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    by Published on 10-26-2018 02:45 PM
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    Seriously, it's 2018... and yet here we are, talking about a new promotion from the Big Three's third-tier carriers—that is, Chatr (Rogers), Lucky Mobile (Bell) and Public Mobile (now owned by Telus). iPhone in Canada reports that each of these carriers is offering, for a limited time, a monthly plan with a decent data bucket: 6GB plus Canada-wide talk and text for a reasonable $45 CAD per month.

    The catch? The data is throttled to 3G speeds.

    Your mileage with any of these carriers may vary. For example, full-speed 3G data on Chatr is capped at 3Mbps, yet someone I met told me he usually gets only 400Kbps. If that weren't bad enough, data availability is also artificially reduced to urban centres (though calling and texting areas are noticeably larger).

    It's almost as if The Big Three are using cheap, throttled data to compete with Freedom Mobile. Sure enough, the cheapest data + talk plan currently offered by Freedom is $50/month for 5GB, or $5 more for 1GB less. But that's not even a fair comparison, as FM's LTE speeds are exponentially faster where service is available. And thanks to the new 700MHz Extended LTE spectrum, service should be available in more places than ever.

    I'm genuinely curious to know why any HoFoer would knowingly subscribe to mobile service with such slow data. iPhone in Canada suggests that parents might get these plans for their children, but with Snapchat and whatever else kids are using these days I would imagine that they'd be in for a pretty bad experience.

    Source: iPhone in Canada

    by Published on 10-25-2018 01:46 AM
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    Chalk this up as another win for the Un-carrier!

    CIRP, a white glove securities research and analysis firm to the investment community shared some new information in regards to Q3 results for the major US wireless carriers. Their analysis proved T-Mobile was the clear leader with the highest customer retention rate as well as seeing the greatest customer growth.

    The big takeway:

    T-Mobile posted the largest customer growth at 19% and 30% of those new customers came from its competitors. The Un-carrier also was able to boast the highest customer retention rate of the bunch with 85%.

    Verizon, the only other carrier to see customer growth, grew as much as 4%. Sprint posted a loss of 5% while AT&T, the 2nd largest carrier in terms of subscribers, rounded out the bunch with a loss of 6%.

    In terms to retention Verizon came in 2nd with 82%, AT&T third with 78% and Sprint with 72%.

    CIRP partner and co-founder Mike Levin made mention how the tables have turned for Verizon and AT&T who historically have been the clear leaders when it comes to growth and retention:

    “We take a quarterly view of loyalty and churn, focusing on customers who activate a phone in the quarter,” said Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “Retention rates vary from 72% for Sprint to 85% for T-Mobile. The traditional leaders have been AT&T and Verizon, which are now in the middle with 78% and 82% retention. New customers make up the rest of the equation. T-Mobile is leading there, too, bringing in 1.5 to 2 times more new customers relative to their base than their main competitors.”

    by Published on 10-23-2018 01:45 PM
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    Last time this Torontonian gave Freedom Mobile a try the one thing he couldn't get past was the issue of signal dropouts while indoors—specifically in the PATH system that snakes underground through the downtown core. But now, thanks to the deployment of some 700 MHz Band 13 spectrum acquired from Quebecor last summer, that may now no longer be an issue.

    iPhone in Canada caught an update to FM's Network and Coverage page. Here's the current state of deployment in the GTA:

    Brampton - available now in select areas, more to come soon;
    Downtown - available now in select areas, more to come soon;
    Mississauga - available now in select areas, more to come soon;
    Milton - available now in select areas, more to come soon;
    Pickering - available now in select areas, more to come soon;
    Rest of GTA - updates coming soon.

