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Thomas L.

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    Technology market consolidations

    I would be terribly annoyed/upset if SwiftKey was discontinued, especially because I hate the Windows Mobile keyboard by comparison. SwiftKey lets me operate across the 7 languages I routinely type in, and makes it really easy, along with have great prediction in all of them. It would make my life considerably more difficult if I didn't have it.
  2. I think this also has a lot to do with the fact that Samsung has reported that they're going to try and start a direct leasing plan that is carrier agnostic, a la iPhone.
  3. This would make me very happy. I would love to see them follow the iPhone trend and include band 1, 3, 6, 20, and 28. Band 39 and 40 would probably be too much to ask.
  4. It still annoys me immensely that the standard was designed that band supersets aren't automatically able to connect to the band subsets that they are compatible with without MFBI. I understand that if for band 17 to connect to band 12, for instance, MFBI would be required, but the other way around doesn't make since to me. I feel it should have been deisnged so that bands 25, 26, and 41 compatible phones should be able to connect to band 2, 5, and 38 (along with others that are compatible) without MFBI
  5. I'm quite sure it's a site visit, that's part of why it takes so long.
  6. They're stupid if that's what they think. Sprint is the only US carrier, hell, I think the only carrier period, using band 26. No one else has any reason to be interested.
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    FCC rules on certain spectrum?

    Also, I truly hope that the 600mhz auction has open access rules attached to the same extent as the 700mhz C block did - I love the fact that Verizon has to sell their devices unlocked, although it will be less relevant with T-Mobile and other potential participants.
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    FCC rules on certain spectrum?

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/47/27.16 contains the actual text of the law. It basically says that Verizon has to not lock handsets, and provide whatever technical specifications/network information necessary for third-party device manufacturers to make devices (like the Nexus) that work on the Verizon's network as long as said devices don't create any detrimental interference. It also says that Verizon has to prove interference if they deny a third-party's request to allow a device to access the network, and then tell them what they need to know to remedy that. As bipbapbam said, they only throttled on their 3G network, but recently they announced that they will not throttle any users that are still on unlimited plans, which doesn't mean much considering there are so few people left on unlimited plans.
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    Sprint International Roaming Preferences

    I kind of wish Sprint would combine the two, offer 1gb of high speed, then 2g unlimited with the option of buying a high speed data pass like T-Mobile.
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    Windows phones?

    So Sprint is now offering the Lumia 635, and I'm wondering how people are feeling about Windows phones in general. I think the Windows 10 Technical Preview for PCs really shows that Microsoft is upping its game, and I'm excited for the possibilities of Windows 10 for phones, universal apps, etc. What do all of you think? Are you excited? Still think it's going to be a flop? Others thoughts? Tommy
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    B25 CA?

    You should pin this, it's a really good visualization, even if not perfect, of how the network is planned to work. I know in this little town where my parents live, now that there is band 41, the only time anyone is every on band 25 is if they don't have a Spark device, which is incredibly rare (my Dad has a single-band S4 and it essentially always maxes out speed tests).
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    [UPDATED] How P for powerful is the Nexus 6P RF?

    Correct, at that time it wasn't an optional feature as internal memory hadn't come down to a point where it could theoretically handle everything, and the cloud wasn't really a thing yet.
  13. I think it's a stupid decision, unless Masa has learned something that shows things are going to be drastically different in terms of the regulatory environment re: new site approval. Densification can happen really fast, in the right environment, like in China. China Mobile has at this point activated nearly a million, if not more, band 41 macro sites, their entire LTE network is band 41, so densification is the only option. But that was only able to happen because the government owns China Mobile, the fiber provider, and tower construction company. Here every community has different laws about zoning and permits, it's going to take ages for that process even if Sprint does have money for it.
  14. Man I wish these filings would reveal international LTE band support.
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    Verizon leasing Dish's spectrum?

    God what a hodgepodge of non-standard spectrum Dish has. Building out that network and then getting devices for it seems like it would be a nightmare.
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    Sprint WIFI Calling port for QOS.

