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  1. Using the old Sprint spectrum plus their existing B5 I assume. Any complicating factors that would require FCC approval?
  2. Just spotted my first decommission in Columbus (Norwich Township or Hilliard - neither have permits online for the public). It was a co-location near Cemetery Road and I-270 at Lyman Ct.
  3. This is the new free phone from T-Mobile. With turning in a working old phone of 2000+ vintage and $16.20. $9 charge and credit for 2 years. Gets both NSA and SA 5g. Picture quality can be poor in low light without adjustments or different camera software. Max speed I have seen so far with this budget phone is 310.
  4. Two presets for only T-Mobile and Sprint bands would be nice The merger of the two networks is like Covid -- every few weeks something changes. Therefor having maximum flexibility with selecting bands is idea [until T-Mobile puts Sprint out of its misery]. Rather than torturing us at this point, I wish T-Mobile would concentrate on a limited number of markets and get the T-Mobile side finished up in those markets and move to the next set of markets. Basically just leave the band 26 and 1x800 up for the remaining local and traveling Sprint users. Of course it can be said T-Mobile is working on the engine of a car moving 80MPH.
  5. On a T-Mobile OnePlus n200 5g, the Mobile Data:active etc always changes as it should but the screen below does not always change while stationary. Android 11. Diagnostic sent. Also *#*#4636#*#* is the closest to diag screens. Thanks.
  6. The dividing line for TNA appears to be band 66 support. VoLTE not required (Sprint LG V20). Just additional 700Mhz service by the phone still prefers usual triband (Sprint LG G4 and G5) but will roam on 700Mhz.
  7. You could always try walking into your town or counties building permit office and asking. They likely track at least new sites. Make certain you tell them you like 5g and are trying to see when you will get it.
  8. Has anyone here bought an unlocked S21 (Ultra 512GB), loaded T-Mobile firmware, and then been whitelisted for T-Mobile roaming on US Cellular? My understanding is this is possible and that T-Mobile firmware is required to be whitelisted.
  9. Columbus Sprint conversion site to T-Mobile update: tower hands arrived before sunset and unloaded. Said Sprint stuff will be demoed first, but Microwave and b25 will remain. Will only be adding AWS. Said no n41, 600 or 700. So I took pictures of antennas but not a big pile under tarp. Personally think they are not allowed to admit and 5g equipment. Lots of wackos out there. Checking on the visible antennas, there are three Nokia VBNAEHC-01, which are AirScale MAA 64T64R 192AE B41 320W AEHC (AAEHC) capable of 5g. There will also be larger racks with plenty of room for them to stand on.
  10. Are you able to flash T-Mobile firmware to unlocked without breaking knox (being rooted)? My understanding is T-Mobile firmware is required to be able to roam on US Cellular (in parts of WV, WI, IA, OR etc) and even then you likely need to be whitelisted? At least with the unlocked you can also get more ram and storage.
  11. I haven seen another case like this in Cincinnati. It took several months before it showed up on the FCC website. This might basically be a test period, which is what the CEO in the above case later acknowledged iirc.
  12. Others should also be watching out for Starry taking over Sprint co-location sites: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; San Antonio, Brownsville, Lubbock and El Paso, Texas; Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida; Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis, Tennessee; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin; Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama; Fayetteville, Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester, New York; Little Rock, Arkansas; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, Colorado; Louisville, Kentucky; Tucson, Arizona; Springfield, Massachusetts; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Decatur, Illinois; Wichita, Kansas; Spokane, Washington; Boise City, Idaho plus some addition in places where they already exist: Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Denver https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2019/06/24/boston-based-isp-eyes-expansion-of-50-per-month.html https://dyajmw2sca9cs.cloudfront.net/press/pdf/Starry+Auction+102+Results+-+FINAL.pdf
  13. Talked to the electricians today. They have at least done another site in Columbus. They started first in Cincy and Cleveland. They are also doing the conversion of many of the Sprint co-locations to starry.com WISP. My feeling that the Starry.com conversions were related is now confirmed. They have also done a few greenfield sites. They also used the term "keeper sites" without my using it.
  14. Converting of stand alone Sprint sites has begun in Columbus Ohio. Sprint cabinet placed on pallet, metal flooring removed. Concrete poured and set, two new T-Mobile cabinets placed, ice bridge work started. Electricans have been working on the ground even during the last two days of rain. Permit says remove and replace, so 60 Mbps Sprint service likely will rapidly deteriorate soon, but 8/0.25 daytime T-Mobile service should drastically improve.
  15. Can bands be turned off? How is SCP performance?
  16. Noticed my Magic Box is using PLMN 311490. Wonder if they might actually retain some of them into the T-Mobile only network.
  17. Rumors but no 888 reality yet. That, plus chip shortages and AT&T difficulties keeping phone prices high at T-Mobile.
  18. The salesperson at the store gets a commission. Make certain it is the strongest signal where you need it. They don't really want you to change back -- ie get a free line first with a t-mobile sim if you need to test).
  19. I think T-Mobile was keeping their powder dry for the EBS auction for rural and other areas, hopefully later this year. I don't think the Duo will let them get it super cheap and will rather try to adjust the rules against T-Mobile for more EBS.
  20. In terms of mmWave, he said the technology to tap the spectrum has come a long way. “When it was first launched by Verizon, I think the ranges were in the order of 500-900 meters,” said Irizarry. “We’ve been testing with Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and some of the handset folks. MmWave for the home ranges up to 5 kilometers. I do think there’s a place for wireless to offer competitive offerings to the existing fixed broadband offerings.” Irizarry is from US Cellular, https://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/t-mobile-s-ulf-ewaldsson-says-time-has-come-for-fixed-wireless Obviously Home Internet would have bigger antennas than your smartphone, but it does seem mmWave tech is improving. Initially Verizon was using lower frequencies for the uplink. Perhaps they will do so again with c-band etc.
  21. I think Verizon is betting on increased power levels for the C-Band, as championed by FCC commissioner Carr. From his speech at the American Enterprise Institute https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-370781A1.pdf : "We should seek comment this year on increasing the power levels for CBRS operations in the 3.5 GHz band. Upping the power levels here would help align the U.S. band plan with international standards and create efficiencies for midband 5G builds in the U.S. that could span the 3.45 GHz to C Band spectrum ranges. We should take the real-world experiences we’re gaining with CBRS builds and coordinate with federal users as we look at increasing the power levels here. Getting this done will help extend the reach of 5G services to even more Americans." Or more expicitly by Verizon: 'While uplink is the most limiting factor, there are also some considerations when it comes to downlink. That includes stricter power limitations on EBS/BRS under FCC rules than for C-band - a difference which become more marked as beamwidth widens and in rural areas, according to Stone. “There’s the puts and takes,” he said. “C-band has advantage in transmit power, 2.5 has the advantage in propagation loss, but when you do the math in rural areas in particular, the downlink for C-band has an advantage and that becomes more pronounced at wider beamwidths for EBS/BRS, and those restrictions don’t apply at wider beamwidths for C-band.”' https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/verizon-defends-c-band-plans
  22. It really depends on how many Sprint network users are left. Have any Sprint only sites been decomissioned yet?
  23. It a doubling of small cells from 15k to 30k. The bigger risk is a possible backlash to small cells in general if they Christmas tree out their small cells with too many antennas. I expect T-Mobile to reduce small cells given redundancy with their newly defined macro sites unless they use them for n77.
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