    And here are the Band 13-compatible devices (or soon to be ones) that you can currently buy from Freedom:


    Apple (coming soon)
    iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    iPhone X
    iPhone XR
    iPhone XS / XS Max

    Pixel 3
    Pixel 3 XL

    G6 /G7 ThinQ
    Q Stylo +
    V30 ThinQ
    X Power 2 / X Power 3

    Moto E5 Play
    Moto G6 Play

    Galaxy A8
    Galaxy Note 8 / Note 9
    Galaxy S8 / S8+
    Galaxy S9 / S9+

    Xperia XA2 / XA2 Ultra
    Xperia XZ2

    If any fellow Torontonians could kindly report on their underground experience with FM's Extended Range LTE, I'd be much obliged!

    Source: Freedom Mobile via iPhone in Canada

    by Published on 10-22-2018 03:50 PM
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    This past weekend marked my first-ever visit to Dwight, Ontario, for a wedding. I was equally impressed by the amazing fall colours on display and also the strong LTE signal from Virgin Mobile—and therefore, due to the magic of tower-sharing agreements, Bell, Koodo and Telus, too. The embedded speed test result above was recorded at our resort on the southernmost tip of the Port Cunnington Peninsula. I didn't get to actually test it but I did see full 4G signal strength on my Rogers WiFi hotspot as well, so I'd expect both Rogers and Fido to provide a comparable experience.

    I drove most of the way there and back (to downtown Toronto), so I wasn't able to observe signal strength en route. But I did stream music for the entire return trip, and there was zero buffering as far as I could tell. Maybe this city boy's expectations were too low, but the last time I clocked signal strength on an overland journey in Ontario was a return train trip to Ottawa in late 2014 when I was with Koodo. And I can certainly recall a dropout or two on that trip!

    In stark contrast to my positive experience I met someone at the wedding who was on Chatr. Despite that carrier being owned and operated by Rogers the service area didn't extend to anywhere near the resort, so this person had to rely on the in-house WiFi which, honestly, was pretty terrible. I can't say whether Lucky or Public Mobile are any better, but I can say with some confidence that if you're on Bell, Koodo, Telus or Virgin then you're going to be fine.

    by Published on 10-16-2018 02:01 PM
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    This is the inside of an actual Bell call centre, not unlike the one where Anthony Savage used to work in Nanaimo, B.C. Savage is joining other former call centre agents in speaking out against their former employers, in advance of a CRTC public hearing on telecom sales practices in Canada.

    Savage told the CBC that he worked in the retentions department, the last stop for any customer wishing to cancel their service with Bell. He describes the carrier's metric for measuring an agent's performance as the "cost per call"—in a nutshell, any agent deemed to be too generous with discounts, bill credits or unpublished promotions sinks to the bottom of the rankings, and gets either a smaller bonus or no bonus at all.

    The net effect is that Bell agents are incentivized to do as little as possible for the customer on the other end of the line.

    What you can do:

    Savage and the CBC recommend the following tips for Bell customers:

    • Always request an email after talking to a call centre agent, and confirm that the email is consistent with what was agreed to during the call;
    • if receiving a contract by email, click through to all external links and read thoroughly;
    • if possible, make your own recordings of phone calls to Bell. (If I'm not mistaken Ontario privacy law requires only one party consent for recording phone calls...)

    For more on this, plus the similarly shady practices at Rogers, see the link immediately below.

    Source: CBC

    by Published on 10-15-2018 04:52 PM
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    Verizon fans: You ever take off for the weekend and wish you could take a smaller more portable version of your smartphone with you?

    Yeah me neither.... But a hot new Cali startup named Palm has you covered for all ya'll who don't have friends in low places. This company is hoping you have room in your life, and your wallet for a new Smartphone Companion. Yes you read that right! A smartphone companion. And Verizon got dibs on it first. Yay!

    For $10 per month, you too can carry this credit card sized piece of fresh air. This device itself which so far is known as: "The Palm," will set you back $350 gives you:

    Android 8.1
    3.3-inch HD screen
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
    3 GB of RAM
    32 GB of storage
    12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera
    800mAh battery
    LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a SIM card.

    The hoped for end result is that you pair this device to your phone like any other wearable with use of Verizon's NumberShare service as a pre-requisite. It's not a replacement to your phone only a compliment. The irony is that this device is supposed to get you away from being attached to your smartphone's display by.... adding another one.

