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  1. Yup, I agree entirely. I had hoped that what I had been reading online before I bought it was just people who are complainers, but turns out this was a time to listen to the internet. Also, was worth listening to Shade and Joski above who suggested going Moto. The formfactor still has me cringing a little, but making phone calls without fear is way worth it. (Plus it has great specs and is cheap!)
  2. Took advantage of the 15% off coupon on eBay and got a Moto Z2 Force for around $200. Still getting it transferred over (wouldnt find my Google Drive backups for some reason), but seeing much better signal at my office. Pulling in multiple neighbor cells that I couldnt "see" before, and seeing probably 10 or more dBm improvement for the 1x. Phone calls work all over the building now. Thanks very much for the recommendation! Its a huge help. Ill probably be listing my Essential for sale shortly, which makes me sad because I really liked the size and feel of that device. But a phone should be a phone first.
  3. I saw in the blog that there is an add-on that allows for CDMA/voice boosting also. That would be fantastic for me. I got approved for one a year ago.... I wonder if they would still send me one....
  4. Yesterday evening I had a notification that I had an update to "Carrier Services" in the Google Play store. Any idea what this might be for, given that Google doesnt exactly give great descriptions of these sort of things. I figured it must be something vaguely Sprint related, but wanted to see if anyone here had any insights. Thanks!
  5. My two previous devices were LG, and I was a little disappointed in the lack of timely updates. That said, I would go for a V30 or G7 for the right price. Coming off a G5 that had issues with screen burn, lack of genuine replacement batteries, and a faulty GPS has me needing it to be a really good deal. I really like everything about the Essential excpet that it doesn't actually like to work as a phone...
  6. So managed to find a Moto Z2 Force to try out, and the results are pretty substantial sitting at my desk. The Moto is better pulling LTE by 3 dbm, and the 1x (which I believe is what I want for just making a voice call, right?) was better by 16 or 20 dbm. Might have me shopping soon...
  7. I havent looked into the E line, would probably go with one of the G series phones to stay on the cheap without a good deal. Im going to check into the Z2 Force, although Im also wondering what might crop up next week for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal. I would consider one of the Moto X4 devices on the Android One platform, but I know that hardware is getting to be a little long in the tooth.
  8. Im in Washington County, over on the VT border. Not sure that you can get FIOS everywhere, depends on who won the Round III of the Broadband for All Funding in NYS. https://map.nysbroadband.ny.gov/html5viewer/?viewer=broadband If you go to that link it should tell you what is available at your address, and then possibly a "BPO Award" which is the funding to a private party to provide a broadband option. Verizon just happened to win where I live, and there isnt anything else to choose from near me.
  9. Great, thank you! Im sure that VoLTE will roll out to my area within the next decade or so... Although where I am in NY supposedly Verizon is running fios down the road, so maybe that will help speed along some of the local towers getting an upgrade or two...
  10. Quick question, and apologies if its already been addressed, I havent been through the whole thread in detail. So I know the MB is supposed to help with data only, and not voice. (For that I would need an airrave I believe) With the upcoming push to move to VoLTE, would a MagicBox then actually help out with voice service? Once upon a time I was approved for one, but never finished my request. Wondering if it would make sense once they have some of the latest generation ones available. Thanks in advance, and sorry if this was already discussed.
  11. Thanks for the responses, and I was hoping someone would say the Moto was a good performer. I actually had tried to get some of them when Sprint/BB was closing them out super cheap, but they went before I could get there. I was thinking of trying to nab one for my wife to use, as her old LG G5 is getting tired and the GPS is shot. I usually always try to put the tempered glass protectors on when I can, but it sounds like thats a big necessity for the Moto phones. I really like the feel of the Essential, but Im thinking I may need to part ways with it given where I spend most of my time. The fact that the latest update seems to have interfered with the WiFi calling feature may have just sealed its fate...
  12. Thanks! I have used Swappa in the past and had good luck with it, as well as some of the more trusted sellers on eBay for NIB phones. I really dig my Essential, but it has to work as a phone first and foremost. Not sure if Sprint has been working on any tower upgrades in my area lately, but it seems the past month that service has been spottier than I was used to, and this new handset has just further compounded things.
  13. Thanks for the response. Ill take a look. Any other thoughts on something that might be one iteration behind? Hoping to stay sub-$500
  14. Hello All. I've been with Sprint a long time, and have been relatively happy with their service. But I live in a rural area, and lately my work has had me traveling a lot. I recently started using an Essential PH-1, which has a great feel and the fast updates are great. But Im not sure if I am going to be able to live with the very poor signal that it can pull in. I'm honestly not as concerned with the data speeds as much as just being able to make a voice call. Does anyone have a thought/recommendation on a phone that gets better reception? I would prefer to stick with Android just because I am in their ecosystem, if possible. Not looking to buy a 2019 flagship, but just wondering what that is current or from the past few years might work a little more reliably.... Thanks in advance!
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