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  1. So as my curiosity got the best of me, i figured id run down the basics of Sprint`s future plans to deploy LTE on the 800Mhz band. This topic is for anyone new to the site, and individuals who want to know the difference between lower, and higher frequency networks. Lower radio bands: Becomming a golden standard for most mobile network companies today, network carriers recently started to use the lower bands of spectrum, mainly for their LTE networks. Why is a lower band better: *Wider Geographical coverage(Better in-building access) *Faster speeds(Depending on the distance of the tower, and other factors that may influence the signal, and or speed of the network connection.) How a lower band can be hurtful: *The network on the lower band(800Mhz for example) is more affected by weather, and or other interfearences. Higher radio bands: Used mainly for 3G networks, as well as some LTE networks(Not very common for LTE networks). AT&T is one of the carriers who runs thier 3G/HSPA+ network on the 1800/1900 Mhz band. Although the numbers may seem pleasing, which at times they can be, everything has its ups and downs. Why a higher band is better: *Less affected by weather *Allows more spectrum for smaller cities *More efficient(Since the higher bands have less geographical reach, towers need less power to operate the networks. How higher bands can be hurtful: *Poor in-building coverage(Depending on the location of the serving cell site) *Less geographical range(towers that may be 3 miles away would not be accessable, as to where towers with lower bands at the same distance would be accessable.) Wrapping that bit of information up, we now get to sprint`s future plans to deploy their LTE network on the 800Mhz band, which was previously occupied by sprints iDEN network(Push to talk service). Not too long ago, sprint gloated about thier WIMAX network, which was deployed on the 2500Mhz band from the internet provider Clearwire. As we all know here, the speeds with wimax were not that bad when it all began, but then came a list of operating fees, maitenance, and poor speeds due to the available amount of spectrum. We also know that wimax did not work well at times in structures, mainly due to the high frequency band it was deployed on. From my guess, sprint does not want a repeat of the terror their WIMAX network brought them, so this time around, sprint is going to do things the right way. With LTE being on a lower band, more users with LTE capable devices will be able to access it, because of its wider geographical range. Also, since lower bands offer faster speeds, users can enjoy even faster downloads and youtube browsing. Also, due to the wider geographical range of lower frequency networks, less towers wil exist in areas, since one single tower running a lower frequency network can cover as much as two towers can that operate a higher frequency network, which leads to lowered operating costs, and better management. Do you guys think sprint is doing something right this time around?
  2. Technobuffalo had 3 articles testing different phones on T-Mobiles LTE network. Here is a summary of the speed differences: iPhone - Download: 32.32Mbps Upload: 13.57Mbps Note II - Download: 57.99Mbps Upload: 20.16Mbps HTC ONE - Download: 27Mbps Upload: 11.52MBps Why is a big difference between the HTC ONE and the Note II.? I don't know how many test were run, and if these are averages, but it doesn't look good for HTC to be the slowest.
  3. MattLee100

    Galaxy S4 with FD-LTE

    At the Samsung Galaxy S4 unveiling, JK Shin said that TD-LTE would be supported on the S4, which to me seemed to indicate that it would include the 2.5Ghz spectrum (band class 41?). If so, this would be the first sprint phone that would be able to handle TD-LTE. Does anyone have any more information about this? It sounded like Robert was told previously not to expect handsets with support for TD-LTE until the second half, but if it is indeed the case that this will include TD-LTE support, it would make the S4 the device to get over the HTC One for future proofing purposes. Just curious if anyone has any more info.
  4. Kaixor

    LTE Advanced and phones

    I have a burning question that I cannot find an answer to on the Internet (if that's possible). When sprint gets LTE advanced, will the iPhone 5 and the GS3 support the new features (Carrier aggregation, etc)? And what other phones can use LTE-A?
  5. So seeing as how Sprint is aiming to have Network Vision mostly completed by the end of this year as well as the apparent inclusion of LTE upgrades to Network.sprint.com, do you think they are focusing on doing strictly NV upgrades or are there still band-aid fixes taking place?
  6. T-Mobile gets ready to launch LTE, while HD voice and unlimited 4G with no contract available now http://www.pocketables.com/2013/01/t-mobile-gets-ready-to-launch-lte-while-hd-voice-and-unlimited-4g-with-no-contract-available-now.html
  7. Hi all, I've been using a 3G BlackBerry for the past few months, and it's pretty boring. Sure BlackBerries are great phones (I love the keyboard and email/messaging capabilities the most), but the main reason I stick with it is the reception/antenna on the Galaxy Nexus made the phone nearly unusable, coupled with poor battery life. With the BlackBerry, although I get excellent reception, I do not feel as though I am getting my money's worth out of Sprint's plans. My apartment is in a marginal Sprint coverage zone, so I need a phone with a strong antenna to be usable. BlackBerries are famous for this; the Nexus failed. Airave is a non-starter because it has to be by a window (ugly) and my neighbor has an Airave already; I believe this is the reason I had problems before with my Airave. My phone would try to handshake between two Airaves and drop the call. I am unsure if there is a way to tell your phone to only connect to one Airave or not; I returned the device. I'm seriously considering buying a Note II soon; so my question is: to those that have used this phone for a while, what is the reception like in comparison to other phones you've used? My apartment gets 1-2 bars of 3G (sometimes dropping down to 1X) with my BlackBerry; with the Galaxy Nexus unless I was directly in front of a window the call would drop and calls would go directly to Voicemail. Thanks for any insight!
  8. JustinRP37

    CES 2013 FiOS TV over LTE?

    I saw this from an article about Verizon FiOS at CES 2013 and wondered how they could ever broadcast live video over LTE when spectrum is hard to come by. I have FiOS service at home and have to say nothing beats fiber for home internet and tv. I just wish more companies would invest in infrastructure to provide for a more widespread fiber backbone. Verizon everywhere In his CES keynote, Verizon’s chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam indicated that FiOS TV won’t be limited to fixed line access in years to come. He said that Verizon may broadcast (multicast) live video over LTE in 2014. Mr. McAdam handed off a part of his presentation to a Ford Motor Company executive who described Ford’s Sync App link for smartphones – which indicated that Verizon, and not just AT&T , also has a focus on the connected car. http://www.telecompetitor.com/ces-verizon-updates-fios-redbox-instant-to-meet-borderless-lifestyle-demands/
  9. Lots of folks are excited about an LTE Advanced network. Why not? It's the new hotness in cellular data technologies. I'm trying to get a better understanding of how in the real world it will impact us Sprint phone users. So the three key advantages of LTE Advanced (LTE Release 10) to my knowledge are as follows: Carrier Aggregation Improved Multiple antenna support better handling of additional nodes Not sure how much benefit from improved multiple antenna support we'll get on phones due to power requirements... maybe tablets and personal hotspots though? Carrier aggregation seems like the major real benefit for Sprint users. I know Sprint is doing a 5x5 deployment but will they use this aggregation support to combine their 800Mhz spectrum as well as their 2.5G from Clearwire? I'd think Clearwire wouldn't be able to do it regardless given that it's TDD and not FDD, is this correct? Most of you seem to have a far greater wealth of knowledge of all things cellular data, so I was hoping you could clarify some of the benefits we'll see in the real world. Yes, I know there have been other topics about LTE-Advanced, but none seem to really address what I'm trying to find out. Thanks.
