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  1. Your free to feel that way, but the term "bailout" has a well defined meaning and explicitly covers situations like this. If your upset with that then your argument isn't with me, but with the dictionary. "A bailout can be done for mere profit, as when an investor resurrects a floundering company by buying its shares at fire-sale prices" http://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bailout.asp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailout http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bailout
  2. "Bail outs" are usually investments too, and also expect a return on that investment. For instance, the US government was paid back for their auto bailout, and actually generated $8 billion or so in profit from the the bank bailout. "Bail out" is a common way to describe an investment that was necessary for a company to continue. That can come from a government, but also from a multinational corporation, or even just a single investor.
  3. I think it's more "people knew Sprint had debt nearing maturity, and expected Sprint to handle it". Now it's "people know Sprint has high yielding debt, and aren't confident that Sprint will handle it anymore". I really don't see the re/code article effecting it much. If anything, Sprint's reluctance to talk about specifics would swing it more than a random blog article. For instance, If Sprint announced they were selling any spectrum, you'd see their stock price shoot up instantly. Assuming a buyer was found who paid $1.25 per MHz-POP, Sprint could easily wipe out this upcoming $1.5 billion dollar maturing debt by selling/leasing just 20mhz of B41 in various markets. (That price seems fairly conservative, AWS3 just sold for approx $1.60 to $2.80 MHz-POP). It would not impact current Sprint service in any way (they'd still have 2xCA / 3xCA in various markets), and would put them on more solid financial footing -- not a permanent fix, but buying them a lot more time to correct their financials. To be clear, I don't *want* Sprint to sell spectrum, and it's not assured that a buyer could be lined up for it. But if the alternative is defaulting on their loans and/or eliminating cell sites/density -- selling/leasing their unused spectrum is a rational choice that's far better than many of the alternatives.
  4. I agree they should have had that ready upfront. But they do offer this now. You can dial a shortcode to turn on/off BingeOn at any time. (Similar to the data usage and other shortcodes) #BNG# (or #264#) - Check Status #BNO# (or #266#) - Turn BingeOn On (Activate) #BNF# (or #263#) - Turn BingeOn Off (Deactivate)
  5. I think a hardware keyboard should be too, but I get why both are ignored.
  6. Well, of course! It's a holiday tradition!
  7. BoJack Horseman is probably my absolute favourite Netflix-created series. House of Cards, Arrested Development, Master of None are also great. I get the impression most people don't like sense8, but I really enjoyed that one too. It's slow to start, but starts to click after the third episode.
  8. It's not "common" (I use VoLTE ubiquitously, I also rarely experience it). But it's more common than dropped calls, which happen even less often. RootMetrics is saying that in NYC, 1.2% of calls are being blocked, or roughly "1 out of every 100 calls". I think sounds about right, in my experience. As far as I can tell, It doesn't matter whether the site is busy or empty. It doesn't matter whether you have a good or bad signal. The network literally doesn't seem to matter at all. It feels like a server in Bellevue is throwing an error that isn't caught. The phone won't fall back to HSPA+ (because it has a totally fine LTE signal with data and everything) but the call just doesn't go through. If you hang up, immediately place the same call again (same tower, same reception, same phone number, same everything) it suddenly works fine, no issue. http://www.rootmetrics.com/us/rsr/grand-rapids-mi/2015/2H is an example that comes to mind. T-Mobile Michigan is Nokia, right? T-Mobile literally didn't drop a single call anywhere in the entire market in any of RootMetrics testing. But they placed last on call ranking due exclusively to call blocking (also at about 1%).
  9. T-Mobile doesn't have VoLTE blocked call issues either, in some markets. But in others, they're recording 1% or higher blocked calls, even when data service itself is equally OK. As far as I can tell, this is not a VoLTE issue at all -- VoLTE itself is fine and very reliable. It's a "T-Mobile is doing something weird specifically to their own VoLTE in many markets" issue.
