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  1. I've dropped to 1X a lot which is weird as I've had multiple US Cellular devices and they never dropped to 1X, it takes a few tries of toggling airplane mode to return to LTE, and for almost 2 weeks about a month ago I had nothing but 1X with the occasional 3G, again regular US Cellular devices don't do that. So it has to be something with the roaming itself.
  2. Well I'm doing what I can to limit data usage on USCC but I can't limit voice or text as Virgin doesn't have wifi calling, yet. Hopefully they get it. But the ratio which I mentioned would be 20-30% on Sprint/Virgin and the rest on USCC though that changes in about 4-5 months to 100% on Sprint/Virgin as I'll be moving to Indianapolis which has Sprint coverage. Hopefully I can make it through till then without getting bumped off. Though most of my data usage has been from me running speed test while in a Sprint coverage area.
  3. So as the title suggest what I'll be discussing is Sprints Extended LTE coverage on Virgin Mobile which if you have their Inner Circle plan seems to be the same network coverage as regular Sprint postpaid a surprising difference when compared to Boost and regular Virgin Mobile android plans, and Sprint MVNOs. All of which are limited in their network roaming capabilities and exclude access to Sprints Extended LTE partners. So recently I posted on Reddit which I'll link in the case you want to read over that Virgin Mobile Inner Circle & Extended Coverage. So allow me to start, so about a week ago I visited my local Apple Store to see about picking up a Virgin Mobile sim card for the Inner Circle for use on my iPhone X from Verizon. To my surprise I was able to get one at no cost and all they had to do was check it out for their inventory to update, based on their reaction I was the first person to mention or ask about getting a Virgin Mobile sim card. At least at that store or those people. So I got the Sim Card and activated it, ported over a number from a T-Mobile sim I had activated to check coverage. And was all set up with Virgin Mobile Inner Circle for the 6 month $1 promo. Once I got home I noticed that my device was still reading Virgin LTE even though I was in a US Cellular coverage area, Wayne County and Appanoose County, IA. Both of which don't have Sprint coverage, though a old image I found showed what looked like there was at some point Nextel coverage in Centerville, IA (Appanoose County) but I could never confirm. And when checking in field test mode it showed I was on band 12. Though when my iPhone is right next too a T-Mobile phone roaming on US Cellular or a actual US Cellular phone my phone has a weaker signal compared to the other too, though that could just be my device. I remember a while back when Sprint updated their coverage map and made the US Cellular LTE roaming the same type of LTE Roaming as other partners such as Nex-Tech Wireless, and am wondering to what extent is the US Cellular roaming native. Is it truly treated like native or should I expect Virgin to hit me up at some point soon and say I need to switch, my usage on the Sprint network each month would be between 20-30%. I've attempted to use as little data off of wifi while on the US Cellular network as possible, but am wondering if this is something I should even be worried about? The website says that my device should indicate when its on a Extended partner but it isn't it says Virgin, someone on reddit gave me a code to enter to see if it would refresh and start reading Extended, it refreshed and said it for no less than a millisecond before switching back to saying Virgin LTE. So the question is too what extent is US Cellular Extended LTE roaming coverage treated as native coverage the Virgin Map says "Roaming in these areas counts as on network usage. Similar level of service as on network, but not all services may be available." and Sprint Coverage Map says "These roaming areas are included in your plan. Some services may not be available." will it not matter will I be able to go through the next six months with no problem or should I be prepared to switch to another carrier, by month 6 I'll be well within Sprints coverage area 100% of the time, but what about the end of month 2 or 3.
  4. EntrepreneurKid

    Sprint & T-Mobile Roaming Agreement

    According to todays T-Mobile Earnings Call the T-Mobile roaming is LTE Data only and in the example given outside of Sprint coverage your device would use T-Mobile LTE for Data and Verizon for CDMA voice.
  5. EntrepreneurKid

    Sprint & T-Mobile Roaming Agreement

    Well it's been a while since I've roamed onto Sprint using a US Cellular device but I know with 100% certainty it won't roam on T-Mobile if it can locate US Cellular coverage, and T-Mobile won't roam on US Cellular if it can locate T-Mobile coverage.
  6. EntrepreneurKid

    Sprint & T-Mobile Roaming Agreement

    In the images you shared you can see Sprint is showing in the list of networks, your device isn't going to let you roam if it can pick up a signal with the home network. Your need to be in a situation where T-Mobile is the only carrier, except maybe AT&T or Verizon that shows up in the network search, and of course your device be updated to allow the roaming onto T-Mobile. While this roaming deal may be affective immediately it may take a little bit, not too long surely, for all capable devices to get the needed update to allow them to roam onto T-Mobile. If your picking up a Sprint signal it won't let you roam, no device will roam if it can pick up a signal from it's home network, so during a manual network search if Sprint appears, there is no point attempting to connect to T-Mobile as it will refuse and say it is not allowed. It's the same way when T-Mobile devices try roaming onto US Cellular and the same when US Cellular devices try roaming onto T-Mobile or Sprint, if it can locate a signal from the home network, it will refuse to connect to a roaming network even if it is a roaming partner. If your device shows it's able to get a Sprint signal it won't allow connections to roaming networks. Roaming is for when your outside of the home network, so if your device sees it's able to connect to the home network, it's not going to allow itself to connect to another network regardless if it's a roaming partner. T-Mobile devices won't connect to US Cellular if it can locate a T-Mobile or in the case of Iowa (iWireless) signal and US Cellular devices won't roam onto T-Mobile or Sprint if it can locate a US Cellular signal. So Sprint devices are not going to allow themselves to connect to T-Mobile if there is an available Sprint signal regardless if the signal is weaker then the T-Mobile one.
  7. EntrepreneurKid

