Phone Scoop

printed January 26, 2015
See this page online at:

Home  ›

User: rwalford79

Info Reviews Forum Msgs. Contact  

These are the most recent forum messages posted by rwalford79:

First Ever North American Service Area?
Today, 9:03 AM
in the Article: AT&T to Buy Second Mexico Carrier for $1.875B forum

Let's get down to business - Nextel itself has operated on both sides of the border for years when it was around. Customers at least on the USA side, could roam in Mexico without charge for DC calls, however voice calls were charged per six seconds. AT&T has operated as Rogers AT&T in Canada about 15+ years ago and customers on both networks could roam between the two. Calls were charged as roaming, however the cost was by far lower ...

Can We Disable?
Jan 13, 2015, 5:20 PM
in the Article: Facebook to Display Amber Alerts forum

I live in California - I see an Amber Alert at least every 3 weeks. It got to the point the last 2 years that I've become immune to them that they are no longer effective. Is there a way to turn these off in Facebook so that way I am not bothered with it further. I know they claim that only users in potential search areas will be notified but lets be honest, if a kid goes missing ...

Some Regulation Is Necessary
Jan 5, 2015, 12:25 AM
in the Article: Republicans Likely to Fight Net Neutrality Rules forum

There are two camps in America - 1. Capitalism Free Market - the people who believe, those with the most money and means to do so, should, and will, and have all the right to set the pace and market as they see fit. Even if it is detrimental to the consumer, public at large, and competitive drive and innovation. 2. Competitive Market - the people who believe that any and all players, even small ones, should be given benefits ...

Re: Oh Gee, Can't monopolize in the US so lets change countries.
Dec 23, 2014, 6:40 AM
in the Article: Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T's Iusacell Acquisition forum

People seem to understand that in many areas AT&T is a monopoly, in others Verizon is, both in landline and/or mobile service. What they don't fully grasp is that both Verizon and AT&T having the most customers does not make them a monopoly where both compete in the same markets (in no market do they compete landline, but they do for mobile) but it makes them a duopoly, in that both control majority of all customers both landline and ...

Re: Oh Gee, Can't monopolize in the US so lets change countries.
Dec 23, 2014, 6:35 AM
in the Article: Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T's Iusacell Acquisition forum

Perhaps it is because while all these other companies, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Three, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, so on and so forth are evil in their own right, none are more evil than AT&T and Verizon to the core. AT&T may be a welcome change to break up Telmex, if you really dislike Telmex, okay, awesome, fantastic, but AT&T wont bring anything new to the Mexican market, except maybe more expensive data plans, and high priced international USA/Mexico plans. On ...

Re: gimmicks
Dec 20, 2014, 3:49 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Offers Progress Report On Wideband LTE Rollout forum

Actually AT&T is using a gimmick, they are calling theirs LTE-Advanced. The term alone is real, but the network portion they claim is advanced is not really fully implemented. They are doing carrier aggregation in select cities like Chicago, where they have less spectrum, and are combining their different frequency spectrum into one bigger pipe rather than two tiny ones. The speeds you get are the same as the rest of the network, and are not "advanced" at all. ...

Re: This is bullshit
Dec 17, 2014, 2:50 AM
in the Article: FCC to Smack Sprint with $105M Cramming Fine forum

"Would be funny if the companies denied service to all FCC officials lol. Revoke their accounts and access and tell them to have fun on some MVNO." In that case, the FCC could pull all their spectrum licences. Contrary to popular belief, while companies bid and buy spectrum or so it seems, they are actually paying for indefinite licences that perpetually renew based on terms and conditions the FCC sets forth - The FCC owns all spectrum all the time ...

Re: Marketing Gimmick
Dec 17, 2014, 2:41 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Intros Rollover Data, Called Data Stash forum

Yes, it is a gimmick - But you can look at this two ways. 1. Families or individuals on a budget, but are using just slightly to moderately under 3GB per month, but well over 1GB may see a benefit now and again, as they can occasionally use a bit more. Holiday, Spring Break, Summer vacations - times when people are notoriously more active, sending photos, sharing memories - these are the times a little more data could come in ...

Re: wow
Dec 16, 2014, 3:14 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Intros Rollover Data, Called Data Stash forum

The only carrier that MAY follow is Sprint, and they may do it in such a convoluted way that it wont be worth it. Simply they will say that all your data will be roll over data, and call it something stupid like Banked Data or Data Save or something - then they will let it only apply to family lines, no individuals, and then it will be for a limited time, and you can only bank your data for ...

