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RedSpark

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  1. Agreed. I want to hear less about politics from T-Mobile and more about security from them.
  2. Neat! I wasn't aware of that. Acquiring RCN would be a very interesting play for T-Mobile to make. They'd get a substantial foothold in some major markets and as well as an already built out wireline network that they could use to leverage their wireless assets.
  3. Speeds are too low for the sizes of files/documents I work with and need to manipulate.
  4. I'm all for competition! I forgot to mention that I received a mailer for T-Mobile's 5G Internet service the other day. Unfortunately it wouldn't work well for the kind of work I need to do remotely, but I'm glad it's here as another option for people. Given the undelivered promises from Google Fiber and Verizon Fios here, other companies will hopefully continue to fill the gap with additional competitive service offerings.
  5. Not the best fit for DC: But it's an amazing technology....
  6. Hopefully this comes to the DC Area at some point.... because Fios still isn't available for me in D.C. Google Fiber never showed up either. Verizon offers 7.1 - 15 Mbps D/L speed DSL. So I have a choice of Xfinity or RCN. T-Mobile should consider striking a deal with RCN for access to fiber network, which serves Boston, Chicago, Washington DC Metro Area, NYC, Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia.
  7. T-Mobile is doing a very heavy lift right now. It's essentially doing Network Vision 2.0 to integrate Sprint's network into T-Mobile's, but somehow keep both networks running at the same time. It's obviously causing problems along the way. Given that Sprint's LTE network will be shutdown by June 30, 2022, we're likely going to see this kind of stuff continue until then (and perhaps for some time after) until everything is integrated and optimized.
  8. I didn't realize Video was throttled to 1.5 Mbps on TNX lines. I haven't noticed any performance change in video. It would make sense to have the new "Sprint" iPhones released with a T-Mobile physical SIM, or else these customers will suddenly lose service on June 30, 2022.... Unless they come up with another way to have customers re-provision their devices to T-Mobile with a pushed update, etc. I'm curious how they'll do this. Perhaps with an eSIM? I also wonder what will happen to current TNX customers when they upgrade this Fall. It would be crazy to have to provision a Sprint SIM first and then switch to a T-Mobile SIM. Hopefully they don't have us do that.
  9. Some interesting info about the shutdown in this article. Also found these pages on the T-Mobile Website interesting as well: T-Mobile Network Evolution: https://www.t-mobile.com/support/coverage/t-mobile-network-evolution What does the Sprint 3G (CDMA) network retirement mean to me? On January 1, 2022, Sprint’s older 3G (CDMA) network will be retired. If you are still using a device that is dependent on Sprint’s 3G (CDMA) network or that does not support VoLTE, you’ll need to upgrade to a more modern device no later than the end of 2021 to continue getting service, including the ability to make 911 calls depending on your location. What does the Sprint LTE network retirement mean to me? Sprint’s LTE network will be retired on June 30, 2022. The good news is most Sprint LTE and 5G devices are compatible with the T-Mobile LTE or 5G network and will continue to operate on T-Mobile's LTE and 5G networks. Customers only need to take a few easy steps: Replace the Sprint SIM card with a T-Mobile SIM card Ensure Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is enabled in device settings for voice calls (on applicable devices) Sprint Migration Center: https://www.t-mobile.com/support/sprint-migration-center Given the timeline for the Sprint LTE shutdown on June 30, 2022, I wonder if the upcoming iPhone will ship with a T-Mobile SIM Card pre-installed this Fall as it will be required to replace the Sprint SIM Card with a T-Mobile SIM card. Unless I'm misreading, June 30, 2022 also sounds like it will be the end of TNA?
  10. They've made incredible progress here in such a short period of time. The network is great!
  11. Good point. I guess it could be helpful for when T-Mobile does mmWave deployments in the area. Bethesda Magazine has another interesting write-up about it: https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/government/council-approves-change-to-pave-the-way-for-expanded-5g-coverage/
  12. Finally! https://wtop.com/montgomery-county/2021/07/montgomery-county-votes-in-favor-of-5g-cell-towers/ https://www.localdvm.com/news/maryland/montgomery-co-passes-5g-wireless-amendment-some-residents-raise-safety-concerns/ https://dcist.com/story/21/07/26/montgomery-county-council-to-vote-on-5g-zoning-bill-amid-pushback/ This has been a long time coming. How could this affect T-Mobile's build around here?
