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    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

    by Published on 09-17-2018 12:22 PM
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    Do they charge us by the byte? By the time of day? By download speeds?

    For a while many of us have discussed whether or not billing will be different with 5G and AT&T, the nation's 2nd largest mobile operator agrees.

    Executives from one of the nation’s top wireless network operators said that 5G could enable a wide range of billing models beyond the standard monthly fee that users pay today for LTE service.

    David Christopher, the exec who is in charge of Consumer Wireless and Video Businesses says: "AT&T could create a specific pricing tier related to low-latency video gaming services. There will be different tiers of service."

    AT&T currenty employs two pricing models for the services they offer today:

    1. Service is included in the cost of the device, at least for a limited time (like SmartThings’ $99 tracking device that includes a year of service).
    2. Service that is added to a customer’s existing bill (like the $10-per-month service charge for the Apple Watch).

    How AT&T bills for 5G content is beyond criticlal. The carrier is always looking for ways to monetize their services and increase revenue per user.

    What do you guys think? Should AT&T employ new pricing tiers for their 5G network?

    by Published on 09-14-2018 05:29 PM
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    When it comes to mobility and the internet in general it's true that a mobile data connection can really only be as good as the backhaul that serves the connecting cell site.

    We saw a huge push for fiber backhaul when T-Mobile first launched their awesome HSPA+ network and now it appears we're about to see it again.

    T-Mobile has confirmed that they have secured fiber backhaul nationwide to secure its 5G endeavors adding massive amounts of capacity at negligible costs.

    T-Mobile has also secured a deal with Crown Castle to deploy at least 25,000 new small cells during the remainder of this year onto next. This is on top of the 18,000 small cells and DAS nodes already rolled out.

    All in all great news for backhaul and great news for density sure to make our connected devices that much faster!

    Read more: https://www.fiercewireless.com/5g/t-...ackhaul-for-5g
    by Published on 09-13-2018 10:02 PM
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    Stop the presses folks! We have pricing and payment options for T-Mobile fans looking to get the hottest new iPhones and wearable.

    Yes there is even a "zero down, " option for the 64GB XS for "super well-qualified," customers (whatever that means).

    Don't forget we even got trade in promotional pricing (scroll down for more info).

    iPhone XS EIP
    64GB: $279.99 down, $30 per month, $999.99 full retail
    256GB: $429.99 down, $30 per month, $1,149.99 full retail
    512GB: $629.99 down, $30 per month, $1,349.99 full retail

    iPhone XS JOD
    64GB: $279.99 down, $26 per month, $999.99 full retail
    256GB: $429.99 down, $24 per month, $1,149.99 full retail
    512GB: $629.99 down, $21 per month, $1,349.99 full retail

    iPhone XS Max EIP
    64GB: $379.99 down, $30 per month, $1,099.99 full retail
    256GB: $529.99 down, $30 per month, $1,249.99 full retail
    512GB: $729.99 down, $30 per month, $1,449.99 full retail

    iPhone XS Max JOD
    64GB: $379.99 down, $25 per month, $1,099.99 full retail
    256GB: $529.99 down, $23 per month, $1,249.99 full retail
    512GB: $729.99 down, $20 per month, $1,449.99 full retail

    iPhone XS Max EIP
    64GB: $379.99 down, $30 per month, $1,099.99 full retail
    256GB: $529.99 down, $30 per month, $1,249.99 full retail
    512GB: $729.99 down, $30 per month, $1,449.99 full retail

    iPhone XS Max JOD
    64GB: $379.99 down, $25 per month, $1,099.99 full retail
    256GB: $529.99 down, $23 per month, $1,249.99 full retail
    512GB: $729.99 down, $20 per month, $1,449.99 full retail

    Trade In Value:
    • $300 offer value: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or iPhone 8
    • $200 offer value: iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus
    • $100 offer value: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

    Apple Watch Series 4 40mm EIP

    Aluminum: $0 down, $20.83 per month, $499.99 full retail
    Stainless Steel: $171.99 down, $22 per month, $699.99 full retail

    Apple Watch Series 4 44mm EIP
    Aluminum: $0 down, $22.08 per month, $529.99 full retail
    Stainless Steel: $221.99 down, $22 per month, $749.99 full retail

    Once again: Pre-orders start @ 12:01 on Sept. 14th and all devices will be available in store pending inventory availability on Sept. 21st.


    by Published on 09-13-2018 06:10 PM
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    If you're like me it seems every other week we're reading about one carrier getting hacked or somehow allowing our data sensitive information to get in the wrong hands.

    Just this past month T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint have all been victims to those with nefarious intentions and they likely will not stop.

    This week in Los Angeles, CA. the big 4 US carriers came together and announced a new collective project named: "Project Verify."

    Together they hope to create a more effective and efficient identification and authorization system aimed at curbing cyber crime and protecting their customers.

    It's kind of nice when they work together on something, huh?

    Read more here: https://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/...kill-passwords
    by Published on 09-11-2018 06:11 PM
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