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  1. The Sprint executive at the press conference is unfortunately not a very good public speaker, and was disappointingly vague with technical details. However, I think we can reasonably infer that "LTE-Advanced" at the very least means a 2nd B41 carrier is beginning to be deployed (old news to local Premiers ), but we can hope this announcement actually covers much more than that, including SON-related software enhancements, small cells, and of course even more B41 carriers. Would be great to find a number to these folks.
  2. If they were on the verge of changing the logo, I don't think they'd use it so prominently in the Twitter pic announcing the event, but we'll see. First official market for B41 CA and/or VoLTE would sure be nice. With B25+26 on nearly every site, and the Ocean builds to plug the remaining gaps, a good experience with the latter should be doable. Wishful thinking, I know.
  3. M9 should be out in a couple weeks (likely the 25th), which should be accompanied by a nice price drop on the M8.
  4. That is an excellent price! I wonder if they're attempting to clear stock for a Crystal X launch... Considering this is only a few dollars more than what she paid awhile back for her M400 flip phone, this could be what it takes to convince my mother to try a smartphone full-time, although the reports of a quiet earpiece have me a bit concerned. I'd also be able to borrow it to look for B26+41 during tower-spotting trips. However, since her line is with Ting, the process to get there may be more trouble than it's worth. If it's true that stores won't match this price, I'd have to:
  5. In addition to the rough start with processing unlock requests, there are definitely a lot of issues right now with that new "financial eligibility check"- the number of what I hope are false positives (and not an intentional block) is creating massive headaches both in the Sprint IT department and the customer service departments of their MVNO's, who have been given few answers to pass along to customers. There is no reason why an S4 originally purchased *from Ting* (at full price, of course), and subsequently moved to a Sprint postpaid line, should be failing this FEC. If I want to activ
  6. $46.05 to Sprint ($55 base MRC + $20 unlimited data add-on - $30 Framily discount - $2 NVP 10% + $0.66 USF fee + $1.99 Administrative charge + $0.40 Regulatory charge) + $3.43 in tax = $49.48/mo. For a single line w/ unlimited data, short of finding someone willing to sell their SERO-P account, or a better employer discount, I don't really think you can beat that. My mother, who is sticking with a flip phone for now, uses no mobile data and usually <100 minutes per month. So her line's with Ting, with a typical bill of about $11.55 ($6 base + $3 100 min + $2.55 taxes & fees). My Fra
  7. The PCS RRU's Sprint purchased from Samsung for NV were indeed "recycled" models from previous projects. Before the vendors for NV were first announced back in December 2010, C Spire (née Cellular South) and MetroPCS had already announced deals with Samsung to upgrade their networks to LTE. Prior to this, Samsung had not won any major domestic contracts. As a new entrant, they would be designing new radios from scratch for them. For MetroPCS, which held licenses in the PCS C/F blocks in California, their aim was to maximize coverage from each site, which required pushing them all to ma
  8. Yes. Sprint smartphones have included GSM & W-CDMA radios for a few years now for international roaming, since most of the rest of the world doesn't use CDMA. If it is a domestic GSM network you wish to use the phone with, Sprint's international-only unlock would not be sufficient (domestic MCC-MNC's would continue to be blacklisted within the phone), and you'd have to resort to combing through the XDA forums for a reliable method to make it fully unlocked.
  9. Hopefully they will get the thresholds right for B25/26 to B41 VoLTE handover, so that the prioritization of FDD is correctly overridden. Given that B25+41 small cells are not yet available, and Clearwire conversions in many Samsung markets are not yet on the agenda, there will ironically continue to be many areas for the foreseeable future where only B41 offers a reliable data connection. I thought that all of the Samsung devices that had been previously limited to 5MHz FDD had received Class II permissive changes to support wider bandwidths in B25, all the way up to 20 MHz. They were t
  10. Perhaps in the meantime they can be manually enabled? My S4 is currently un-rooted and can access those screens. I'm also still able to do other things like flash PRL's without root. That said, my phone's always been a bit of an odd beast. It was originally a PLBL (wholesale) model, which has the benefit of having no carrier branding or bloatware, but unfortunately (perhaps consequently) certain apps like Sprint Zone & Sensorly don't work correctly I've also played with some newer Samsung phones like the S5 & Note 4 at the Sprint store, and I'm pretty sure that ##DEBUG#
  11. It's nice to see that they don't price gouge this option like Comcast does. Note: That price doesn't include their business gateway that you are required to lease @ $10+/mo if you're using a static IP.
  12. That would be adequate if all they were looking to do is build a skeleton network (à la T-Mobile in Omaha/Lincoln) and make some financial sense if they had absolutely zero sites licensed to start with. However, with the ~130 Chinook sites already in hand, and another 100+ planned (although we don't know yet if those additional sites will all be located within Montana, or also cover parts of WY & the Dakotas), I had the impression (even before Project Cedar was leaked) that Sprint aims to have the network at a high enough quality at launch so that it can be marketed locally to compete
  13. True. With two B41 carriers active, sites there are more likely to have backhaul that is actually fast enough to support the full capacity of the airlink(s).
  14. Samsung's 8T8R FIT was in Rockford, so Sprint was already tied for first there according to RM's previous report from August. The most notable change was T-Mobile dropping out of the four-way tie for first place, due to their drop in call performance. Perhaps there are some bugs with eSRVCC (VoLTE to 2G/3G handover) that have cropped up.
  15. gnoj

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    CDMA BC10 (800 MHz) isn't mentioned, but if they plan to bring it to Sprint, it's probably safe to assume that's supported. The omission of TD-LTE is interesting. If they've managed to maintain SVLTE as a result, I'd find this device even more intriguing.. but if they've gone with eCSFB w/o B41, they can keep it.
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