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  1. So how is this supposed to work? If I buy it via Sprint, will it have full access to the tmobile network or will this just be like.. sprint network+tmobile 5G access?
  2. This was really masterfully done honestly. Coming to an agreement with Qualcomm made Intel much less valuable so Apple bought them for cheap while having Qualcomm able to supply them until they come up to speed on their own modems.
  3. https://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article233107845.html They are already suing a city council right now, lol
  4. Well, looks like we need transfer everything to T5Gru.com pending the state lawsuits
  5. So will this work like Google-Fi? or is this like a 3 year plan where they hope everyone gets new devices/new SIMs that can handle the 2 different networks? Or is it more likely that CDMA is sunsetted and GSM is what goes forward
  6. I thought this wouldn't ever go through but here we are... How will this even work in terms of transition? Will existing devices just get to roam on the other network but not necessarily have access to it? I haven't paid attention to this stuff for like 2 years.. can phones with Sprint SIMs/CDMA ever access the GSM based tmobile network?
  7. Softbank just signed a $200 billion deal with Saudi Arabia for solar panels. Not really telecom related but still wanted to post because it is Softbank. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-28/saudi-arabia-softbank-ink-deal-on-200-billion-solar-project
  8. nice to see activity here. Overall my speeds in Austin have improved with the exception of the airport which somehow has gotten even worse.
  9. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-11-28/softbank-is-said-to-seek-uber-shares-at-48-billion-valuation Well looks like SoftBank found another avenue for it's money..
  10. I'll be the curmudgeon in the thread: My prediction is lower than expected/needed capex spending while continuing to showcase plans that are more "me too!" than "look at me!" (hulu for sprint vs netflix for T-Mobile). I do expect Sprint to slowly build out and densify more towers but to in general start falling behind the other players again. Sorry but they won't small cell their way out of the still existing backhaul and slow tower problem. It is great that Sprint has done so well cutting down operation costs but they can't cut themselves to a faster network. Oh and lastly I predict another year of 3G/barely serviceable LTE at the Austin Airport. I also expect plan costs to rise now that T-Mobile plan costs are also on the rise. marketwise I expect that 2018 will bring even more people cord cutting and looking for services such as DirectTV Now and continue to add to AT&T dominating this area with the AT&T+DirectTV Now bundle discounts.
  11. RIP Sprint, etc. Okay maybe not that bad but I still don't see a future of growth for Sprint unless they partner with Dish/Others like ATT and direct TV have done.
  12. Sure. My counterpoint is there is a distinct difference between coverage and user experience. My experience overall the past 2 years or so is yes, coverage is improving but that makes the poor speed towers/lack of backhaul areas that much more jarring especially in urban centers. Comparatively, my AT&T service is much less ups and downs with a more consistent experience but I will admit the fastest speedtests on sprint are higher. Grass is greener/more expensive on the other side I guess.
  13. Too bad the Sprint Iphone X deal is new subs only. I'd gladly upgrade my wife's iphone 8 to an iphone X for a few extra bucks a month but $22 vs $47 is quite a jump. Oh well. Her Iphone 8 works great!
  14. Welp. Time to see what Sprint/Softbank can come up with. T-Mobile+Sprint would have been incredibly powerful and game changing and I really look forward to it. Without the investment into it's network to be more robust and keep up with the other players I don't see much more from Sprint other than meager subscriber gains and hovering between small profits and losses depending on accounting. Lower and lower capex is not a great sign for a network that needs a lot more work to be competitive. I see Tmobile and AT&T on the upward swing with Verizon shedding some numbers to them. For myself I see a higher likelihood that I will go from Sprint to AT&T. My work phone is AT&T and to be frank the coverage, speed, and quality of service are noticeably higher on that phone. Sprint is a good budget choice for me (with my corporate discount) but now that my promo period ($ per line) has ended I am going to reexamine the options. Edit: Maybe it isn't totally off? Sprint T-Mobile deal struggling with governance and pricing issues
  15. Right, we agree. VOLTE isn't easily workable due to CDMA tower spacing. Sprint has to densify it's network and it won't get there with continual capex cutbacks. Small cells and magic boxes won't actually solve this either because of their small coverage area/power. The only fix is A) more towers or B)better frequency. edit: actually mathwise I am not sure even going from 800 mhz to 700 mhz (if T-Mobile and Sprint merge) would fully solve the issue.
  16. Well, doesn't CDMA have a coverage problem with VOLTE? With the current CDMA tower spacing I don't think VOLTE is necessarily an easy overlay of any CDMA network, Sprint in particular. It might work for areas with good tower coverage but I haven't heard how the carriers will address this gap between CDMA voice range vs VOLTE range. If that is still the case CDMA will be here for a LONG time.
  17. Again, It will only take them about a decade or two to get near AT&T and even if they chew up every Sprint customer (doubtful) they will still be millions of subs behind AT&T (the 2nd biggest). So then what? Instead of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger now, we wait 10+ years until we have 3 carriers except the lowest place carrier spent a A LOT more money, has a less competitive network spectrum wise, while the 4th place carrier (Sprint) probably ends up leasing/selling spectrum to the big two because no one else can afford it. Perfect. This is the only way I can see T-Mobile growing to challenge the big two.
  18. Welp. Hope we all enjoy a defacto duopoly for the next 10-20 years.
  19. https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-36253 Looks to me like they pay the Netflix account cost for you. So yeah maybe they cap streaming but this also saves you $11/mo if want to watch Netflix at home or wherever. To go for the 4k streaming option you pay only the difference
  20. Oh I am aware of the CA differences. I just wasn't expecting a 2x difference on throughput. The slow wifi is puzzling but eh, good enough for my wife.
  21. I think that there will be a slight rise in pricing eventually. In the short term I expect AT&T to continue to be aggressive and possibly take more subs from T-Mobile/Sprint and Verizon. Of all the carriers I think the one with the most momentum is definitely AT&T. I think what is overlooked lately is that of the carriers only AT&T has a true vision going forward. They want to replace your TV connection with Direct TV Now as a $10 or $30 addon to your phone bill. They want to not only take down cable companies like TWC/Spectrum but also bring pressure on Verizon. So T-Mobile gets this and is trying to scratch around the surface of the problem with Netflix/Spotify deals for subs but I think going forward AT&T's competitive advantage with DirectTV now will be formidable. So T-Mobile/Sprint will probably seek to keep prices low(er) while trying to make gains from more cost effective capex that can be spread over twice as many subs.
  22. Yeah, I know, but I already swapped mine for a refurb 6P about 4 months ago and this one works fine. I suppose I could do that and then trade the phone right back in but that doesn't feel right. Google already did me a solid considering I didn't pay for warranty.
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