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Thomas L.

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  1. That's such a ridiculous policy. On T-Mobile if the phone supports VoLTE it works - my phones I bought when living in China work on VoLTE on T-Mobile no problem. I don't get why they do that. AT&T's network is pretty subpar for such a large carrier anyway honestly, so I'm not surprised they have such backward policies.
  2. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Neither am I, but since they insist that they can't compete successfully apart, if the merger isn't approved then it would seem to me that would be their only option if they want to survive.
  3. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If the merger doesn't go through, I think it would be interesting to see Sprint and T-Mobile work on a network sharing agreement, or a collaborative build-out WITHOUT having to merge completely. Bell and Telus did it in Canada when they did their 3G build-out and were abandoning CDMA, and it's not uncommon with carriers in different parts of the world.
  4. LTE roaming is controlled by the SIM card, which can updated over-the-air. PRL is a CDMA legacy feature.
  5. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Is there a page where they break this down or where I can see the transcript of his statements? Was it part of the fiscal report?
  6. Thomas L.

    Sprint to Begin VoLTE Soft Launch in September

    In terms of the Essential Phone (which I bought on Prime Day, pretty great deal), there's no reason that it shouldn't work other than if one needs an upgrade to an ISIM to support VoLTE. Essential Phone supports VoLTE on any carrier that has it enabled following the standard, like T-Mobile. US carriers are unfortunate in the way they've enabled VoLTE (I have no idea what AT&T in particular, as a GSM carrier, restricts what devices can use VoLTE on their network). In the rest of the world phones are designed to work on VoLTE just like they do on HSPA+ and GSM - it doesn't have to be enabled on the user's account, it just works if the phone supports it, a lot like T-Mobile's implementation in the US.
  7. Thomas L.

    Sprint to Begin VoLTE Soft Launch in September

    I would guess that the areas where Sprint will initially enable T-Mobile roaming with coincide with their VoLTE launch areas.
  8. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Semi-related question: what's involved in getting the third carrier online? And will Sprint move forward with four carrier aggregation that they had indicated they would eventually deploy.
  9. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Yeah I can't see Sprint making any big moves to be honest, they haven't shown a huge interest in that kind of improvement.
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    Calling 911 experiences while roaming?

    If the device supports it, it will use it for 911 calls, is my experience. I know once for some reason I had set my LG V20 to LTE only on a custom ROM and couldn't make any calls. I needed to make a 911 call however, and it latched onto... Verizon 1X I think to make the call.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I really don't see why it is that you think that if you don't have public wifi then you wouldn't use an MB. The MagicBox is a repeater for Sprint's network requiring essential zero exposure or expenditure for the retail provider beyond electricity. It is also zero maintenance or setup. It's a highly superior solution in my view.
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    When will handset makers stop supporting CDMA

    As bigsnake said, KDDI still has their network in Japan, there are a few European operators that still have 450mhz CDMA networks for critical use and rural/low-population areas, and, as I mentioned, the largest CDMA operator in the world, China Telecom.
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    When will handset makers stop supporting CDMA

    Not as quickly as you think. China Telecom for example still has 250 million customers on their CDMA/LTE network. China won't be phasing out their 2G networks anytime soon, their 3G networks will go first (W-CDMA and especially TD-SCDMA). CDMA's 3G and 2G are compatible standards so will maintain that as well. Between them and Sprint, CDMA will survive, but it will be niche.
  14. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Wait, why exactly are people not wanting to be around during integration? Why is that the trigger for leaving?
  15. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Of course neither AT&T nor Verizon are contesting this because they know it will decrease competition in the market which has put so much pressure on their margins and networks both.
  16. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    The idea that this merger will somehow allow the US to take leadership in 5G is fallacious. I plan on writing a post about the state of the Chinese mobile market, as I just moved back to the US from China, and used all three Chinese carriers while I was in China, but this contains some essentials: It won't happen because China as a whole is now much more invested in their mobile infrastructure than the United States. It is a national economic and security priority for them, and accessibility to the consumer, both in terms of price and coverage, is mandated by the government, as all three carriers are essentially government owned and controlled, and directly or indirectly receive money from the government. Both fixed and mobile broadband are essentially considered essential utilities for the public, and money making ventures second. Providers have been ordered to lower prices by 40% over the last two years, while increasing speeds. They've just announced a mandate on the increasing of upload speeds as well. They have to be considered utilities at this point, because a massive portion of China's financial transactions are completed through WeChat and Alipay, WeChat is so ubiquitous it can now be used as an electronic version of the Chinese national ID card, used for trains, planes, and nearly everything else. Your cell phone is essentially your life in China, you do everything with it. China Mobile has built out a band 39/40/41(38) LTE network that currently covers 99%+ of China's Population, with around 1.5 million base stations (even accounting for differences in population, the number is huge compared to the US). They essentially have complete coverage with band 38/41, with 39 (and 34 coming) as backups, and 40 used exclusively indoors. China Unicom and China Telecom, the other two smaller providers, have more than 150,000 base stations each. Spectrum in China is not bought, it is assigned, and in some cases there are usage fees attached - for 5G China has just lowered those usage fees significantly, eliminating them for the first few years. All three providers are extremely aggressive in deploying the latest technologies, and as 5G superiority is a national policy, they will continue to lead. Unless the US decides to have the US 5G network be nationalized on national security grounds, Sprint and T-Mobile are not going to succeed in making us world leaders, because the industry in the US in general just doesn't have the backing. It is just an easy, nationalistic excuse to try and convince people who are not necessarily aware of the realities of what the US faces in terms of global competition in the field. The fact that T-Mobile and Sprint are trying to use that as an incentive for approving the merger makes me weary of the whole thing.
  17. What kind of speeds were you able to attain on your V20?
  18. Thomas L.

    Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Poll

    Whichever is cheapest. Being in California both AT&T and Verizon have pretty excellent service. T-Mobile and Sprint are the ones that need to catch up. By the way, does everyone think ProjectFi will stick around? Will T-Mobile and Sprint continue their current agreement with Google?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Nah I don't think they'll actually do that. T-Mobile's coverage is generally already better than Sprint's for LTE, and their goal is to compete with AT&T and Verizon. They will at least maintain coverage.
  20. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Because they don't want a wifi hotspot that any device can connect to. Just to extend coverage for paying customers on their Sprint devices.
  21. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I'd like to know this as well. Every Sprint device for two or three years has supported bands 2, 4, and 12, ostensibly as part of an effort of Son's part to support smaller rural wireless providers in the US, but what really was more likely device seeding in anticipation of a merger. Device support is there across the board, but I also would like to know what will be required to enable Sprint to roam on T-Mobile. I am also still waiting to hear if T-mobile can roam on Sprint.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I would think that if their goal is to combine the networks then they would allow the allow roaming wherever. They're trying to become a single company, so it shouldn't even be treated like roaming, rather just an extension of the same network.
  23. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Good question. The antennas are technology agnostic aren't they?
  24. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    So I disabled CDMA and bands 25,26 and 41 on my phone and it's not roaming on T-Mobile yet. I would imagine it will take at least a week to propagate the update to towers and the system etc?
  25. Thomas L.

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    When is day one, and is it reciprocal, meaning with T-Mobile customers have access to Sprint's network?
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