  10. This is pretty common. It's the VoLTE blocked call issue. I've mentioned this before. T-Mobile has a provisioning issue where calls on VoLTE get blocked, even when data service is otherwise totally fine. In data speeds, T-Mobile came in 2nd place. And T-Mobile's call reliability is also 2nd place, (less call drops than Verizon or Sprint, according to this RootMetrics report). If they had fixed their VoLTE call blocked issue, they'd probably have ranked 2nd place. But because they still haven't fixed it yet, they're still recording these high blocked call numbers. I don't think it's wrong at all for RootMetrics to penalize them for that.
  11. If someone steals property, they are a thief. That doesn't make them an arsonist. The term "arson" means something specific (setting fire to property) and stealing isn't that, even if the end result is similar. If you try to warn people about a thief by saying "he's an arsonist", you'll be wrong and appear either uninformed or untrustworthy. It's sort of like crying wolf, it hurts the cause your trying to support. That cuts both ways though. You also run a service, on the internet, that controls content using a set of rules you defined (S4GRU Posting Guidelines). The content here is (mostly) free, even though there is a real-world cost for it. By your own "expanded definition" of Net Neutrality, S4GRU.com is also "in violation of Net Neutrality". --- Obviously that's not true, S4GRU.com does not actually violate Net Neutrality. But that's why these definitions are so important -- if "you can call (Net Neutrality) whatever you want" and "the term doesn't matter" then anyone can claim anything and be accurate.
  12. Net Neutrality is a principle that ISP's (and the governments regulating them) should not be allowed to discriminate against content over the net, because they hold an effective monopoly over access. Amazon's "pay developers for eyeballs" play is slimy, but is not a violation of Net Neutrality by definition. Net Neutrality isn't a catch-all phrase for any company acting as a "gatekeeper", or using their influence to pick winners or losers -- Net Neutrality is a specific principle against a specific type of transgression. I worry that if people throw that label onto anything that happens to be "bad", it cheapens the meaning.
  13. Based on their quarterly filings, T-Mobile's pushing a good chunk of their earnings back into the network. They're spending most of their margins on the network + customer acquisition, instead of recording them as profit or returning them as dividends. T-Mobile has been profitable for two years now (all while covering the network upgrade costs, and ETF payoff costs). Factually speaking, they could sustain themselves forever with their current setup, unless something major changes in the future (such as customers leaving, or their expenses rising sharply)
  14. To be fair, we're only seeing anecdotal evidence the other way too. Everyone is just assuming all congestion must be caused by BingeOn, even though T-Mobile is adding a couple million subscribers every quarter, has skipped out on backhaul upgrades in some areas, and has very little spectrum growth. Congestion is happening in places, we're seeing that. But I strongly suspect those are the causes, and --- I understand people's assumption of "abuse" causing problems. Previous unlimited plans often weren't throttled. Just one or two "abusers" could soak up an entire sector, and we've likely all seen that happen firsthand in the past. But BingeOn is so heavily throttled that it's literally impossible for one or two people to impact the network in any way. Let's do some napkin math : Even if T-Mobile only had 10+10 LTE in a given market, (assuming 900kbps average 480p video stream) a single 3-sector site could have more than 150 people on it "abusing" BingeOn 24/7/365, and the 151st user could still pull down an average 6-12mbps on a speedtest (assuming good signal and available backhaul). That's roughly 15-20% of all T-Mobile's subscribers nationwide (per site, on average) who could all "abuse" BingeOn simultaneously before there was a problem. And that's assuming the worst-case spectrum scenario (most markets have much more than just 20mhz. In many markets, you'd need roughly 50% of subscribers, all streaming *simultaneously* before there's a problem). Even being heavily-pessimistic with the math, it still works out OK for quite a while.
  15. AT&T charges providers for their zero rating, and the FCC hasn't done anything about it. (http://www.att.com/att/sponsoreddata/en/index.html) I'd guess there's zero chance that the FCC will strike down any similar offers that any carrier makes. In fact, it's unlikely that the FCC would enforce much of anything in the future related to Net Neutrality, for any cellular carrier.
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