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  1. mozamcrew

    HTC Bolt

    My HTC 10 is in the same boat. I understand the lack of feature/verision updates. But security updated should go at LEAST 3 years from launch, probably 4.
  2. Let's wait until this year's big upgrades are further along, then maybe make that change...
  3. Perhaps the plan was that this would always be a short term gig? And with the merger not happening and Sprint focusing now on building out its network fully, instead of in a more managed way, this was the logical time to leave.
  4. Part of the reason for the merger is Sprint is spectrum constrained more generally in Puerto Rico. They didn't have any band 41 spectrum until recently, but I think they only have enough contiguous for 2 carriers still. Their PCS spectrum is a fragmented mess and they don't have enough 800 Mhz to even roll out 3x3 LTE due to the spectrum squatters. They have 2.5x2.5 of 800Mhz spectrum. The merger adds both customers and coverage, plus compatible PCS spectrum as they are running a CDMA network over PCS. Sprint should be able to cobble the combined PCS spectrum together to offer both CDMA and LTE over their PCS assets, which they will need given the lack of 800Mhz spectrum in PR. Plus the larger combined customer base will help make the PR market more profitable for the combined company.
  5. IIRC Sprint's position is that the current 800 Mhz license holder is a squatter that never met the buildout requirements set by the FCC. Thus Sprint isn't going to pay them for spectrum that arguably should revert back to the FCC. Also, I don't think there was much interest in purchasing the spectrum since it has limited uses besides Sprint, so who else was going to buy it. Not sure what would happen at that point. I may be thinking of a different license holder though. AJ, want to jump in here?
  6. Isn't Sprint's whole strategy at this point revolving around paying off 2B worth of debt so it doesn't need to refinance the stuff that is presently coming due?
  7. So Trump is like the inverse of T-Mobile ... no wonder he and Legere don't get along on Twitter.
  8. It's been a while since I gave, this seems as good a time as any....
  9. I have the same issue. Quoting doesn't work for me from IE 11. I haven't cared to mess with it more.
  10. Anyone who thought we'd actually get to the $86B reserve price was kidding themselves. Verizon and ATT have plenty of low band spectrum with 700Mhz and Cellular frequencies, they really don't NEED much more, they'll only bid if the price is low enough. Only the smaller carriers are going to be in the mood to buy, and Sprint has already said they aren't interested. They have so much spectrum, they need to focus on small cells and deployment. So that left TMUS, regional carriers, and maybe WISPs? They just don't have the big money to drive up the prices like the AWS auctions. AWS was all about urban and suburban capacity. 600Mhz is actually terrible for that because it propagates too well and the antennas are so large it makes doing MIMO extremely difficult. Doing MIMO greater than 2x2 on Sub 1Ghz frequencies would require very bulky and heavy gear.
  11. Some of us like big pockets AJ. https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-tech/episodes/142
  12. Or maybe he just has big pockets AJ.....
  13. If ever there were a place flat as the bottom of a bathtub it would be far Eastern ND....
  14. I don't think there is any point in rolling out 800Mhz only though. It would be a least band 25/26.
  15. I don't know where this idea is coming from that Sprint is not going to spend money on the network. It seems to come down to two things, the drop off in capital spend after much for NV 1.0 and 2.0 are completed, and the further drop off in capital spend this year beyond their projections. But there was ALWAYS going to be a drop off in capital spending once NV 1.0 was substantially completed and most of the urban sites got their 8T8R NV 2.0 gear. And the drop from this year's budget was already discussed by Sprint executives, some expenditures for small cells and 8T8R gear that was originally going to be billed this year will actually be billed in the first quarter of next year. On a fundamental level, while Sprint has some areas that aren't up to NV1.0 standards due to issues getting 800Mhz cleared, issues with GMO conversion, and sites that cannot support the equipment, most of the footprint is complete or has the equipment ready for NV1.0 once these individual issues are resolved. What is left is mostly NV2.0/Cleawire site conversion, which is well underway, and incrementally improving the quality of the existing coverage footprint with small cell deployments. Sprint has a ways to go before they are ready for macro scale coverage growth, outside of the need for license protection in areas like ND, SD, MT, and WY. The only other macro growth I can see will be organically as they move to limit the cost of roaming in certain areas.
  16. Dropping the front facing speakers is really the only thing that keeps me from wanting the 10.
  17. I guess it's only 2016, so you a probably right about that. I figured 3-4 years more before it's all gone.But that is basically 2020, not into the rest of the decade. The place I'm guessing their last reminding CDMA carrier(s) will be is in 800Mhz, at least in most of the country. In places where they have a full 6-8Mhz of 800Mhz spectrum, I could see 1-2 1xA carriers and a 5x5 LTE carrier. In other areas where they don't have enough spectrum to get a 5x5 LTE and at least one CDMA career, like in a few spectrum constrained markets or in border areas, They will either end up foregoing 1xA in those areas or maybe doing 3x3 LTE and 1xA, probably depending on just how quickly they can get VoLTE rolled out.
  18. I should note the "Sprint Nationwide Network" is/was NATIVE Sprint 1x only coverage. And I think pretty much all the Sprint sites that are still 3G only at this point should also have at least EVDO on them, right? So while the amount of 1x only roaming areas is falling, we don't need that to disappear to eliminate "Sprint Nationwide Network" layer from the map, we only need to eliminate Sprint's 1x only coverage areas. (That doesn't mean you get LTE or EVDO in all situations, it just means that you don't have sites broadcasting 1x without EVDO or LTE) Frankly, you could argue that LTE plus doesn't need to be a separate layer either. It's useful to wireless nerds like us, but for end users I think it's less important. You need to know if you have LTE or 3G; and you need to know native, "Extended" (aka roaming+), or roaming (aka no service if you are prepaid); or if you have no service at all. I expect in the 2020s that EVDO will pretty much disappear. You will see 1x hanging on in small chunks of spectrum in BC0 and BC10. The amount of capacity gained by shutting down those last carriers of 1x will be so small, especially for Sprint with its multimode equipment, while the coverage you give up in certain situation will be so large that I think you will see 1x coverage stick around for a while for very basic services. 1xA is a very efficient user of spectrum when you don't need to push lots of data over it.
  19. If they are going to consolidate, they can eliminate the "Nationwide Sprint Network" part of the map. I don't think there is any meaningful coverage left that is 1x only. I mean if you are deep in a building you might only get 1x, but I don't think any sites are broadcasting 1x without EVDO, are there. I think even the Verizon roaming supports EVDO, right, even if maybe the Verizon EVDOP network is unusable in some areas There should be a single map that allows you to select different layers that you can select or de-select with checkboxes. From top to bottom the layers should be LTE Plus(yellow), LTE(orange), 3G(green), roaming plus(purple, some are 3G only right now, but all should eventually be LTE, so keep this as one item on the map), LTE roaming(light orange), 3G roaming(light green). If you want to see just certain layers, just uncheck others. Will be very helpful in the future when you have LTE only small cells.
  20. My point was that the "3G only" device are really just the non-smartphones. I don't think they still sell 3G only smartphones.
  21. There are still people who want calling and SMS only. Not Smartphones... They are out there.
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