    Sprint & T-Mobile Roaming Agreement

    If your able to get any Sprint signal at all the device will refuse to roam. So if you can do a manual network search and Sprint shows up or any preferred roaming partner that might have higher priority than T-Mobile it won't allow the connection to T-Mobile. You basically need to be in that one spot where the only network showing up that is a Sprint roaming partner is T-Mobile. Again this isn't 100% but typically is how roaming works in my experience with roaming on different carriers especially with T-Mobile and US Cellular onto each other and onto Sprint.
  8. EntrepreneurKid

    Sprint & T-Mobile Roaming Agreement

    Here is the link from the T-Mobile Sprint Merger Conference Call https://allfor5g.com/content/uploads/2018/04/CREATING-ROBUST-COMPETITION-IN-THE-5G-ERA.pdf And here is the official press release for the T-Mobile Sprint Merger https://allfor5g.com/content/uploads/2018/04/T-MOBILE-AND-SPRINT-TO-COMBINE.pdf And finally of course you can get additional information and watch a video announcement by Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile CEO John Legere at allfor5g.com Also tomorrow (Monday) I expect a lot of news coverage from CNBC and Bloomberg among others, and maybe a few interviews with the CEOs to discuss the merger with the press, not much press wise happening on a Sunday.
  9. EntrepreneurKid

    Sprint & T-Mobile Roaming Agreement

    Chances are for the roaming to work your need to be completely outside of Sprint's network coverage, with your device unable to find a Sprint connection when doing a manual network search. And of course any other networks Sprint might partner with that might receive higher priority over the T-Mobile roaming, basically you got to find that one spot where the only roaming partner is T-Mobile. Good luck, also this is pure speculation based on personal experience when roaming using various carriers, including US Cellular, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, I've had a lot of roaming experience, why can't these carriers fill the holes in their coverage.
  10. With Todays announcement that T-Mobile and Sprint are merging, and the announcement of the T-Mobile Sprint Roaming deal that will survive and will last for four years regardless if the merger is completed or not, which is effect immediately as stated in the conference call and the slides made available. So I thought I'd create this to see if anyone has been able to use their Sprint device on T-Mobile roaming yet. And of course if not, once you do, come back here and say you have. Personally I'm not bothering with anything until after the coverage map is updated again, hopefully to reflect the T-Mobile roaming. And of course if you are able to roam onto T-Mobile what kind of speeds are you pulling, and on what device. Also for those that are unaware, the T-Mobile Sprint Roaming agreement that was announced as part of todays merger announcement is a roaming agreement for Sprint customers to roam onto T-Mobile for 4 years and takes affect immediately, yes right now, regardless if the merger completes or not. Surely it's a stepping stone to integrating the networks by getting Sprint devices that are capable, which according to the conference call is 20 Million Sprint devices ready to be used on the T-Mobile network full time once deal is approved by the regulators and finally completed.
  11. EntrepreneurKid

    Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Poll

    The real question is what will happen to all those prepaid brands, MetroPCS, Virgin, Boost. Would they just continue just under the new network or would we see them end Sprints prepaid brands in favor of its own. One thing i'm surely looking forward to is seeing that 600, 700, and 800 all deployed together combined with 1.9, 2.1, and of course 2.5. Especially in rural areas, and by rural I don't mean some place far out with one house and 200 miles around of nothing but land, but small towns, that today aren't served by T-Mobile or Sprint, and in many places I've found, included my own (not happy about it) no major carrier options. No Verizon, No AT&T, No T-Mobile, and No Sprint. With this, that would finally change, with the added spectrum, better financial position, and T-Mobile's already aggressive network expansion, that would finally end in so many places. I just hope that the skeptics don't end up killing a deal that could be incredibly positive.
  12. I've read and heard about Sprints plan to expand it's network but has anyone actually experienced or seen this expansion anywhere, mainly in areas like Missouri which is supposedly part if Project Ocean. Or anywhere else,specifically outside of metro areas. Has anyone picked up a signal in an area that should be no service or roaming, and is sure it isn't one of Sprints rural partners. Are there any new towers that have added coverage to the map, not just increase coverage within an existing footprint. Or has anyone discovered documentation showing plans for where a proposed Sprint tower is to be built. (permits, etc.)
  13. EntrepreneurKid

    The Mystery (Sprint) Signal

    This morning I spent a good amount of time outside, and my signal stayed. It was bouncing around, but I didn't loose it for more than a second. It wasn't until I came back inside that I lost signal again. Though I still couldn't use the signal, I'm going to be heading down into Missouri probably today so I'll see what I get. And when I do get a data signal I will make sure to test it out and mark where I'm at. Right now the signal is gone, but the phone is on the charger sitting where signal usually never reaches.
  14. EntrepreneurKid

    The Mystery (Sprint) Signal

    And as said here are the 1X Engineering screenshots. Again if anything big changes when it comes to the signal or when I test another device outside later this morning I'll be sure to take screenshots and post it.
  15. EntrepreneurKid

    The Mystery (Sprint) Signal

    Here are some screenshots from when I was outside a moment ago. I don't know how different they are from my others. I'll post my 1X Engineering screenshots in my next post which should be right after this one. If there are any big difference in signal over the next few hours I'll take screenshots and post them. I'm also going to go back out with another device and test out the signal again, and I'll post screenshots of it from the SignalCheck app and 1X Engineering screen when I do.