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  1. And what will this all mean for S4GRU? We are in a wait and see mode before we decide how to adapt. Until then, we will be here every day with you all, plotting our wireless destiny. Robert
    27 points
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. I knew this day was coming, and yet it's still a bit heartbreaking now that it's finally here. Sprint had some ups and downs. The most positive thing I can remember against the other three was the old Google voice integration. Largest negative would be the VoLTE rollout. It was a blast going through Wimax, the LTE launch, triband LTE, and then finally 5G NR. Getting to have tower maps through S4GRU was a huge part of the experience. It definitely wouldn't have been the same without this place. A big thanks to everyone at S4GRU over the years, and I hope the transition goes as w
    17 points
  5. I absolutely love the new header Mr. Robert!
    16 points
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
    12 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. I'm not convinced much has actually changed yet. It seems to me like they've opened up roaming a touch more, but otherwise Sprint customers are still on the Sprint network as much as possible. I have yet to connect to T-Mobile anything since the day of the merger. - Trip
    11 points
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Holy batman!! TMOBILE tower in NY with Mmwave, N71, N41 massive mimo. Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
    10 points
  20. VoLTE seems to be live while roaming on T-mobile.
    10 points
  21. 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
    10 points
  22. Was on one of the tech channels on YouTube... A Sprint tower tech was saying speaking in anonymity that on closing (April 1) they are setting up to open the networks. Meaning, via software update, Sprint will have access to T-Mobile and vis-a-versa... on April 1st. Hoping this is true! On Tower Integration... They are setting up Integration do begin nearly immediately as they are set to do market by market tower integrations (combining towers/ moving equipment to best site). They will be doing massive mimo upgrades as much as possible at the same-time on 2.5
    10 points
  23. OpenSignal tested every carrier's 5G network and determined that Sprint had the fastest average combined 4G/5G speeds out of the big 4. https://www.opensignal.com/2020/02/20/how-att-sprint-t-mobile-and-verizon-differ-in-their-early-5g-approach
    10 points
  24. 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
  25. 9 points
  26. T-Mobile going to Fremont, Nebraska where it had no coverage before, just sprint
    9 points
  27. 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
  28. It's been many years... but we're going to finally see the true power of 2.5GHz. Proper backhaul does wonders.
    9 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Cavalier attitude considering how many people are dependant on their phones, especially for emergency calls.
    9 points
  32. 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
  33. I always say the bigger, the better. It works for steaks. But I digress... Robert
    9 points
  34. Tonight I received several text messages while in the basement at my work (Boston suburbs), somewhere I have never even gotten a glimpse of Sprint service, or roaming, or anything.. checked SCP, it was moderately strong T-Mobile B66. Something definitely changed, because I've never caught that before. Sent from my Pixel 4 using Tapatalk
    9 points
  35. It seems like he is cherry picking stats for the PR publicity. I hope this doesn't result in a ban, but I'm actually genuinely curious as to what their "pornography" numbers look like during the virus outbreak? How has it affected their networks? How much data has been used? One of the more popular porn sites released their numbers by country and you could tell by the spike in their chart the day that country went into curfew 😁. Mods. Please take this post down if y'all deem it inappropriate. But I only asked because...well, for science!
    9 points
  36. Can't say who said, but looks like some of the network hiccups on the T-Mobile side are due to software and migration going on. Also found out T-Mobile is sticking to the original plan (2 years ago plan when merger was announce) to use the T-Mobile network as the "Host" network, move the sprint customer base over to it quickly as possible and then use the Sprint equipment from the old Sprint network to add on and enable additional load (Market-by-Market) until complete. Currently T-Mo is increasing use of it's AWS spectrum and Dish's to be able to handle the addition of Sprint person's o
    9 points
  37. I'd rather not see him at all. Sent from my LM-V450 using Tapatalk
    9 points
  38. Here we go!!! T-Mobile and Sprint are finally merging: What you need to know about the $26.5 billion deal
    9 points
  39. An update to SignalCheck Pro is rolling out shortly and should be available on Google Play within the next several hours! This version includes many bugfixes; the full changelog is below with some details added about the most significant changes. Still working on full dual-SIM support; not sure when that is going to be ready. Thank you for all of your support! Added option to choose LTE cell ID display format: GCI, ECI, or hybrid. Based on user feedback, there is a new option under Preferences > Display to determine how LTE cell IDs are displayed. The default method is still "GCI",
    9 points
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. There is very little bloat on recent Samsung devices, 99% of them can be uninstalled.
    8 points
  43. 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
  44. 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
  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. The plan is to use Massive Mimo (on all bands) on Bands 2, 25, and 66 because they are close in frequency and can be done. All on one Massive Mimo Sector. Band 2 and Band 25 combined (former Sprint's and T-Mobile's) will go from roughly 20 MHz per market to 40 or more... (doubling) when you combine T-Mobile's band 2 and former Sprint's Band 25. PCS 1900 will be the main LTE band along with Band 66 (AWS). This will really open up the pipeline for massive capacity. Band 71 will mostly be 5G and the 2500 (band 41) will eventually be all 5G as well but also all Massive Mimo per my buddy
    8 points
  47. Commiefornia, no surprise here oh well this doesn't mean crap anyways.
    8 points
  48. My understanding from what I've read/heard is that T-Mobile's original Day Zero plan and plan moving forward was much more ambitious in terms of integration. However, given the COVID-19 Pandemic, they've decided to take a more conservative approach post-merger for the next 90 days. We'll see how that changes in the coming weeks/months.
    8 points
  49. That's my take. Other than uploads, Sprint may not be number one but is quite competitive. I don't drive the number one car, I don't fly the number one airline, I don't drink the number one coffee and so on...I use the best for me. And Sprint is now becoming more and more useful to more and more people. Regardless of an absolute number one position. The difference between 82 of this and 85 of that is pretty immaterial in the user experience. Robert
    8 points
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