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    Since I tend to keep phones for 5 or 6 years, I...

    Since I tend to keep phones for 5 or 6 years, I wouldn't buy a new phone without 5G capability.
  2. Today, while rummaging around, looking for an...

    Today, while rummaging around, looking for an Ethernet cross-over cable, I found the long-lost charger for my TM506. After charging it up, I inserted an active T-Mobile SIM. At first I was informed...
  3. I understand that's important for all the urban...

    I understand that's important for all the urban customers but I'd like to see 10,000 low-band sites.
    They haven't been adding any around here, not for months.
  4. As long as you don't count the panhandle.

    As long as you don't count the panhandle.
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    One of the things that tended to be most reliable...

    One of the things that tended to be most reliable was the landline phone. While the wires were vulnerable to damage, the phone was not dependent on outside power. The telephone company supplied the...
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    This should work but I've seen some troubling...

    This should work but I've seen some troubling reports of people trying to call 911 when outside T-Mobile service and getting no connection. Apparently Verizon's VoLTE is not compatible with T-Mobile...
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    Well then, look at Brewton/E. Brewton Ala. About...

    Well then, look at Brewton/E. Brewton Ala. About the same 8K pops. as Rhineland but no T-Mobile tower and virtually no service at all. I'd love to see Rhineland's lousy service in Brewton.
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    I just find it amazing that we're now complaining...

    I just find it amazing that we're now complaining about T-Mobile's data speed in an isolated village in the north of Wisconsin. About 2003, I vowed to stop complaining about T-Mobile's coverage as...
  9. You can do a lot with slow data if you download...

    You can do a lot with slow data if you download offline maps.



    "Choice" is the retail face of Commnet. Yes, they do have coverage in Death Valley.
  10. I want to see some details about how space mobile...

    I want to see some details about how space mobile is going to work. So far, they've raised less than $50M and they'll need to launch at least 250 one-ton+ satellites to achieve anything like global...
  11. And we're watching the sun set on Verizon's CDMA...

    And we're watching the sun set on Verizon's CDMA with equatorial rapidity. So, the writing was on the wall. Verizon and AT&T seem to be loathe to open their VoLTE to roamers and AFAICT the FCC isn't...
  12. Humm was sent to do one job: Unload T-Mo (US) and...

    Humm was sent to do one job: Unload T-Mo (US) and get that dog off DT's books. While he failed in his mission, the breakup fees he negotiated allowed T-Mo (US) to get a leg up and start to become...
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    I doubt it. Select Choice plans were out of reach...

    I doubt it. Select Choice plans were out of reach of the normal customer service reps. They couldn't even look at the Select Choice plan I had, except to replace it when we ported my wife over to get...
  14. The problem is that it looks like those...

    The problem is that it looks like those regulations changed over time, such that the two 850 MHz cellular carriers got preferential treatment. The best example I can think of is the site on top of...
  15. Parks are the ultimate NIMBYs. Park...

    Parks are the ultimate NIMBYs. Park administrations don't understand why an visitors would need cell phones much less why there should be multiple carriers in a park. After all, they don't have...
  16. What @jakeuten said. They may have opposed it...

    What @jakeuten said. They may have opposed it through proxies (e.g. CWA) but not directly, so far as I recall.

    They have quite a bit to go on their rural coverage but seem to have their hands...
  17. One item that may or may not be related is that...

    One item that may or may not be related is that T-Mobile has been buying up EBS licenses.
  18. Huge step backward.

    Huge step backward.
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    Well, I for one, drink Corona when I eat at...

    Well, I for one, drink Corona when I eat at Mexican restaurants and the restaurants were closed.
  20. Some carriers want to erect artificial barriers...

    Some carriers want to erect artificial barriers to roaming. The FCC requires every carrier permit voice roaming on their network by "compatible" carriers. The way carriers get around this is by...
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    Because if the subscriber (Bob) breaks down in...

    Because if the subscriber (Bob) breaks down in the middle of nowhere and can't call the road service with T-Mobile, when he gets home, Bob will become a subscriber of the duopoly. So, until...
  22. Some of these are indicators for a youth...

    Some of these are indicators for a youth demographic, which may also equate with lower income but it may just be lack of a credit history. I would add two other groups to T-Mobile's "demographic"L 1)...
  23. Thread: space mobile

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    My back-of-the-envelope calculation says they'll...

    My back-of-the-envelope calculation says they'll need to orbit at least 250, one-ton satellites to make it a go. Even then, you'll end up using a BlueTooth headset while holding the phone over your...
  24. What @bobdevnul says. It really is like picking a...

    What @bobdevnul says. It really is like picking a vehicle based on the glove compartment light.
  25. But most towers have been sold to tower companies...

    But most towers have been sold to tower companies and are not exclusive to the original carrier. The new owners will be happy to lease space to anyone with ready cash. Exceptions are cases where the...
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