  10. So I was browsing the forums and I did not see a thread that kept track of the LTE speeds people were getting. Id post an LTE speedtest if I got it in my area, but sadly I do not. So post away guys, and lets see just how fast sprint is becoming!
  11. Kaixor

    LTE.... Roaming?

    On my way home riding the bus in San Francisco, I look at my status bar and see something which left me completely confused.... LTE and extended (roaming) right next to each other. I did take a screenshot but I don't know to upload a picture via mobile so when I do get home I'll post the picture.
  12. Hi everyone, here is the list of markets for which we have received data in December. This includes data up to yesterday. Sorry but I can't seem to layout the table correctly (suggestions welcome !) urban area | first_seen | samples | users | trips ----------------------------------------------+------------------------+---------+-------+------- Aberdeen--Bel Air South--Bel Air North, MD | 2012-11-30 18:29:57+01 | 3028 | 13 | 17 Aguadilla--Isabela--San Sebastián, PR | 2012-12-04 12:05:18+01 | 4 | 2 | 2 Altoona, PA | 2012-12-16 22:03:59+01 | 81 | 1 | 1 Anderson, IN | 2012-11-30 08:16:18+01 | 3739 | 9 | 40 Antioch, CA | 2012-12-02 00:46:05+01 | 3394 | 8 | 33 Arecibo, PR | 2012-11-30 15:25:00+01 | 88 | 2 | 2 Ashland City, TN | 2012-12-06 20:05:46+01 | 172 | 1 | 8 Athens-Clarke County, GA | 2012-12-15 12:41:36+01 | 64 | 1 | 1 Atlanta, GA | 2012-07-19 01:08:49+02 | 107356 | 79 | 1055 Austin, TX | 2012-11-29 12:51:14+01 | 126781 | 139 | 1107 Baltimore, MD | 2012-11-28 22:25:17+01 | 40028 | 66 | 329 Barnstable Town, MA | 2012-11-24 22:32:49+01 | 95 | 2 | 3 Basehor, KS | 2012-12-21 00:55:33+01 | 165 | 1 | 3 Bastrop, TX | 2012-12-10 18:49:09+01 | 158 | 4 | 4 Belterra, TX | 2012-12-18 00:22:32+01 | 3 | 1 | 1 Berryville, VA | 2012-12-01 17:44:49+01 | 176 | 1 | 6 Boerne, TX | 2012-12-03 06:45:44+01 | 623 | 2 | 6 Boston, MA--NH--RI | 2012-11-25 21:38:43+01 | 43691 | 71 | 440 Braidwood--Coal City--Wilmington, IL | 2012-12-02 17:24:41+01 | 8 | 1 | 2 Bridgeport--Stamford, CT--NY | 2012-12-09 00:49:15+01 | 267 | 4 | 7 Broadway, VA | 2012-11-30 12:45:05+01 | 1321 | 1 | 5 Calhoun, GA | 2012-12-11 14:57:07+01 | 540 | 2 | 3 Carrollton, GA | 2012-11-30 07:09:07+01 | 48 | 1 | 4 Cartersville, GA | 2012-11-30 18:05:26+01 | 386 | 4 | 8 Chambersburg, PA | 2012-11-30 19:42:07+01 | 1496 | 5 | 29 Charles Town--Ranson, WV | 2012-12-01 17:23:32+01 | 721 | 4 | 6 Charlotte, NC--SC | 2012-11-30 11:57:11+01 | 5233 | 30 | 117 Chicago, IL--IN | 2012-11-14 13:49:05+01 | 280988 | 177 | 2232 Cleveland, TX | 2012-11-30 23:26:54+01 | 92 | 1 | 3 Coco--Salinas, PR | 2012-12-02 20:18:00+01 | 55 | 3 | 3 College Station--Bryan, TX | 2012-12-01 04:14:06+01 | 3692 | 8 | 91 Columbia, TN | 2012-12-04 08:09:20+01 | 34 | 2 | 2 Concord, CA | 2012-11-30 15:31:49+01 | 4768 | 23 | 86 Conroe--The Woodlands, TX | 2012-11-30 07:08:40+01 | 19565 | 13 | 202 Cornelia--Baldwin, GA | 2012-12-15 20:49:23+01 | 19 | 1 | 1 Corsicana, TX | 2012-12-15 20:17:11+01 | 49 | 1 | 1 Dallas--Fort Worth--Arlington, TX | 2012-11-24 02:35:52+01 | 150371 | 105 | 1532 Denton--Lewisville, TX | 2012-12-04 15:31:42+01 | 3227 | 10 | 29 El Dorado, KS | 2012-12-06 23:26:47+01 | 20 | 2 | 2 Elgin, TX | 2012-12-04 23:28:04+01 | 66 | 3 | 3 Elkhart, IN--MI | 2012-11-29 19:13:21+01 | 4257 | 10 | 35 Elkton, VA | 2012-12-07 00:34:07+01 | 183 | 1 | 3 Emporia, KS | 2012-12-01 01:35:29+01 | 2975 | 6 | 24 Fairfield, CA | 2012-11-20 23:14:44+01 | 6444 | 9 | 180 Florida--Imbéry--Barceloneta, PR | 2012-11-30 23:45:34+01 | 278 | 3 | 3 Forest Lake, MN | 2012-12-12 00:09:19+01 | 43 | 2 | 2 Fort Wayne, IN | 2012-11-30 15:00:28+01 | 