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  1. Only if they really want to. I believe the plan...

    Only if they really want to. I believe the plan all along has been to flip the licenses for a profit and wriggle out of the FCC's coverage requirements by any means possible. It will be interesting...
  2. I don't particularly like Sprint (at least not...

    I don't particularly like Sprint (at least not more than any other carrier) but I also hate seeing them fail. I feel that the US needs at least four wireless carriers to assure strong price...
  3. It looks good. The Canadian version of the G3...

    It looks good. The Canadian version of the G3 (D852) lists the following bands:
    2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (I don't think there's any 2G remaining in Canada)
    3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 1900 /...
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    A50 (sm-a505u/w)

    Does anyone know if the US/Canada version of the Samsung A50 (SM-A505U/W) has WiFi Calling compatible with T-Mobile?
  5. Band 71 licenses come with geographic build-out...

    Band 71 licenses come with geographic build-out requirements. AFAIK, T-Mobile is way ahead of what they're required to do by the FCC. Other licensees haven't even begun their band 71 build-out.
  6. What I have not heard yet is what the various...

    What I have not heard yet is what the various carriers with 850 MHz CLR licenses plan to do with the little fiddly bits* of those bands when they convert to LTE. I wonder why the licensees haven't...
  7. But it's enough to support existing alarm systems...

    But it's enough to support existing alarm systems and other legacy M2M applications. I think they're letting 2G (in some markets) die a natural death by making it unusable for voice and data. Some...
  8. If your market was NYC, you'd see a 2G signal but...

    If your market was NYC, you'd see a 2G signal but using it would be an exercise in frustration, with busy signals and dropped calls. It's really there just to support M2M signaling.
  9. T-Mobile's greenfield deployments are pretty much...

    T-Mobile's greenfield deployments are pretty much all-LTE. They maintain a minimal legacy 3G coverage in many urban markets where they may have existing customers (including M2M). However, this is...
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    Maybe someone should calculate the "carbon...

    Maybe someone should calculate the "carbon footprint" of one of those fireworks shows and multiply by 365.
  11. Looks like another pretty pathetic Tuesday...

    Looks like another pretty pathetic Tuesday upcoming. It's becoming exactly what JL said it wouldn't be. Useless pennies off overpriced merch. No better than what you could clip out of sale flyers.
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  12. CSpire owns the 700A (band-12) license in Mobile...

    CSpire owns the 700A (band-12) license in Mobile & Baldwin Counties. Band 71 is blocked by several TV stations until January 2020. T-Mobile has 40 MHz of currently usable download capacity in those...
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    Disney controls everything at Disney World. AT&T...

    Disney controls everything at Disney World. AT&T is their preferred carrier. T-Mobile has to take hind teat. You and a million other folks were trying to live stream the fireworks.
  14. SafeLink Wireless®...

    SafeLink Wireless® is a service of Tracfone Wireless. Lifeline is the FCC program that pays for it.
  15. I think what happened is that about the time...

    I think what happened is that about the time Obama came into office, the cost of cellular service dropped to the point that companies could offer "free" phones and service in exchange for the $9.25...
  16. I bought a mobile phone for $15 and keep it...

    I bought a mobile phone for $15 and keep it active for ~$32/year. $10/month sounds like a 250% overcharge to me. Besides, the program is rife with corruption, in addition to the waste. Remember, the...
  17. Thread: Italy Travel

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    (Aside) I wish they'd picked a different town to...

    (Aside) I wish they'd picked a different town to host that treaty. Rome, The Hague, whatever. Schengen may not be the funniest place name in Europe (that honor goes to Poo, Spain) but very few people...
  18. In this case, the calls working or not was...

    In this case, the calls working or not was unrelated to signal strength. Calls didn't work with full bars.
  19. While I agree that this program is widely abused,...

    While I agree that this program is widely abused, it actually began under Reagan, with landline phones of course. So, it would be more appropriate to call them Reaganphones.
  20. The "free phone" scam coming around to bite...

    The "free phone" scam coming around to bite Sprint on the butt.
  21. Phone worked, then didn't, now does again.

    I keep a PP PAYG as a backup for when I'm out of T-Mobile service. It doesn't get a lot of use. A couple months ago I set up a Tracfone MyFlip to replace my old CDMA flip phone, made a couple test...
  22. iOS does not give the application programmer...

    iOS does not give the application programmer access to signal information. Apps can measure speed but that's about it. This is why all network mapping apps are written for Android.
  23. I've considered trying to install the apps on an...

    I've considered trying to install the apps on an old device that's been cleared to use only for this sort of stuff but I'm pretty careful about which apps I'll install on my phone. You never know...
  24. Thread: Italy Travel

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    It's been years since I've bought an Italian SIM...

    It's been years since I've bought an Italian SIM but the Italian Codice Fiscali is not a problem because everyone in the world has one. It's a hash code based on your name and date and place of...
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    I'm confused. AT&T doesn't do EDGE/GPRS. Not...

    I'm confused. AT&T doesn't do EDGE/GPRS. Not since 1 Jan '17.
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