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  1. Sprint Nextel revealed their second quarter 2012 corporate earnings in a conference call to their investors today and S4GRU was covering for news on Network Vision. Network thinning of the iDEN network is complete, taking 1/3 of Nextel towers off air. The Nextel network was built to support 20 million subscribers, but was only supporting 4.4 million subscribers, so it could easily be thinned without [much] noticeable change in street coverage. Sprint also converted 60% of the Nextel subscriber loss into their Sprint subscriber base. Interestingly, they stated that Verizon has been the biggest poacher of subscribers leaving Nextel, grabbing 50% of former subscribers in the last 4 1/2 years. In that same timeframe, Sprint has grabbed 25%, AT&T 20% and T-Mobile 5%. On the Network Vision topic: 4 additional cities will launch, including Baltimore, by the end of August.*Edit* Cities were disclosed VIA press release following the conference call. They are: Baltimore, MD Gainesville, GA Manhattan/Junction City, KS Sherman-Denison, TX Over 2,000 sites are currently online with 12,000 sites to be online by the end of the year Network Vision towers are seeing 10-20% additional voice minutes usage per tower, overnight after activating Network Vision. This will equal roaming savings for Sprint, and ESMR will only increase that savings. CEO Dan Hesse confirmed that Sprint will be releasing the Motorola Photon Q "in the very near future." It will be a QWERTY slider "with robust business and consumer features." It will also be sporting world phone capability. Several hundred Network Vision sites are waiting for backhaul, and will turn on when the backhaul is installed, several hundred more sites have birds nesting on them and Sprint won't be able to turn them on until the birds leave, according to the conference call. Sprint sold 1.5 million iPhones during the quarter, even though other carriers saw slowing of sales with rumors ramping up that the new iPhone would support LTE. 40% of the iPhone sales were to new customers. They also stated that iPhone customers require less customer support and are expected to churn less than customers on other phones. Mr. Hesse confirmed that Sprint is not looking to change plans in the near future. Things are looking up for Sprint. This quarter saw their highest ARPU and their lowest churn rate to date. They posted a larger loss than Q1, but beat their revenue goals for Q2. For more detailed financial information, check the source link below. Source: http://investors.spr...spx?iid=4057219 http://finance.yahoo...-141200985.html -Thanks to S4GRU sponsor marioc21 for finding this link!
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Without further ado, here is the official S4GRU FAQ. Hopefully this can answer your questions, a search of the site, or google search may also be able to find the answer to your question if it is not on here. Otherwise feel free to ask the members of S4GRU. The old saying says "there is no such thing as stupid questions" after all. Hopefully one of the other members can help you out. .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;border-color:#999;width:700px;word-wrap:break-word}.tg td{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:0px;overflow:hidden;word-wrap:break-word;border-color:#999;color:#444;background-color:#F7FDFA;}.tg th{font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:normal;padding:10px 5px;border-style:solid;border-width:0px;overflow:hidden;word-wrap:break-word;border-color:#999;color:#fff;background-color:#26ADE4;}.tg .tg-hvxd{font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:center}.tg .tg-nudq{color:#000000;text-align:center}.tg .tg-i0og{background-color:#ffffff;color:#000000;text-align:Left;word-break:normal}.tg .tg-2ro4{font-weight:bold;background-color:#ffffff;color:#000000} S4GRU SITE FAQ What are the standards and expected behaviors of this site? See S4GRU Posting Guidelines thread. Who are the administrators and staff who run this site? See S4GRU Staff thread I haven't posted yet but I want to follow a particular post, thread or map. How can I? First off, welcome to the forums, second, don't be shy, post in the thread. This way you would automatically get a email reminder when new posts are added to the thread. If you still don't want to post and just follow, then just click on the "Follow this topic" button. There are way too many map and device threads, is there a directory or index? Yes, just click on any of the the link to get to the list of… Directory of All S4GRU Maps Sprint LTE Device Release Dates History of Sprint Devices (coming soon) For Future use How come I can only see a few maps and not the ones with more detail? We provide numerous maps showcasing the markets being upgraded to Network Vision. Some of these are very detailed and are only provided to members that have donated to the upkeep of our site. These sponsor and premier sponsor members get access not only to these maps but to other Network Vision threads. Ok, I love what you are doing here, so how do I become a Sponsor/Premier Sponsor? Please see the Information about S4GRU Sponsorship levels and how to become a Sponsor thread. I think a post is inappropriate, what should I do? Click the report button and leave a comment of why you are reporting it. This will alert the Moderating team, who will address the post. I am a sponsor but I am unable to access the sponsor forums using Tapatalk. What can I do? You can add the S4GRU Lounge to your favorites in Tapatalk and access it through the favorites tab , or you can try out the ForumRunner app. Currently there is a problem with Tapatalk and the way they authenticate access to the protected forums, and they have stated that they are not going to fix the problem. How do I attach a picture to a post? The thread "Adding images to Posts" shows you how to add images to your posts.
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 2