2772 | 12 | 53 Fredericksburg, TX | 2012-12-04 15:01:50+01 | 1773 | 4 | 12 Front Royal, VA | 2012-12-04 18:37:38+01 | 101 | 3 | 3 Gainesville, GA | 2012-12-02 19:38:02+01 | 1629 | 3 | 5 Gainesville, TX | 2012-12-04 17:35:41+01 | 272 | 1 | 11 Gastonia, NC--SC | 2012-12-01 04:32:58+01 | 435 | 6 | 10 Glenwood, MD | 2012-12-11 11:53:04+01 | 79 | 1 | 2 Grangerland, TX | 2012-11-30 17:14:45+01 | 79 | 2 | 4 Greenfield, MA | 2012-12-04 19:31:48+01 | 26 | 1 | 1 Greenville, TX | 2012-12-09 18:53:16+01 | 780 | 2 | 9 Guayama, PR | 2012-11-30 20:19:03+01 | 608 | 2 | 15 Hagerstown, MD--WV--PA | 2012-11-29 03:16:03+01 | 12865 | 18 | 95 Hanover, PA | 2012-12-02 00:47:53+01 | 742 | 3 | 15 Harrisburg, PA | 2012-11-30 18:33:55+01 | 14153 | 19 | 112 Harrisonburg, VA | 2012-11-30 12:20:08+01 | 9912 | 1 | 51 Hempstead, TX | 2012-12-05 14:17:36+01 | 396 | 5 | 9 Houston, TX | 2012-11-30 13:12:39+01 | 128373 | 52 | 528 Hudson, WI--MN | 2012-12-11 21:08:44+01 | 364 | 6 | 9 Huntsville, TX | 2012-12-19 04:24:53+01 | 163 | 2 | 3 Hutchinson, KS | 2012-11-30 19:34:37+01 | 3721 | 2 | 30 Indianapolis, IN | 2012-11-15 15:29:36+01 | 100744 | 105 | 1096 Jackson, GA | 2012-12-05 03:36:56+01 | 21 | 1 | 1 Jacksonville, FL | 2012-11-30 13:20:27+01 | 13776 | 50 | 172 Jordan, MN | 2012-11-30 14:59:07+01 | 705 | 3 | 15 Juana Díaz, PR | 2012-12-03 01:28:33+01 | 16 | 4 | 5 Junction City, KS | 2012-11-30 22:25:44+01 | 234 | 1 | 6 Kankakee, IL | 2012-12-05 01:32:00+01 | 2482 | 5 | 47 Kansas City, MO--KS | 2012-11-29 23:04:45+01 | 65292 | 46 | 445 Kenosha, WI--IL | 2012-12-21 23:29:20+01 | 6 | 1 | 1 Kerrville, TX | 2012-12-16 20:28:57+01 | 71 | 1 | 1 Killeen, TX | 2012-11-30 21:42:09+01 | 606 | 5 | 12 Lafayette, IN | 2012-12-01 00:38:34+01 | 1179 | 14 | 24 Lago Vista, TX | 2012-12-04 21:01:49+01 | 355 | 2 | 8 Lampasas, TX | 2012-11-30 22:06:47+01 | 232 | 2 | 5 Lancaster, PA | 2012-12-05 00:31:36+01 | 26 | 1 | 1 Lancaster--Palmdale, CA | 2012-12-06 16:55:31+01 | 246 | 4 | 11 Lawrence, KS | 2012-12-06 20:25:11+01 | 10 | 1 | 1 Leavenworth, KS | 2012-12-03 14:30:38+01 | 1438 | 3 | 39 Lebanon, IN | 2012-11-30 10:51:43+01 | 863 | 7 | 9 Lebanon, TN | 2012-12-14 19:54:28+01 | 1715 | 3 | 8 Lee_s Summit, MO | 2012-11-30 15:21:32+01 | 4196 | 2 | 35 Leominster--Fitchburg, MA | 2012-12-02 23:56:50+01 | 670 | 4 | 18 Livermore, CA | 2012-12-02 00:39:16+01 | 658 | 6 | 8 Los Angeles--Long Beach--Anaheim, CA | 2012-11-12 12:18:54+01 | 249718 | 347 | 2629 Lula, GA | 2012-12-15 20:46:32+01 | 1 | 1 | 1 Madisonville, TX | 2012-12-22 18:57:07+01 | 23 | 1 | 1 Manhattan, KS | 2012-11-30 15:53:37+01 | 604 | 2 | 10 Manor, TX | 2012-12-04 23:34:35+01 | 124 | 3 | 3 Martinsville, IN | 2012-12-01 23:02:12+01 | 469 | 3 | 3 Mayagüez, PR | 2012-12-12 01:40:13+01 | 2 | 1 | 1 McGregor, TX | 2012-12-22 19:13:35+01 | 35 | 1 | 1 McKinney, TX | 2012-12-01 23:39:47+01 | 2122 | 7 | 17 McPherson, KS | 2012-12-12 15:26:02+01 | 7 | 1 | 1 Memphis, TN--MS--AR | 2012-11-30 15:02:37+01 | 10384 | 22 | 227 Miami, FL | 2012-11-30 05:41:23+01 | 96909 | 176 | 894 Minneapolis--St. Paul, MN--WI | 2012-11-30 15:09:51+01 | 27262 | 87 | 293 Muncie, IN | 2012-12-04 22:34:01+01 | 502 | 2 | 5 Murfreesboro, TN | 2012-12-07 05:36:54+01 | 1185 | 6 | 31 Napa, CA | 2012-12-06 03:17:48+01 | 667 | 4 | 6 Nashua, NH--MA | 2012-12-01 00:25:58+01 | 313 | 3 | 7 Nashville-Davidson, TN | 2012-11-30 14:25:56+01 | 7003 | 39 | 219 Navasota, TX | 2012-12-14 17:39:02+01 | 146 | 2 | 2 Nevada, MO | 2012-12-06 20:44:40+01 | 101 | 1 | 1 New Bedford, MA | 2012-12-01 01:14:45+01 | 1395 | 3 | 38 Newton, KS | 2012-12-05 16:27:10+01 | 509 | 1 | 2 New York--Newark, NY--NJ--CT | 2012-11-20 00:11:26+01 | 42552 | 107 | 782 Orlando, FL | 2012-12-01 