B26. T-Mobile *does* have 5G on Kauai, and where it's available speeds were solid, but we're talking about n71 here, albeit at 20x20. CellMapper said there are seven sites with 600 live, and that more or less tracks with what I saw. Of note, if you couldn't get n71, there was a very good chance B2 on T-Mobile's side was basically useless. Going back to the Big Island for a sec, my record for Timing Advance (and thus site distance) was actually on the south side of the Big Island. 33 or so miles on B71 and B12, yet still strong enough to pull a video on YouTube. Amazing what you can do with high power output and a super low noise floor.
    8 points
  5. T-Mobile seems to have activated 5G roaming with U.S. Cellular
    8 points
  6. Probably considered anecdotal but here is my recent experience with T-Mobile. I'm on Magenta. I travel from time from northern Chicago to Dubuque,IA/Galena,IL via I-90 to Rockford and US-20 to Galena and then Dubuque.. 10 Years I demoed T-Mobile and coverage pretty much ended west of Elgin (sad). I had the opportunity to make it to Galena,IL last weekend and rode shotgun Saturday and ran SpeedTest many times on my iPhone 12 Pro Max. What a difference 10 years and a Sprint merger makes. I-90 to Elgin was pretty much solid NSA 5G and then a mix of 4G and NSA 5G to Rockford with the preponderance of it being 5G, Speed tests consistent 50/100 down and 10/20 up. From Rockford to west of Freeport was more LTE than 5G but the speeds were pretty much the same. This pretty much matches what the T-Mobile coverage map says to expect. From Lena, IL to Stockton on US-20 the coverage map shows Partner Coverage. This turned out to be Roaming on US Cellular some 5G but mostly LTE with speeds varying more towards 5/15 down and 1/3 up. Quite usable IMO. Once west of Stockton on I-20 all the way to Galena was back on T-Mobile 5G (25%) and LTE (75%) with speeds a little slower than from Elgin to Rockford but not bad. Even downtown Galena was stellar whereas even on Sprint it was nearly a Black Hole. At no time did I loose coverage for the entire trip. I'm a happy camper. J
    8 points
  7. Looks like T-Mobile turned on HPUE for n41.
    8 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 exact tower location is different. Here in DC, I agree in general that T-Mobile has the denser network with more consistent coverage. Yet, without hesitation, I can take you to places where Sprint has better service than T-Mobile (just as I can take you to places where T-Mobile is better than Sprint). There's a community nearby that has somehow managed to fight off all the cell towers. Sprint has strand-mount gear installed, and T-Mobile has... nothing. Guess which network is better. There's a Trader Joe's sitting in a basement unit of a shopping center. Sprint is on a nearby building and works (barely), while T-Mobile is not and has no service. Large portions of the Shentel region that I regularly visit have reliable Sprint service and T-Mobile has very poor service. But I do agree that we should see the networks start to look transparent to each other at some point. There's no reason not to do so, and it would make this issue go away, at least on the large scale. As integration happens going forward, some people could lose out, but it would be tower-by-tower and not a wholesale change-over of the network all at once. - Trip
    8 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Found my first sprint only site to t-mobile conversion! https://imgur.com/a/reKsIRG wasn't live yet as far as i could tell so must have just been done.
    7 points
  15. Just wanted to follow up on my trip... -Got a new Galaxy A52 -Used the SIM that came inside the phone and ignored the Tmobile sim that came in the box -My Sprint Open World plan worked fine in Portugal - no issue at all
    7 points
  16. I am very impressed with the T-Mobile engineering team. It was rough for them because Shetel still owns the tower that was causing all my signal problems, but they adjusted the band 41 cut off point so that when it reaches -113 dBm, the phone will search for T-Mobile band 71. I am so impressed with the attention they gave to me as a T-Mobile customer. You definitely would not get this type of help and concern from AT&T or Verizon. T-Mobile actually cared about my reception and customer experience! I'll be a T-Mobile customer for life!