    From an industry perspective, Palm is hoping to create a new category of devices that customers will soon realize they can't live without. Verizon is watching this closely to see if customers are willng to pad thier bills and increase DARPU (Data Average Revenue per User).

    Whether or not adding another screen to your life is worth it to you is totally a personal choice. Let's us know what you think? Will you be buying this? Do you know anyone who this would work perfect for?

    For more details check out this awesome video on the gadget:

    by Published on 10-13-2018 01:03 PM
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    T-Mobile readers have well known for some time that their favorite carrier offers Equipment Installment Plans that cover a 24 month period. According to a few customers they are seeing something different when they log into My T-Mobile and try to add a new line or upgrade.

    According to TMoNews Reader P Doobs, T-Mobile offered him a 36 month EIP on the Samsung Note 9 bringing the price to $24.17 per month. I logged in to my account and I was also offered the same 36 month EIP option but only for the Note 9 so far.

    Why would anyone want to be locked to a 36 month EIP in the first place? Well it allows users who want an expensive flagship device to get it at zero down with lower monthly payments. Plus you don't incurr any interest and you can always pay it off early at any time.

    What do you guys think? Do you see this option when you log on to My T-Mobile for upgrades or new lines?

    by Published on 10-10-2018 11:01 PM
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    Hey T-Mobile fans: Our hearts go out to those adversely affected by Hurricane Michael. This record breaking hurricane that barreled today through the Florida panhandle with winds clocking as high as 155 MPH took many forecasters by surprise in both its intensity and wind speed. Streets, houses and infrastructure have been torn up and we're likely to see just how vast the devastation is sometime by daylight tomorrow.

    Thankfully T-Mobile is here to help:

    Any T-Mobile customers (postpaid/prepaid) not currently on an unlimited plan will receive unlimited calling/messaging and data till further notice. PAYG talk/text prepaid plans only receive unlimited talk/text.

    Area codes included are: 850, 352, 386, 251, 334

    For those who want to donate T-Mobile has made it easy:

    • To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text MICHAEL to 90999. The donation will be charged to your next carrier bill. Message & data rates may apply. More information can be found at: http://www.mobilegiving.org/terms-and-conditions/
    • To donate $10 to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, text DISASTER to 20222. The donation will be charged to your next T-Mobile bill. Message & data rates may apply. More information can be found at: http://www.mobilegiving.org/terms-and-conditions
    • To donate $25 to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, text DISASTER25 to 20222. The donation will be charged to your next T-Mobile bill. Message & data rates may apply. More information can be found at: http://www.mobilegiving.org/terms-and-condition

    On the network side T-Mobile is taking action to help alleviate problems now and in the future which include:

    • More permanent generators in Florida and additional infrastructure to hundreds of towers to help minimize network interruptions.
    • Engineering and rapid response teams positioned to quickly activate emergency equipment such as portable generators, fuel trucks, Cell On Wheels (COWs), Cells on Light Trucks (CoLTS), fuel and diesel trucks and other vehicles.
    • Continuously monitoring community needs to ensure we’re doing everything we can to help with preparations as well as in any aftermath of the storm.

    For those of us who are able let's do our part to help our fellow Americans!

    For safety tips and to learn more about how T-Mobile prepares for these types of disasters click here: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobi...rricane-season
    by Published on 10-04-2018 09:37 PM
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    Word on the street is that Verizon has sent voluntary severance packages last month to roughly 44,000 employees equaling more than 25% of its New York staff. Yikes! Part of the severance package will include 3 weeks paid salary for every year employed.

    Speaking to the Wall St. Journal a Verizon spokesman confirmed this and said its severance efforts were in part to save $10 billion and to help defray the cost of building its 5G network.

    Chief executive Hans Vestberg wrote in a memo sent to employees that: "The severance packages will give Verizon an opportunity to find more efficiencies in the size and scope of our V Team and help expedite the building of an innovative operating model for our future."