Re: Yawn
Dec 16, 2014, 3:12 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Intros Rollover Data, Called Data Stash forum

$235, 2 lines unlimited - I didnt get Rhapsody, I dont get Data Stash, I get nothing the last few rounds of uncarrier - I was also told I could get BOTH WiFi Router AND LTE Signal Booster, I am now told I can only get one, and I jumped through hoops to be told I could finally buy a router. As for my tablet line - they matched 5GB of my Unlimited phone plan to my tablet - so ...

Re: Yawn
Dec 16, 2014, 3:09 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Intros Rollover Data, Called Data Stash forum

No you will not lose stashed data, only if you lower to 1GB, you will be able to continue to use what stash you have left, but will no longer stash new data. Ex. Downgrading: You have 3GB data, and banked 2 months of 2GB each, for a total of 4GB, you move to a 1GB plan, you will still have 4GB to use, and will use that, but will not bank any portion of the 1GB you moved ...

Re: Before people say US Cellular doesn't want to sell ...
Dec 11, 2014, 1:17 AM
in the Article: AT&T and US Cellular Propose PCS Spectrum Swap forum

Dish does not have the capital to fund a buyout of T-Mobile, or Sprint - but does have it for US Cellular, in addition left over cash to fund and run the company. Technically speaking, CDMA US Cellular is on par with Sprint in terms of roaming and infrastructure, it would make sense for Sprint to buy them, or link up with them, and they actually did and are currently partners. As for T-Mobile, US Cellular holds key 700 ...

Re: Here we go again
Dec 11, 2014, 1:13 AM
in the Article: AT&T and US Cellular Propose PCS Spectrum Swap forum

The major difference is that Verizon had spectrum it was never going to use, in fact 700 A-Block was basically dismissed as unusable by AT&T and Verizon, so they sold it to T-Mobile who finds that they can use it. In exchange for nearly 3 billion dollars for it, T-Mobile exchanged a small portion of AWS to Verizon. That was a financial transaction. Both had the intent to compete. US Cellular wants out of the game completely, they sold off ...

Here we go again
Dec 10, 2014, 2:33 PM
in the Article: AT&T and US Cellular Propose PCS Spectrum Swap forum

As if AT&T needs more spectrum than it currently has. The 1900PCS Spectrum I guess is looking to be recycled for LTE, but likely not because AT&T needs to do that, but because T-Mobile services areas with it as well and its done in a competitive move. *rolls eyes*

Re: Sprint has the MOST SPECTRUM and let us down
Dec 4, 2014, 11:36 PM
in the Article: Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done forum

They have the most spectrum of all carriers in 2.5Ghz, in fact, they own almost 100% of it, however that spectrum is extremely inferior to coverage, both in distance, and penetration indoors. It is hard to build out as the distance required between towers is greatly diminished and requires roughly 2-3x more towers to be placed to achieve the same level of basic coverage as a PCS 1900 network. So having the most of an inferior spectrum band, doesnt ...

Network Vision Network Flop
Dec 3, 2014, 12:07 PM
in the Article: Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done forum

So not only has Sprint lied about how vast the LTE coverage would be, but they lied about how many people it would cover. Looking at their Network Vision Maps when they proposed the idea, and promised capacity, coverage, and increase in call completion and data speeds, to now and the current maps - I see a huge lack of breadth of coverage, not to mention a very small LTE coverage area in the places they claimed they really ...

Affects Fastest LTE Network Ads
Nov 24, 2014, 3:45 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Agrees to Show Customers Real Speed Test Data forum

Since they are going to accurately give the information of each customer - this may bring down their Fastest Network advertising. We dont really measure speed of networks by their backhaul and by what the network is capable of - if this was the case, then Sprint would win (as it is technically capable of by far faster speeds) - but if you were to be very specific of what speeds customers are actually getting, not just how fast the ...

Re: Nice but.........
Nov 19, 2014, 11:05 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Improves International Calling Plans forum

Sure - and most of them require the other person to have that same app. Others do not use your telephone number or require you to open and call in the app over VoIP which sometimes is not as great sounding as a real network (and in many cases can not switch between WiFi and Cellular). On top of this, how many are willing to give a third-party your credit card number when almost all these companies have been ...

