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    Tracfone Rebranding Explained?

    Can someone walk me through this? What is involved and is it automatic or are there some exceptions/caveats.

    It seems being able to choose phones from across the American Movil providers and have...
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    At some point all Android 9 phones will have the...

    At some point all Android 9 phones will have the option to screen calls. If screen calls is selected in call settings when Google sees a number that is likely spam and not in your contacts it'll pop...
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    I use Hangouts for my actual number, Google spam...

    I use Hangouts for my actual number, Google spam protection is the best and have a 9 minute recording of old telco disconnect messages as the voicemail on the carrier phone number. No one ever calls...
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    I don't know if people here experience this issue...

    I don't know if people here experience this issue but the most common issue I see with used iphones, the older ones I see on Ebay is that the fingerprint reader/home button doesn't work anymore. I...
  5. That makes him/Softbank a secured creditor who...

    That makes him/Softbank a secured creditor who will get paid first. When Softbank shut off the water spigot to Sprint 3-4 years ago they started getting financing from unsecured high interest junk...
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    Absolutely agree there. Sprint is honestly...

    Absolutely agree there.

    Sprint is honestly THE business school text book case for the worst managed business in history.
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    Sprint was forced into WiMax due to a use it or...

    Sprint was forced into WiMax due to a use it or lose it clause regarding their band 41 because LTE wasn't ready yet and regardless of whether it was any good or not Sprint was dead *** broke prior to...
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    The thing for Google FI is that the experiment...

    The thing for Google FI is that the experiment will end if the merger is approved because within a year or so afterwards there will be no Sprint signal to latch onto.

    The experiment was always...
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    They are almost certainly doing smartsim through...

    They are almost certainly doing smartsim through someone else, like Google and its highly likely this would be something the customer chooses as opposed to being mandated. Maybe another brand.
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    With 22 million customers they can save money. ...

    With 22 million customers they can save money. They've likely hit the highest discounts available from carriers based on volume. This will also enable other features because they're in the...
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    Fierce Wireless muses about SmartSim based on a...

    Fierce Wireless muses about SmartSim based on a conversation with an analyst. My Google Fi comparison was apparently on the money as the analyst says Trac either licensed the Google core from Fi or...
  12. Unremovable Malware found Preinstalled on low-end Smartphone Sold in the US

    I didn't know where to post this so just putting it here, it may be of some interest to some and certainly has to give people pause before buying a low end smartphone.

    This is not something people...
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    I agree, HoFo has likely lost a lot of traffic to...

    I agree, HoFo has likely lost a lot of traffic to reddit because reddit can easily create sub forums about individual topics like that. The General prepaid forum can be difficult to go through and...
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    How does HOFO deal with the overwhelming traffic...

    How does HOFO deal with the overwhelming traffic on the Clearwire and Alltel forums? /s
  15. Really these strand mounted small cells are...

    Really these strand mounted small cells are prefect for CBRS/C Band and Sprints band 41 spectrum. The cost must be minimal compared to towers - no zoning issues and it puts the signal right there.
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  16. Sticky: https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/knowledge-...

    https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/knowledge-base-218813/
  17. Sprint Pulling the Plug on Virgin Mobile

    Transferring those customers to Boost beginning in February.

    https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/sprint-pulls-plug-virgin-mobile
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    Point being it would have to be sold to maximize...

    Point being it would have to be sold to maximize shareholder/creditor value which means its not going to be a no bid situation whether that is in the form of a lease or direct ownership.

    Under no...
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    Next year they'll begin implementing repeaters so...

    Next year they'll begin implementing repeaters so the signal will reach places they find it difficult to run fiber to and Verizon is running a LOT of fiber for these cells.
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    All the 5G phones sold in the 4th quarter next...

    All the 5G phones sold in the 4th quarter next year will have both sub 6 and mmwave capable modems in them. All the Apple 12 models and everything down to mid level android phones.
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    T-Mobile has a path forward if the merger is...

    T-Mobile has a path forward if the merger is denied though the dreams of domination would remain dreams.
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    Fairly big money going down on the latest auction...

    Fairly big money going down on the latest auction - already at $5.7 billion and its not over yet.

    https://www.fiercewireless.com/regulatory/mmwave-auction-to-resume-path-to-6b
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    Verizon must be in on the newest FCC auctions,...

    Verizon must be in on the newest FCC auctions, they are already seeking permission to test 37ghz.

    https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/verizon-seeks-experimental-license-to-test-37-ghz-product
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    By the end of 2020 a large percentage of new...

    By the end of 2020 a large percentage of new phones will be completely 5G enabled. Both Qualcomm and Mediatek have chips that will enable 5G on mid level phones down to about $250. All new iphones...
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    Tmobile is spending money buying the same mmwave...

    Tmobile is spending money buying the same mmwave spectrum that they say sucks. That fact penetrates windows. /s
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