    Infosys, an Indian IT outsourcing company recently won a bid from Verizon to the tune of $1 billion. With that Verizon will outsource 30% of its IT staff to the Indian firm affecting 2,500 US employees. To rub salt into the wound of those affected Verizon will only pay out severance for these employees if they accept a job overseas and actually take it.

    Our hearts and condolences go out to all Verizon employees and their families who are affected by this.

    by Published on 10-03-2018 09:31 PM
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    Hey T-Mobile fans: LG is back and ready to showcase its latest flagship. Yes it's the V40 with the totally awkward and unnecessary adage of: ThinQ.

    LG knows what it's up against. I'm talking to you iPhone XS, Galaxy S9 and Note 9. Does the V40 have what it takes to compete? Well here's a list of some of its features, software/hardware under the hood:

    • ThinQ AI
    • 6.4” OLED display
    • 3300mAH battery
    • Snapdragon 845
    • 6GB RAM
    • 64GB storage (expandable with microSD)
    • Standard (8MP) and wide-angle (5MP) selfie cameras
    • 32-bit quad DAC
    • Headphone jack
    • Boombox speaker
    • IP68 water / dust resistance
    • Qi wireless charging
    • Android Oreo

    This device comes in Blue and Black and to sweeten the pot LG is offering a free accessory bundle which includes a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal (for all you YouTubers out there) and a 256GB micro SD for those of you not keen on using cloud storage.

    For you network geeks this thing is equipped to support: 4x4 MIMO, carrier aggregation, 256 QAM and those really hard to find / mythical License Assisted Access (LAA) speed zones.

    This thing is basically a supped up G7 but with a major difference. It has 5 cameras. More on that in the video below.

    This device is going to be priced at $920. Yikes! You know what that means. Yes you got that right there will be a down payment required even for those: "well qualified!" I know that sux. If it makes you feel better it's still $30 cheaper than AT&T, $ 40 cheaper than Sprint and $60 cheaper than Verizon.

    Pricing will be set at $200 down and $30 per month for 24 months on an Equipment Installment Plan or $200 down and $30 per month for 18 months with a JUMP! On Demand lease.

    This thing launches on October 19th so if you have an extra $920 to burn head on over to your local T-Mobile corporate store or authorized dealer and show them some love. Still not convinced? Today T-Mobile was crowned the fastest LTE network for the 19th quarter in a row so there is literally no better network to use LG's crown jewel on! https://www.t-mobile.com/news/fastest-lte-19-quarters

    Check out the video below for more about this device and its supposed AMAZING camera:

    by Published on 10-02-2018 03:12 PM
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    I've got pricing... and a plot twist!

    So you know that kooky thing that happens when there's a strong local carrier in a specific market, and Canada's Big Three somehow manage to lower their egregious rates of service to match? Well, it's happening again, and this time in Ontario—actually, just Ottawa.

    This past summer Videotron extended their service area to include our nation's capital; now they're including that city in a beta-test of their new sub-brand, called Fizz. Monthly data plans are as follows:

    $35 for 1 GB
    $42 for 2 GB
    $46 for 4 GB
    $49 for 6 GB
    $56 for 8 GB

    All plans include unlimited Canada-wide calling, unlimited texting, voicemail and call display.

    And wow, this is so unexpected... Bell, Rogers and Telus have suddenly descended on the Ottawa region with an uncharacteristically affordable data plan of their own for Virgin, Fido and Koodo. Basically, each of them are offering 10 GB for $56/month. Some lucky person on Red Flag Deals managed to snag an extra 2GB and a discount to only $50!

    Until Videotron and Fizz extend their service area to the rest of Ontario it's unlikely that those 10 GB plans will follow. But if you're planning a trip to Ottawa anytime soon, you might want to visit a Fido, Koodo or Virgin Mobile outlet—unlike Videotron, you won't be roaming when you get back home!

    Sources: iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup

    by Published on 10-02-2018 10:46 AM
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    It's been a year or so since we've seen this side of John. I must say it cracked me up a little.

