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  1. Has B41 been moved to the B25/26 GCI in your area? In Samsung markets at least they've all on the same GCI now. So this would make sense if your market was still separate. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  2. Yup, in western PA and northeast Ohio, Sprint coverage blows away T-Mobile's. T-mobile seems to have built a barebones network just to claim coverage. In the Youngstown area I'd estimate that Sprint has 2x as many towers as T-mobile. Pittsburgh also has better site density and site placement. The only places I know where T-mobile has better coverage are along 376 between the 76-376 interchange near Beaver Falls and 224, and on the route northeast of Pittsburgh going up to I-80, where there is a 20 minute stretch of no Sprint service but T-mobile does. T-mobile built their network in this area
  3. If you activate it at the time of purchase, I think you get charged an activation fee ($35 I believe), which may go to best buy. Hence the discount. If you buy it without activating and just swap it on, there is no activation fee. Neither of them will affect your plan. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  4. Sprint sites have begun broadcasting the Clearwire PLMN (311-490, the same one that T-Mobile broadcasts for Sprint roaming). Even my Airave has it, whereas it didn't a month or so ago. I'm pretty sure the reports on reddit showed T-Mobile customers using this PLMN on Sprint. So my assumption is that this is the PLMN for the merged network. We've seen other signs of true MOCN, such as T-Mobile neighbors showing up while connected to Sprint in some areas (for me this is only in rural areas. It doesn't happen in Pittsburgh for example, where Sprint has the better network). The phone only scans n
  5. Sprint's 8T8R radios have been recertified for NR. If Sprint was still independent they could flip a software switch and basically have N41 coverage everywhere... but a more likely scenario is that T-mobile will redeploy the 8T8R equipment as they decommission Sprint sites. Either to add N41 to a T-Mobile site, or to add it in addition to a M-MIMO unit to add B41 and eventually additional N41 carriers (M-MIMO units can't utilize the full 160 MHz of B41). Having that much equipment already should hopefully speed up the deployment and number of sites they put it on. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL usin
  6. If you use Android, you can go into the settings and force DNS over TLS by specifying a server. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  7. Sprint has always intercepted DNS and redirected it to their server. It's impossible to actually use a third party DNS unless you use DNS over TLS or DNS over HTTPS. Or use a VPN. So it sounds like maybe something is broken with their redirection. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  8. And Sprint intercepts all DNS requests and forces them through their DNS server. At least on Android, you can force DNS over TLS which will bypass this and let you use the DNS server of your choice. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  9. That is a nice perk. Btw you can just use anyone's T-mobile number to get it. Nothing ever gets sent to the number. I have a few friends with T-Mobile so I just pick one of their numbers when I need to use it. I'm pretty sure it only works for like an hour or so though? Or at least I remember there being some sort of time limit the last time I used it (or possibly I had two flights and it only works on one flight a day?) Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  10. Personally I'd keep the Airave 4. All the femtos are the same when it comes to VoLTE. Your resets are definitely delaying it getting reactivated. I know it sucks, but you just have to leave it be for 3 weeks. Eventually VoLTE will get turned back on. If your S10s are on Sprint (check the PLMN in the engineering screen, or use an app like Signal Check Pro), then they will eventually find the Airave again. The network completely controls what your phone connects to, unless you lose service completely. You will not end up on the Airave unless the network tells your phone to connect to it. Usua
  11. It's possible that your S10s are set to use the T-Mobile network by default. In which case they would only use the Airave if you lose T-mobile service (basically they'd roam on Sprint). Airaves and MBs occasionally lose VoLTE. Often this happens if your internet or power cuts out, or if your GPS is weak or loses its lock. Do you use the included GPS antenna and have it in a window? Sometimes you might have to factory reset it. I had to do this with my magic box which lost its VoLTE recently. Be aware that it can take 3 weeks to reacquire VoLTE. It's a manual process to flip it back on. Basi
  12. True, but NR maxes out at 100 MHz per carrier, and there's no NR CA yet. So may as well use the remaining 20 MHz for LTE until 5G devices become more prominent. You just have to drop to 32t32r on both I think. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  13. How did you get those? Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
  14. No it's real VoNR. It sets up the equivalent of a dedicated EUTRA session (I forget what it's called in NR) for it with the proper bearer. NSG isn't really able to decode a lot of the VoNR signaling to get codec details and such yet. There are likely a lot of issues with it still. It's probably not supposed to be public yet, and it's a fluke that you can access it by forcing SA. It probably won't launch more widely until the x60 comes out, which is the first modem that's supposed to support it. Regarding the SIM swap, I doubt it. In my experience, changing the SIM resets all locking back
  15. If you had a T-Mobile SIM you could get into the service menu and force SA. The Sprint SIM locks out the dialer code. It appears that the S20 actually has some support for VoNR when locked to SA on T-Mobile. The signaling (captured via Airscreen, which is basically the PC version of NSG) seems to show everything as NR without LTE fallback, since the phone advertises to the network that it doesn't support LTE when locked. And this seems to only work on the S20, not other SA capable 5G phones. But there's still a little uncertainty with it. Either way, T-mobile is making progress with it and a
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