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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    MB went down a couple evenings ago -stuck in reboot loop. Checked here and no one had posted about the outage yet, so I performed a factory reset. Back to the reboot loop. It was up and running when I got up to go to work the next morning and seems to have been working ever since. We live out in the country, found a prefect position for the MB. 3 bars at -112dbm connect. Getting up to 20mbps down and up to 8mbps up on devices. The only internet we can get at our house is 3mb/0.6mb DSL, so we rely on this for our phones/data plans. LTE signal is nonexistent otherwise in the basement, 1 bar lower floor, 2 bars upstairs and 2-3 outside. With MB, it's 5 bars on our entire 2 acre lot.
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Just received a MB in addition to existing AR3LTE. No request to return yet.
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    MagicBox doesn't work for phone calls unless you have LTE Calling Plus enabled, which is not yet supported on iPhones and many other phones.
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    Pixel - great phone but no LTE Calling Plus or WiFi Calling. BIG gotchas...
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    How many times have I heard that line! Lol. Hope you're right. But... It might not hurt to wait til the cookie is cracked before upgrading, since there might be issues going from 8 to 7 back to 8....
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    Have you tried joining the beta program? Are they on 8 yet? Could be a drawback for me -- I am currently on 8.1 regular release with my Pixel. Just no Calling Plus or WiFi Calling on Sprint. This might be a reason to go with the Z2Force. Still haven't made the purchase. Won't be before Friday evening.
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    So, no case needed for the S8 Active? Are the S8's on Android 8 yet?
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    Just a wild guess... It'll probably be worth considerably more than the Z2 in 18 months as well.
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    Interesting. I liked the X2 and X1 was ok, for their time, the shake for camera/flashlight features, in particular. I am now leaning back to the S8+, based on a few things, including the fact that I just missed the window for a free Alexa speaker snapon.
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    I have owned Motorola phones before and liked their features. Samsungs do have a lot of annoying processes.
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    Thanks for the advice. Looks like I will be altering my choice.
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    Was told the Z2 only has WiFi Calling, not LTE Calling Plus... Did this change recently?
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 & Dual Sim/Duos

    OK - Getting ready to purchase and activate a Samsung Galaxy S8+ on Sprint. I am upgrading from a Google Pixel XL, which I loved, except to say that there is no WiFi Calling and no LTE-Calling Plus, and without the WiFi Calling, no service inside many of the buildings I frequent. This is your only and last chance to stop me if I'm making a mistake (i.e., is there a better phone?) Here are some points I considered in my thought process: 1. The Note8 is simply too tall for me. I don't like the way it feels in my hand or pocket. 2. The S8 is a bit too small. 3. The S8+ seems like it should be wider, too, BUT, of the S8-series, it is as close to the size I want as I am going to get. 4. I also looked at the LG-series, but I am afraid to get one due to repair issues, plus their bloat apps. 5. I looked at the MotoZ2 and X4, but I am hesitant to invest in one of them because of no LTE-Calling Plus. This was a very close second to the S8+... 6. I am a very app-heavy user. I totally use up the 4GB ram! Thanks for your time and consideration for your thoughts in advance
  14. Hope I can get them to set up 2 or 3 LTE Airaves on my account, then, 'cuz one doesn't cover the ground floor of this bunker.
  15. If you have an Airave 3 LTE and plug in a MagicBox nearby (i.e., with purpose to extend the range of the Airave in an area with no macro signal), will this do the trick?
  16. Does the Pixel 2 support Calling+ and/or WiFi Calling on Sprint?
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    Pixel Gets Android Oreo 8.1

    Just installed the 8.1 update on my Pixel. Still no Sprint Wi-Fi / LTE calling But ... I did get the mandatory Google Search button added to my launcher.
  18. How about LTE? Does that side handoff (thinking Calling Plus here...)
  19. Is the CDMA side of the LTE 3 supposed to have 1- or 2-way hadoffs to the macro sites? Just like the old Airaves, for me it seems to drop calls when you come into or walk away from it.
  20. They will work with a community (electric company) by agreement or by local regulations, to install the units on existing poles. If negotiation/diplomacy fails, then they will see where they can get right-of-way to install their own poles. Some communities and utilities are hostile to them being installed, aesthetic reasons being one. Quite often, electric companies run a lightning wire on the top of their telephone poles and therefore cannot support the CANs.
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    I'm Baaaack

    After "leaving" Sprint in 2013 for MVNO Republic Wireless, I'm officially back on Sprint, thanks to their 1freeyear promotion. I must say, a lot has changed on Sprint's network since 2013!
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    Calling Plus (VoLTE "Lite")

    Tested CP(beta) on an S8. IMHO works better than expected. Only really tested the receiving end (was listening to the movie hotline while driving out in the country, where LTE is marginal), so not sure if the opposite party would have heard me as well as I heard them. What is a bit iffy is the WiFi Calling handover where I tested it. Seems that the building you are in and connected to WiFi must have pretty good overlap of LTE and WiFi. So, if inside your building, LTE is weak or nonexistant, it won't usually handover in either direction. But, I was able to coax some handovers by finding areas with good overlap. Will run a test at home, where I have a -38db LTE signal from tower in my backyard. Vs. Verizon Advanced Calling 2.0 I would say that VZW will drop an VoLTE call very quickly, but Sprint will tolerate more LTE signal gap before dropping. At one point, I heard a CP call hang on through about 5 seconds of silence in a weak signal area, then it came back just fine. VZW will drop in that situation.
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    Network Vision/LTE - Cincinnati Market

    So, where did everybody go? This used to be a hot-topic area... Anyone know if Sprint will be putting equipment on the new tower at the convergence of S. 8th and 9th Streets (US 27 S) in Richmond, Indiana?
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    Network Vision/LTE - Cincinnati Market

    Oxford tower off Morning Sun Rd now operating B41... Approx 30Mb/15Mb via speed test.
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    Network Vision/LTE - Cincinnati Market

    I'm going to have to recommend Republic Wireless' Moto X (1st gen if you want 4G + simultaneous talk or 2nd Gen if you want 4G "Spark"). Spark speeds and B41 connectivity have been confirmed on the Moto X 2nd gen on Republic Wireless, an MVNO that uses Sprint, although Sprint doesn't sell the Moto X (and therefore, it's not labeled as a "Spark" phone). Gotta drop $400 for the phone up front, but you get up to 5GB of "Spark" speeds for $40/mo. Also, if you can't get a Sprint signal, you get call/text seamlessly over WiFi.
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