    T-Mobile CEO John Legere was not impressed with Verizon's 5G Home Service Launch, unleashing tweet after tweet roasting the Big Red mobile giant on Monday.

    Reading through the lines T-Mobile is subtly letting America know it will launch its 5G NR service based on industry standards, that it will be mobile and available to a much larger audience.

    In fact T-Mobile plans to launch presumably the nation's largest 5G NR network in roughly 30 cities by years end using mmWave and low band spectrum albeit without any 5G capable device until early next year. Plus when combined with Sprint they will have access to Sprint's vast 120 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum covering 90% of the top 100 US markets that will allow them to build a 5G network that is the envy of everyone.

    I doubt Verizon's leadership is amused and we'll likely see their comeback response later today. Still it's nice to see a little bit of that antagonistic Uncarrier spirit that put T-Mobile US on the map and on the industry's radar!

    Let's have a sense of humor and keep this thread fun and friendly.


    by Published on 09-29-2018 11:36 PM
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    While we don't know too many details quite yet apparently AT&T is poised to refarm some of its low band spectrum for 5G next year. Although many of us have assumed that AT&T would do this up to this point they haven't made it publicly known.

    So far AT&T has been focusing on its 39 GHz spectrum (mmWave) which it plans to use in urban hot spots for 5G NR. While this spectrum is great for speeds in small areas; presumably great for fixed wireless broadband; but it's not economical to be used over large geographic areas.

    AT&T knows that it needs to utilize spectrum that goes greater distances and that performs better indoors without the aid of small cells or repeaters when it comes to mobile. This will allow it to better compete in coverage with T-Mobile who is deploying its 5G NR anchor network using low band as well.

    Gordon Mansfield, VP of Converged Access and Device Technology at AT&T said: “We’ll let the market and our customers determine the pace at which we deploy that additional spectrum. These lower bands have different propagation characteristics vs. mmWave, such as longer transmission distances and better penetration through buildings and other obstructions,” which makes them a strong complement. While we don’t have a specific deployment timeline for low-band spectrum, we’ll likely start deploying it next year as compatible chipsets become available.”

    AT&T has a plethora of low band spectrum but also mid band spectrum much of which could be refarmed at some point. The operator’s LTE network for example primarily works on its AWS-1 and 700 MHz spectrum licenses, but can also stretch into its WCS holdings and other spectrum bands. AT&T says that the sub-6 GHz radios that they have been deploying this year are all 5G ready and thus 5G can be turned on through software as capacity dictates.

    by Published on 09-28-2018 10:57 PM
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    Yes you read that right! Do not adjust your AMOLED or Super Retina display.

    In a recent filing called: “Sprint’s Network Faces Severe Challenges” the beleaguered carrier overlays its LTE coverage against T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. By showcasing only its LTE network it really shows the disparity against its competitors.

    But there is a reason behind the madness. By industry perspective it appears that Sprint may be trying to win sympathy as a strategy to win over the FCC's blessing. It feels that by pointing out its weaknesses the whole concept of allowing the merger to proceed should be a no-brainer.

    See the comparison images Sprint has ceded to regulators of its LTE network compared to T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon respectively.

    What do you guys think? Is this a winning strategy?

    Source: https://9to5mac.com/2018/09/28/sprint-bad-lte-coverage/
    by Published on 09-25-2018 03:05 PM
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    OpenSignal is at it again, with yet another new report—this one ranking the mobile video experience in different countries around the world. Their methodology is as follows:

    Our tests sample video at multiple resolutions accessed from multiple content providers, and they weigh three main criteria: the load time before the video begins playing, the stalling rate characterized by stops and stutters in the video playback, and the level of picture resolution. We measure video experience on a scale from 0 to 100—the higher the score, the better the video experience.
    They go on to say that scores can be interpreted like this:

    75 to 100=Excellent
    65 to 75=Very Good
    55 to 65=Good
    40 to 55=Fair
    0 to 40=Poor

    What's interesting for me is that even the top countries by rank each only managed a score of "very good":

