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  1. Anyone know if they fixed stream bandwidth restrictions on TNX? I want NR CA now that the site nearest me has n41, but I don't want a 1.5 Mbps video throttle when I have 8 Mbps right now
  2. Yesterday Boost released the Celero 5G, made by WIngtech. Has a MTK Dimensity 700, a 6.5" screen, a big battery, and is $280 + tax including a year of unlimited Boost service. The current revision of the phone supports T-Mobile NR bands, precisely zero of which AT&T uses at the moment (unless AT&T is using n66 now and I missed it), and two of which (n66, n71) DishNet will use. There will be AT&T and DishNet specific versions of the Celero later. I took this opportunity to grab my dad a new phone...and this will move him back from US Mobile on VZW on a Moto e4+. If the phone works well, I'll get one for my brother before the intro deal expires, upgrading his Moto G fast. I'll grab the DishNet variant when it's available, assuming that'll be the first phone that can do n70 (I assume it'll be able to do n26 and n29 as well, but we shall see).
  3. I expect 10x10 n25 to show up here once Sprint LTE goes offline. Maybe we'll see n66 as well but I'm actually seeing the 5x5 AWS-3 used more often now, so it might stay on LTE after all for a bit longer. Thinking we won't see more than 10x10 on NR in 1900/2100 here for quite awhile; 20x20 B2 is too valuable to drop down, and the 25x25 PCS T-Mobile has here isn't contiguous with the bit of B25.
  4. https://www.pcmag.com/news/fastest-mobile-networks-2021 Spoiler: T-Mobile easily gets the crown, thanks to mid-band 5G, though AT&T wins in California and Nevada, as well as in a number of rural areas, and Verizon wins in a few cities.
  5. If you have good n41 service in an area, take those speeds, dramatically increase upload speeds, and that's in the neighborhood of what you'd get on T-Mobile. Reports are pretty consistent that their gateway turns in upload numbers that are faster than what most cablecos sell.
  6. Home Internet at this point is NSA. SA is possible (the Nokia gateway has an X55 modem) but there isn't much of a point since T-Mobile wants as much available capacity as possible on those devices and SA would be going in the wrong direction.
  7. I have Unlimited Plus Subsidy (business plan). Throttling was still there. Fast.com settled down at 1.5 Mbps. Without TNX I was at 6.5-8 Mbps.
  8. Does seem that way. Maybe between now and then they'll figure out how not to throttle video to 1.5 Mbps on all TNX lines. My guess is 6/30/22 is when the Sprint mobile core network will be decom'd, so Sprint SIMs will stop working. New iPhones coming with T-Mobile SIMs seems like a good guess. One question I have is whether T-Mobile thinks they'll have all Keep Sites swapped over to T-Mobile equipment by then. If so, I should be able to switch my family back over to T-Mobile based service at that point, as I don't imaging they'll do those retrofits without at least n71. Or are they expecting to switch L-Sprint sites that remain to T-Mobile's core, and upgrade equipment when they get around to it?
  9. Got TNX'd yesterday. On chat to switch back now. SA n71 is cool, but speeds are pretty low (~30 Mbps) and unnecessary around here. Not seeing SA n41. And losing L-Sprint network access, other than 312-250 sites (which are few and far between here) is a downside. NR CA doesn't exist yet either. I'd rather catch L-Sprint LTE (and 1x) than L-TMo H+ (which is now down to a few Mbps). Only big benefit is theoretically T-Mobile roams on a solid carrier west of here, but I can just use a different (VZW/AT&T) SIM for that. Biggest downside though is that T-Mobile *still* haven't fixed the 1.5 Mbps streaming cap on TNX'd accounts. So I either VPN in (Cloudflare Warp+ works, but not while tethered) or I get heavily capped video throughput after an initial burst of speed. Of note, if you force SA (which *does* work in Samsung Band Selector; forcing NR 71 only gets you on SA n71) you can attempt to make calls, and they'll ring on the other end, but the call will fail after a half-second or so without ringing on your side. So VoNR definitely isn't there. Did some testing last night and the n41 site nearest me reaches about 0.6 mi on n41 (at which point I get 350-375 Mbps on 100 MHz). B41 LTE reaches a little over a mile, including indoors. EDIT: ...and switch back to TNA is complete. Took a bit for my phone to get the network update that prioritized T-Mobile, but it's there now, and includes 5G just like I had 48 hours ago.
