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  1. All eyes now on this phone since it has been confirmed the the S10 5G will be a Verizon exclusive for a while. Hopefully Sprint has some reasonable areas of its initial 5G markets ready with significant speed increases, especially upload.
  2. It has been reported that Verizon has an exclusive on the S10 5G for a limited period of time. Any word on this as to how long and whether it is the only Samsung 5G phone or just a private branded variant? https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s10-5g-phone-will-launch-exclusively-on-verizon-in-q2/ https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-s10-5g-verizon-europe/ https://www.sammobile.com/2019/02/20/galaxy-s10-5g-available-verizon-exclusively/ https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/20/18231384/samsung-galaxy-s10-5g-verizon-announcement-specs
  3. Congrats! I will be real curious if the ceramic case helps or hurts signal strength.
  4. While you guys are being Negative Nancys, I urge you to look at all the wireless carriers from a public policy perspective. Most of the time when a small carrier has faltered, were they not offered up to the Duo by the FCC? How does that fit in with having a competitive marketplace that so many seem to prize? If you had four healthy major carriers would they have the same incentive as two smaller carriers desperate to survive/grow? Personally I think they would be more content to retain their niche. I do think the New T-Mobile would be more competitive ... until they gained full financial parity. But since they desire to not only take on the Duo but the cable industry as well, I think that will be quite a while. And during that time the entire competitive landscape may entirely change, thus stability may not be achieved. Will the current competitive landscape stay the same absent a merger? Unlikely, but who know what direction it will go? Many new players could enter, even in entirely new ways. Perhaps we will go through a new cultural revolution where privacy and personal relationships become more important. Will people go back to the past? Unlikely, but they could always strike out on an entirely new unpredicted path. The key current test for Sprint is will they have 5G covering small but reasonable areas in their initial markets for the new LG 5G phone to use that offers a significant increase in speed, especially uploads? I think the regulators want to find out before making their decision.
  5. I see the T-Mobile - Sprint merger mirroring the Shentel-nTelos merger in many ways, except bigger. Their merger was announced August 10, 2015, approved by the FCC on April 15, 2016, which then closed on May 9th 2016. Especially when you add in the government shutdown (35 days plus time to figure out where you were again), we are still on a reasonable timeframe.
  6. My guess is the first generation of 5G phones will accomplish the spectrum sharing with two chipsets and a larger battery to handle it.
  7. The auction you speak of is for existing spectrum to be sold by current licensees and does not rule out other private deals. The FCC has also begun discussions on handouts and auctions for remain BR and ED 2.5GHz spectrum, which primarily exists in areas like yours. This was put on hold until after November 2018, likely still on hold waiting for a decision on the T-Mobile Sprint merger.
  8. The big news from this announcement is: - Available in consumer products in late 2019 - One chip supports from 5g to 2G - FDD now covered - Supports G5 SA - adaptive antenna tuning with smaller antennas - faster https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon-x55-5g-modem https://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/files/snapdragon-x55-infographic.pdf https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2019/02/19/qualcomm-unveils-worlds-most-advanced-commercial-multimode-5g-modem https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2019/02/19/qualcomm-announces-second-generation-5g-rf-front-end-solutions-sleeker-more https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2019/02/19/qualcomm-showcases-5g-nr-technology-evolution-new-applications-and-expanded https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2019/02/19/qualcomm-introduces-new-end-end-over-air-5g-test-networks-drive-5g
  9. My info came from a trusted S4Gru source. It may have gotten garbed somewhere along the way since Band 26 list not listed in any of the related 5G tables. I believe larger SCS directly improves transmission rates in Mbps, iirc. I really liked another link you just posted about fine grain TDD. Hopefully this is used by Sprint in the initial 5G NR implementations as it might fix the band 41 upload issues some people have even moreso that having a 60MHz to 100Mhz carrier. https://medium.com/5g-nr/5g-nr-the-new-radio-interface-for-5g-2b769a59ea80
  10. We do know that Cisco routers were used inside the Clear cabinets a few years ago to connect the Nokia Mini Macros Ethernet cables to the fiber and microwave backhaul. What model we are uncertain.
  11. Sprint has not been active in the auctions due to cash flow, which was not initially admitted. There is another auction that the FCC as starting talking about that is of far more importance to Sprint: 2.5GHz. This would be primarily for rural areas but they would not have to do much to use it since they have been tribanding most of their sites. 10x10 is required for 5G. I have been told that the plan with the Nextel purchase was to have at least 10x10 band 26, then 9/11 changed that when it became a national security issue to have first responders on the same frequency. So Sprint got less LTE 800 in the end (this took a few years). The consolation prize for Sprint was the 1900 G Block to fix the "interference" issues: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-04-168A1.pdf
  12. This is the best business case I have seen for 5G so far: https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/tick-tock-or-why-5g-must-happen-soon-in-the-us/a/d-id/748918? Typically seeding of handsets should occur first. Not certain that Sprint will be ready on March 8th for the S10s, assuming the 5G model is actually released at that point. In the mmWave space, spectrum swapping needs to occur to bring the bandwidth per carrier used as high as possible (ideally 400Mhz). Note that in AT&T's 5G stadium test in Arlington TX was likely done on 400MHz wide temporary spectrum. Their regular 39MHz spectum is only 300MHz in scattered 50MHz segments, thus affecting upload speeds even with CA. The best mmWave spectrum I have currently seen is 28MHz owned by T-Mobile in Ohio covering the three major cities plus most of the state. They own 850MHz of contiguous spectrum. AT&T in Columbus has 100 + 50 +50 +100 + 50 +50. Verizon is better at 50+100+150+50+100+150. If you want to check you county go to http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchAdvanced.jsp and use radio service code UU. It should also be noted that Sprint owns some mmWave spectrum in Alaska and leases some from other carriers in places like Chicago, presumably for Microwave use for Macro sites.
  13. I do agree that the rollout of 5G will be far slower than the pundits imply. The 2x speed advantage of 5G will be gobbled up with 2 years at current data growth rates, which is the real reason for the push IMO (need for more capacity, installers say all the recent radios installed by the duo are 5G ready). CDMA disappearing will be the real killer for Sprint given its vast coverage over rural areas. At least for Sprint 5G will be added capacity to existing 4G (up to 60MHz more in many major metros with much faster uploads since it will be one carrier, 15MHz possible in many rural locations with only LTE 2500 CA currently).
  14. I think what Sprint sees is the cost of the Massive MIMO units. Good numbers on their costs are hard to find, but one site upgrade permit has the costs at $151,000 total. They will also have to upgrade PCS to 5G and band 26 is basically not upgradeable since it was reportedly pared back to below 10x10 (5G minimum bandwidth) for national security communication reasons. With 600MHz using 5G and having HPUE, there is no reason why T-Mobile should not ultimately demolish Sprint's rural business. If not merged, Sprint could become a T-Mobile vassal state over the life of 5G in rural areas. If they had a lot more cash and could of turned on 5G in the top 20 market's downtowns and other dense areas by March 8th, then they could win since they would have a six month window of large 5G coverage areas before 5G mid and low range becomes possible with the next Qualcomm chipset.
  15. Sprint is good in my area, so I will likely stay until it deteriorates. If the merger happens it will depend on what happens to my local Clear site. Upgraded and not touched or improved I will remain, demolished I will likely go with AT&T who has the next best signal - Verizon is the worst (but ranked the best in my market).
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