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  1. According to reddit, "HINT" is what T-Mobile uses internally to refer to "Home Internet". My guess is they're going to expand Home Internet in some way, shape, or form. My guess is they're just going to throw in some Google services like Google One with every subscription. Apparently, standalone Home Internet plans are also eligible for the YouTube TV and PhiloTV discounts, so I'm sure that will also be pushed.
  2. I'm talking about Band 2/4/66/12/71 aggregating. My bad, I should have specified I wasn't talking about a weak B41.
  3. I was able to hit 200+ Mbps on B41 LTE from the site at Banister and 290 on the south side. Pretty impressive since I've never achieved these speeds on B41 in Houston or Galveston. One thing I have noticed about Austin is that a lot of towers aren't doing CA properly. In East Texas my phone will always attempt to aggregate at least three carriers, no matter how weak of a signal I have. In Austin, getting a weak signal usually mean no CA at all which leads to awful service.
  4. Generators in my area are all Natural Gas. I also know that my area never lost natural gas. The natural gas outage was very limited to a few areas in Houston, so it wouldn't have impacted T-Mobile's ability to fire up their generators (it sure didn't affect AT&T).
  5. It says existing promotions can be transferred to the new plan for existing customer. I wonder if they'll honor free lines and 20% hookup? These promos were meant to stick with the plan and not the account iirc.
  6. A lot of Houston sites have generators. yet they're still going offline with the blackouts. What a huge disappointment on T-Mobile's part. Even now that most of the power is back, sites are staying offline. AT&T kept working even through the blackouts, yet T-Mobile offered absolutely no roaming for basic calling/texting. Total disappointment. There needs to be some type of local and state investigation on the failure of basic communications. It's unacceptable. My guess is backhaul failed for T-Mobile. You can also tell that T-Mobile now owns Sprint as that network also failed miserably. Back during Hurricane Ike, Sprint kept going even with the power outage. Not your time around.
  7. Same in Houston. Areas with blackouts have a lot of T-Mobile sites down even though they have permanent gas generators on site. My guess is backhaul is an issue. Sprint network is useless in these areas as well as they take on T-Mobile users who are roaming.
  8. The fine print actually gave Sprint the ability to throttle those legacy plans. People kept saying there was also no deprioritization, but the wording was there to implement one at any given moment. Ever since Sprint got rid of 2 year upgrade options, that plan has not been worth it. Anyone still holding on to that plan is just throwing money away. T-Mobile will likely not honor something that was never promised. They've done this in the past when they changed the unlimited roaming in Mexico and Canada to 5 GB. If you still have that plan, I recommend dumping it.
  9. I took advantage of T-Mobile's free OnePlus 8T+ and was quite surprised at what T-Mobile has been able to do with n41. My speeds went from 20-60 Mbps on LTE during the day (depending on the band) to a solid 200+ Mbps on 5G indoors. T-Mobile just became a real threat to Verizon. Comparing n41 to mmWave is fair game IMO. It's quite sad to see what a competent company has been able to do with the BRS/EBS band. I'm a lot closer to a Sprint tower and was never able to get B41 indoors as a Sprint sub. Sprint really screwed the pooch by not properly investing in their infrastructure. T-Mobile is doing it right in urban areas and continues to upgrade existing towers and adding several new ones each month. T-Mobile is likely going to lead in the 5G game for the next 5 years or so.
  10. Does anyone know if the current Free Line on Us 4 is available for legacy Sprint customers? This year alone, I've grown my plan from 5 to 8 lines. Getting a 9th line would mean changing my plan...not I want to leave T-Mobile One for Magenta.
  11. Pulling out of mainstream sports and going all in on soccer was a dumb move by Sprint. You could tell Marcelo pushed for this as he loves soccer and had a financial interest in it. It was a move made by someone who is way out of touch with what America likes. This is the US. Not enough people care about soccer. The sport pales in comparison to the big three sports. This was a terrible investment from the very beginning and the fan boys defended it by saying "but soccer is the largest growing sport in the country". Sprint needed the exposure today, not tomorrow.
  12. T-Mobile is moving extremely fast in Houston. Almost the entire I-45 corridor between The Woodlands and downtown is covered with native T-Mobile B41. By comparison, it took Sprint ages to get this much coverage in town. The scary thing is that they've only added B41 to maybe 1/3rd of their towers, so coverage will only improve. There's still a lot of load balancing and optimization needed. B41 falls off too quick in favor of B66/2. Also, active data sessions prevent phones from moving to B41. This was an issue early on for Sprint, but they eventually got the network to working correct.
  13. Has your site been upgraded? Because B4/B66 performs worse on the new Nokia AAFIA Massive MIMO equipment in Texas. Before the upgrades, T-Mobile physically split sectors for B2/4/66 and coverage+performance was pretty impressive. B4/66 coverage was actually very close to that of B2 (even outperforming it in some instances). Now that my local tower has been upgraded, I still receive B12 and B2 from it. But my B4/66 now comes from a different neighboring tower as my home tower's B4/66 is drowned out. As you can imagine, I no longer get the same peak speeds as before since CA doesn't play nice with bands coming from different towers. Even the newly added B41 has a better reach than B4/66 (getting 80+ mbps downloads on B41+B41, T-Mobile just needs to optimize load balancing as B41 thresholds seem very conservative).
  14. I usually have this happen whenever I switch from the native T-Mobile 310-260 PLMN to the 311-490 PLMN (and vice versa). Usually toggling airplane mode fixes the issue.
  15. It is a much smaller agreement that keeps getting smaller. Sprint has a larger and more widespread roaming agreement with at&t. Even if your were to stumble into the rare at&t roaming area, your going to be throttled to 128 kbps.
  16. Let's not forget all those free lines they gave away in the summer. I got two of them with no strings attached to my plan. I slipped one SIM in an old phone to use as a car tracker and the other SIM is sitting in a drawer.
  17. Or maybe the demand for data is heavier in these areas, so priority is given. Let's not forget that in low income areas, cellphone data is the only source of internet access for many households.
  18. I've seen B41/n41 upgrades on a tower that was already upgraded with B71. But on both occasions, T-Mobile didn't touch the older 3 sector B2/B4 panels, which is odd since T-Mobile has already gone through two B2/B4 equipment upgrades on most of the market.
  19. So T-Mobile+Sprint only have access to 100 MHz of the BRS/EBS band in Williamson county? That would be disappointing. Were you able to confirm if it was all contiguous?
  20. This story is a huge nothingburger. All three carriers already carry chinese phones with chinese components. Any phone sold under the T-Mobile or Revvl brand will be a Chinese phone. You will still be able to buy your Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxies.
  21. I think they're talking about the Revvl line of phones (which is currently made by TCL iirc). Not that big of a deal tbh.
  22. It seems that's all they're doing around Houston. Every n41/B41 installation comes with a Nokia AAFIA-MIMO installation. They seem to perform worse in coverage than the equipment they're replacing.
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