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About bigsnake49

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    iPhone6s, Nexus5X, MotoG5 Plus
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  1. bigsnake49

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I foresee no spectrum divestitures. Other conditions maybe imposed such as: 1. Any Sprint MVNO is automatically grandfathered in. 2. Any Sprint authorized dealer becomes a New T-Mobile authorized dealer. 3. Any roaming deals of CCA members with Sprint will be grandfathered in. 4. Any deals with rural wireless companies to use Sprint spectrum and in turn provide cell service to Sprint for free will be grandfathered in. 5. The combined company shall expend their coverage to match Verizon's or AT&T's coverage within 5 years. 6. There shall be no loss of coverage resulting from this merger 7. Companies shall allow current subscribers to keep their phones and plans for at least 2 years or provide incentives to current subscribers to move to new plans and phones.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Well you don't want to do anything that if the merger goes through, it becomes a stranded asset.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    You probably will have to create a new account on T-Mobile with just one phone until they merge the two billing systems.
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Well, well I just ran another speedtest at the most distant point but the most clear of obstructions (walls). It registered 33.4 Mbps. Now we're talking!
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    SNR around 10, RSRP around 100. Definitely fed by 2500Mhz backbone.
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    5G phones design considerations

    Interesting article over at ArsTechnica.com about 5G phones. Basically it tells us that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 does not have a 5G modem on the chip. It does have a 4G modem. The X50 modem is external chip. Also because of signal attenuation you will need up to 4 antenna chips to ensure good reception. The author's conclusion: 5G phones in 2019 will be clunky, hot and short on battery life. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/12/dont-buy-a-5g-smartphone-at-least-not-for-a-while/
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    The SNR of the incoming signal or the outgoing signal from the box? The outgoing SNR is phenomenal, in the high 20s to mid 30s.
  8. bigsnake49

    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Right at the window yes. The signal dies quickly and so does the speed...By the time I am at the other end of the condo I am lucky to get 1-2. There are also couple of dead spots, one right by my side of my bed.
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    I did and it failed to connect.
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    So I received my MB 3. Great signal everywhere in my 2185sq ft condo. Did a speedtest, before installing it by the front door window. Got 22-25MBps. Turned it on, let it sign to Sprint, RSRP around 50, did another speedtest, got around 5Mbps and increased ping and jitter. I repeated the speedtest several times and it got worse. Well, I will repeat the speedtest later on tonight to see if it improved. But if it does not within couple of days, off goes back to Sprint.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    RCRWireless has an interview with the Sprint CFO. He emphasized the fact that the Capex they are spending this year is foundational to the combined company, for example putting band 41 on all their sites, Massive MIMO, etc. They are very careful not to spend anything that will be stranded if the merger is approved, like back office systems that need to be updated. He also said that the $10B of integration expenses/investment includes a substantial amount for termination of long term leases. https://www.rcrwireless.com/20181213/business/sprint-cfo-merger-strategy
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Well, I have no idea what they're waiting for to make it nationwide.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    They have built out all of their 1900MHz. Block G was the first 1900Mhz spectrum to be used for LTE. They have not made all their macro sites triband. The only fallow spectrum is the rest of the 2500MHz on which 5G can be quickly deployed.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Yeah, maybe T-Mobile will allow VOLTE on older iPhones rather than iPhone 8 and above.
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    Well, it definitely has not been turned on around here. I fall down to 1x or EHRPD occasionally.
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