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  1. 6 hours ago, mirskyc said:

    I've been thinking about this but I might wait for the S10 5G and sell my S10+. Or if they have a really good trade in promo for my S9 again. I kept my S9 when I bought the S10+ even though they offered $550 and it's barely worth $400 online.


    I used to be a fan of LG phones but when I switched to Samsung I realized I had been missing out.

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    The S10 5G doesn’t have lowband support (600 MHz) for 5G. The Qualcomm x50 Modem doesn’t support it. It’s a first generation 5G Modem and requires a separate LTE Modem. So the S10 5G will only support 5G on T-Mobile where it has deployed Millimeter Wave.

    The next version version is Qualcomm’s x55 Modem, which is an absolute monster. It uses a single chip to support from 2G to 5G and from 600 MHz to 6 GHz. (With some luck, this is what we’ll see in the iPhone 5G next year. I can’t imagine Apple would want to have two separate Modems in its devices.) We’re likely to see this in the next Samsung Note this Fall.


  2. 11 hours ago, Mercurial1 said:

    Plus sprint will have to reimburse some of TMobiles merger costs if it doesn't go through.

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    Here’s info on this: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/t-mobile-sprint-odds-and-ends-breakup-fee-washington-reaction-vendor-implications-and-more

    “As noted by Axios, Sprint and T-Mobile won’t have to pay a breakup fee if regulators from the FCC or Department of Justice manage to kill the proposed merger. However, according to documents the companies filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, T-Mobile would owe Sprint $600 million if the company decides to walk away from the transaction, among other circumstances.”

    I hope it goes right to capex or paying down debt.

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  3. 13 minutes ago, tommym65 said:

    The story is behind a paywall.  Could you summarize it or cite an alternate source?

    Thank you.

    It’s citing a recent filing that Sprint submitted which shows this cost.

    Sprint 10-K: https://s21.q4cdn.com/487940486/files/doc_financials/quarterly/2018/Q4/6e85121b-8fd4-4683-9245-773404e6fa25.pdf

    See Page 34:

    “We also incurred merger-related costs of $346 million , which were recorded as selling, general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of operations. We expect to recognize merger-related costs until the Merger Transactions are completed.”

    In comparison, Sprint lost $180 million on the abandoned monopole build strategy: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/sprint-lost-180m-abandoned-monopole-network-buildout-plan

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  4. 9 minutes ago, ingenium said:

    Either there was a super low signal, or B41 LTE was very congested. While 5G was empty. Not really impressed with the 5G speed seeing as no one else was on it. Maybe the site doesn't have enough backhaul?

    And that definitely looks like B41 LTE for upload on 5G.

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    Either way though, 5G is doing what it’s supposed to do here.

    They should add capacity to that LTE site, if it’s picking up a different one.

    I seem to recall that the footprint for 5G from Massive MIMO sites will essentially be the same as the LTE footprint from them, given that Sprint is using similar frequencies and running it off of the same Massive MIMO gear. Of course, not every site will be Massive MIMO.

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  5. 1 hour ago, cyclone said:

    To all the people crying about VoLTE availability on certain existing phones and trying to relate that with the requirement for VoLTE being turned on for access to 5G need to realize that none of the devices they are crying about will ever see 5G and none of the 5G devices will have to "wait" for VoLTE to be accessible in settings. Two unrelated things. As for VoLTE not being nationwide, neither is the current deployment of 5G

    Taking your statement on its face. What do you expect the uptake for 5G devices to be on Sprint as part of the customer base?

    The LG V50 is the only 5G handset on Sprint until the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G launches. Note that the LG V50 is only available in the four initial 5G Launch Markets to start off.

    We probably won’t have an iPhone 5G until Fall 2020 given the Intel/Qualcomm issues, in addition to the fact that 5G isn’t widely available enough for Apple’s liking. Of course, VoLTE is supported on iPhone 8 and later models, so that’s not a concern here.

    So yes, some folks will upgrade to these 5G devices and have VoLTE right away.

    In short, there are more current customers who have relatively current devices like the S9/Note 9/Pixel 3 series who don’t yet have VoLTE supported than the people who are upgrading to 5G devices.


  6. If you were ever curious about how many Sprint shares John Saw owned: https://rocklandregister.com/2019/05/30/john-saw-sells-22866-shares-of-sprint-corp-s-stock.html

    It may be restating the obvious, but there’s a strong financial incentive for this merger to go through for a number of folks.

    Aside from being against the merger because it will permanently reduce competition in the market, part of me wants the merger to fail and Masa to be stuck holding the bag on Sprint, not just out of spite, but because I don’t want him to have an easy exit due to his mismanagement of Sprint.


  7. 16 hours ago, belusnecropolis said:

    I took 3 months but I was able to get my free year line cancelled. Unfortunately I still have the magic box. The chat agent said keep it a couple months ago, but that is how mystery collections letters show up. I will just harvest it for parts and return it, but who do I get in touch with to complete the return process? I have no label or shipping box. 

    https://www.sprint.com/en/support/solutions/device/magic-box-support-center.html?INTCID=magicbox:20181712:learnmore#return-magicbox

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    How do I return my Magic Box?

    To return your Magic Box, please call Sprint Customer Care at 1-844-463-3194 to get a pre-paid Return Kit sent from Sprint free of charge. There is no cost to the customer for return shipping.

     

     

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