    7 points
  17. I have no idea if it has increased to 80MHz in Crown Heights but pings and speeds are pretty much unchanged. I'm still getting the same ~600-650Mbps speeds in my house as before.
    7 points
  18. A test reaching speeds near 400Mbps can use over 500MB of data. If you're getting faster than that, easy to pull 1GB of data per test.
    7 points
  19. Noticed a crew here in the middle of town yesterday that completely ripped and replaced this entire site that was GMO 1900MHz LTE only, I don't keep up with T-Mobile's gear but they were putting up this brand new configuration today.
    7 points
  20. Lots of cool information here: They set a goal for themselves of having 60% of Sprint's traffic moved to T-Mobile's network by year end. They're decommissioning 7-8k macros sites this year and 35k by the end of next year, effectively completing the decommissioning of Sprint's network a year earlier than they had anticipated. They have already begun adding T-Mobile 5G-ready equipment to Sprint keep sites including 600MHz, AWS, PCS, and BRS/EBS equipment. Neville said they realize the value of adding all bands to a site in one climb as opposed to making multiple trips and there is a ton of cost savings in that. (confirming what some of us have been seeing with T-Mobile often upgrading everything at a macro at the same time). Claimed C-band will require about 1.5x the site density of BRS/EBS and 2x the site density of AWS/PCS and as a result it's ideally positioned for urban areas, not rural so AT&T and Verizon will have to massively densify their networks. C-band will be use to augment their current mid-band 5G spectrum, boosting speeds in urban areas and still maintaining their spectrum lead. (They'll have about 48Mhz more sub-6GHz spectrum than Verizon nationwide on average) Average speeds expected to climb up to 400Mbps this year as they upgrade markets to 80-100MHz carriers. Even faster as they expand beyond 100MHz post-Sprint shutdown. Better range on BRS/EBS coming soon thanks to 5G carrier aggregation, devices that can take advantage of that are already available. Officially rated fast 5G network in the U.S. by Ookla 97% of Americans covered by "Extended Range" 5G the end of 2022 and 90% of Americans covered by "Ultra Capacity" 5G by the ends of 2023. Webcast for anyone who wants to watch!
    7 points
  21. It depends on the device, and what the carrier_policy file from the ROM dictates. On devices still receiving updates, they'll probably enable it. Older ones not. For example, the Pixel 1 has b41 disabled entirely with a T-mobile SIM. No way to enable it without a software update, which won't come. On newer devices, they typically leave all bands enabled, but limit the carrier aggregation combos that a device will use/report based on the SIM and PLMN. Since T-mobile didn't use B41 before, they probably don't enable those CA combos. But they should get enabled with an Android update for the device at some point. They still don't have all the CA combos correct on my Pixel 4 XL, but thankfully I can enable them all with EFS Explorer until then. The reason why they limit CA combos reported by the device is because the LTE signaling message where the device reports it's capabilities has a max size. With modern devices, the number of supported combos exceeds the message size, and gets truncated, resulting in your device potentially not using supported combos on the network. So instead they limit the device to report only a subset of combos based on the PLMN. The downside to this is if a new band is deployed, the devices needs a software update to enable it for that PLMN.