05:05:55+01 | 1773 | 11 | 26 Ottawa, KS | 2012-12-05 18:23:53+01 | 32 | 2 | 2 Owatonna, MN | 2012-12-17 19:07:03+01 | 2 | 1 | 1 Palm Bay--Melbourne, FL | 2012-11-30 14:55:20+01 | 2458 | 9 | 33 Paloma Creek South--Paloma Creek, TX | 2012-12-13 20:21:15+01 | 79 | 2 | 2 Paola, KS | 2012-12-01 20:05:44+01 | 520 | 1 | 8 Petaluma, CA | 2012-12-18 17:41:42+01 | 22 | 1 | 1 Ponce, PR | 2012-11-30 23:02:33+01 | 554 | 7 | 17 Portland, TN--KY | 2012-12-20 14:09:26+01 | 18 | 1 | 1 Port St. Lucie, FL | 2012-12-20 19:20:04+01 | 1428 | 3 | 14 Prairie View, TX | 2012-12-14 03:02:32+01 | 455 | 4 | 6 Providence, RI--MA | 2012-11-30 08:16:04+01 | 2841 | 14 | 37 Raleigh, NC | 2012-11-30 16:43:47+01 | 2515 | 9 | 33 Rochester, MN | 2012-12-10 05:30:45+01 | 159 | 3 | 14 Rockford, IL | 2012-12-02 23:14:00+01 | 2394 | 11 | 62 Rockmart, GA | 2012-12-19 16:43:27+01 | 73 | 1 | 1 Round Lake Beach--McHenry--Grayslake, IL--WI | 2012-12-01 00:49:25+01 | 1511 | 7 | 16 Salisbury, MD--DE | 2012-12-04 14:24:13+01 | 232 | 2 | 3 San Antonio, TX | 2012-11-11 13:32:06+01 | 55888 | 46 | 357 San Francisco--Oakland, CA | 2012-11-18 20:28:00+01 | 69986 | 97 | 422 San Jose, CA | 2012-11-29 22:59:12+01 | 27798 | 53 | 341 San Juan, PR | 2012-11-27 22:02:42+01 | 8423 | 53 | 233 San Marcos, TX | 2012-12-03 15:32:43+01 | 1254 | 7 | 7 Santa Clarita, CA | 2012-12-02 18:58:56+01 | 502 | 6 | 15 Santa Cruz, CA | 2012-12-17 01:42:32+01 | 366 | 4 | 20 Santa Rosa, CA | 2012-11-29 01:33:29+01 | 4316 | 5 | 41 Seguin, TX | 2012-12-16 17:45:26+01 | 175 | 1 | 2 Shady Side--Deale, MD | 2012-12-01 12:20:56+01 | 27 | 1 | 1 Sherman, TX | 2012-12-22 19:27:30+01 | 10 | 1 | 1 South Bend, IN--MI | 2012-11-30 13:20:12+01 | 6070 | 21 | 96 Springfield, MA--CT | 2012-12-03 13:06:33+01 | 799 | 6 | 13 Springfield, TN | 2012-12-20 17:16:54+01 | 133 | 2 | 4 Spring Hill, FL | 2012-12-06 13:46:35+01 | 2655 | 10 | 27 Spring Hill, KS | 2012-12-10 03:56:22+01 | 63 | 1 | 2 Spring Hill, TN | 2012-12-01 06:19:02+01 | 437 | 4 | 10 Tampa--St. Petersburg, FL | 2012-12-13 17:45:08+01 | 24024 | 34 | 222 Taneytown, MD | 2012-12-20 20:14:37+01 | 45 | 1 | 1 Temple, TX | 2012-11-30 03:13:49+01 | 2641 | 4 | 45 Texas City, TX | 2012-12-06 00:26:24+01 | 828 | 1 | 2 Topeka, KS | 2012-12-01 03:29:18+01 | 1119 | 5 | 36 Vacaville, CA | 2012-11-20 23:07:01+01 | 1658 | 8 | 30 Vallejo, CA | 2012-11-24 03:20:51+01 | 1663 | 11 | 43 Virginia Beach, VA | 2012-12-18 00:06:30+01 | 1492 | 7 | 28 Waco, TX | 2012-11-30 13:32:47+01 | 6403 | 12 | 44 Waldorf, MD | 2012-12-08 21:21:49+01 | 342 | 2 | 2 Washington, DC--VA--MD | 2012-11-29 13:23:27+01 | 83715 | 158 | 1023 Waynesboro, PA--MD | 2012-12-01 15:45:28+01 | 5314 | 2 | 45 Westminster--Eldersburg, MD | 2012-11-28 22:39:23+01 | 2026 | 4 | 27 Wichita, KS | 2012-11-30 11:23:00+01 | 14491 | 16 | 137 Winchester, VA | 2012-11-30 14:31:19+01 | 7985 | 10 | 84 Winder, GA | 2012-12-01 22:07:41+01 | 152 | 2 | 4 Woodstock, VA | 2012-12-18 00:00:38+01 | 248 | 2 | 2 Worcester, MA--CT | 2012-12-01 17:02:59+01 | 1048 | 5 | 27 Yauco, PR | 2012-12-15 17:16:14+01 | 98 | 2 | 7 York, PA | 2012-11-30 20:38:41+01 | 9523 | 15 | 115
  13. Original story: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8B20XC20121203?irpc=932 My opinion: Samsung is bidding lower than Ericsson on some projects and winning those bids...and deploying faster than Ericsson in some cases (e.g. NV). So Ericsson wants to stop looking slow and expensive...by slowing Samsung down and making them more expensive. I really hope that they can come to a reasonable resolution on this issue, since otherwise both Ericsson and Samsung NV builds could be slowed. And Ericsson in particular shouldn't get any slower than it already is.