  13. Good news! Since I switched to TNX and started using the ScamShield App, the number of Spam/Scam calls I've gotten has dropped to almost zero. Totally worth doing.
  14. Now this is pretty cool: More info: https://www.t-mobile.com/support/coverage/test-drive-eSIM-app Current T-Mobile, Sprint, and Metro by T-Mobile customers or customers of T-Mobile partners using the T-Mobile network are not eligible (former Test Drive customers must wait six (6) months for eligible to try another test drive). Some more background: https://www.lightreading.com/ossbsscx/t-mobile-taps-esim-tech-for-free-network-test-drive/d/d-id/770535?
  15. I switched our iPhone 12 Pros, a Galaxy S20+, and a Galaxy S21 over to TNX, and our voice/data performance is substantially better, so I'm glad we made the SIM Swap. Calls sound more clear and voice is more reliable when calling/receiving. We have a Pixel 5 on our account that isn't eligible for TNX yet, but apparently that may change in the future based on a recent (and helpful) reply comment here.
  16. Some interesting info. Main takeaways: "The expectation is to have about 60% of the Sprint customer traffic migrated onto the T-Mobile network by the end of this year and 100% migrated by mid-2022." "Some 8,000 cell sites slated for decommissioning for the latter half of this year are already starting the process – well on the way to a full 35,000, he said. T-Mobile plans to decommission 35,000 macro sites by the end of 2022 and about 7,000 to 8,000 by the end of this year. All of the synergies will be achieved by 2024, leaving it with 80,000 to 85,000 macro sites and about 50,000 small cells." Pretty amazing how well this is going. It's going to be a monster of a network when they're done. They've been making a big push for swapping to T-Mobile SIMs on the Sprint Website and in the My Sprint App, which has probably helped in moving this along.
  17. That's a good point. Everything costs money and Sprint just didn't have enough to spend on its network to be truly competitive vs the other carriers. Sprint's heavy debt load and the insufficient support it received from SoftBank really prevented Sprint from getting ahead of the curve enough to get breathing room.... and for these improvements to be substantial enough, consistent enough and timely enough across its network to have a meaningful impact on customer gains or retention, which is ultimately the measure of market competitiveness. Just to add an additional thought.... There's nothing wrong with spending money if you're making money. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile all had comparatively healthy balance sheets vs Sprint and they could afford to spend big on spectrum and network capex and make the money back. Sprint couldn't, and we know the truth now after being told different narratives over the years. For Sprint, the oil was running out of the engine as fast as it was being poured in. The engine was on the verge of seizing up and they couldn't afford to get a drain plug to stop it.
  18. Sprint's lack of sufficient lowband spectrum prevented it from being nationally competitive even if it put Band 41 on every tower it had. Sprint didn't have enough macro sites, and when you combine that with the lack of sufficient lowband spectrum, it resulted in the overall inconsistent experience that users experienced at the fringe of Band 41 coverage. The only way the Sprint network was going to improve beyond putting Band 41 on every site was to have T-Mobile's larger capex spend actually leverage Band 41 on more macro sites (or build more sites) and combine it with its 600 MHz holdings.... or have SoftBank dump a bunch of capital into the network if the merger didn't happen and build more macro sites to make up for the lack of lowband spectrum.... As to your point about C-Band. Assuming the merger didn't happen, SoftBank would have had to pitch in capital for Sprint to get some.... or Sprint would have sat it out and justified doing so, just like it did for the 600 MHz auction. In the absence of the Merger and in the absence of capital, Sprint would be even further behind than it was before the Merger. The other carriers haven't stayed still, but Sprint didn't have headroom to improve.
  19. RootMetrics just came out with their June US 5G Scorecard: https://rootmetrics.com/en-US/content/rootmetrics-june-us-5g-scorecard Good stuff from T-Mobile post-merger: Some good analysis: https://www.androidcentral.com/att-has-best-5g-speeds-rootmetrics-june-5g-scorecard? Looking at that chart/analysis, it’s abundantly clear that Sprint would have never stood a competitive chance against the other carriers without the merger or a huge capital investment by SoftBank.
  20. Good point. You could try submitting a report to @NevilleRay or @TMobileHelp about the congestion on the nearby macro sites?
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