    7 points
  22. Loving the 60mhz of N41. Never seen triple digit upload before.
    7 points
  23. 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 been as severe. Please let me know if you experience any problems. The full change log is available in the app (popup after updating, or anytime under Help > Change Log), or at https://signalcheck.app/change-log. Besides lots of bugfixes and force closes resolved, here are the highlights: Added 5G-NR site notes and logging features. When a 5G cell is identified with a PLMN and NCI, a site note can be created and it will be saved in the Site Log database. If there is no PLMN+NCI (i.e. non-standalone 5G connections), a site note cannot be created and nothing will be logged. Improved reliability of Alerts. Some alerts, especially the 5G-NR alerts, were not consistently firing. A new 5G alert for band-specific 5G connections or a custom plain-text match has been added, identical to the existing alerts for LTE. If the 5G band is not able to be identified (i.e. non-standalone connections), the "All Bands" option must be selected or it will not trigger the alert. Added "Trail Logger" feature. The existing "Site Logger" records one entry per cell; this new log will record one entry every time the signal strength changes. This can be useful for some users, but should not be enabled when not needed -- in testing, it averaged about 900 entries per hour. If you were to leave this running for awhile, the database could get extremely large in a short period of time. There is likely some battery impact as well, however it is difficult to measure that. Added "hits" column to Site Log. This will reflect the number of times the particular cell has been logged. Added option to use alternate method to obtain PLMN ID. Android reports the connected PLMN via many different methods; SignalCheck typically the most reliable method, however other methods occasionally report different data. For example, T-Mobile is currently reporting some PLMNs differently; enable this option to use a different method. This is likely needed to see PLMN 312250 in the field. If your device is older or you experience issues seeing connection information with this option enabled, you may need to disable it. Improved some system shortcut options on Android 10/11. While improved in this version, not all of these features are working on newer versions of Android due to security and access changes. Hopefully I can continue to work on this. As always, please feel free to provide any feedback you may have. Thank you to everyone for your support, and Merry Christmas!
    7 points
  24. Long live Wimax, Clearwire, Sprint Spark, Sprint LTE Advance, Sprint LTE Plus, Sprint!
    7 points
  25. Officially cracked 500Mbps on my home site Thursday morning.
    7 points
  26. Looks like if you turn off the 5G layer on T-Mobile's coverage map, it shows you n41 coverage. https://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/coverage-map
    7 points
  27. I'm sure part of the problem is TM feels they already had a superior network and didn't have to worry that Sprint may have been better in areas. Sprint was better in more areas than we think.
    7 points
  28. Network roaming was their first step but roaming is not particularly useful in that it requires a user to lose their home network connection before the roaming connection gets established. In weak signal areas and overloaded network areas, users stay on the poorly performing network. Their second step was moving 5G from Sprint to T-Mobile. This was for bragging rights but lost them some customers when 5G Sprint customers were forcibly moved from the Sprint network to the T-Mobile network in areas where the T-Mobile network did not work well for them and users with certain 5G devices lost 5G altogether. They also started taking away Sprint bandwidth and moving it to T-Mobile causing some Sprint users to experience a worse network experience in certain areas. What should have occurred as the first step as chamb stated, they should have moved as quickly as possible to get the LTE networks to be integrated into a single native network where users did not have to wait to lose their home network before attaching to a "roaming" network. The network would have pushed users back and forth to the antenna and bandwidth that worked best for those users no matter if the antenna was a legacy Sprint or legacy T-Mobile. This should have occurred before they took away any LTE resources from either network and they should have avoided forcing users to move to the T-Mobile network before they were sure they would have the same or better experience. With proper planning this should have occurred within weeks of the merger date.
    7 points
  29. That's a very region-dependent claim. The number of times I see T-Mobile EDGE per week would strongly suggest otherwise in the greater Seattle area.
    7 points
  30. New beta is rolling out now, in conjunction with a new public release. The only update for the Beta Crew is the issue with extra accent line appearing should be fully resolved now. Thank you to all of you for your help with this update, it was a long process with some big changes. I sincerely appreciate it! EDIT: The update is still being processed, 26+ hours after I submitted it.. unfortunately Google Play does not provide an ETA.
    7 points
  31. So I've now spotted T-Mobile Band 41 LTE on several sites in the Alexandria/Fairfax County, VA area, and I expect to see more area tomorrow. It appears to be on at least half a dozen that I've seen, though I'm not able to do a precise count right at the moment. Spectrum usage now appears to be something like this: 2518.4 MHz - small cell/strand mount 2538.2 MHz - T-Mobile LTE second carrier (I've not seen any small cell second carrier operations, so I assume that's been turned off) 2558.0 MHz - T-Mobile LTE first carrier 2640.4 MHz - Sprint LTE first carrier 2660.2 MHz - Sprint LTE second carrier 2680.0 MHz - Sprint LTE third carrier My assumption, then, is that some portion of the remainder, if not all of it, is in use for 5G-NR on those sites. - Trip
    7 points
  32. Another beta rolling out now! It should fix the issue with unnecessary GSM and 5G-NR display blocks appearing. If it's still not fixed, please send me diagnostics as usual. Thank you as always!