    Now that the SGS3 is clogging up package delivery services across America, it is time for some rumors on the next big thing from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 2. This morning the web was buzzing with rumors of an October release of a 5.5 inch quad-core with a flexible display (sometimes billed as unbreakable) Also mentioned is the "Jelly Bean" OS, 12MP camera, longer lasting battery and more solid build quality. It is also said to be thinner than the previous model. Being as it is based on the GS3, the corners could be more rounded, it might come in pebble blue and it might have to forego the quad core to be LTE compatible. We will surely see more rumors pop up as leaks come out. The October release is being attributed to Samsung wanting to take the iPhone 5 on head to head... Could be good strategy, we will know after the dust settles. http://www.t3.com/news/samsung-galaxy-note-2-release http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/354306/20120620/samsung-galaxy-note-2-release-iphone-5.htm http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/19/3098035/galaxy-note-ii-rumor-android-jelly-bean http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-note-2-coming-in-october-1086087
  4. Blackberry is no longer the top smartphone in it's own hometown. http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/22/iphone-shipments-overtake-blackberry-in-canada-rim-now-runner-u/
  5. In a "security move" RIM announced that future blackberry OS updates will stop the ability of users to side load apps. This will be similar to iOS which requires all apps to come from iTunes unless you have jailbroken the iOS product. RIM quoted security and piracy concerns since it is easier to regulate malware when everything goes through the marketplace, and Android piracy is estimated at nearly 25% of paid apps being pirated. Developers may show more interest if side loading is stopped since it will force consumers to purchase the app rather than pirate it. Still, it was relatively easy to convert an APK to a BAR (the blackberry package installer) and sideload an Android app to your blackberry device. With blackberry's anemic supply of apps this kind of function might be a reason for someone to tolerate using a blackberry. http://crackberry.com/future-blackberry-playbook-updates-eliminate-ability-side-load-applications-really-such-bad-thing
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    Where do you buy your phones?

    There are many different ways to buy a phone. You can go directly from Sprint and sometimes pay a little more, go to an authorized retailer, or buy used. Some make you sign an additional contract with them, in exchange for a deeper discount. What is your favorite and why?
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    Clearwire has their hands out again