  14. rwhittaker13

    Why LTE drains so much battery

    First planned post of www.rcrproductions.org: Why LTE devices struggle with decent battery life: Phones today are becoming more and more vital to our daily life. Sending emails, surfing the web, or staying connected to loved ones, we just could not live without them. As carriers advance with their network technology, phones must keep up, right? Companies such as Verizon, Sprint, as well as AT&T are currently busy deploying their new 4G LTE networks. As these new networks are developed, phones have been made with LTE radios designed to operate on these networks, but many notice when connected to LTE, the battery life of the device is not as pretty as the speed of the network is. So many wonder, why does LTE drain so much battery? The main reason why LTE eats your battery: It all has to do with the function of the LTE radios. For now, most mobile service providers have not fully developed a technology called vOLTE (Voice Over Long Term Evolution). This technology allows voice related data to be transfered over the LTE network, instead of the fallback network(Usually with CDMA networks, or another sub network). Because this technology has not been fully developed, and deployed at the current time, phones are forced into a mode called "Active Dual Mode Operation". This mode forces the device to connect to a CDMA network, while connected to a LTE network.(CDMA networks used in this example belong to sprint, and verizon.) Since voice data can not be transfered over the LTE network, it is forced to be transfered only over the CDMA network, while only data is transmitted through the LTE network. Because two constant connections are being made at one time by the radios, this draws much more power from the device. If vOLTE technology were developed, battery life in some devices may increase when connected to the LTE network, since the radios would only have to be connected to one network to transmit both voice and data. The best way to avoid excessive battery drain in LTE devices: This is much simpiler than it may seem, but the fact is that most devices will prioritize a better network over a worse network. LTE networks are much faster than 3G networks, so the first signal a LTE device will search for is LTE. If an LTE signal is not present, the device will constantly continue to search for the network until it can successfully connect. This of course deteriorates battery life. The best recommendation is to not have LTE turned on in the settings of the device, if an LTE network has not yet been deployed in the area. Conclusion: As explained, LTE devices are the new face to a better and brighter networking experience. Some wondered why LTE devices draw more power when connected to an LTE network. The easiest answer to this: With some benifits, comes not as expected perfect results.
  15. I came across an interesting article at http://www.gottabemo...phone-5-models/. It talks about the CDMA version of the IPhone 5. But it turns out that the IPhone 5 may start a big change in the future of LTE roaming. With the GSM version of the IPhone, which can operate on AT&T`s LTE network, and if the proper roaming agreements are signed, it can roam on Canada`s 4G LTE networks, but not possible yet as an agreement has not been reached. This being said, it turns out that the CDMA IPhone 5 is more compatible with LTE networks around the country. As of now, LTE roaming on verizon if you have a sprint phone is not possible, since Verizon runs their LTE on the 700Mhz spectrum, and Sprint is currently running their LTE on the 1900Mhz spectrum. But with the IPhone 5 already supporting other countries` LTE networks, I think in my opinion that Sprint may consider this in the future, but the cost that it would be to roam on other carrier`s LTE would cost sprint a bundle of money that may make them decide otherwise. What do you guys think? Do you think Sprint will follow suite and allow roaming with other LTE networks?
  16. When sprint finishes up their LTE rollout, what will happen to this amazing site? Change to S5GRU?
  17. I decided to make this it's own thread, as I've gone and made it overly complicated. Since we're letting our geek flags fly... Here is my Tasker setup that I created to aid me in tracking down LTE signal. I created this because if you're trying to be a "Sensorly Cartographer" like myself, it's annoying to have to keep your phone in front of your face all of the time, switching in and out of airplane mode, checking to see if the 3G now reads 4G. The most annoying thing for me is that if you lose your LTE signal, you'll have to 1) notice that it's gone, and 2) start cycling airplane mode again. This setup automates that, so if you're searching with Sensorly you just have to hit a button, and if there's LTE around you'll connect to it a lot faster. It's got a few moving parts to it, but so far it's worked out for me. WARNING: be aware that this WILL increase your battery consumption if (for some reason) you leave it running when not activily mapping. I highly recommend anyone who loves their Android phone to buy Tasker. I've had it for years, and am able to automate so many parts of my phone with it. I know I'm just scratching the surface with what I use it for too. To fully utilize this you'll be creating 3 tasks, 2 profiles and a widget icon on your home screen. Task 1: "Modified Airplane Mode Toggle" (Download here: Task-ModifiedAirplaneModeToggle.xml) Modified Airplane Mode Toggle A1: Flash [ Text:Airplane Toggle Long:Off ] A2: Airplane Radios [ Bluetooth:Off Cell:On NFC:Off Wifi:Off Wimax:On ] A3: Airplane Mode [ Set:On ] A4: Wait [ MS:0 Seconds:20 Minutes:0 Hours:0 Days:0 ] A5: Airplane Mode [ Set:Off ] What it does: it turns a modified airplane mode on (modified because I kept getting annoyed at the regular airplane mode cutting off my bluetooth headphones), waits 20 seconds, and toggles the airplane mode back off. 20 seconds is long enough for radio to do an LTE scan when it comes back online. On line A1, when things are set to "On" that means that they will be disabled by a Tasker Airplane Mode action, and "Off" means they won't be disabled by Tasker's Airplane Mode. I also set Wimax to "On" because, well, why not? Task 