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MrZorbatron

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  1. 7, apparently final. NRD90M Baseband angler-03.72
  2. I took that to be more a general thread. I looked through it already, didn't find what I wanted. Additionally, a single thread for all posts, questions, commentary about a device is hard to follow, and more likely ignored. That and there isn't a posted rule to that effect. There are other similar threads, just not in the Huawei section. Edit: Almost forgot, I wanted to keep it separate so I could beat Huawei up with it more easily if no one else here has these issues. They are being very difficult when I am 98% sure I have a bad device. I posted a specific comparison, or actually two, and I am hoping that at least a few others can give their views.
  3. I just moved from the Nexus 6 to the 6P despite planning to wait for the next model. The price was right, I like the front facing speakers, and I don't like HTC. I have absolutely awful reception. The Nexus 6 was outstanding, easily eclipsing the PCS LTE and CDMA performance of the Galaxy Note 2, which was very good itself. Huawei is being absolutely useless with this, telling me to replace the SIM card, factory reset the phone, repeatedly reset carrier settings, put it on another carrier and then back to Sprint, and lots of basically "f**k off" troubleshooting steps. The phone likes to hunt for LTE bands, dropping the connection frequently. Band transitions take at least 25 seconds, compared to virtually instant on the Nexus 6. When the phone drops to CDMA, my first indication that it has picked up LTE is having my data just stop in its tracks with no indication of anything. After 7 or 8 seconds, it goes to No Service (hollow outline of bars), and then the bars come back. Signal Check Pro then shows it to be on LTE, but the phone has no data connection for at least another 20-30 seconds. It often behaves similarly between LTE bands. Often when the phone is on B41 with a good signal (-95 or so) and you ask it to actually do anything, it sits there for a while, then drops to band 25, then gives an error message. I can then retry and it will go through correctly. Data speeds are absolute crap compared to the Nexus 6, too, and I live in a very well built out area. Compared to the Nexus 6, which remains usable but slow on B25 at -115 or -117 signal, this thing needs to be forced to CDMA frequently if LTE signal gets below about -108, since it can't seem to understand that it isn't getting through to anyone. Holding the phone differently does not help at all. As an engineer who works (among other fields) with telecommunications equipment, I would pin the problem on a bad TX antenna connection or defective radio. I feel like the phone is receiving a good signal, but its own transmissions are not able to be heard by the cell site. My question is this: How many people have the Nexus 6P? How is the performance? Who has had the Note II and the Nexus 6? How does it compare? How does your phone behave when switching bands? Is the radio performance just garbage on this phone, or do I have a bad one? I'm going to post this on Reddit /r/Sprint as well, and will post any relevant answers I get from one site on the other, just in case someone else has this problem.
  4. Everything that supports CDMA 800 supports 1xA. The system can always bump you to another available 1x carrier to keep 1xA channels "clean" of non 1xA devices. If I understand what I read from Qualcomm correctly, 1xA devices still have some benefits on a 1xA cell, even if shared by non 1xA devices, just not all of them. Higher capacity remains, for example, as do additional voice encoders.
  5. Congratulations on the house. The 1x thing happens on the Motorola Nexus 6, too, even with the latest firmware. All the other glitches on this thing seem gone, though. If it helps, LTE Discovery isn't affected by the issue and can still identify GCI, PCI, TAC on sites, so still shows bands right.
  6. Not that congested anymore. The bloat always moves upward. Higher frequency = better, at least in the minds of typical, stupid, number-obsessed Americans. Look at 5.8 GHz cordless landline phones... Garbage is an understatement, but newer phones, which work in the 1800-1900 MHz range, are sold as "DECT 6.0" to basically trick the idiots. Basically, the VHF (40-50MHz) public spectrum gave way to 900, which gave way to 2400, and now 5800 for certain things. Each time a new, higher band is introduced, lots of the things that populated the previous "popular" band tend to abandon it to jump on the high frequency bandwagon. I still use a 900MHz DSSS cordless phone and run into zero interference issues, and quite like the ability to walk around a decent portion of my subdivision with it.
  7. True, but still not greater than 1x IIRC just due to signal types, modulation schemes, etc.
  8. UMTS would have somewhat better fringe performance. CDMA2000 would be much better still. Just because WCDMA has some CDMA style features, it is a totally different type of signal.
  9. Wider LTE signal is usable for a greater distance than a narrower one.
  10. Moo. The important question is when Sprint will support the Thinkpad 360PE?!?!
  11. You mean 201511061201. Stop messing with my OCD.
  12. I have the iPhone OS 3.1. Got to love the simplicity.
  13. Spotting guide for the WiMAX? I must have missed that...
  14. Didn't know there were any Samsung WiMAX markets. I thought all Samsung WiMAX hardware was deployed as LTE from day one, just keeping WiMAX as a secondary function.
  15. If one wanted to get his hands on retired WiMax hardware, how would that be accomplished? My particular interest would be a couple of or a few sector antennas, not the radios themselves.
  16. Sprintlink doesn't offer Tx connections. Remember that the guest data need not go through the same VPN or tunnel as the corporate network.
  17. Target's headquarters might use Sprintlink.
  18. I am seeing a LOT of LTE 2.5 (B41) around. Even near home (Orion Township), I am seeing 40+ Mbps speeds sometimes.
  19. Discussions here, including in restricted areas.
  20. Radio power. Most of my area isn't extremely rural. Near me there are 2-4 EVDO and 2-3 1x carriers at most sites. I know this by talking to technicians at sites. Spacing is very sparse, however. I know that several local rural-ly spaced Sprint sites were served by T3s (43Mbps) before being upgraded. LTE 1900 here has lots of holes in it, which is really annoying. This dual rig idea would clear that up a lot, I think. What is really interesting is that we have had EVDO data speeds 600Kbps-1.2Mbps for years in most of my area, well before Network Vision,so I never really understood the awful data rates so many people complained about.
  21. Right. I should have said that a solution gas been determined, though not necessarily applied yet. I still think the 1900 hardware should be left, especially in rural areas like mine, with very large areas served by individual sites. These are cases where the radios run at their maximum power levels. The more carriers that a radio is required to broadcast, the less power is available to be put into any individual carrier. Throwing all of the CDMA stuff on one radio and the one or eventually two LTE carriers onto another would be a great way to increase LTE 1900 coverage.
  22. Now that the IBEZ issues have cleared up, what form will the retrofit take? Will they just add the 800MHz radio with its own antenna or will it entail removal and replacement of all of the existing 1900MHz-only antenna hardware and then adding the 800 radio? We do have a number of higher capacity sites with twin PCS setups, so those seem to have a straightforward answer. I live in Michigan, where most of the state is PC only. This even includes a couple of brand new sites that I have inspected. It seems extremely short sighted to install all of these goofy PCS antennas, only to replace them shortly. I suppose it is possible that they will install the dual band antenna with its own two radios at every site, leaving the existing PCS antenna and its radio installed and functioning. This would be good from the standpoint of redundancy and signal range due to radio limitations. Unfortunately, it would also make too much sense for a major cellular carrier to consider it. There is also the issue of the situations in which the PCS hardware, due to its compactness, is simply lashed directly to the tower mast. This would need to be replaced by dual band setups, if they even fit at all. Just a few thoughts.
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