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  1. I sent in a spotless iPhone 6 on a trade-in (not for an iPhone) a few weeks ago (thinking that I'd get 50% off), and Sprint/T-Mobile declared it "ineligible" and gave me 10 bucks for it. Customer care (after much, much discussion) finally told me that only iPhone 7s and later were still eligible for full trade-ins.
  2. I lost the 5G info on my A71 5G. Sent diagnostic.
  3. No, I'm not saying that. What I'm saying (and I'm no expert) is that Sprint/T-Mobile has provisioned these phones to run natively on the T-Mobile network (so they can use T-Mobile 5G), while all other Sprint phones are currently provisioned to run natively on the Sprint network. My Sprint-purchased A71 5G almost never connects to Sprint (even though it says it is a Sprint phone), it is virtually always on T-Mobile.
  4. No, because these phones are set up to run natively on T-Mobile, even though they are sold by Sprint.
  5. It runs all of Sprint's and TMobile's bands, I've checked with Samsung Band Selector. It's rather unpredictable what carrier you'll be on at any time - it seems to prefer TMO. No trade required. (I now have my old GS7 on the special new free Sprint line they offered last month. I use it to track my bicycle rides, because [minor complaint here] the A71 5G is too tall to fit in the phone carrier on my bike. The A71 is significantly larger that my GS7, which itself is an Edge and rather large.)
  6. I'll jump in. I got one about a month ago, and I am happy so far. It seems to run apps much faster than my aging GS7, and cellular reception in far exurban Chicagoland is reasonable. Battery life is excellent. The cameras are pretty good. My only complaint so far is that it can't seem to decide whether it wants to be on Sprint's or TMobile's network (although both are still rather patchy where I live). With Sprint's outrageous $15/month offer, it seems like a bargain.
  7. Nothing seems to be in the works in the immediate future. I spent about 2 hours over the weekend with sales and "Customer Account Services" (customer retention) trying to get them to give me at least a fraction of the new account/new line discounts on S20s. Nope. They offered me $100/line per line to offset almost $1,900 in extra device costs, would not budge past that. Has anyone done any better, and if so , how did you do it?
  8. They continue to offer a bewildering array of hardware. It's not possible to tell which ones are or are not T-Mobile compatible. And at this time, there are virtually no incentive prices for existing customers that I have seen.
  9. Until the T-Mobile network is ready to take on all current Sprint customers, I'm sure they'll allow activations, whether they're new lines or device swaps. An important question is whether Sprint will continue to sell/activate new devices which are not completely T-Mobile compatible? A second question is whether T-Mobile will offer any incentives for Sprint customers to stay, rather than jump to Verizon or AT&T? And if they do offer incentives, when can we get them?
  10. Let's hope they announce something soon for those of us who have been sitting on our aging handsets for 2 years waiting for this to get sorted out!!! My antique GS7's and iPhone are getting crankier and crankier as they wait to get put out to pasture!!!
  11. It's about 🤬 time! This ridiculous suit has dragged on for years too long.
  12. If . . . Could have . . . Would have . . . Should have . . . Sprint, Softbank, and Son could have and should have done many things differently. If they had, Sprint would have become a different company than it is today. But they did not do things differently. So here we are. Whatever we wish had happened, it did not. And realistically, there is no practical reason to think that all of these positive things envisioned in this thread will happen if the merger fails. From the shareholders' point of view, the best thing that could happen today is for Sprint to be absorbed by T-Mobile: That result will optimize their return-on-investment in the shortest reasonable time. Otherwise, Sprint will have to spend years trying to recover from its self-made mess, if Softbank will let it recover at all rather than just dumping it. And, quite frankly, the fiduciary obligation of Sprint as a corporation is to its shareholders, not to its customers, not to its employees, and not to 1 district and 13 state attorneys general. So if the merger fails, we should not expect some sort of magical resurgence of Sprint as a viable competitor to the Big 2. It will not happen, at least in any reasonable time frame. The shareholders (84% of whom are, in fact, Softbank) will seek some sort of short-term recourse, and we will almost certainly say bye-bye to Sprint as we know it.
