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Trip

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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    What police chief? I'm talking about the Mexican government. - Trip
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    SignalCheck Beta Crew Forum

    The colors don't really bother me, but you could either flip the blue and green so that "Active" is blue and the "Send/Rcv" is green. Or, you could make both colors green, with "Active" being just the tower in green and then adding the waves for "Send/Rcv." - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    You can call it "involuntary transfer of assets" but that doesn't make bank robbery any less illegal. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    So, your answer is to commit a federal crime by bribing foreign officials? You do know that felons are prohibited from holding FCC licenses, right? - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Clearly spoken as someone who has never dealt with the Mexicans. Or, at least, didn't deal with them in the previous decade. During the digital TV transition, there were stations in early 2008, leading up to the 2009 transition date, who had not yet had their applications approved by Mexico. Applications which were filed in 1998. - Trip
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    Hurricane Florence

    Shortly I'll be leaving to drive into the 20" of rain zone, because my father-in-law has a chemo appointment tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Isn't the point of the upcoming millimeter wave auction to provide large, ultra-wide bandwidth spectrum that will likely only be of much value in urban areas, thus providing the capacity necessary? And isn't most of the Band 41 spectrum unlicensed in rural areas because EBS spectrum never got assigned? - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I don't know how to read this. Why only 50%? Are they going to offer service in Manhattan where they're dense but not in the rural areas, where the service is actually needed, because they're not dense? Or does it mean something else entirely? - Trip
  9. SCP cannot show you CA, so I'm not sure what you're looking at. If you're near a Clear-only site, I could imagine you seeing full Clear B41 but no Sprint 1X and thus roaming on Verizon 1X. - Trip
  10. Looks like Shentel has started to move their new market pieces to new GCIs. Passing through Zion Crossroads today, the tower there had changed to 0FE799xx. Some of the other sites along I-64 also changed, but the sites in Farmville are still on the old Southern Virginia GCIs. - Trip
  11. Everything in your post is consistent with my T-Mobile roaming experience, except that I could not connect to Band 12. I'll be back in that neighborhood early next week, so we'll see if that's changed at all. - Trip
  12. It should kill the merger talk in this thread, because we have a whole thread dedicated to merger talk here: - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Sprint's lack of density is definitely an issue which I encounter now and then. However, I do find Sprint's site distribution to generally be good. Rarely do you see two sites practically on top of each other, unless one is a Clear site that was left in place. With T-Mobile, and with AT&T for that matter, I sometimes see deployments on adjacent towers, and then areas not far away that have poor service because they're not on a nearby tower. T-Mobile has been fixing some of those areas lately, and I do agree that using T-Mobile as the "base" network makes sense in most cases (Shentel region not included in that). They've been adding sites around me and it makes their network the one to beat. I also find that in places where Sprint has bothered to serve a more rural area, they do an equal or better job of it as compared to T-Mobile. Just look at Fauquier County southeast of VA-28, as an example. - Trip
  14. Mike, I'm inclined to agree with Bob in one area, and that's the alerts. In most of the country, being on 1X 800 or LTE is no longer noteworthy and I'm not sure it makes sense to have those alerts enabled by default. When someone I know installs it, the first thing I do is have them turn off the alerts. Actually, the alerts that would most make sense to me are alerts for new sectors not currently in the database, but a lot of them would be false positives since there are usually a number of rows with garbage in them in my log from between sites. Also, Band 71 alerts for T-Mobile (and I intend to send some diagnostics next week when I'm in a Band 71 area, whether it handles them correctly or not, so you can see what they look like if you haven't already). - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If Verizon is contiguous now, having conducted several previous spectrum swaps to its satisfaction, I'm not sure how the merger would make them less contiguous and thus more likely to help their now-stronger competitor. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I was under the impression that most of the spectrum swaps necessary had already happened--many of which happened without Sprint in the mix. - Trip
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    What incentive does Verizon have to assist their competitor? - Trip
  18. http://imgur.com/a/eQkS7g1 In Sheetz in Farmville. Looks like they're prioritizing TMo over US Cellular on the same tower. http://imgur.com/a/lgTA8G3 Note the clock was shifted to UTC. - Trip
  19. Following up, my phone also seems much more likely to connect to and hold US Cellular LTE roaming now. I went by a tower with both Shentel and US Cellular on it, it happened to latch onto US Cellular LTE first (while connected to Shentel 1X) and held it all the way past the tower until I was just going out of range; saw just the LTE 800 briefly before moving onto the next Shentel site. - Trip
  20. Back from the store. As a comparison, to show that it's T-Mobile, here's a screenshot of my T-Mobile phone from the parking lot (left it hidden in the car while we were in the store): https://imgur.com/a/EPJ9wjd You can see that it's the same other than the PLMN. On the way home, it connected to a different T-Mobile site on the back roads, but it appears that Band 12 is not currently accessible to it. - Trip
  21. Just now it tried to drop me to eHRPD then Sprint LTE 1900 and then finally back to T-Mobile. - Trip
  22. It hasn't tried to kick me off. I don't normally do speed tests but I'm with a... slower person at the store. http://imgur.com/a/VjWBnhn Standing in the Wal-Mart in Farmville, VA and the signal is highly variable. - Trip
  23. I appear to be roaming on T-Mobile. http://imgur.com/a/kxLrRqz Data works and everything. Odd that it's using a Clear PLMN. - Trip
  24. I was on Facebook and I follow WTOP, who linked to this article: https://wtop.com/tech/2018/08/data-doctors-dont-believe-smartphone-signal-bars/ I, of course, had to post about how many inaccuracies were in that article. Who writes this garbage? - Trip
  25. Funny you should mention that, my mother (on a Sprint BYOD) noticed that it was easier to connect to US Cellular LTE last week than it had been since Shentel lit up too far to get more than weak 1X 800. Is there any confirmation that they've changed the policy beyond just the evidence of it we're seeing here? - Trip
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