  10. To clarify my comment earlier, I'd assume that TMo would want to run 40 MHz T-Mobile B41 on top of 100 MHz n41 at a minimum, so going > 100 MHz on mid-band even on full 194 MHz would only get them another 40 MHz of n41. Maybe 60 due to guard bands, which would require taking Sprint down to zero. Wouldn't make sense to deploy a 20 MHz n41 channel I don't think. Alternative would be dropping from 100 MHz in one channel to have two channels, each with >= 40 MHz capacity. If they did 100+40 n41 plus 2CA T-Mobile B41, they could fit 15-20 MHz of Sprint B41 in, at which point the band is maxed out...and they'd have online as much spectrum for n41 as VZW will have in many areas for n77 in late 2023. Their statement of 100 MHz mid-band on average by year end has gotta be n41 only, as n77 won't be live 'til late 2023, and I'm 99.9% sure they wouldn't include n2/25/66 on the mid-band side as you're not going to have more than 10x10 there this year, which is less than they have on n71 in a lot of areas. So, not very Ultra Capacity. Now, their "300MM on Ultra Capacity by YE23" statement? If they can move enough traffic to n71/41 that they can carve out 20x20 of dedicated n2/25/66, with at least 16x16 M-MIMO? That's probably enough to hit 300 Mbps and call it Ultra Capacity. That, or they're counting on massive range improvements on n41 when CA'd with n71, n25, or n66...which, yeah, that might work. As for the n41 coverage map, it's a bit generous around here. B41 from the same radio makes it to my location, but n41 does not, despite being supposedly covered by it. Checked with Premier Care and none of the sites closer to me are slated for imminent upgrades (though apparently the Sprint rooftop site close to me will be the one that survives rather than the legacy T-Mobile one further north that now has all three carriers on it...so I guess that site will get Dish eventually), so this is flat-out a case over overestimating coverage. I'll go on a walk in a bit to see whether moving the NR carrier down 50 MHz improved coverage any; guessing I'll have to get within 0.75 mi of the site to pick up n41 though.
  11. So...they'll have areas with >100 MHz? Certainly possible, but would be rather surprising.
  12. Hit San Antonio and Austin this evening (and the stretch of 35 between). San Antonio is up to 100 MHz in many places, though I saw 80 MHz in one. Austin seems to be at 100 across the board. Looks like where that 100 MHz is got reconfigured very recently (last few days); it's now basically 2500-2600 MHz, with B41 2CA sitting at the top of the NR channel rather than below. Sprint B41 is at 2680.
  13. 100 MHz n41 is live in Austin and...Bentonville, Arkansas. Guessing this went live on Tuesday or Wednesday in Austin; network was acting a bit wonky on Tuesday. Noticed it yesterday, as I'm still a little too far away at home to catch n41. Peak speed in Bentonville 1/3 mi from the site was 675-700 Mbps down, 80-90 Mbps up, with the upload speed only possible with a 20 MHz B66 anchor...which seems congested at times. They also have 5 MHz B2 here as an anchor, which predictably leads to slow uploads. n71 is 15x15 here. Sprint B25 is two 5x5 channels. Weirdly, seems like I'm being routed through Nashville, so latency is rather high, and tethering performance is somehow quite poor...maybe it's due to congestion on the PCC meaning that the difference between on-phone and tethered priority is the difference between a usable connection and...not. Also, VZW (with the old Alltel SID for CDMA) is what you end up using inside the Crystal Bridges museum, though the area has WiFi so not the end of the world.
  14. I saw that here awhile back, but a reboot or two got me access to 25/26 again. Maybe it's offline for real now, but not sure why they'd do that in areas that aren't direly spectrum constrained ahead of the shutdown in a year.
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