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DJBPace07

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    Nexus 6P, Xperia ZL, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Surround, LG VX8700, LG VX9800, LG VX8000,
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  1. I believe CCA refers to the Competitive Carriers Association which Sprint has recently joined. I hope that since Sprint is a part of this, it will be less likely to roam in areas where Sprint has limited coverage. I would love to join Sprint and they have good Sprint (Ntelos) coverage at my house, but at my workplace, only half the building gets the signal. Sadly, it ends just before it reaches my desk. Oh, I can connect, but it is roaming on Verizon. Here's a link to Sprint's newsroom on the CCA.
  2. Given the Softbank infusion of cash, what are the chances of Sprint overbuilding or buying nTelos or some other carrier, similar to how Verizon Wireless bought West Virginia Wireless? nTelos has said they will begin rolling out LTE later this year, if they were smart, they would roll out NV, and 800 MHz., at that time. The current agreement with nTelos ends in 2015 with overbuilding being allowed in 2014.
  3. I am using a Boost phone to determine signal strength in nTelos territory, which is a Sprint wholesale provider. My phone is the Kyocera Coast, a cheap feature phone that is capable of CDMA: 800/1900 MHz. Data: 1xRTT. My phone has never used 800 MHz., always 1900 MHz. This means either the 800 MHz. functionality is disabled on the phone, nTelos/Sprint blocks the 800 MHz. on Boost, or the towers around my location don't use 800 MHz. Again, this is CDMA on 800 MHz., BC10 I think, not LTE. I wish I could do 800 MHz. at my location, it may be able to penetrate the walls at work and give me a signal instead of constantly searching for service. EDIT: I just looked at the PRL spreadsheet and the PRL version on my phone is 31010, which means BC10 is disabled.
  4. Though Shentel is in my region, they are not in the area I'm at. I believe Shentel, in WV anyways, is more concentrated in the panhandle whereas nTelos is in the central portions extending all the way to the WV/KY/OH border. I wish that nTelos wasn't as secretive as they are, it seems like they aren't doing anything. On a different note, I've been testing that Boost Mobile phone, the Kyocera Coast, and I've noticed that it hasn't left the 1900 MHz. band. I'm wondering if the local cell towers are able to do 800 MHz. here or if Boost is blocked from that frequency.
  5. I would love it if they were bought. In 2014, Sprint can overbuild in nTelos territory and the current wholesale agreement ends in 2015. I doubt Sprint would lose almost an entire state of coverage so they will either overbuild, buy out (All or part of the company), partner/buy another company in the area (Probably US Cellular), or come to an agreement. I'm willing to bet that Sprint will be doing research to see if it would be cheaper to own and operate their own towers or continue with another affiliate agreement in the area. I had an exchange at the Sprint Community forums that was a bit interesting in regards to nTelos and NV. Hopefully NV comes to nTelos sooner rather than later. The 800 MHz. should get me somewhat better coverage indoors at work as I'm right on the line between service and no service. Me: Out of curiosity, has any Sprint affiliates or partners, like nTelos, indicated that they will be participating in Sprint's Network Vision or something similar to it? Sprint: All of the towers affiliated or partnered with Sprint will be part of the Sprint Network Vision and the towers will be upgraded. Here's where I asked it: http://community.sprint.com/baw/message/609587#609587
  6. Ah, so the 800 MHz. is a standard part of the NV rollout. Unfortunately, I'm in nTelos-land so who knows when that will happen here...
  7. DJBPace07

