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    LG V20, MVNO G2s & accessories, Airave, Magic Box. Also Moto G7 Power (T-Mobile MVNO)
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    tri-band LTE, high capacity sites, 8T8R, mini macros, full use of Sprint frequencies, new sites, microwave links, small cells etc.

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  1. FYI kml maps created by fusion tables still work with google earth, even the latest version.
  2. I might do the opposite of you guys and bring my small herd of MVNO phones to Sprint gambling that a good upgrade discount will be made available upon merger.
  3. The test I want to really see for N71 is at the cell edge. If your were at 3Mbps with LTE and now you could get 6Mbps, that would be a noticeable improvement,
  4. 5G could fix the upload issue once it is standalone, since the full channel width will be used for upload (three times faster @ 60MHz plus 5g speed boost). There is also the possibility that they could alter the time schedule on demand to increase the upload, but I have only seen this in papers, not mentioned by any carrier yet. Currently 5g in NSA is aggregated with other LTE bands, thus the LTE primary does the upload.
  5. My own plans are to get an next generation (Mid Feb or later) unlocked 5g phone that I can select any bands else root (likely LG or Moto since not too many folks like to blow away Samsung Pay).
  6. Backhaul comes out of operating budgets, which are never as sexy as capital budgets for new tower equipment. More backhaul would directly affected the P&L. Sprint has the low cost customers, T-Mobile has the value and trendy customers. AT&T and Verizon have customers looking for the most reliability. AT&T previously had better international options while Verizon was the safe choice. Then of course you have customers that actually look at who has the best service in places that they need it.
  7. In some of southern OH they are simply missing Sprint coverage, which has been an on again off again problem for Sprint. For example there is a macro cell site in Ripley OH along the Ohio River and US 62. You also get Shentel around Maysville, KY also on US 62. They do keep tinkering with LTE roaming data. Still have noticed issues on once you get on AT&T LTE roaming getting off often requires airplane modeing.
  8. If you can zoom in further the frequencies are likely visible on the antenna.
  9. As a T-Mobile network user I am concerned. As a computer consultant I think it is good. From a T-Mobile business standpoint it may help justify more rural sites and puts cable companies on the defensive. Personally I would always recommend that your ISP and cell phone carrier should be different, since most people do not have different ISPs. That way if one goes down you can still communicate with the outside world (in everyday situations).
  10. I could see this varying by area and point in the implementation cycle. I could also see people thinking that Sprint roaming on T-Mobile equals what a T-Mobile customer would get, which is always a dangerous assumption when roaming on any carrier.
  11. The other issue is the number of pin types supported. The merger transition period could put high demands on this type of info given we could have a wide array of the type of actives sites.
  12. Extremely disappointed that they did not include the appendices which are covered in the table of contents. There is discussion of handset issues and areas where the new T-Mobile won't be able to retain all spectrum, but no details.
  13. My understanding is Sprint often does not place backhaul orders until the site is up and running, however I have seen that change is some cases lately. The cell site providers have started to run their own fiber in areas where zoning, pole access, and crossings (railroad, main highways) are problems.
  14. Massive MIMOs can actually eliminate the need for small cells in some circumstances. Both are often used to fill in RF shadows. In a few cases small cells have been used to fill in coverage gaps. This is of limited value since they are not on the main B41 frequency thus it might take the phone 15 minutes to find them. My guess is Sprint small cells also might not be found by drive based tests like root metrics. Better suited for eating at restaurants, hospital stays, big box stores, office buildings, etc where you will be there for a while. Once your phone spots them, it is much easier to reconnect. Of course more low band would also have eliminated these RF shadows in many cases. Don't forget that small cells help offload macro sites. In talking with various system integrators of other providers, the key issue for Sprint is lack of backhaul. Sprint has more macro sites than T-Mobile in some markets yet does worse in tests with fewer customers.
  15. Early on he did invest some money directly into Sprint. With out it Sprint would have went bankrupt at that time. Various financial methods and tech tech sharing (tiger teams, etc) as well. Just not the sugar daddy we all hoped for. Much easier to raise money for mergers than ongoing failing operations.
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