Re: "Impact on the consumer will be small.."
Nov 17, 2014, 1:36 PM
in the Article: School Internet Plan Would Raise Phone Taxes 17.2% forum

I live in San Francisco - so I also pay a "City Utilities Tax" on top of other taxes, fees and surcharges - this is equal to about $4-6 PER MONTH PER LINE. I have 3 wireless lines it applies to, and one home line it applies to. So imagine paying $20-$24 per month extra to fund utilities in just one city. Sorry but I cant also pay a 17% tax in addition to fund other peoples children in ...

Re: How is VoLTE doing?
Nov 3, 2014, 6:47 PM
in the Article: Verizon, AT&T Working On Intercarrier VoLTE forum

Roommate uses VoLTE on my account on her Galaxy Note 3 on TMobile and it works for all calls to all networks, and its fast setup is great, sound quality to other TMo customers is awesome sounds like they are whispering in your ear, but clearly.

Re: Other Carriers...
Sep 20, 2014, 6:35 PM
in the Article: Verizon's VoLTE Service Live for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus forum

T-Mobile enabled HD Voice across its HSPA and HSPA+ networks. In this case, BOTH the calling party and the called party will need an HD Voice compatible device. Over VoLTE, the HD codec is part of the standard. HD Voice is not intercarrier compatible however, because Sprint uses a different codec than T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. It remains to be seen if Sprint will convert their codecs to the standard other carriers use, especially if they want to ensure ...

Re: Other Carriers...
Sep 20, 2014, 3:25 PM
in the Article: Verizon's VoLTE Service Live for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus forum

Doubtful, since VoLTE enables HD calling, and is a set standard, it has specific codecs and the like. The only thing that one company may do over another is what Verizon is doing with Advanced Calling features, where video calling may be enabled, or something like instant screen sharing, like LG does in their devices called Vue. VoLTE may not work while ROAMING on another carrier, so in this sense it is not "interoperable" but the implementation is a basic ...

Other Carriers...
Sep 20, 2014, 10:46 AM
in the Article: Verizon's VoLTE Service Live for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus forum

Where as T-Mobile allows VoLTE calls from one handset to any other handset or carrier. Just dial a number, and that call is routed over VoLTE on T-Mobile's end.

Re: Good start
Aug 29, 2014, 1:28 AM
in the Article: Sprint Gives Samsung GS4 International Wi-Fi Calling forum

The Nexus 5 is a Spark device, and it does not have WiFi Calling. So not all Spark devices have it.

Includes $70 Unlimited Data
Aug 14, 2014, 11:59 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile to Squelch Data Speeds of Terms Violators forum

This also included users of the $70 Simple Choice plan with Unlimited 4G High Speed Data as well. That add-on to the original $50 base plan is $20, which gives the $70 price. Grandfathered customers are still subject to T&C regarding network management which has been written into all contracts including month to month contracts for the last decade or so. Nothing new here, just TMobile tightening up the ship.

Re: What people don't realize
Jul 27, 2014, 10:34 AM
in the Article: Verizon to Restrict Heaviest 'Unlimited' LTE Users forum

Just because WiFi is everywhere doesnt mean that you have to or are obligated to use it. If you have an unlimited data plan, it is expected, you are going to use it, even if WiFi is present, otherwise, why not just not have phone/tablet data at all? I live in SF, and yes, every street is covered in WiFi in some aspect in some way, but keep in mind, 99% of WiFi is locked down and not able to ...

Meaningfully Participate?
Jul 9, 2014, 4:28 PM
in the Article: Dish Says It Will Bid On 600MHz Spectrum forum

Does that mean that Dish was not really participating before and was just trying to be a hinderance to other carriers to overpay for oh, say, I don't know, Sprint perhaps... And to say this now makes them look like Vodafone with AT&T and Cingular were in acquisition stages in 2004.. The stipulation should be placed on Dish, if they want to participate, they have to show reasonable effort and usage of deployment of current spectrum owned, or they can ...

Re: So I guess that would leave them...
Jun 29, 2014, 9:51 PM
in the Article: Facebook Home Seemingly Abandoned forum

BUAHAHAHAHHA.... However, being a Bay Area based company, and knowing the SF Bay Area has a massive homeless problem, it's not really funny. Well, in context it is, but not really.

Re: What carrier will be next?
Jun 12, 2014, 1:33 PM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

If AT&T is doing it, I can guarantee Verizon will be next, followed by Sprint. Sprint is generally the last to follow suit, but the Duopoly are always quick after another.