    01. Czech Republic - 68.52
    02. Hungary - 67.89
    03. Norway - 67.41
    04. Belgium - 67.20
    05. United Arab Emirates - 67.07
    06. Singapore - 66.94
    07. Netherlands - 66.58
    08. Denmark - 65.70
    09. Austria - 65.62
    10. Switzerland - 65.14

    And if you were wondering about Canada and the USA, here's how they ranked overall:

    30. Canada - 59.53 (very good)
    59. United States - 46.84 (fair)

    Guess I should also point out that there's no data for either China or North Korea, likely because OpenSignal (or at least the app stores where it's listed) are blocked there. That's too bad, as I suspect that China would score pretty well in a test like this.

    As always, if you disagree with these results you can download the app for Android or iOS and join the test pool for the next report.

    Source: OpenSignal via Mobile Syrup

    by Published on 09-21-2018 02:49 PM
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    Got an Airstream Travel Trailer and looking for a good internet on the go option? AT&T is hoping to lure you in with their latest plan offerings.

    Proving to its investors that they aren't just a mobile phone wireless provider AT&T is offering you Unlimited Data for $360 per year with no throttling. You read that right! An AT&T representative confirmed that the carrier's new “Airstream Connect” service is not subject to the data restriction applied to many of the operator's other unlimited services.

    AT&T says you can remotely monitor and control parts of their Airstream, such as the vehicle's water tanks and awning.

    2019 Airstream models come equipped to run off of AT&T's LTE network. Customers who choose not to go Unlimited have the option of a 5G per month plan for $25.

    Sign up here: https://www.att.com/plans/connected-car/airstream.html
    Read more here: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...ream-rv-owners
    by Published on 09-20-2018 01:24 PM
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    A few months back AT&T ceded its US retail lead to T-Mobile. Apparently AT&T isn't having any of that.

    According to sources close to the matter AT&T announced that it plans to open 1,000 new retail outlets on top of the 5,300 stores it's already running.

    But don't think all stores will look the same. You'll have your traditional retail store then you'll have many of what AT&T calls: "pop-up," stores pictured in the image above. We'll see at least 150 of these type of stores opened by years end.

    Regardless of whether T-Mobile or AT&T maintains their retail lead both pale in comparison to the amount of stores Verizon has. She at last count had around 7,400 retail outlets. Both Verizon and T-Mobile have credited part of their success to their large retail presence.

    Are they right? Will AT&T's new massive retail expansion help regain those most valuable postpaid smartphone customers going into next year? Time will tell. What do you think?

    Source: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...-from-t-mobile
    by Published on 09-19-2018 04:45 PM
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    Got an Android phone on T-Mobile? Well if you just so happen to make an E911 call while on the Network Built for Unlimited then Emergency Responders will be able to find you faster thanks to Google's implementation of ELS or Emergency Location Service.

    Apparently finding E911 callers during emergencies have been quite troublesome. Right now 80% of all emergency calls come from mobile phones and the big heads at the FCC require carriers to locate E911 callers to within 50 meters 80% of the time by the year 2021.

    Is my Android phone supported?

    Well Google says that 99% of Android phones on version 4.0 or higher are already compatible but that doesn't mean your network is up to the task. Thankfully T-Mobile has you covered.

    Read more here: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...e-u-s-t-mobile
    by Published on 09-18-2018 06:50 PM
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    AT&T's CTO: Andre Fuetsch isn't beating around the bush when describing Verizon's 5G efforts. He's labeled Verizon’s 5G Home service as: “homegrown and proprietary.” He added: “Regarding the competition, I can’t really comment on their strategy but they really seem to be fixated on fixed. It really appears to be this sort of tale of two cities."

    Those of us who are familiar with the situation know that Verizon's initial 5G network is based on the Verizon Technical Forum standard rather than the 3GPP’s 5G New Radio specification. Verizon plans to go back and upgrade each site later on to the standards based system and launch a mobile version of 5G NR sometime in 2019.