    Really nice, informative post, with references. That's awesome.
  17. I think the reason that there isn't that much information out there re: B41 as a backhaul (which is really using some of their 2.5ghz spectrum assets as backhaul using a non-LTE technology I believe) is that it is a proprietary solution by some company.
  18. Just out of curiosity, why does parking users on B26 bog it down if they're not really using any data? Does each connection reduce available bandwidth some amount even if it is just parked there? Tommy
  19. Same. T-Mobile is so much better than Sprint in LA it's embarrassing. I could understand it if it were just an indoor coverage issue or if it were in the suburban areas, but for West LA, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Downtown ALL to be places where you drop back to 3G constantly is just inexcusable. It seems like Sprint set their site spacing at the absolutely maximum distance for 1X and EV-DO performance, and that means band 25 LTE is just unworkable. Sprint has some half way decent deals with plans and unlimited, so it's a shame they aren't a contender in SoCal. (PS. This isn't supposed to be a Sprint bashing post or T-Mobile fanboy post, just my observation after 8 years as a Sprint customer and now having my main driver be T-Mobile.) It is sad, especially for those of us that stuck with it thinking at NV completion it would be great. The worst county for a lot more than re-banding, just saying I was a trustee for a community college district. You would approve a budget for a project and the managers were so used to getting the money they asked for I actually had someone come to the board asking for a huge budget increase for work that they had already been done without permission from the board. Government spending is a massive inflating shit balloon in local governments like this.
  20. The geography of Las Vegas. It's as flat as a pancake, I'm sure the density is high enough on the strip, where the majority of large buildings are, that it is workable.
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    Verizon 5G Testing

    I don't want to hear anything about this until there is an international standard selected for 5G. The LAST thing anybody needs is a company like Verizon going on half-cocked and causing a repeat of the EV-DV/EV-DO fiasco.
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    Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    I'd go for strong data and weak voice, that way you can use VoIP over the data and have the best of both worlds.
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    Network Vision/LTE - LA Metro Market

    My understanding is that they are trying to eventually deploy it on all sites possible because it will give them another speed boost in some cases, as the latest phones have carrier aggregation enabled for both B4 LTE with B12 and B2 LTE with B12 (Plus B4 with B4 and I think B4 with B2). I am sure that, first, they are strategically adding Band 12 where they've decided they really need it, and that they will then go back and and fill in other sites. I feel like in LA (LA proper anyway and Santa Monica, Culver City, etc) the Band 4 network is so good that Band 12 is icing on the cake. Even on a band 4 only phone my experience is already great in LA.
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    Network Vision/LTE - LA Metro Market

    I hope that LTE 800 will help your coverage there more than it did in the Bay Area. In my experience, the difference it was sadly negligible. In markets where coverage was never very good, like the Bay Area and LA, I'm convinced that the only thing that is really going to improve the experience and bring it up to par is densification.
  25. Hi everyone, So, Band 7 is essentially the FDD version of Band 41 (band 41 actually covers an even wider spread of spectrum), and is essentially the by far the most widespread LTE band world wide, along with band 3. Band 20 is the European digital dividend spectrum, basically their equivalent of our 700mhz spectrum, and has some overlap with band 26. Band 28 is the "APT" configuration for 700mhz spectrum - it theoretically overlaps the same spectrum as bands 12, 13, 17 do in the US and Canada, but with different configuration which requires a different hardware configuration. My questions are: how hard would is be to include band 7 support on Sprint phones? This is turning into a (the) major international band for LTE and from what I can see, pretty much all new phones from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile support at least band 7 for international roaming. It would be great to have. A similar question to that above about band 20. My question about band 28 is a little bit different - CAN there be cross compatibility between the user hardware for the APT configuration of 700mhz spectrum and the FCC configuration? What are the technical hurdles that stand in the way of that? I look forward to hearing from people who actually know!! Thanks Tommy