2: "4G Scan Monitor" (Download here:Task-4GScanMonitor.xml) 4G Scan Monitor A1: If [ %4GSCAN Is Set ] A2: If [ %HAVE4G ! Set ] A3: Perform Task [ Name:Modified Airplane Mode Toggle Stop:Off Priority:5 Parameter 1 (%par1): Parameter 2 (%par2): Return Value Variable: ] A4: Wait [ MS:0 Seconds:45 Minutes:0 Hours:0 Days:0 ] A5: Goto [ Type:Action Number Number:1 Label: ] A6: End If A7: End If This simulates a while loop, checking to see two things: if you have turned on your "scanning" widget to scan (more on that in a bit), and if you currently do not have 4G coverage (keep reading!). It then runs the "Modified Airplane Mode Toggle", waits 45 seconds, and goes back to the first line. Task 3: "Airplane Toggle Widget" (Download: SEE BELOW) Airplane Toggle Widget A1: If [ %4GSCAN Is Set ] A2: Variable Clear [ Name:%4GSCAN Pattern Matching:Off ] A3: Set Widget Icon [ Name:Airplane Toggle Widget Icon:<icon> ] A4: Else A5: Variable Set [ Name:%4GSCAN To:1 Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] A6: Set Widget Icon [ Name:Airplane Toggle Widget Icon:<icon> ] This is the logic behind the widget button you'll create later. It just sets/unsets the variable that controls whether or not you will be popping into/out of airplane mode. Profile 1: "In LTE" (Download here: Profile-InLTE.xml) Profile: In LTE State: Mobile Network [ 2G:Off 3G:Off 3G - HSPA:Off 4G:On ] Enter: Anon A1: Variable Set [ Name:%HAVE4G To:1 Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] Exit: Anon A1: Variable Clear [ Name:%HAVE4G Pattern Matching:Off ] A2: If [ %4GSCAN Is Set ] A3: Perform Task [ Name:4G Scan Monitor Stop:Off Priority:5 Parameter 1 (%par1): Parameter 2 (%par2): Return Value Variable: ] This profile sets a variable when you enter into 4G coverage. When you leave/lose 4G, it will check to see if you're currently in "scanning mode". If you are, it will start the scan over again. Profile 2: "Run 4G Scan" (Download here: Profile-Run4GScan.xml) Profile: Run 4G Scan State: Variable Value [ Name:%4GSCAN Op:Is Set Value:* ] Enter: 4G Scan Monitor This simply monitors the variable set by your widget toggle, and runs the "4G Scan Monitor" task. To add the widget: Long press on your launcher home screen: select Widget. Scroll down to "Tasker" and select "Task". From the list that pops up select "Airplane Toggle Widget". How to use: Start Sensorly Get a GPS lock Click the Start button on the Map Trip screen Hit your Home button to return to your launcher Tap the "Airplane Toggle Widget" you added earlier ... Profit! This will keep Sensorly running in the background. If/when your phone latches on to 4G, Sensorly will immediately start recording your 4G points. Hints: Recommended reading: http://forum.xda-dev...d.php?t=1110775 I have also attached the two Profile XML files you can import directly into Tasker to make setting all of this easier. The should set up Profiles 1 and 2, as well as Tasks 1 and 2. For some reason the forum won't let me upload the XML file for the Airplane Toggle Widget. Just copy and paste the following into an XML file named "AirplaneToggleWidget.xml", and import it that way. <TaskerData sr="" dvi="1" tv="1.3.3u2m"> <Task sr="task89"> <cdate>1354205330359</cdate> <edate>1354207750344</edate> <id>89</id> <nme>Airplane Toggle Widget</nme> <Action sr="act0" ve="3"> <code>37</code> <lhs>%4GSCAN</lhs> <op>9</op> <rhs></rhs> </Action> <Action sr="act1" ve="3"> <code>549</code> <Str sr="arg0" ve="3">%4GSCAN</Str> <Int sr="arg1" val="0"/> </Action> <Action sr="act2" ve="3"> <code>152</code> <Str sr="arg0" ve="3">Airplane Toggle Widget</Str> <Img sr="arg1" ve="2"> <icn>2130837588</icn> </Img> </Action> <Action sr="act3" ve="3"> <code>43</code> </Action> <Action sr="act4" ve="3"> <code>547</code> <Str sr="arg0" ve="3">%4GSCAN</Str> <Str sr="arg1" ve="3">1</Str> <Int sr="arg2" val="0"/> <Int sr="arg3" val="0"/> </Action> <Action sr="act5" ve="3"> <code>152</code> <Str sr="arg0" ve="3">Airplane Toggle Widget</Str> <Img sr="arg1" ve="2"> <icn>2130837617</icn> </Img> </Action> <Img sr="icn" ve="2"> <icn>2130837588</icn> </Img> </Task> </TaskerData> To import the Tasks and Profiles First download the XML files to your phone. In certain browsers they will ask you if you want to open the file with Tasker. If your browser just offers to save the file, use a file explorer to move it to /sdcard/Tasker/tasks (for Tasks) or /sdcard/Tasker/profiles (for Profiles). Then go into Tasker and do a long-tap on the Profiles tab header. To import Tasks do the same on the Tasks tab header. Please let me know if you find any errors in my logic, as I'm sure there are a few. Happy hunting!
  18. "According to a report from ST-Ericsson, however, next-generation LTE radios with VoLTE capabilities will actually increase battery life and reduce power consumption by 50%" http://bgr.com/2013/01/04/volte-battery-life-282438/
  19. EDIT: This site was determined to be an AT&T site further down in the thread. There is a new tower being installed near my place. Unfortunately, there are NO carrier markings on any of the equipment. The shack is still being built down in the parking lot. Can anyone tell anything from the attached photos. You can see two separate towers for the install. Mind you this is around a softball field oddly enough and this field never had lights before these towers were installed. This is the tower on the right. Only two wires to each of these panels (basically one side connected) but that being said this tower does not appear to be complete as the lower "rung" is not populated with RUUs. This is the left tower, it appear that there are two RUU's per panel. Note that one antena does not appear to be hooked up yet. That the other antenna has all four wires connected. I apologize for the suboptimal quality of the pics, these were taken with my phone. Plus I had to shrink them to fit them in this post. I have more pics of each tower if needed as well as the fullsize images that I can rehost elsewhere.
  20. kckid

    LTE works on Cruise Ship

    This is my daughter texting me and teasing that she is getting LTE after the Cruise Ship left dock in Ft. Lauderdale. Running on LTE still haha Before I received the Jelly Bean update for the Evo LTE, I was always asking her if she had LTE on her phone.