    Samsung ATIV S

    I'm looking forward to this as well, the phone passed the FCC a little while ago, so it should be out sometime in August.
  8. I live in the middle of nowhere under nTelos in their Rural Alliance, being bought by Sprint would probably be great for Sprint customers as nTelos isn't that good. Who knows how long it will be for NV to get here, if it comes at all. However, my area does have decent US Cellular coverage, so buying them wouldn't be too bad. I don't think Sprint will build out their network here so much as buy a regional carrier, similar to how VZW bought West Virginia Wireless. VZW had little coverage here until that happened. We may know more when nTelos has their conference call on July 30.
  9. I wonder if Sprint will be wanting to buy one of their affiliates or Rural Alliance partners, like nTelos or US Cellular, following being bought by Softbank.
  10. I wonder if Sprint has any kind of reduced access for prepaid/MVNO customers as in certain frequencies may not be available for use or reduced network priorities...
  11. Does the change over to 800 MHz. require a new antenna or can it be done in software? How is it typically deployed?
  12. The Samsung Ativ S Neo has passed the FCC and I think it has BC0, BC1, BC10, and BC25, along with GSM. At least that is what it says here at the FCC site: https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cfm?mode=Exhibits&RequestTimeout=500&calledFromFrame=N&application_id=214359&fcc_id=A3LSPHI800 I wonder if there is a way to determine how sensitive or powerful an antenna on a handset is by looking at those testing documents. I can completely understand Boost and Virgin being degraded or lacking access to certain frequencies, Sprint does need something to draw people towards the post-paid plans. It would also make sense, from a business perspective at least, to have different levels of access on the nTelos network for MVNO's. In my part of the state, few people like nTelos in that they almost never get anything new, customer service isn't that good, and the company moves very slowly on just about everything. I wonder if they will be bought out by Sprint eventually. If that happens, it won't change everything overnight, but at least we would get NV before 2016 or 2017 or have some kind of better service overall. Speaking of nTelos and Sprint, how does the Sprint Rural Alliance work exactly? Does Sprint own the spectrum and allow nTelos to access it with their equipment in exchange for allowing Sprint customers on their network without roaming, or, is the equipment and spectrum owned by Sprint and nTelos manages it?
  13. Just a single line, I'm also wanting a Windows Phone device which nTelos doesn't carry, so they're a non-starter for me. If Boost or Virgin are not allowed to use the 800 SMR spectrum, that could explain why certain users can get on the Sprint Network. Does nTelos use this spectrum? Are all recent CDMA phones capable of using 800 SMR or do I need one that specifically mentions it? Since the phone I'm looking to get isn't out yet, I should be able to use it... I hope. I also hope that the device has a good enough antenna to get the signal indoors when the $20 Kyocera phone did not. Asking around my workplace, I've noticed the people who are having issues connecting are those using iPhone 4/4S, though, one Android user can't connect either, but another Android user can. An iPhone 5 user can also connect. I guess if I can't connect either, we can add a Windows Phone to that list as well. It seems like Sprint/nTelos coverage varies based on the device you have.
  14. Well, I-77 is on the western side of WV where Sprint does have a little more native coverage. Out here, between Clarksburg and Fairmont, I would practically be an nTelos customer. I don't think Sprint has any native coverage here. I wonder if the PRL is different for Boost Mobile customers on nTelos, if it is, that may explain my coverage issue while testing with the Kyocera. At work, customers on both Sprint and nTelos have a strange relationship with those carriers. One iPhone user is a Sprint customer, but is roaming here, an nTelos iPhone user is on their network just ten feet away. These two customers may have different iPhone models, I'm not sure about this. I wonder if the agreement with nTelos is only for certain frequencies or towers.
  15. I have a situation with Sprint, nTelos, and signal reception. I'm wanting to join Sprint to take advantage of the new unlimited plans but apparently my part of their network isn't that good. Knowing that Boost Mobile is an MVNO for Sprint I bought a cheap Boost phone, the Kyocera Boost and took it to places where I go. I have 75% to full signal at my house and almost everywhere else I go, except work. I get about three bars in the parking lot, two at the door going inside the building, but once I get to my desk, I have zero bars or no service. I live in north central West Virginia, about an hour away from the Pennsylvania border on I-79 which puts me in nTelos land, so I don't believe anything like Network Vision will be here any time soon given how nTelos is dragging their feet with just about everything they do. On the coverage map, everywhere I go appears covered under the Sprint network. Boost Mobile is an MVNO but I'm not sure if they are treated exactly like native Sprint phones on the nTelos network, would a native Sprint phone fare any better in testing at my workplace? The phone I tested was a Kyocera Coast, which is very inexpensive, the phone I'm wanting when it comes out is the Samsung Ativ S Neo. These are two vastly different devices with different levels of quality. Would the Samsung device be better at finding a usable signal at work? If you look at a Sprint Network Vision map, upgrades happen around Pittsburgh and go south on I-79 stopping right at the WV border. Has Sprint or nTelos mentioned anything about Network Vision in this part of West Virginia?
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