    AT&T is letting everyone know that the 5G NR network they are building will be based on the 3GPP standard at launch and will be avaialble in at least a dozen markets this year.

    David Christopher, president of AT&T Mobility and Entertainment, said, “We have certainly tested fixed 5G…and will continue to test it. We just think the biggest opportunity is for mobile. We intend to be a leader in mobile 5G and that’s where we’re starting.”

    Both Verizon and AT&T are only using mmWave spectrum for their initial 5G launches.

    Verizon's VP of Corporate Communications, Jeffrey Nelson fired back: “AT&T says they’re ‘testing 5G fixed.’ Sounds like they’re not being successful. Meanwhile, we are signing up customers in LA, Houston, Indianapolis and Sacramento, and start installing customer equipment – and turning up service – in October.

    We’ve said we’d be first in 5G. And we are. First in the U.S., first on the globe. By using our proprietary 5G technology (which as AT&T’s CTO knows, is 5G), we drive the entire global ecosystem forward. Same as we did with the standards bodies, who credit Verizon’s assertiveness in advancing the 5G technology and ecosystem by 18-24 months faster than where they’d expected to be.

    We’re able to walk and chew gum at the same time. We will be first in 5G mobility. Which means we’re focused on 5G broadband AND 5G mobility.”

    Read more here: https://www.rcrwireless.com/20180918...-verizon-fixed
    by Published on 09-18-2018 03:30 PM
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    So a new report on Canada's mobile networks is out. Unlike similar reports from Ookla and OpenSignal, this one—by Sascha Segan at PCMag—also looks into the cost of using said mobile networks. And according to Segan, it's the absence of mobile virtual network operators that are hurting our wallets the most:

    Here in the US, there's a thriving shadow-world of low-cost, experimental plans running on the Sprint and T-Mobile networks. MVNOs like Consumer Cellular, Google Fi, Republic Wireless, and Ting have all won repeated awards in our Readers' Choice survey, but the big Canadian carriers don't typically wholesale their networks in the same way. The few MVNOs they do allow—most notably 7-Eleven, PC Mobile, and Petro-Canada—tend to be very restricted in service and pricing.

    The CRTC hasn't shown itself to be open to widening the MVNO market. This March, it ruled against allowing virtual operators to take advantage of lower roaming rates available to the regional carriers.

    Ting's VP of sales and marketing, Michael Goldstein, lives in Toronto and only sells his service in the US, because the Canadian networks don't make it possible.

    "In Canada we don't have any real competition, and the prices are the worst in the world," Goldstein said. "The problem with Canada is that the US has two clear leaders in AT&T and Verizon and a pretty big gap for Sprint and T-Mobile. So Sprint and T-Mobile can say, it makes sense for us to have wholesale partners. Nobody needed to mandate to them that they embrace wholesale. It made perfect strategic sense: they say, even if they lose a customer to us, they rightly say, better that it stay on our network than go somewhere else. Telus, Bell, and Rogers are so even that nobody cares to embrace a wholesale strategy."

    Limited coverage means that Freedom's network can't provide an alternative—if Shaw wholesaled Freedom, its customers would still need to turn to the Big Three outside Freedom's coverage areas.
    Check the first link below to see which network performs best where, but I think we already know that our Big Three networks are generally very good, just also very expensive.

    Source: PCMag via Mobile Syrup

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    Well, well... It looks like FP FINALLY got...

    Well, well...

    It looks like FP FINALLY got around to several of my Global SIMs. 3 of my 4 FP Global SIMs do now show "Alert: Your FreedomPop service is inactive due to an unforeseen technical...

    Boz1 Today, 07:55 AM Go to last post

    Make sure you check the box to send the message...

    Make sure you check the box to send the message to swappa staff besides the seller.

    Sent from my SM-N960U 6GB aka Note 9 using Tapatalk

    Joeybutts Today, 07:53 AM Go to last post

    Ok thanks, I'm going to look into making sure I...

    Ok thanks, I'm going to look into making sure I have this setup.

    charmedangelina Today, 07:49 AM Go to last post