  21. Here's an update to the previous thread listing markets where we've had Sprint LTE reports by our users. Latest markets detected by sensorly users are Madison Guayama Forney Palm Bay Terrel York If you want to visualize Sprint Coverage or contribute to this list, download our app from Google Play or our site : http://www.sensorly.com PS: sorry about the formatting, I'm having trouble getting it to work. urban area | first_seen | samples | users | trips ----------------------------------------------+------------------------+---------+-------+------- Aberdeen--Bel Air South--Bel Air North, MD | 2012-10-03 04:07:12+02 | 2960 | 4 | 22 Anderson, IN | 2012-10-19 21:55:27+02 | 933 | 6 | 16 Antioch, CA | 2012-10-05 16:38:53+02 | 2682 | 10 | 67 Athens-Clarke County, GA | 2012-10-11 22:18:48+02 | 1625 | 3 | 12 Atlanta, GA | 2012-09-27 15:48:07+02 | 119973 | 78 | 1525 Austin, TX | 2012-09-30 15:32:16+02 | 68145 | 100 | 1233 Baltimore, MD | 2012-09-29 19:52:21+02 | 14117 | 32 | 213 Barnstable Town, MA | 2012-10-18 20:28:49+02 | 2199 | 3 | 46 Belterra, TX | 2012-10-17 00:51:56+02 | 12 | 1 | 2 Boston, MA--NH--RI | 2012-09-30 17:37:10+02 | 52510 | 90 | 918 Bridgeport--Stamford, CT--NY | 2012-10-12 17:16:09+02 | 383 | 5 | 10 Brookshire, TX | 2012-10-03 14:08:53+02 | 10 | 1 | 1 Calhoun, GA | 2012-09-30 22:14:36+02 | 874 | 4 | 4 Cartersville, GA | 2012-10-20 21:44:09+02 | 95 | 3 | 3 Castroville, TX | 2012-10-01 19:39:21+02 | 120 | 1 | 5 Charlotte, NC--SC | 2012-10-23 18:55:53+02 | 4235 | 12 | 78 Chicago, IL--IN | 2012-09-29 18:13:52+02 | 435383 | 344 | 4496 Cleveland, TX | 2012-10-05 18:41:07+02 | 4 | 1 | 1 Concord, CA | 2012-10-08 16:10:30+02 | 2653 | 20 | 97 Conroe--The Woodlands, TX | 2012-09-30 19:34:05+02 | 11123 | 5 | 122 Corsicana, TX | 2012-10-07 20:19:24+02 | 38 | 1 | 1 Dallas--Fort Worth--Arlington, TX | 2012-09-30 15:20:35+02 | 78716 | 87 | 1156 Denton--Lewisville, TX | 2012-10-03 21:14:22+02 | 1673 | 10 | 17 De Soto, KS | 2012-10-26 22:20:19+02 | 93 | 2 | 2 El Dorado, KS | 2012-10-15 18:29:33+02 | 5 | 2 | 2 Elgin, TX | 2012-10-24 14:18:14+02 | 120 | 2 | 3 Elkhart, IN--MI | 2012-10-01 15:29:57+02 | 4029 | 9 | 31 Elkton, VA | 2012-10-22 05:01:19+02 | 21 | 2 | 3 Eudora, KS | 2012-10-01 19:01:44+02 | 317 | 3 | 3 Excelsior Springs, MO | 2012-09-30 19:27:54+02 | 663 | 2 | 21 Fairfield, CA | 2012-10-12 05:47:51+02 | 1228 | 7 | 19 Forney, TX | 2012-11-01 17:50:42+01 | 586 | 2 | 2 Fort Wayne, IN | 2012-10-14 14:35:41+02 | 9920 | 10 | 86 Fredericksburg, TX | 2012-11-03 04:03:21+01 | 293 | 1 | 1 Front Royal, VA | 2012-10-13 18:52:25+02 | 345 | 3 | 5 Gainesville, GA | 2012-10-16 19:32:52+02 | 463 | 3 | 4 Galveston, TX | 2012-10-03 00:12:56+02 | 422 | 4 | 22 Gastonia, NC--SC | 2012-10-28 16:09:16+01 | 20 | 1 | 1 Glenwood, MD | 2012-10-24 03:15:41+02 | 26 | 1 | 1 Grangerland, TX | 2012-10-01 19:10:10+02 | 31 | 2 | 2 Greenfield, MA | 2012-10-24 07:15:00+02 | 3 | 1 | 1 Greenville, TX | 2012-10-12 03:18:28+02 | 833 | 4 | 16 Guayama, PR | 2012-11-02 17:35:53+01 | 66 | 1 | 1 Hagerstown, MD--WV--PA | 2012-10-01 23:21:41+02 | 14203 | 30 | 230 Harrisburg, PA | 2012-10-01 22:06:53+02 | 7755 | 14 | 96 Harrisonburg, VA | 2012-10-23 19:34:15+02 | 73 | 2 | 2 Hempstead, TX | 2012-10-15 19:01:08+02 | 15 | 1 | 1 Hesston, KS | 2012-10-29 21:01:28+01 | 135 | 1 | 2 Houston, TX | 2012-09-30 03:23:05+02 | 97098 | 74 | 1110 Huntsville, TX | 2012-10-05 22:43:09+02 | 250 | 1 | 1 Hutchinson, KS | 2012-10-01 18:21:44+02 | 4038 | 7 | 54 Indianapolis, IN | 2012-09-30 17:09:45+02 | 82829 | 96 | 994 Junction City, KS | 2012-10-02 18:33:59+02 | 762 | 4 | 4 Kankakee, IL | 2012-09-30 20:04:44+02 | 5042 | 7 | 58 Kansas City, MO--KS | 2012-09-30 07:29:48+02 | 44845 | 45 | 617 Kearney, MO | 2012-10-15 23:40:05+02 | 49 | 1 | 3 Killeen, TX | 2012-10-14 03:57:03+02 | 557 | 1 | 5 Kingman, KS | 2012-10-15 16:51:11+02 | 56 | 1 | 1 Lake Conroe Westshore, TX | 2012-09-30 18:41:11+02 | 11 | 1 | 1 Lake Jackson--Angleton, TX | 2012-10-24 03:45:45+02 | 23 | 1 | 6 Lawrence, KS | 2012-10-01 18:56:00+02 | 3026 | 7 | 70 Leavenworth, KS | 2012-10-31 15:20:38+01 | 87 | 1 | 5 Lebanon, IN | 2012-10-25 17:02:02+02 | 484 | 5 | 9 Lee s Summit, MO | 2012-10-01 18:31:52+02 | 8381 | 3 | 98 Leominster--Fitchburg, MA | 2012-09-30 21:59:12+02 | 1695 | 5 | 31 Livermore, CA | 2012-10-09 03:14:18+02 | 870 | 8 | 25 Los Angeles--Long Beach--Anaheim, CA | 2012-10-10 01:59:33+02 | 79456 | 226 | 1624 Madison, GA | 2012-11-03 18:28:15+01 | 5 | 1 | 1 Madisonville, TX | 2012-10-10 21:58:51+02 | 36 | 1 | 1 Manchester, MD | 2012-10-11 01:58:10+02 | 362 | 2 | 5 Manhattan, KS | 2012-10-04 01:04:34+02 | 1802 | 4 | 219 Manor, TX | 2012-10-20 08:41:25+02 | 1136 | 5 | 33 Marlin, TX | 2012-10-02 01:12:42+02 | 8 | 1 | 2 Martinsville, IN | 2012-10-16 13:35:33+02 | 858 | 4 | 5 McKinney, TX | 2012-10-02 20:42:15+02 | 811 | 8 | 30 McPherson, KS | 2012-10-01 04:30:33+02 | 3490 | 9 | 57 Memphis, TN--MS--AR | 2012-10-08 23:48:50+02 | 7749 | 13 | 126 Miami, FL | 2012-10-13 00:52:33+02 | 15668 | 60 | 294 Mineral Wells, TX | 2012-10-18 18:35:56+02 | 51 | 1 | 1 Muncie, IN | 2012-10-16 06:45:34+02 | 111 | 3 | 10 Napa, CA | 2012-10-07 01:35:59+02 | 453 | 3 | 6 Nashua, NH--MA | 2012-10-02 20:46:31+02 | 511 | 4 | 16 Nashville-Davidson, TN | 2012-10-16 07:01:15+02 | 1296 | 8 | 32 Navasota, TX | 2012-11-02 18:22:33+01 | 54 | 1 | 1 New Bedford, MA | 2012-09-30 05:48:35+02 | 1661 | 6 | 89 New York--Newark, NY--NJ--CT | 2012-09-30 11:55:21+02 | 3607 | 32 | 99 Ottawa, IL | 2012-10-04 19:21:06+02 | 184 | 1 | 2 Palm Bay--Melbourne, FL | 2012-11-02 17:05:07+01 | 1799 | 2 | 8 Petaluma, CA | 2012-10-16 17:26:00+02 | 1229 | 4 | 34 Pocomoke City, MD | 2012-10-23 17:45:15+02 | 60 | 1 | 2 Prairie View, TX | 2012-10-15 18:58:03+02 | 67 | 1 | 1 Pratt, KS | 2012-10-15 18:14:47+02 | 46 | 1 | 1 Providence, RI--MA | 2012-09-30 11:33:53+02 | 2701 | 11 | 37 Rockford, IL | 2012-10-01 18:59:09+02 | 3956 | 10 | 78 Round Lake Beach--McHenry--Grayslake, IL--WI | 2012-09-30 04:38:13+02 | 2159 | 11 | 43 Salina, KS | 2012-10-11 16:06:22+02 | 205 | 1 | 1 San Antonio, TX | 2012-09-30 21:11:17+02 | 44060 | 37 | 381 San Francisco--Oakland, CA | 2012-10-04 23:27:05+02 | 36124 | 81 | 595 San Jose, CA | 2012-09-30 21:42:49+02 | 18850 | 45 | 299 San Juan, PR | 2012-10-23 12:48:32+02 | 2308 | 14 | 55 Santa Clarita, CA | 2012-10-24 15:53:58+02 | 1359 | 5 | 13 Santa Rosa, CA | 2012-10-14 20:25:45+02 | 4702 | 7 | 88 Shady Side--Deale, MD | 2012-10-21 21:44:40+02 | 86 | 1 | 2 Sherman, TX | 2012-10-13 14:05:58+02 | 2 | 1 | 1 Sonoma, CA | 2012-10-17 16:59:03+02 | 41 | 1 | 1 South Bend, IN--MI | 2012-10-10 16:44:07+02 | 11222 | 31 | 415 Springfield, MA--CT | 2012-09-30 07:40:34+02 | 3197 | 5 | 30 St. Joseph, MO--KS | 2012-10-01 20:21:08+02 | 932 | 3 | 21 Strasburg, VA | 2012-10-13 17:32:54+02 | 162 | 1 | 4 Temple, TX | 2012-10-09 19:53:25+02 | 211 | 4 | 7 Terrell, TX | 2012-11-01 18:00:17+01 | 15 | 1 | 1 Texas City, TX | 2012-10-13 17:32:28+02 | 23 | 2 | 2 Topeka, KS | 2012-10-01 18:18:46+02 | 4045 | 5 | 75 Vacaville, CA | 2012-10-18 02:33:05+02 | 551 | 3 | 13 Vallejo, CA | 2012-10-07 01:34:07+02 | 1335 | 9 | 15 Waco, TX | 2012-10-07 20:16:33+02 | 2120 | 9 | 25 Washington, DC--VA--MD | 2012-10-06 17:15:27+02 | 870 | 3 | 9 Waynesboro, PA--MD | 2012-10-03 22:03:17+02 | 3019 | 3 | 40 Weatherford, TX | 2012-10-03 19:18:57+02 | 342 | 3 | 3 Westminster--Eldersburg, MD | 2012-10-04 18:22:19+02 | 1171 | 6 | 22 Wichita Falls, TX | 2012-10-23 20:04:17+02 | 11724 | 4 | 46 Wichita, KS | 2012-09-30 21:09:41+02 | 44054 | 35 | 367 Winchester, VA | 2012-10-08 22:44:09+02 | 5124 | 9 | 74 Winder, GA | 2012-10-11 23:08:38+02 | 817 | 1 | 11 Woodstock, IL | 2012-10-15 16:18:49+02 | 36 | 2 | 3 Worcester, MA--CT | 2012-10-06 17:38:32+02 | 768 | 4 | 25 York, PA | 2012-11-01 16:29:07+01 | 3320 | 6 | 42
  22. SpenceSouth

    4G LTE Connection Fix

    Stumbled across this post on Android Central. Wanted to pass it along in the hopes that it might alleviate some of our LTE connection issues. http://forums.androi...d-me-least.html Best of luck! YMMV
  23. It seems that LTE is very susecptible to minor terrain changes. While I was mapping a new LTE area, I noticed that when the road had a minor dip, LTE would drop. Now that I've been using sensorly, I watch the map and see gaps in LTE coverage. Sure enough, when that happens, the road has a dip in it.
  24. I decided to change my data connection to LTE only for my trip from Texas to Kansas. That way I should not have to toggle to get LTE to connect since there would not be a CDMA connection alrady established connection to change when LTE was available. Well guess what? LTE still would not connect even though the iPhone had and LTE connection. 1. I connected once in Wichita Falls but soon lost it and never connected again there even though the iPhone maintained an LTE connection while in Wichita Falls. 2. iPhone connected at the south Kansas border, Evo finally connected after toggling. 3. Evo never connected in Wichita KS, iPhone always connected 4. Automatically connected from Andover, KS to El Dorado, KS 5. Finally automatically connected in Overland Park. I cleared the LTE file so I could log all connections on the trip. No connections were logged until I set the connection to LTE/CDMA/EVDO auto when I got home. Note: When connected LTE, there were not NID or BID info in netmontior when LTE only selected.
  25. CricKet now has a reasonable amount of LTE, up significantly from the two cities that they had before (Las Vegas and Tucson): http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=11513 They have a version of the LG Connect 4G (they call it the Optimus Regard) and will have the GSIII soon. Data cards aren't yet available in the new markets, but tethering on a phone is available. As usual, all plans include unlimited everything-except-data; data speeds are throttled past 2GB, 5GB or 10GB, depending on whether you get the $50, $60 or $70 plans, and tethering is allowed on $60 and $70 options. Now if only CricKet had an inside source that provided information similar to what S4GRU has for Sprint...then I could figure out just how overblown CricKet's coverage maps are (I'm right on the edge of LTE coverage here, according to their map)...
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