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  1. The untouched areas where the judge could step in are likley the coverage distance/ building penetration between 1x800 and VoLTE, the handling of customers CDMA phones, billing transition, and a few areas where the new T-Mobile would totally dominate the spectrum licenses. These were all basically dictated in the Shentel nTelos merger.
  2. Closing arguments in January, likely set to encourage a deal.
  3. I would not rule out b26+b41 if the phone supprts it, especially if the b41 is a higher qam etc.
  4. The press views this merger as win or lose while the DOJ and FCC say this: "Thus, the key question is whether any additional relief is necessary to protect competition and advance the public interest." ( from the above source). You can also see that other carriers (AT&T and Dish) and cable companies (Comcast and Altice) were trying to keep info out of the public eye. They appeared to be about 1/2 successful. A real treasure trove of documents.
  5. https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/15758763/state-of-new-york-v-deutsche-telekom-ag/?page=3
  6. Sent diagnostics just a few minutes ago from my Moto G7 Power Unlocked with Android 9 on Red Pocket ( T-Mobile). Main Screen Layout Padding set to 50, but not change. Same at 100.
  7. $10 billion a reasonable start, but much more would be needed. https://www.wsj.com/articles/dishs-ergen-says-banks-lined-up-to-loan-10-billion-for-wireless-network-11576627114
  8. If the merger is approved there is a huge amount of risk. The duo won' t stand still and certainly have enough money for counter attacks and more nefarious actions. Technical and marketing missteps could also become quite costly.
  9. The real question is how is Nationwide VoLTE defined. The number of phones to be covered has already been scaled back. Will that date include Magic Boxes and Airaves? What about bringing in a VoLTE phone with no CDMA support to make calls on Sprint bands (ie, just uses one SIM card or eSIM not tied to that phone)? What will the coverage area be? Will it be shown on coverage maps?
  10. dkyeager

    Pixel 4/4XL

    Yes, Samsung S9 and likely its successors, but Sprint has to allow it first and enable sites etc.
  11. You are correct at least on my unlocked Moto G7 power with Android 9. On my LG V20 with Android 8 it works fine.
  12. Softbank would not suddenly wave a magic wand and all debt would disappear. Sprint would have to be absorbed or recapitialized in some fashion (ie devalue current shareholders), which would require a realistic plan that would have to pass muster. Then 5G investments could very easily put Sprint back into the poor house. It all goes back to economies of scale. It is more likely that Sprint will have greater difficulty getting capital without the merger, since their value in any other merger will decrease, if such a merger is even possible.
  13. https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/sprint-can-survive-without-t-mobile-ex-ceo-claure-testifies https://www.breitbart.com/news/us-lawmakers-fault-regulators-on-t-mobile-sprint-tie-up/ The FCC and DOJ are the refs on the field. Needs to be a strong reason to overturn. Tweaks around the edges are another matter.
  14. You might just want to cough up the $3. Then there can be logging (best cell signal per site by band and sector for your carrier optionally showing that specific location). Besides, Mike is fueled by beer money. 🍺
  15. If you are testing the site (or the modem etc for a home/office ISP), then a carrier provided speed test might be best. Multithreaded routers being the exception in many cases.
  16. The ISPs and Carriers have been setting up Speedtests on their private networks which gives inaccurate internet results. Select an outside speedtest location and the speeds generally always drop. IMO their interconnects are the bottlenecks. A few tests from other ISPs have found faster speeds to the same speedtest sites. Traceroute has shown fairly direct routes in some cases, convoluted routes in other cases.
  17. When it comes to multithreaded routers with PCs operating faster than 200Mbps, Speedtest dramatically under reports. DSLreports.com/speedtest is much more accurate in that enviroment. In the past T-Mobile was caught by the FCC giving higher priority to speed tests iirc. Journalists have taken to random movie download times to test 5g.
  18. It used to be Sorint only did that through forced prl and profile updates. Sigh.
  19. One thing that we have forgotten is this may not be a pure win lose court case. The Wireless Telecommuications Bureau was preempted from going through a county by county spectrum analysis. The DOJ never went to the next step of buying national advertisements to start the Tunney Act process. Basically the state AGs court case seems to have frozen or taken over these aspects. In smaller mergers these details are often handled by an administrative law judge.
  20. I would enable every CA option possible. Sprint will wait to enable them when they become commonplace. Why wait?
  21. On a capital raised basis Sprint does not look bankrupt at all. The number of site improvements doing since the merger was announced is astounding. Most of the sites in my market have been touched, most Clear sites tribanded, new sites made, small cells multiplied, Massive MIMO installed in dozens of places with more permits added just a few weeks ago. They have more macro sites in my market than T-Mobile, a ton of small cells where T-Mobile has almost none. Yet this work does not show in root metrics. RF engineers from other firms have all said Sprint is short of backhaul as their key problem. They blame management, which I believe is the key reason Masa wants this merger.
  22. Bankruptcy is a business tool. Sprint's biggest problem is its debt load. Bankruptcy was a real possibility when Masa first got involved. Another option would be to sell Boost. This dragged on merger has cost Sprint in terms of reputation. A big time advertising campaign would be required to explain what they have been doing to the network. The key issue to tackle would be backhaul which would come out of operating thus P&L. Sprint needs a Cricket type solution -- pay for the maximum speed you want.
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