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  1. 18 hours ago, Bennyjet29 said:

    https://www.lightreading.com/5g/is-t-mobile-prepared-for-its-5g-iphone-moment/a/d-id/764024?

    The million dollar question?! [emoji2375]


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    The iPhone 5G launch delay actually gives T-Mobile a a few extra weeks to make network upgrades, so this may actually work out for the best.

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    Ray added that T-Mobile has been updating its 5G network with Sprint's 2.5GHz midband spectrum holdings at a rate of almost 100 cell tower sites a day.

    Given how aggressively T-Mobile is doing tower upgrades for 2.5 GHz, I think they'll address the densest markets first as part of the iPhone 5G launch. They have all the data on where everyone is and what device they currently have (and potential upgrades), for both Sprint and T-Mobile, so I think this will work out just fine.

  2. 7 minutes ago, belusnecropolis said:

    I just got a shipment of spicy new 5G radios and all I have are UDP voice & data and bucket IoT lines. I just wrote the radios to appear as an S20+ to see if I can get 5G access on my Voice UDP without getting throttled for being in an embedded modem. I don't know if they have a special APN. I still use just use cheap Motorola phones, they come with a some bloat if you get it from the carrier. I am too rough on a handset to spend on one of the nicer machines like iPhone or Samsung but they do appear to be very fast and powerful. Will you get the 5G iPhone this year that is expected?

    I believe DC has some deployed. 

    That's pretty neat. Yeah, I'm planning on doing my usual annual upgrade and getting the 5G iPhone when it comes out. Hopefully Apple puts both Sub-6 GHz and mmWave support on it. I'd imagine they'd have to support both given that Verizon's 5G network is essentially mmWave.

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  3. 8 minutes ago, belusnecropolis said:

    I think it is in settings, network and internet, APN config or something like this. I appreciate it, I am wondering if Sprint or T-mobile is using a specific APN for 5G access. Thanks! Sorry i am no help on your initial question.

    No prob! Curious about this as well so I'll check it out. We're still on the Unlimited Freedom Plan with the "Love My Credit Union" Rewards. Won't have access to it until the weekend.

    Having been on iOS since the early days, I couldn't believe how disjointed and "junky" the setup process still is for Samsung. At least I got it cleaned up, but wow.

    BTW: Is there any mmWave in/around DC?

  4. Just set up a Galaxy S20+ 5G on one of our Sprint lines. I was stunned to see so much junk (which I removed) during the setup process, including a bunch of Sprint icons that wanted to install themselves. (Pay Bill, Upgrade Eligibility)  Is this something we can expect to improve under T-Mobile?

    The device also said Sprint 5G on initial boot. I fully updated it and completed setup. At what point will the device switch over to the T-Mobile network and use it as an anchor?

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  5. 6 minutes ago, bigsnake49 said:

    And there goes T-Mobile spectrum advantage between that, CBRS and C-Band. 

    Not necessarily. Depends who bids for it, how much they get and what they have to pay for it.

    Had the merger not occurred (with Masa failing to infuse any cash into the business), Sprint would be in an even worse position as T-Mobile could have picked some up, unless AT&T or Verizon grabbed it all. Sprint was already circling the drain. This would have finished them off in my opinion. Sprint didn't have the money for lowband, and it wouldn't have had the money for this spectrum either.

    The efficiencies realized through merger synergies should allow T-Mobile to pick up some if it wanted to.

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  6. Think T-Mobile will bid on this 5G spectrum?: https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2307275/white-house-and-dod-announce-additional-mid-band-spectrum-available-for-5g-by-t/

    “The White House and Department of Defense announced today that 100 megahertz (MHz) of contiguous mid-band spectrum, in the 3450-3550 MHz band, will be available for 5G by the end of the summer.“

    More info: https://breakingdefense.com/2020/08/pentagon-gives-up-huge-slice-of-spectrum-for-5g/

    “The White House formally made the request in April. Roughly 200 technical experts from all four armed services, the Office of Secretary of Defense, and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy studied the problem for 15 weeks. The FCC, which has already endorsed the plan, will start auctioning the spectrum off in December 2021, Kratsios said, with commercial use beginning “as soon as mid-2022.””

    I’m sure AT&T/Verizon will fight hard for it.

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  7. 7 minutes ago, greenbastard said:

    That was quick. My guess is they're starting in rural areas?

