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  1. Some just like to play with phones, so keep a few...

    Some just like to play with phones, so keep a few active SIM cards around to use them in different ways. Especially popular on the Tracfone companies, as most newer models will accept the SIM from...
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    You are thinking phones, but the promise of 5G...

    You are thinking phones, but the promise of 5G has other applications. Wireless streaming could be a real game changer, and an end of the cable company monopolies. It will be real interesting to see...
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    That's the situation around here if out of town a...

    That's the situation around here if out of town a couple of miles. AT&T wired phone system does not provide DSL. Right in town it is U-Verse that needs fiber optic cable near your location. Many use...
  4. T-Mobile does not have anything to offer them...

    T-Mobile does not have anything to offer them that is the small size wanted except possibly an iPhone 7. SE or 6s would work. Switching to Consumer Cellular might save them some money on plans. The...
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    I don't think the cheaper phones coming later...

    I don't think the cheaper phones coming later will have this kind of sophistication. It's also not known what the carriers are going to allow on MVNO service. They still restrict some features on...
  6. Yes, Motos usually get only 1 OS version update,...

    Yes, Motos usually get only 1 OS version update, and maybe a couple of security updates.

    There are downsides to going over to the Apple world. Harder to deal with handling things like contacts...
  7. I believe the G6 factory reset does retain the OS...

    I believe the G6 factory reset does retain the OS update. There have been a number of references about this upgrade, but buried in a number of subject threads I don't remember.
  8. Are you saying there is no GSM/3G voice roaming...

    Are you saying there is no GSM/3G voice roaming as long as there is some Sprint 1xRTT signal? What about if there is no Sprint signal at all?
  9. Yep, temporary one-way roaming to ease over the...

    Yep, temporary one-way roaming to ease over the Sprint customers until the network integration is complete. As far as VoLTE, not sure how well that works with inter-carrier roaming. I am used to...
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    You got it right that most phone batteries these...

    You got it right that most phone batteries these days are actually "lithium-ion polymer" and not just "lithium ion" no matter how they are marked. The full discharge-full charge to 100% procedure did...
  11. It's hard to tell what the rules are now after...

    It's hard to tell what the rules are now after the Sprint-T-Mobile merger. Boost is an orphan in limbo right now. I have not seen anything about Sprint not allowing activations with non-VoLTE phones....
  12. Moto G6 has gone to Android 9, but has had some...

    Moto G6 has gone to Android 9, but has had some problems. Some have had to do a factory reset after the upgrade. Moto phones tend to get OS upgrades direct from Motorola Mobility, and not from the...
  13. Thread: Band 71

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    Sprint has B41 2.5GHz on both LTE and 5G. Also...

    Sprint has B41 2.5GHz on both LTE and 5G. Also B25 1.9GHz, but I don't think that is being used for 5G. The LG V60 supports these.
  14. As I recall from earlier discussions, roaming was...

    As I recall from earlier discussions, roaming was only possible from Sprint to T-Mobile and not the other way around. There is a network barrier, as Sprint has no GSM 3G bands. T-Mobile phones don't...
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    FYI: Not all T-Mobile stores are closed in...

    FYI: Not all T-Mobile stores are closed in California, as telephony is considered essential business. Some restrictions on hours and access, but all retail has gone that way.
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    My ZIP code has all 4 carriers, so you see...

    My ZIP code has all 4 carriers, so you see everything. My guess is they will come with T-Mobile SIMs.
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    These are not released on Tracfone yet. Not sure...

    These are not released on Tracfone yet. Not sure how they are going to market them.
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    Any idea what carrier they assign for these?...

    Any idea what carrier they assign for these? T-Mobile would be preferable having much more usable 5G, especially when the Sprint spectrum gets added in. ST also offers the S20+. The standard S20 does...
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    5G coming to Tracfone!

    Two 5G phones appeared on the Tracfone tutorial pages. Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Ultra.

    https://support.tracfone.com/devicehome?device=25050

    https://support.tracfone.com/devicehome?device=25049
  20. Have to see about the new iPhone SE 2 (or 9)....

    Have to see about the new iPhone SE 2 (or 9). What I have seen is $400 for a 32 GB version. That is a mid-range price, and many don't want to spend that much on a phone. I would also not recommend a...
  21. That could be sticky if Dish fails to bring out...

    That could be sticky if Dish fails to bring out their own 5G network. Was a big part of the merger agreement requirements from the Feds that provided a 4th carrier. Many though that Dish would fail...
  22. My neighbor has a Sprint iPhone 5s that I had...

    My neighbor has a Sprint iPhone 5s that I had initially thought would be toast, but maybe not. It may be able to run on TMO HSPA for voice if Sprint CDMA 1x is shut down. These have B2 and B4 for LTE...
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    Where did you see a formal announcement that the...

    Where did you see a formal announcement that the Tunney Act review was settled?
    Agree that telephony should be considered Interstate Commerce. Kalifornia has a habit of ignoring Federal...
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    Yes, digital networks were new back in the early...

    Yes, digital networks were new back in the early 2000s. Many phones also had analog, which would work on all networks. I traveled a year outside of metro areas and mostly was on analog roaming. That...
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    There are people using Tracfone service with the...

    There are people using Tracfone service with the new high priced phones (iPhone 11, Galaxy S20, etc.), but it is sure not the majority. Remember when a Tracfone was called a "burner" phone? Just...
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