Re: Nothing but a scam.
Jun 12, 2014, 1:31 PM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

When the reality, should be, that since carriers want you locked into a contract, they should WAIVE the fee, and only charge those who are month-to-month...why you that way those who are willing to stay longer get the benefit of a discount and perks of staying. Now I am not all for contracts by any means, and I believe monthly customers are more volatile, and they should have the best options, but I dont think you want to alienate ...

Re: T-Mobile Charges...
Jun 12, 2014, 1:28 PM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

When I bought a new device, I still had to pay $10 for a SIM card, even though I had my old one that they transferred the account over to (prepaid to postpaid). I later had to call them and ask for a credit, which I got, but even still, I paid for it, then got a credit. It seems standard regardless if you have a SIM or not.

Jun 12, 2014, 11:35 AM
in the Article: Starbucks to Expand Wireless Charging to More Stores forum

Unless you're supporting the more robust built-in Qi standard that is available on most new Android devices (which do not use Powermat or Duracell standard), I fail to see how or why they would think they have a winning standard or spend the time and money to cater to a very very limited niche market.

T-Mobile Charges...
Jun 12, 2014, 11:32 AM
in the Article: AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40 forum

T-Mobile charges a $10 SIM card fee... Where as other carriers that use them provide them free on activation or upgrading. While much lower, the fact is, this is where they have a fee to start service (Activation) but called something else.

Another reason mergers are bad
Jun 4, 2014, 1:27 PM
in the Article: AT&T's Cricket Brand to Cut Off Lifeline Service forum

The FCC should have wrote this in as a stipulation that lifeline and poor customers who rely on service be migrated.

Re: Hahaha
May 19, 2014, 12:42 PM
in the Article: FCC Dings Sprint $7.5M for Do-Not-Call Violations forum

Buahahahah. Good to know that if I won't get my $400+ in Premium Data Fees refunded, that Sprint pays it out to someone else and has a file charge against them on record. See Sprint..**** over your customers and now you get screwed in the end (pun intended)

Re: It Seems Tmobile...
May 12, 2014, 11:44 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Wants $1B Break-Up Fee If Sprint Deal Fails forum

You dont understand the point. TMobile has gained some of the low cost customers from the Big 3, but it also has given customers some great benefits that the big carriers dont want to honor, even after a merger. While these customers are not as profitable, T-Mobile has made it seem that there is no reason to not offer these initiatives to all customers - thus, why would the other carriers wanna buy out T-Mobile if these low cost ...

Re: Tmobile about to be richer
May 10, 2014, 9:47 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Wants $1B Break-Up Fee If Sprint Deal Fails forum

Agreed. Cash helps pay debt, build a network, and can be used to buy more spectrum.

Re: Tmobile about to be richer
May 10, 2014, 9:30 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Wants $1B Break-Up Fee If Sprint Deal Fails forum

Sprint simply doesn't have $1 Billion laying around on its own, so it could get it from Softbank. Though Softbank already plunked tens of billions into Sprint, and little has been done to be competitive other than more broken promises of 4G (there is LTE everywhere on Sprint now, but it either lacks connectivity to the internet, or the signal is so weak 90% of customers still cant use it), Spark (which now crippled devices so no more Simultaneous ...

Throttled All Customers Already
May 8, 2014, 10:18 AM
in the Article: Sprint Turns to Throttling to Manage Network Congestion forum

With Sprint admitting to me not only verbally, but in writing that they are experiencing capacity issues in San Francisco, I can say, from first hand experience, Sprint is automatically throttling users, and has been, for nearly 4 years. Due to their own network issues, I fail to see how customers, even the Top 5% like I was, could actually use more data and clog the network, when the entire network is clogged from 6AM to 3AM everyday, giving only ...

Re: Sounds like someone's having a temper tantrum
Apr 17, 2014, 11:00 AM
in the Article: AT&T Doesn't Like 600MHz Auction Rules, May Skip It forum

Considering how the FCC has limited AT&T in the past (mergers with T-Mobile, spectrum rules, etc), this is the ONLY way AT&T can make a statement to the FCC...withholding from the auction means other companies are unlikely to meet the reserve price of the spectrum, forcing down the value of it. T-Mobile is the only one I care about winning ANY of it.

(older messages not shown)

Subscribe to Phone Scoop News with RSS Follow @phonescoop on Twitter Phone Scoop on Facebook Phone Scoop on Google+ Subscribe to Phone Scoop on YouTube Follow on Instagram


All content Copyright 2001-2015 Phone Factor, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Content on this site may not be copied or republished without formal permission.