    Good question. I'm curious about that too.

    One thing I read about from the Earnings Call is that Neville mentioned they were starting upgrades on 600 sites/week at the end of the 2nd quarter and that's now risen to 700 sites/week. If they can keep that pace (or increase it), we're talking about substantial network improvements on a weekly/monthly basis.

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  8. 27 minutes ago, derrph said:

    Look like T-Mobile is the #2 carrier overtaking AT&T. Now we just need a matching network that resembles being number 2.


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    I think that's in the process of happening. This is an unbelievable spectrum position, and I'm sure T-Mobile is hustling on Mid-Band so that the next iPhone can launch directly on T-Mobile when activated.

    https://investor.t-mobile.com/news-and-events/t-mobile-us-press-releases/press-release-details/2020/T-Mobile-Overtakes-ATT-as-Americas-2-Wireless-Provider-and-Continues-to-Deliver-Industry-Leading-Customer-Growth-with-Strong-Financial-Results-in-Q2-2020/default.aspx

    Building Transformative Nationwide 5G Network and Delivering Merger Synergies

    • 5G Leadership: America’s largest 5G network has service in more than 7,500 cities and towns covering more than 250 million people across 1.3 million square miles, more than double AT&T’s geographic coverage and exponentially more than Verizon.
      • A new report from Open Signal ranks the T-Mobile network first for 5G availability, meaning Un-carrier customers get a 5G signal more often than customers on any other network -- more than twice as often as AT&T and 56 times more often than Verizon! Plus, a new report from Ookla measuring 4G and 5G from over one million customer devices shows that T-Mobile has 5G in nearly 4x more cities than Verizon and AT&T combined (and 32x more cities than Verizon alone). And T-Mobile customers with a 5G-capable device experience faster overall download and upload speeds than Verizon customers.
      • T-Mobile already has mid-band 5G service using 2.5 GHz spectrum live in eight major markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The performance of mid-band 5G is incredible, delivering average download speeds in the 300 Mbps range and peak speeds hitting one Gbps for customers with compatible 5G devices.
      • T-Mobile recently became the first operator in the world to launch a commercial nationwide standalone 5G network, allowing the Un-carrier to massively expand its 5G footprint, bring next-gen connectivity to more places and pave the way for future groundbreaking applications.
      • T-Mobile controls an average of 319 MHz of combined low and mid-band spectrum on average nationwide. This spectrum position is nearly double that of AT&T and nearly three times that of Verizon. In addition, T-Mobile controls 1,160 MHz of mmWave spectrum nationwide, more than AT&T.
    • Sprint Customer Experience: With 85 percent of the Sprint postpaid phone base already having a device that is compatible with the T-Mobile network, the network team is rapidly improving the experience for these customers.
      • More than 10 percent of Sprint postpaid customer traffic has already been moved over to the T-Mobile network and site decommissioning has begun
      • Approximately 75 percent of Sprint postpaid customers are enabled on VoLTE and enjoying a better voice experience, including simultaneous voice and data services
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  9. 24 minutes ago, RAvirani said:

    That field test mode is only on Intel phones. Qualcomm phones have the same field test application as before. 

    I'm not sure I understand what you're saying here. This is a substantial interface update for iOS 14. Are you saying it will be limited to Intel devices only? What about the iPhone 5G coming this Fall (most likely) which will likely have a Qualcomm Modem (and potentially a Qualcomm RF Front End, unless Apple goes with a different design):

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/qualcomm-president-were-driving-hard-toward-the-5g-iphone

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90464429/apple-5g-iphone

  10. 1 hour ago, Tengen31 said:

    Of course they did. One of Sprint's primary justifications for the merger wound up being its lack of low-band spectrum. How self-fulfilling and ironic.

    So far T-Mobile has executed this merger brilliantly, and during a global pandemic too!

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  11. 39 minutes ago, PhillipJames89 said:

    It really is b/c Sprint could have been that wireless carrier. Especially in the 5G realm. All SoftBank had to do was build out 2.5 nationally, participated in the 600mhz auction and upgrade the back haul.

    Yup. Exactly right, and it would have been very doable.

    Sprint issued its statement of non-participation in the 600 MHz Auction on September 26, 2015: https://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-statement-on-the-incentive-auction.htm

    $32 Billion just for ARM... Unreal.

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