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Joski1624 last won the day on November 19 2016

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About Joski1624

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    Moto Z² Force Edition, Hydro Icon [Sprint MVNO], Moto E² [Sprint MVNO]
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  1. Joski1624

    Android Phone with Best Reception?

    I think the scratch issue is mainly related specifically to the Z² Force. There's some thin protective layer on top which I've not seen on other phones. That's what gets marked up easily. Their Moto E line is their budget jobs. I have an E² which also has excellent RF performance on all 3 LTE bands That's what attracted me to the Motorola phones. The Force has slightly worse performance on B26 than the E² and Nexus 5X. B25 and 41 reception is just as good as the E² and noticeably better than the 5X on B41.
  2. Joski1624

    Android Phone with Best Reception?

    This👆 I had an Essential and am much happier with my Z² force. Can attest to the screen issue. I had problems getting a protector at first and ended up with a few minor scratches despite hardly using it. My only other complaint is that it's too big, but it was in my price range after Sprint dropped the price significantly.
  3. One can only hope. My last two phones have had a busted LTE engineering debug menu.
  4. Joski1624

    Small cell

    I'll also mention that it sometimes can be extremely difficult to connect to a small cell. At one site in Ravenna, OH, only one of three of my phones successfully found the signal. And that was after several airplane mode cycles.
  5. Joski1624

    Small cell

    Closing in on 50 B41 small cells found for Cleveland. On average it's been about a month between when the site is built and when it finally gets fired up. Posting of cascade IDs at sites seems to be very market dependent. Cleveland has a lot of theirs physically posted, but there are some markets that hardly have any physically posted. I can't tell if the picture has a Sprint cascade, or some other identifier. All small cells I've found have 90XS within the ID. The same seems to hold true in other markets from what I'm told.
  6. Unfortunately B26 isn't possible for the foreseeable future for certain areas of the Canadian IBEZ, areas in and around Erie, PA and Buffalo. There's not enough spectrum for more than a 1x800 channel (CDMA Channel 626).
  7. I don't know what you're all talking about. AT&T roaming doesn't exist here, and VZW roaming only allows phone calls. It's why I got the el-cheapo FP AT&T sim. It's my defacto LTE roaming in every sense (only 250MB allotment too) except for maybe speeds. I just burn through it even faster.
  8. Good riddance! Ditching "LTE Plus" coverage should have been done a long time ago
  9. Joski1624

    Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    Your observation of finding several in your area describes how these small cells have been deployed so far, in clusters. The original first found small cell cluster was in Portage Lakes. Other clusters has been found in Ravenna, Painesville, Fremont, Youngstown and University Heights. Small cells found within Cleveland City limits have been scattered about, not really in clusters. I sometimes have a difficult time connecting to small cells. Airplane mode cycling sometimes helps, but I've found that I sometimes just need to sit under the thing for a while. The expected GCI should be 082Cxx01, and I usually get a solid roughly -60dB signal when underneath the thing. These ones with condoms are more frustrating to figure out the site ID, but they're more visually appealing to the "average Joe". Non concealed small cells usually have the site ID right on the electrical box. Great job on the find. Please keep us posted on when you find them live
  10. Sprint's coverage maps are a lost cause in Cleveland market. Our problem is that more B41 keeps disappearing with each update. My estimation is that about 75% of our macro sites now have B41, but one would never know that by looking at the Sprint coverage maps. At least with this latest update, most of the former clearwire sites show up again, but basically any additional B41 since the Huawei equipment swap that occurred in 2016 isn't being shown.
  11. Gotta have some great speeds for all the cattle and farms.? Looks strangely familiar to the Ashtabula county B41 sites that were amongst the first to get the upgrade it in my market back in October 2014.
  12. Joski1624

    Moto G6 etc Omnithread

    I'm disappointed that the G6+ isn't slated to be released in the US. It was the only G series model that was to be capable of 3x20MHz CA. The other two G6 models do 2xCA. I guess I might as well stick with my aging Nexus 5X. I'm disappointed because I really love the RF performance of my old X2.
  13. Joski1624

    Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    The extent of small cell deployments is not really known because there simply needs to be someone who knows of its existence, and my driving around only accomplishes so much. If you could get lat/long coordinates, it would be helpful. The easiest way is to just to go to the site and take an SCP screenshot that contains your current coordinates, pics would be a plus. Many of the non conceal small cells have had the site Cascade visibly posted. These concealed ones that are popping up more often now don't seem to have that advantage. I also recently had one installed near my work, but it's still too far away to receive. It does at least partly cover what is a B25/41 dead spot right in the center of Middlefield. If Sprint installs another small cell just north of that area (the current one is just south), it probably would be covered well
  14. Joski1624

    Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    Just a quick update: An additional 5x5 B25 carrier at 10x10 carrier sites in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Portage and summit counties has been discovered within the last month. In SCP, look for GCI endings in 06, 07, 08 on B25, or earfcn 8265 if you happen to stumble across the new 5x5 LTE carrier. This now gives us the same 15x15 MHz (5x5 + 10x10) total of B25 LTE that the Columbus market has enjoyed for some time, though the carrier frequencies used there differ from our market. B41 is also being deployed at quite a rapid rate. There's a growing backlog of B41 finds from folks traveling from Pittsburgh and Columbus and have submitted their SCP logs ( @dkyeager has been gracious enough to process them for us). There isn't much in-market participation anymore outside of myself and occasionally from another guy who lives on the west side.
  15. My observation is that a 10x10 B25 carrier performs nearly identically to a 3x3 B26 carrier at the cell coverage edge when measured outdoors. Once the signal strength drops below -115 on a 3MHz carrier, data throughput starts to really suffer. An additional -10dB can be tacked onto a B25 10x10 carrier before it suffers the same fate. Maybe the only advantage is slightly better indoor coverage for B26.