    Clearwire is once again asking for "substantial additional capital" to fund their business and build out their LTE-A network. With their movement out of the retail sale of their services, they are dependant on their wholesale customers, but the purchase of their WiMax wholesale has stagnated. They are unsure how much profit they will reap from WiMax over the next year and from their LTE network as they build it. Sprint's usage of WiMax will surely drop with LTE phones on the near horizon and could depress usage for quite some time if they don't support LTE on 2500. This will lead to a lot of lost revenue for Clearwire. They should be snapping up all the LS2 wholesale customers, but they might wait and weigh their options as Clearwire has not been an extremely stable company. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/clearwire-raise-money-15707626 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/clearwire-says-it-may-need-to-raise-more-money-near-term-due-to-uncertainty-on-revenue/2012/02/17/gIQA5sbZJR_story.html
  8. HTC and Samsung have already addressed questions about their upgrade plans for Jelly Bean on their devices. PocketNow received the statement from Samsung saying: Android Central was able to get a statement from HTC stating: While this doesn't tell us anything really, there is speculation that any device that will see Ice Cream Sandwich, should also see Jelly Bean since it is a small incremental upgrade. After tinkering around with Jelly Bean myself, I would agree that it is not nearly the change we saw from Gingerbread to ICS. To me it seems more like JB was designed optimize the OS to run fast and smooth, as well as add Google now, and some other improvements. Hopefully we will start seeing the dam break open on ICS upgrades for all the Gingerbread phones soon followed closely by Jelly Bean.
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    Network Vision/LTE - New York City Market

    That's the problem. There are moderators here for a reason. If some "Internet tough guy" comes in here trolling, don't respond. If you report it and continue on with your conversation as if "Internet tough guy" doesn't exist, that person will be dealt with and the thread will continue on without issue. If the moderators have to clean up pages and pages of worthless garbage and pissing matches, everyone is guilty. It's not that much different than if in real life, someone punches you with a cheap shot. Do you call the police and let them do their job? Or do you, and the other people around you retaliate and beat up the person? In example 1, the only person being arrested is the person who threw the punch, in example 2 everyone involved is probably going downtown.
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    Network Vision/LTE - New York City Market

    Wow, Android vs. IOS, never seen that argument before, and I don't see what that garbage has to do with the New York City market discussion. Clean it up.
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    Ingress Beta

    It is like crack... we are going out bursting tomorrow to take back some sites we lost today
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    Ingress Beta

    Well, I'm a n00b, but I'm getting the hang of ingress. I found a couple unclaimed portals by my work that I am going to grab tomorrow. Met up with a level 3 guy who heads up a little resistance group in the area. Everything is enlightened here, so once I level up and get some gear... its time to tear some stuff up! LOL
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    Change 4G symbol on android devices?

    I would elect to go for the YOU'RE_ON_4G, but that's just me... LOL, sorry to go all grammar police on you. Just poking fun...
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    Network Vision/LTE - Washington DC Market

    They can be. They can also connect to a suitable backhaul where they are positioned, or via microwave to a permanent site with sufficient backhaul.
  15. They only guarantee 6-8 because most people will not understand that they need really good signal to get the max speeds. Also, in an area where the cell sites are loaded up, speeds will start to slow into the 6-8 Mbps range.
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    Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.2.1 upgrade

    Screenshot or it didn't happen. Also, watch the rants. Rants of any sort are not allowed here.
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    Network Vision/LTE - Washington DC Market

    What now? English? Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk HD
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    Are phones too expensive?

    I saw one person at work with one. Then again I have seen more blackberries at work than iPhone 5s... Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk HD
  19. I'm closing this thread. Please continue discussion of the St. Louis rollout in the St. Louis market thread.
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    Ingress Beta

    I got my invite. Was it someone in here? Viva la Resistance! Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk HD
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    Are phones too expensive?

    Now, yes, but for the past few years the iPhone has tromped everyone else. Apple's disruption of supply chains is well documented and their economies of scale push foxconn and other suppliers to razor thin margins on the components. Samsung will be able to command that kind of economy of scale on the GS4 but did not have the ability to place that kind of order previously. The GS3 did outsell the iPhone 5 in Q3 2012 and I will be interested to see the numbers for Q4 as many think the iPhone will reemerge as the top seller. Heck, for the first time I have ever seen, the newest model of the iPhone has been discounted. Apple is watching their market dominance slip through their tightly clenched fingers. Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk HD
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    Greetings from the Magic City

    Welcome to S4GRU.
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    Are phones too expensive?

    They have less of an economy of scale than Apple, but they are gouging the consumer as well.
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    Are phones too expensive?

    I agree. Let's keep the OS wars out and stay on topic.