  13. Hi, Robert While I see your points, I respectfully disagree with some of them. Properly managed, Sprint does have the resources to compete successfully. But the key phrase is "properly managed", and that's where Sprint has shown critical weakness time and time again. Since Dan Hesse was screwed over in the Metro PCS debacle, and then dumped after Softbank took over, Sprint hasn't shown any signs of intelligent strategic management. Tactically, they have tried hard to succeed, and have kept up with technology, and have tried to keep up with deployments. But Softbank's refusal to provide capital (either directly or through 3rd parties), Claure's ham-handed cost cutting, and Masa's tunnel-vision focus on merger have all combined to put Sprint in a desperate situation. So I agree with you that Sprint could compete in the future, but I think it is unrealistic to expect Masayoshi and Softbank to actually try to compete. If the merger fails, I think that it is far more likely that Masa will basically dump Sprint just like he dumped Hesse, and loyal Sprint employees and the few remaining independent stockholders will be left swinging in the wind. Sprint customers (I've been with Sprint for 20+ years) will also be hung out to dry. I hope that I am wrong. Actually, I hope the merger goes through, but if it doesn't, then I hope that I am wrong. But I'm not counting on it.
  14. Umm, 85% of Sprint shares are owned by Softbank. I don't think they are likely to support an uprising.
  15. If the merger fails, Sprint will fail. Masa has no intention (nor, in hindsight, has he ever had any intention) of actually investing in Sprint. If the merger fails, he will either sell Sprint off in pieces, or will sell it wholesale to someone like Dish who will run it into the ground (even further than it already has been run into the ground). Sprint has no future as a stand-alone company. The question will be: Will Sprint be sold from Chapter 11? I have hung on this long as a Sprint customer only because I hope that the merger will provide a low-cost path to new phones and decent price plans. If the merger fails, my only questions will be which carrier I can afford and what phones I can afford. Sprint will die sooner or later (probably sooner).
  16. The fact is, the states' "anti-trust" case has no legal merit, because anti-trust is under the exclusive purview of the Department of Justice (which has already ruled in favor of the merger) and the Federal Trade Commission (which has never sought to be involved). All of the remaining states are basically trying to extort New T-Mobile into giving away perks, so that states will drop out like Texas and Nevada did.
  17. Gentlemen, calm down. You are pushing the limits of civility. 1st, this discussion really doesn't belong in this thread at all, which is (at least in theory) supposed to be about the attempted merger, not about the technical aspects of bands and FDD and TDD and all that other technical stuff. There are other threads for that. It would be nice if we could stick to the topic. 2nd, even if we do discuss the "technical stuff", you are blurring your arguments. There are at least 2 major aspects of Band 41 uplink which come into play here: Time-division allocations and signal propagation. In an ideal, strong-Band-41 signal situation, Sprint's roughly 5:1 time slice allocation is adequate for the vast majority of mobile users, as it is (for example) on my Comcast wired connection, which runs at a ratio of about 10:1. The bigger problem is that, in the absence of Carrier Aggregation (i.e., when you are ONLY on Band 41), if you are at any significant distance from the tower antenna or you are blocked in any way, your handset simply cannot transmit enough watts of signal to feed the uplink. So the downlink may be fast and robust, but your anemic little cell phone cannot push back. Sprint can't fix that, nor can the handset manufacturers, simply because FCC rules (and common sense) limit the transmit power so that you will not fry your brain. So, can we please return to our irregularly scheduled merger arguments? Thank you.
  18. Apparently you get a few reads, then get blocked. And I'm not interested in setting up yet another password enabled account that I will hardly ever use, even though it's free.
  19. The question then is, what are they going to do with the millions of loyal Sprint customers who have aging handsets. (I have 4.)(And have been waiting to upgrade until this whole thing shakes out.)
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