    7 points
  33. Well folks, after 20 years with Sprint... I couldn't take the slow data at home and near my home. 7mbps down (on a good day) and .3 up. Today I switched to AT&T prepaid. 141mbps down and 10 up. Hugely better! Unlimited Plus for $50. (current offer) Saves me $$ and way better speed. It's been long time and I just got tired of waiting for network improvements.
    7 points
  34. I could never live without fast food as long as fried chicken is considered fast food. Robert
    7 points
  35. Your phone is reporting some GREAT details.. signal info, ARFCN, PCI, NCI.. I've been working on it! Will take me some time, but I have what I need. First time I have seen such complete information, thank you!
    7 points
  36. I drove a 5G router I built across the county last week and every site is still 200Mb p/s peak. They did bring up two band 41 carriers in LTE at 20 and 15 MHz and another 5MHz of Sprint's former PCS. There is a lot of bandwidth on air but looks like they will provision more throughput from fiber after they are finished building. Enjoy this 4k video of a 4 sector site that is currently being built on the local campus.
    6 points
  37. It is real, they finally updated one of my locals and added 5MHz of PCS to their sites that Sprint turned from EV-DO>LTE only last year. This one has 80MHz n41, 20MHz LTE 41, 2 separate but equal 5MHz slices of LTE in PCS with a 5MHz channel of W-CDMA, 10MHz of LTE 5 with a GSM carrier in the 850 guard band, 15MHz n71, 5MHz of LTE 71 and 10MHz of band 4. There is still a shared site that has Sprint PCS A-F PowerVision kit only and Tmo LTE2/4/5 I am watching for. I hope it is next. Pretty based. Enjoy this 4K video I took of it in an opportune break between electrical storms.
    6 points
  38. Crowdsourcing is almost ready for SignalCheck!
    6 points
  39. Having a significant footprint where T-Mobile never existed is a bonus here. Every Sprint site outside of the T-Mobile footprint has the keep PLMN. Seems more than temporary. T-Mobile already seems to have dropped a previous permit here in favor of a Sprint site that just in the last week popped up as a keep site.
    6 points
  40. Me too.. but ads get eyeballs, and eyeballs translate to customers. More customers = more capital = more investment into the network (hopefully). Plus, how can you not love that ad.. 😁 🐐
    6 points
  41. I came across my first Sprint/T-Mobile combined site today. You can take a look here here: https://imgur.com/a/J3y0xN9 You can see the T-Mobile quadband 8-port Commscope panel (for 600/700/1900/2100), the T-Mobile massive MIMO Nokia panel (for 2500), the Sprint dualband 8-port RFS panel (for 800/1900) and the Sprint Commscope 8T8R (for 2500).
