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About jpkjeff

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  1. Oh, and I meant to also add a big thank you for this post-even though I'm not in Chicago it is updates like these that keep me (and I suspect many others) coming back-where else will you get information like this on the behind the scenes goings on at Sprint regarding their network? Keep up the good work!
  2. Since this is a hand off issue, would users who are stationary (i.e. at their home or workplace) be as impacted in the Chicagoland area? I only ask because I seldom make/take calls while in the car (unless someone else is driving) so I was just curious if stationary users would experience these issues as frequently as users moving from point A to point B. One thing I've always championed about Sprint is that I NEVER get dropped calls - even now, when data speeds are often abysmal, I still get excellent voice service.
  3. Interesting review and comments. CNET had a review for this same phone they published last week but I felt they were unfairly harsh on it (they lambasted Sprint for releasing a phone that still ran Gingerbread and naturally complained about no 4G LTE access yet-about what you'd expect). Their reviewer was also unduly harsh (I felt) on the build/thickness of the phone, but for an entry level LTE device it sounds perfectly acceptable to me. I noticed a site not too far from me had had workers at it and last Friday ran some speed tests, and got consistent 1.0-1.4Mbps download speeds. I'm sure i
  4. Great article. Calls over Wifi are indeed something that carriers should look into. I recently purchased a used iPad 1 and use an app that allows me to make calls over Wifi for free (you have to watch ads to "earn" minutes, or you can buy them). It works great and is crystal clear: most people can't tell any difference, although I seldom use it since I have to hook up a separate headset unless I want to make calls via speakerphone. But with MVNO's like Republic Wireless using mostly Wifi for their business model, I do think we'll see more of this in the future.
  5. Very glad to hear this! I check the site daily for updates and am thrilled to finally see some news for OKC/Oklahoma. I have noticed what looked like contractors working on two Sprint cell sites near me in OKC; I'll try to get some pictures in the next few days and post them (assuming they have actually started any work). Data speeds are once again crashing here in OKC, so this can't happen fast enough!
  6. As far as the reasoning behind markets, I know from working there it was in some cases due to how they originally set things up when Sprint initially launched cell phone service back in the 90s: some markets were (and still are) affiliates, and some were not. That was a question we always asked as employees and that's what we were told, although it still didn't really explain the reasoning. Probably things started out that way and they just stuck with it ever since, I'm guessing. Looks like OKC/Oklahoma still has one shot at being announced tomorrow, but I won't hold my breath! Maybe they'll
  7. Still keeping my fingers crossed that OKC/Oklahoma is one of the remaining markets to be announced!
  8. If I had access to 4G at home I would definitely have far more monthly usage than I do now. Currently, I am still averaging about 1.0-1.3GB per month on 3G, and about 175-300MB on 4G, simply because I had access to Wimax at my previous job. Now that I don't my 4G usage will likely drop dramatically, although I just started watching Netflix while doing laundry at the laundromat (for maybe 45 minutes to an hour) once I found out Wimax coverage worked there, and that alone uses about 100MB an hour. I just hope OKC doesn't have to wait until mid to late 2013 to see Network Vision, as our 3G speed
  9. I think the main reason all these analysts and pundits are convinced that Sprint is going to do away with unlimited data is simply due to the fact every other major carrier has done so, and therefore Sprint must follow.Yet I've read many articles that have said with smart network management policies in place, and keeping up with network upgrades, it IS possible to offer an unlimited data plan to customers (with reasonable exceptions...for example, if someone was regularly burning through 50+GB a month or more, they might be subject to sanctions like throttling and/or warning notices). Mos
  10. An article I recently read about new LTE iPad users stated that they had burned through their 2GB data allowance (on Verizon) in something like 2 or 3 hours while watching streaming HD video on Netflix or similar services.That is the reason why so few iPads are sold with cellular radios in them because most people know that data plans are costly and have very low caps, especially for the newest model with its Retina display. The other issues is how data plans are sold: users must purchase separate data plans for their smartphones, tablets, and laptops each of which have their own monthly char
  11. I don't think they want to get involved in the infrastructure requirements they would need to be a cell phone operator (even if as an MVNO). Amazon already is a reseller of mobile phones and plans for all the big providers and likely makes a decent amount of money from doing that, but it is an intriguing idea. I'm also curious to see if Dish will move forward with plans for a nationwide LTE rollout-an article I read today had their CEO saying there was an "80%" chance they would do so.
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