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  1. radem

    [PSA] Sprint Soft Launches VoLTE

    Once enabled in "Settings - Cellular - Cellular Data Options - Enable LTE - Voice & Data", it holds through IOS updates and iPhone restarts. VoLTE is enabled by default starting in IOS 12.1.1 on iPhone 8 and higher if you are in a VoLTE market but you can turn it off if you need to for any reason by setting Enable LTE to Data Only. Turning it off reverts to phone back to using CDMA 1x/3G for calling. Even if enabled, it acts as if it is disabled whenever you are not in a VoLTE enabled market.
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    [PSA] Sprint Soft Launches VoLTE

    Sprint has limited which Iphone models can use VoLTE. Some hardware components are different in iPhone 8 and higher from the 7 and earlier models. Thus far Sprint has only developed the necessary VoLTE programming for the iPhone 8 and higher version. This is most likely due to the vast majority of iPhone users having those models of the iPhone and a much smaller number have iPhone versions earlier than 8. It is unknown if they will release a version of the VoLTE programming for older phones. If nothing else, you will likely be able to switch older iPhones to the T-Mobile network in the future and get the T-Mobile version of the VoLTE programming that works on some some older models of iPhone.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I hope the first thing they do after the merger completes is to make VoLTE calls and LTE data work seamlessly across both the Sprint and T-Mobile legacy networks. That would require changes to the core data centers that power the Sprint network to make them operate like T-Mobile's network. Once that work was completed, both networks would be able to operate as the new T-Mobile network with all Sprint customers and all T-Mobile customers able to use all the combined LTE bands their devices were able to use. New T-Mobile would then be free to thin out the network by removing redundant sites, move antennas and spectrum around as needed, and most other work they need to do with minimal disruption to the end users. Work could simultaneously start with deploying 5G on low band and high band spectrum on sites that are going to stay running.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    One very important thing to remember is that the merger is not just for T-Mobile to get the Sprint spectrum and other assets. A major part of the purpose of the merger is to get the 50+ million Sprint customer base thereby giving them a much larger customer base to earn money from. I am sure they do not want to drive millions of those newly acquired Sprint customers away to their competitors by making them have a terrible network experience and they do not want to ruin their existing network by suddenly overloading it with new acquired Sprint customers which will drive both Sprint customers and T-Mobile customers away to better performing networks.
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    Google Retiring Fusion Tables Dec 2019

    I got that email as well. Now is a good time to remind everyone to download your fusion tables to .CSV files on your desktop/laptop so that you have a backup of your data. You should do this at least monthly if any of your tables have changed since the last backup. I am sure whatever they come up with will have the ability to upload data from .CSV files.
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    [PSA] Sprint Soft Launches VoLTE

    At least for IOS this is not a soft launch. It is enabled by default if you are in a VoLTE enabled market. Bring on the spectrum refarming from CDMA to LTE.
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    [PSA] Sprint Soft Launches VoLTE

    I rebooted it again after updating and it now shows it. Maybe because I have a business line with some extra security stuff or my phone was just acting up. Not sure but either way VoLTE is enabled by default. FYI the option for it is under Settings - Cellular - Cellular Data Options - Enable LTE - Voice & Data. If you select Data Only, it looks like it turns VoLTE off.
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    [PSA] Sprint Soft Launches VoLTE

