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  1. Completely agree. I am excited for this to get done, so we can start (hopefully) seeing continued improvements. I want to see how things improve... i want to see which sites the new tmobile deems as 'keep sites', and I want to see where, given their current footprint, tmobile puts additional towers/antennas to get more complete coverage. One example is Central IL. Existing Tmobile Coverage & Sprint Coverage attached. Sprint already has a tower in Gibson City, while Old Tmobile does not. If New Tmobile puts the full set of antennas up on the existing location in Gibson City, and a brand new site in or just outside of Sibley, IL with the full breadth of spectrum holdings, that huge hole with piss poor coverage is now covered. Lots of really smart folks at Tmobile - my hope is that they are looking at stuff like this and making plans.
  2. There is still at least one up near Peoria (https://goo.gl/maps/okjmqNo83tFa9GNg8) that still has some equipment up. Pretty wild. I looked up info on the setups a few years back... there is a lot of reading folks can do online to read about the history.
  3. At this point, the most interesting thing to me would be a map of proposed 'sprint keep sites'. Numbers I have seen indicate ~11,000 sprint sites that would be kept (and I am assuming subsequently bolstered with tmobile equipment as well). My interest is completely personal - the area where I live is where Sprint bought out spectrum and customer-base from US Cellular years ago, and generally speaking, the Sprint coverage here is very good to great. There is VERY weak tmobile coverage though, if any at all. My personal hope is that there are a considerable number of 'Sprint keep sites' located around rural Central IL. Keeping my fingers crossed!
  4. I wholly disagree. My point was that Root tests the ability to place and maintain a call. They do not, as far as I know, do any type of audio quality testing for Root Scores. Maybe I’m wrong?
  5. RootMetrics simply tests for the ability to place and/or keep calls alive without degraded sound on either end. A weak LTE blanket by Sprint would absolutely result in a weaker score. 'Complaints about issues with VoLTE' would be what, exactly? Inability to place a call? Most likely due to garbage LTE coverage. Calls dropping? Most likely due to holes in LTE coverage. I mean... what else would people complain about with VoLTE?
  6. While I agree with everything else, I completely disagree with the notion the reduced call performance score being a result of 'teething issues with the VoLTE rollout'. These are not 'teething issues'. The issues (I believe) are sub-par LTE coverage which causes dropped calls when going from LTE -> non LTE coverage while on a call. (Sometimes as simple as walking in buildings, sometimes could be while driving.) . While my iPhone 11 Pro does do a pretty good job at hanging onto the last thread of LTE to keep the call going, it just simply is not the same as the 1x voice network. I really enjoy VoLTE (and it works very well for me honestly), but people are blind if they did not see this coming.
  7. Yeah that one speed test is impressive. Yet here we sit with hourly results and combined results for averages from Tutela showing Sprint remaining solidly in dead last. Depressing.
  8. Hey everyone. Longer post, but feel it is important to try to explain everything. My wife and I about to buy a nuew 5th wheel RV. Said RV has a system called ‘OneConnect’. This system uses GSM network SIM cards to allow remote access to control lights/HVAC/etc. So what I am researching now are what options there are with MVNO’s in regards to SIM cards with data-only buckets. What I was hoping to avoid was any type of monthly deal.... I’d ideally like to just pick up an ATT sim somewhere with a bucket of like 2 or 4gb of data where the data just worked and once it ran out, I can simply buy another chunk. Data usage would be very low - no video or audio or streaming. Just would be using it really as an Iot device. Everything I am seeing seems to be something where you have to pay a monthly charge. Are there other options out there where data can just be prepaid in larger chunks that be used till the bucket is exhausted but without a monthly fee? We have been Sprint postpaid customers for so long that I don’t even know where to start in looking at prepaid or MVNO options for ATT. lol
  9. Completely agree. I have been back and forth on this merger from the start, but came around when concessions were made and deals started happening with the individual states. The potentials of a completely merged network and company are huge. Sprint obviously can not go at it alone financially. And t-mobile can not go at it alone based on their own spectrum. The two companies are a near perfect match, and I honestly believe we would all benefit from a merger in both the short term and the long term. They both need each other to succeed at the level that Verizon and ATT has.
  10. It is amazing to me how little some people know about business and how things work in the real world.
  11. Just trying mine out this morning and mine connected to my router fine, but seems stuck on ‘Configuring WiFi Backhaul Service’. Guess I’ll let it sit and chew for about 10 more minutes before I try a reboot of the MB. EDIT: It finally rebooted itself, and connected to my 2.4ghz network just fine. I am now testing to see if it will grab the 5ghz network, but so far, it seems to be choking. It does initially 'see' the 5ghz network, but it never does connect. Moved back to the 2.4 ghz network and it is up and running again. I'm wondering now if it has some sort of fall-over type setup. Where if the wifi goes out for some reason, will the MB automatically go back to LTE backhaul? hmmm.
  12. What other operators use the Magic Box form factor? As far as I am aware, Sprint is the only one.
  13. We finally got VoLTE on our local macro site... that makes the lack of VoLTE on the magic box more painful. Hoping that switch is flipped soon.
  14. Agree with derrph. I'm pretty happy with the 11 pro. Battery life is great, cameras are great, but it still works like an iphone.
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