    6 points
  42. Confirmed, I'm back to Sprint-primary behavior. - Trip
    6 points
  43. It has been long in beta development, but a new update to SignalCheck Pro is finally ready to roll out! Version 4.621 should be available on Google Play within the next several hours. The main improvements with this release are much improved 5G support and more options for display customization -- users can now choose any colors for the text, background, and action bar elements. It should be noted that there are 5G icons and alerts, but no 5G logging yet. Dual SIM support is still not ready either. The full changelog is below, with some details about the changes. Feel free to reply with questions or bugs. Thanks for all of your support, with a special thank you to the Beta Crew for helping with this for several months! -Mike Added 5G-NR alerts and 5G standalone status bar icons. (Pro) Added separate 5G-NR information display block. Improved depth and reliability of 5G-NR information. SignalCheck has been able to improve its data display as device support for 5G has improved over the last few months. Full 5G support is now complete; any information your device is reporting should be displayed. 5G NSA (non-standalone) connections typically display less information as of right now. Unsure if that will improve over time. You can easily tell if you are on 5G NSA or SA (standalone) within the app -- if you see 5G and LTE information, it is NSA. If you only see 5G information, it is SA. 5G site logging is not available yet but will be added in a future update. Added option to display colored accent line on active connections. (Pro) Overhauled text color options; users can now choose any colors for text, background, action bar title, and action bar background. (Pro) Reorganized display settings screen. (Pro) New options have been added to improve the visual elements of the app to the user's liking. The text and background color of the main screen can be set to any color possible. Similar settings exist for the action bar title and background. The new options, and some other similar settings, have been moved to a new "Colors and Styles" menu under Preferences. Added new system shortcuts for Samsung users. (Pro) Resolved issue with excessive warning messages when using System Shortcuts on some devices. (Pro) Resolved issue with outdated notification channel warning. (Pro) Resolved issue with some Clearwire LTE cells incorrectly labeled B41. Updated help screen. General bugfixes, should be self-explanatory.
    6 points
  44. I'm not sure how much of a rush T-Mobile is going to be in to turn off Band 41 LTE. Quite frankly, they need the capacity for the Sprint customers right now, and my understanding is that the existing NR equipment only does 100 MHz of LTE and/or NR, meaning any remaining spectrum would be wasted if Band 41 LTE were turned off before that NR equipment is, itself, replaced. I'm actually surprised they're running Band 41 LTE on T-Mobile in this area given that they could just run 100 MHz of NR and be done with it, but they must need the capacity on LTE for their own customers. If Band 41 LTE is gone at this time next year, my guess is that they either seriously subsidized cheaper NR phones and have much better penetration with those devices than I would expect otherwise, or they've decided to punish LTE customers with poor performance until they upgrade--or leave for AT&T or Verizon. - Trip
    6 points
  45. Just something from my local TV news that might be of interest here. https://www.fox17online.com/news/local-news/kent/5g-internet-antennas-being-installed-in-east-gr-not-everyone-happy-about-it **** Ya know, you people are all wanting this 5G stuff, but if you took the time to learn about it, you would realize it causes Corona-Virus, which will lead Bill Gates to administer a vaccine right through your Windows 10 computer, that will indoctrinate you into a baby eating zombie cult. /sarcasm
    6 points
  46. Tmobile to buy Shentel Wireless https://www.lightreading.com/services/t-mobile-to-buy-shentels-wireless-biz-but-price-isnt-set/d/d-id/763498
    6 points
  47. That's an extreme version of what I said. Generally TMO is, in my mind, a relatively rock solid, customer centric company. I never said they were trying to "pull the wool" over anyone's eyes. That would imply malice. They weren't doing that but I thought I was extremely clear in stating that all companies seek to paint themselves in the absolute most positive light from the same set of data that others might draw a different conclusion from. Such is the nature of these things. It has always been thus and it likely always shall. That statement is 100% true. Sprint was a master at this, if you'll recall.
    6 points
  48. You sound a bit testy. I think the overall point is that based on current technologies that 100+ mbps is realistically pointless for mobile use. The reality is that the memory technology used in phones is not capable of that level of data transfer at a sustained rate. So it seems petty to criticize the network. Most people are not getting 100+ mbps on their wifi connections at home. Setup a speed test server on your own home network and try sustained speed tests, I guarantee you will not maintain 100 mbps connections for more than a minute or so.
    6 points
  49. Look like T-Mobile is the #2 carrier overtaking AT&T. Now we just need a matching network that resembles being number 2. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    6 points
  50. Moto Edge is on sale. I think it’s the cheapest 5G smart phone right now. Specs are pretty good and it does activate on Sprint/Tmobile. I may buy it so I can locate N41 in my area
    6 points
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