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ingenium last won the day on December 16 2019

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About ingenium

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    Google Pixel 3 XL
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  1. It's definitely worth using in my opinion. Call quality is quite a bit better than 1x. I've had issues with robo garble and congested 1x for at least 6-7 years now. It was so bad I quit using my Sprint number and uses Google Voice VoIP instead, since every other word was cutting out. VoLTE lets me actually use my Sprint number again. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  2. ingenium

    Pixel 4/4XL

    CA combos for the Pixel 4 in a format that's easier to browse. Missing Verizon combos because I don't have a Verizon SIM with active service (inactive SIM connects to CDMA only). https://cacombos.com/device?model=GA00677-US Some combos might be missing because so many were listed that it was getting truncated in the message. Sprint took a few attempts to get all of the non roaming combos, and some roaming combos may not be listed. So att and T-Mobile may also be missing some (they maxed out the message size too), but at first glance nothing stands out as missing. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  3. Your best bet is to leave it on relay then. You can also get a battery backup (UPS) and plug your modem and router into that in case of power outages. The ISP usually has battery backup on their end (911), so as long as you can power your side you'll keep internet. I've been doing it for years and it works well. You can get away with a pretty small unit ($60-$100 range) and it should be able to power it for at least an hour, but probably several hours. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  4. You can get a FreedomPop SIM (assuming they're still accepting new lines of service). With "friends", you can get a few hundred MB/month for free. I have a few of their SIMs, one I use as a backup SIM / logging SIM in my phone, and another I have in my car for Google maps and remote control features. As long as you can change the APN in your system, it'll work. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  5. No unfortunately. They said technically they (a higher up tech with access to the right tools) can move it to B25, but it doesn't stick past a reboot. So the next time the device reboots (power failure, software update, etc), it will be back on B41. They did not want to set a precedent of doing this, and having people repeatedly call in to have it locked back to B25. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  6. Do you have VoLTE turned on? VoLTE being on and connected to a supported eNB causes the phone to drop the CDMA connection, so it will only display LTE. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  7. That's Google location services probably. LTE doesn't broadcast location information. When your phone gets a GPS lock, it reports nearby cell and wifi information to Google. Then when it can't get GPS, Google can estimate the location based on wifi or cell data. The more data they collect the more accurate it gets. When things change, there is a lag of a few days before it updates. I've had the same thing happen when moving wifi access points, or even if I've been VPNed into my home network for a while from another location. For a few days afterwards Google has associated my home IP with that other location and reports that (or reports a location in Kansas, basically the default "I don't know" location for the US) instead of the real location. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  8. Something isn't right then. I've had no issues with VoLTE at all. One time while driving I noticed it beginning the cut out, and the network moved me to B26 (in a good coverage area) to presumably minimize tower handoffs and for there to be a lower likelihood of the call having issues. It kept me there for the duration of my call / drive, then I went back to B41 once I ended the call. Presumably that's how it's supposed to work, if the call starts having issues, then you get moved to a lower, more reliable band. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  9. The tower I use is B2 and 12 only (along with most in the area). Only one nearby tower has B4 (and it's only 5x5 anyway). In my experience, 2+12 CA gives me the same speed as 2 only. It's as though band 2 is slowed down when on CA. Either way, it's usually 10-15 Mbps during peak usage (used to be 20), and 20-30 during non peak. Upload is almost always 15 Mbps. B2 is always the primary carrier for me. So disabling B12 may have no impact. Logically it makes no sense, but that's what I've seen on at&t. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  10. Good, mine just autorenewed a few days ago. But I guess that's another sign to move to the postpaid plan. Plus save $15/month. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  11. ingenium

    Pixel 4/4XL

    My Pixel 4 XL gets noticeable better performance than my 3 XL. I somewhat regularly drive a route that would cause me to drop Sprint service (or go to 1x only) and roam on all my Pixels until the 4. The 4 holds LTE constantly, doesn't even drop to 1x or 3G. Now I haven't tested how VoLTE performs on this route, but I honestly haven't seen my 4 drop LTE yet. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  12. Meaning it's no longer offered? What about people who already have it? Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  13. VoLTE is literally just a config file. If a phone supports it in general (and really, anything based on a version of Android from the last few years does unless they stripped it out), then it can be added for any carrier. If you had root or Qualcomm tools you can take the config file from a supported phone and add it to a non supported phone and it'll work. I've seen this done a lot in Europe (and can be done on the Pixel 2 and maybe 3, at least pre Android 10). There may be FCC recertifications required, but from a technical standpoint there's nothing really stopping them. The config can even be rolled out via a device independent app in the Play Store, but I've never heard of a provider doing it. That being said, Android supports it, so it's possible. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  14. All MBs have the same version in my experience. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  15. ingenium

    Pixel 4/4XL

    It's easy to root Pixels. Especially if you do it as soon as you get the phone, before setting things up (I skip everything, even adding a Google account) since unlocking the bootloader does a factory reset. NSG is tricky on the Pixel 4 though, since Google removed the Qualcomm diagnostics interface in the production build. You have to also flash the userdebug vendor.img from Google, which breaks some things in the February build (no dual SIM, you'll get no service and a "No SIM" error, and breaks active edge / squeeze for assistant). They all worked in the January build, so I'm hoping it gets fixed in March. But worth it in my opinion for NSG. It's just such a useful app. You can find out so much information in LTE Signaling too if you know where to look (CA combos, the VoLTE enabled flag on an eNB, etc). Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
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