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bigsnake49

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  1. If they update/upgrade all sites with B26, VOLTE should be fine. Of course they might still need more sites for garden variety data.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    And I am talking in general. Sprint's problems in rebanding were not just because of the Mexican government. The Mexican government had not held back rebounding by 10 years. IBEZ is the last step. Is the Riverside County sheriff's office still holding out?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    @greenbastard in Sprint's case it did not have to be an outright cash bribe to the police chief. But a charity fund set up by Sprint can donate funds to the police department to replace the police chief's aging police car. All in the name of increasing police response to emergencies. Now Sprint probably did not have enough money to set up such a charity fund.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I prefer to call it marketing expenses. Or you can do it like Sprint and take 14 years and still not finish it. Sometimes it does not really take "marketing". It takes providing them with brand new radios instead of reprogrammed ones. Yeah they cost a little bit more but it gets done done faster and everybody feels better about their brand new radios.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I hope you come and check my market. I have been waiting for those network enhancements for way too long. Then for some reason or another they changed the location of the closest site to me from a full build site to MM2. So for me after all the network mismanagement, the merger cannot come soon enough. I am happy that they are doing it but I am gung ho for this merger.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Oh I know how to deal with the Mexicans and the Indians and the police chiefs in Florida with the wink, wink brand new Ford Explorers.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Wow, I had not heard that before but I dismiss it out of hand. The failure of previous mergers was that it was the wrong merger. But I will not open that discussion again. I can guarantee you that if Nextel merged with Verizon the merger including the rebanding would have been concluded in 3-4 years as planned.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Look, they admitted in their filing with the FCC (and were asked for further data) that they spent more money on promotions than network investments ( I took advantage of one of them). T-Mobile's uncarrier moves hurt mostly Sprint and deprived them of needed revenue for network expansion. I am not even talking about 5G. They still don't have triband on all their sites, they still have holes in their coverage (no I am not talking about rural coverage). They need to deploy 4x4, QAM 256 on all their sites. Will they be able to keep the network investment up to be a viable network operator in the future? I have my doubts. Can they surprise me? Sure. You are right though, this merger will happen Then I will complain about how much T-Mobile exaggerates their rural coverage.😂
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Me too! I guess they are engineers and they need solid answers to solid questions.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Holy Crapola, this is sh@tload of info that the FCC is asking from T-Mobile: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-353599A1.pdf and Sprint: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-353601A1.pdf I am guessing this is going to take a little while to provide and then review.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Now I don't know what the new network engineering model they submitted, Build 9 or the new financial modeling of Applications. I wonder if it is classified as Confidential or Highly Confidential so that we can't see it.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    From the pdf, there were three additional pieces of information
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Well it turns out that the FCC stopped the clock on the merger because T-Mobile/Sprint submitted new documents on the network integration side to the FCC. "The newly-provided network engineering model is significantly larger and more complex than the engineering submissions already in the record. It appears to incorporate new logic, methodologies, facts, and assumptions, on a subject central to the Applications-the transaction's claimed network benefits. Accordingly, the Commission and third parties will require additional time to review it.” https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-354053A1.pdf
  14. Maybe I am stupid but what are we supposed to be looking for?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    What is the threshold for switching over to T-Mobile?
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    No signs of it here either.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I wish we had T-Mobile roaming enabled. T-mobile is usually 3-6dBs better than Sprint inside my condo. Out and about Sprint is really decent but then so is everybody else. When it comes to 1x, since it is on 1x800, Sprint has great coverage. It seems that they have not added band 26 on all of the sites in my market.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Verizon has a lot of 1x M2M customers. Until those are gone there will be some 1x. Probably not enough for Sprint to roam on.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    That's crazy good. All I ever get is 25Mbps.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Then they would offer it in places they have 2.5 spectrum. Then there is the CBRS and LAA schemes. Then the upcoming 3.7-4.2 band (C-Band).
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Because I think they will have plenty of band 41 spectrum available in rural and semi rural areas but not enough left over in more urban settings.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    It seems that the Sprint and T-Mobile executives are saying the right things to make this merger happen: 1. The combined company will not eliminate any of its prepaid brands 2. They will be MVNO friendly going forward 3. They will offer a fixed wireless product at very competitive prices in 50% of the zip codes in its service area. I think the only other major point they need to hit is to provide reasonable roaming rates to smaller wireless operators like CSpire. "In response to questions from commissioners at the FCC, T-Mobile executives promised that, if the company successfully merges with Sprint, the combined company will not eliminate any of its prepaid brands. T-Mobile currently operates the MetroPCS prepaid brand while Sprint operates the Boost and Virgin prepaid brands. Further, the T-Mobile executives promised that a combined Sprint/T-Mobile, which executives have dubbed New T-Mobile, would also continue to encourage MVNOs to use its network." https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/boost-metropcs-and-virgin-to-survive-merger-sprint-t-mobile-execs-promise
  23. Of course Sprint knows what to do but it does not hurt to remind them. You need more sites closer. Densify is the name of the game. So is triband on all your sites. Also please allocate more backhaul. No reason for me to get 21Mbps on a 3xCA band 41 site with a -94dbM signal.
  24. Only the LG K30, Samsung S8, S8+, S9, S9+ are supported at launch and more expensive than buy-in them from Samsung for example the S9 64 GB is $619 at B&H, $719 at Samsung and $749 at Spectrum Mobile. No iPhones and no BYOD. Plans include $45 unlimited or $14/GB. Free calls and texting. You do have to be a customer of their Internet offering. Totally underwhelming launch!
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