    It did not add any VoLTE functionality to my iPhone 8 Plus after updating. On IOS 12.1.1 carrier bundle 35.0.
  9. The way I think of 5G in layman's terms is by following the history of "cord cutting". Cord cutting allows the user to stop using an expensive wired connection in exchange for performing the same or similar function over a different wire or over a wireless connection they are already paying for thereby saving money. Many years ago, people started to realize that they could get rid of their wired home telephone and its associated charges and only use their mobile phone or Voice over IP (VOIP) for voice calls. This "telephone cord cutting" movement was primarily caused by the mobile phone companies offering unlimited calling across the country at no extra charge included in their mobile plans. Telephone cord cutting has since become a huge trend with most people using their mobile phones but many businesses going to VOIP which changes voice calls from using the voice lines to using a data connection over the internet. Interesting enough mobile phone calls are also moving to VOIP over the mobile network which is commonly called VoLTE (Voice over LTE). People more recently started "entertainment cord cutting", which most often means getting rid of their satellite and cable TV subscriptions. This type of cord cutting for entertainment started a few years ago and that trend is also increasing. Streaming entertainment is a fast growing trend as can be seen with huge numbers of people subscribing to Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, etc. Unfortunately the current 4G LTE networks cannot handle huge numbers of people streaming over the mobile network so they have a number of restrictions on data usage such as de-prioritization and bandwidth limits for heavy data users and forcing mobile delivered videos to a lower quality and bandwidth. This causes most "entertainment cord cutters" to keep their wired internet connection or live with poor streaming quality for their entertainment. 5G "internet cord cutting" allows people to get rid of their wired internet connection and go solely with 5G wireless for their home and their mobile devices. 5G networks promise high enough bandwidth and low enough latency to use it as your primary internet connection for everything the average person would need including running their streaming entertainment at full speed. Running wires to every house and business in an area is very costly and customers pay higher fees to wired providers partially due to that extra cost. 5G allows similar speeds to wired internet to be delivered to the same location or the same mobile device by a wireless signal. Running wires to a local broadcast tower is less expensive than running those same wires to every building in the area. 5G opens the possibility of providing wireless high speed internet for less money, adding additional choice of internet providers, and adding wireless internet coverage to areas that have no wired internet available. 5G networks can handle many more simultaneous mobile and fixed location devices and can have much higher bandwidth than is available on today's 4G LTE networks.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If the T-mobile merger does not go through, I would say there is a very high chance of Sprint being sold off to another company. That seems to be the SoftBank strategy.
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Magic boxes have been updated with software that makes them VoLTE aware. However VoLTE only works if the magic box is connected to a macro tower where VoLTE is enabled.
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    [PSA] Sprint Soft Launches VoLTE

    The unverified rumor floating around reddit is that iPhone 8 and higher will get the ability to enable VoLTE when Apple releases IOS 12.1.1. There were changes made to the iPhone hardware components between the iPhone 7 and 8 models and the new IOS carrier bundle only has Sprint VoLTE code in it that works on that newer hardware. It is possible to enable VoLTE on older iPhones as other providers have done so but they did so when those older iPhones were current. Since the majority of Sprint iPhone users have a phone released in the past 2 years, a special update just for the older iphones seems unlikely when they have to spend time working to get VoLTE rolled out for other newer phones. Phones without VoLTE should continue to work for a while as Sprint previously said they are not planning on completely shutting down CDMA for a couple years.
  13. I have always thought that the first satellite TV provider that comes up with a good way to add cellular repeater small cells to their rooftop satellite dish installs in strategic locations could dominate the single family home internet provider market. If done correctly, they could create a self healing, self routing, WISP style LTE repeater mesh network with LTE backhaul and every subscriber location with a suitable outside mount could be a repeater. That LTE network would work as small cells for the mobile phones in the area and the internet pipe for the home subscribers in range.
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Blurred Lines
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    Apple Watch Poor LTE Performance

    My understanding is that Apple watches are not enabled for roaming service on the Sprint network. That means they only work in cellular stand-alone mode if you are in an area where the provider is listed as Sprint. The Apple Watch should work with native roaming as long as the provider is listed as Sprint on your iPhone but I have not tested this. Do not expect any Apple watch cellular functionality when in an extended or international roaming area. Your Apple watch should work in extended or international roaming areas if its paired iPhone is within blue tooth range of the Apple watch and blue tooth is enabled on both your iPhone and on the watch. The Apple watch works by using the iPhone cellular connection over the blue tooth link to the iPhone in this scenario.
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