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Everything posted by EvanA

  1. I'd argue that this is even better than paying people to switch. By giving out a free year of service, they can spread the acquisition cost over that entire year instead of incurring the large one time cost of paying off a phone or contract. Plus, if people leave before the year of free service is up, Sprint actually saves money since they didn't make a large payout. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  2. 850 refers to 850 CLR, aka Cellular 850. 850 CLR downlink is 869-894 MHz, uplink 824-849MHz. The name of the band doesn't refer to the actual frequency of the spectrum. Sprint has 800 ESMR, which is 862-869MHz downlink, 817-824MHz uplink. Verizon has the entire 22MHz 700C block on a nationwide basis, plus some B block in other places.
  3. I've seen that photo before. Those are fake and are put there to discourage birds from landing on the tower. Snakes don't climb towers. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  4. Open sourcing the project would be great. I'd love to contribute to SCP Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  5. It may be beneficial for a little bit, but then prices will start to rise and the customers get the shaft. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  6. SignalCheck uses the high level Java API for accessing cellular connection info. It's up to the manufacturer to properly the back end of the API that interfaces with the modem. They likely don't really care and just expose signal strength for the bar display. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  7. I had issues with data roaming on Verizon in Indianapolis yesterday. I'm using a Nexus 5X. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  8. Besides the fact that this doesn't really matter at this point, it wouldn't have worked. There's no incentive for other carriers to just allow Sprint to suck up spectrum. They all have decent midband portfolios and were looking at 600MHz to bolster their low end. Furthermore, midband spectrum is very important in a cellular network because it is a good compromise between coverage area and capacity. Divesting midband would be a poor idea. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  9. Of course the macros have it, but inside the stadium (where all the speed tests took place) the DAS is providing the service nearly 100% of the time. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  10. The stadium DAS doesn't have 4x4MIMO. They can definitely do 256QAM and get high utilization because of the nature of a DAS. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  11. The engineering screen never showed 2xCA. Been broken since the start. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  12. I had a very favorable experience with LG repair fixing my 5X bootloop. It took around 2 weeks in total. I chronicled my experience on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/nexus5x/comments/5l66de/_/dbx1oim It seems to me that the issues and delays people experienced were due to lack of parts at LG in combination with the holiday season. Now it seems that LG has the parts on hand and is able to repair the phones in a timely manner. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  13. This is not a representation of the state of the spectrum auction; This is a demonstration application for ArcGIS's auction management products targeted at the bidders. Read more here http://www.esri.com/esri-news/arcuser/spring-2016/bidders-can-see-opportunities-in-spectrum-auction-with-arcgis Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  14. Mini macros are an all in one BTS/RRU unit that has the power of a macro in the size of a small cell. They support a max of 2 B41 carriers and 2xCA.
  15. Yes, you can see the Sprint logo on the left in linked picture and right in front on this image http://i.imgur.com/uCvhvan.jpg
  16. Courtesy of the T-Mobile subreddit, here is a Sprint COW setup for inauguration. Poster mistakenly identified it as T-Mobile, but T-Mobile is nowhere to be found. https://i.imgur.com/1C5VTCb.jpg Rest of the setup including AT&T/Verizon bulb antennas http://imgur.com/a/xwOZk
  17. The press release states that they have COWs set up with 3xCA to handle the load. I suspect they're just not powered up or not available for public connections. Inauguration isn't for another week. Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  18. T-Mobile published an EOY 2017 expected coverage map today https://i.redd.it/03zpfb7hhy7y.jpg If it's anything like most of their coverage expansion, it will be poor quality with large site spacing. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  19. HPUE is an uplink improvement. It increases the transmit power of the device from 23dBm to 26dBm, which is a 2x increase. This expands the overall coverage of band 41 since uplink falloff dictates when the device can no longer make reliable connection. Downlink improvements come from 256QAM, MIMO, and beamforming. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  20. That $50B is not for M&A, it's for startups and new companies and comes from Softbank's technology fund. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-12-06/japan-s-softbank-to-invest-50-billion-in-the-u-s-trump-says Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  21. Considering that the forward auction has only been hitting roughly $20B there will likely be several more reverse auctions before the reserve will be met. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  22. They're currently in the third stage reverse auction. You can track progress here: https://auctiondata.fcc.gov/public/projects/1000 Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  23. The universal profile officially launches November 17th. Google and Sprint have already implemented it and are launching early. From the release announcement: "Today, we’re excited to announce the next step in this initiative with our first carrier launch supporting the new universal RCS profile." They are using Google's Jibe infrastructure to support RCS communications with the universal profile. More about the jibe platform here: https://jibe.google.com/jibe-platform/
  24. You just need Google Messenger 2.0. It's being rolled out in stages They've stated plans for an API but haven't announced that yet. Third party apps will be able implement it once that API is available Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  25. RCS is official. https://blog.google/products/android/partnering-global-carriers-upgrade-sms/ Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
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