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Re: convoluted
Today, 11:07 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

---"it doesn't have to be paid for in the future as Slammer tried to assert as a rule."--- Actually, that's not what I'm claiming. I'm saying that there are people that can still consume more than what they are allotted per cycle regardless of being throttled. Who pays for these overages? Certainly Tmobile is not going to allow free data in this instance. Even let's say Tmobile is not socking the customer with 10 times the normal charge rate for ...

Throttled Vs Capped.
Monday, 11:47 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

The fine print in Tmobile's new entrance plan, claims that once 500mb of data has been consumed, Tmobile will cease the service for remainder of the billing cycle. I'm hearing a lot of talk about throttling. However, throttling doesn't cease the accessibility of data consumption. It may slow it down but doesn't terminate it. For those that don't mind slower service, data will still be used and someone will end up paying. I would love to take a peek ...

Re: typo king
Apr 9, 2014, 3:46 PM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

Everyone on these sites, feel that in order to validate a message, there needs to be some sort of grammar or spell check on another person's post. In reality, it is not necessary. Most everyone should be able to understand what the poster is saying regardless of grammar or spelling mistakes that may not have been intentional. Only adolescents with no viable rubuttal will correct the mistakes to make themselves feel better. I understood precisely what you said and ...

Great Review Eric!
Apr 9, 2014, 10:50 AM
in the Article: Review: HTC One for Verizon Wireless forum

Phone Scoop is my primary go to site for news and reviews. This review was again another fine coverage editorial. I do feel that Eric's preference for metal phones as become adherent and obvious in these articles. However, the basis of nature in what the devices he tests, encompasses articulate hands-on usage. While the HTC still lacks what I feel is more important to everyday needs or possible scenerios over physical attributes, HTC is on its way of regaining ...

Re: You missed the point
Apr 8, 2014, 9:15 PM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

We really need to leave the "bad decisions by Sprint" analogy out of the argument here. If you want to use decision making as a tool, in contrast, you feel T-mobile is making right decisions and yet, where is it today? Still number 4, still up for sale and struggling to be competitive with big blue and big red. We have two massive carriers controlling 80% of US wireless industry. Only about 10% less than when VZW and AT&T ...

Re: LTE is to Wimax as VHS is to Beta
Apr 8, 2014, 3:28 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Switch Off WiMax Network By End of 2015 forum

I'm not sure what s4gru has to say about what you are claiming. But, Sprint is on a mission to increase its current coverage footprint in all its markets. Shutting down towers that it purchased from Clearwire only to never offer service to these existing Clearwire customers, is against the directive in what it is trying to accomplish. John B.

Re: The Bell System forever lives.
Apr 8, 2014, 10:37 AM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

Without trying to sound generic: If you were to attend an auction in hopes to secure an interest, would you bid more than you could actually afford or recoup, or would you be forced to let the person with more money to his name take it? There's a difference between being aggressive and being realistic. Sprint has a lot going on in the financial area during the network rebuild. Purchasing a carrier with a different technology is not something Sprint ...

Re: Still needs approval
Apr 7, 2014, 6:32 PM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

Not sure what will happen here. But, yes I do know that Verizon's whole exact purchase idea is for the spectrum; not the network. John B.

Re: The Bell System forever lives.
Apr 7, 2014, 5:55 PM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

It seems your whole argument is just to keep Sprint away from Tmobile. Tmobile is in no position to be celebrated by Versed. If you check crowd sourcing data in regards to LTE coverage vs the other three, Sprint is actually second in total area covered and Tmobile registers a smidgen of what the other three have already on line. Tmobile is talking a big game by a big talk CEO. When it all comes down to actual real ...

Re: The Bell System forever lives.
Apr 7, 2014, 4:12 PM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

VZW and AT&T have assets that are prime real estate items. Offloading spectrum they don't need to other carriers, is how chess is played. Sacrifice your least valuable piece in order to checkmate. Tmobile and Sprint have had to secure spectrum holdings to enhance their networks but only to stay a distant relevancy to the larger. 600Mhz spectrum is going to be auctioned off in the near future. Who do you think will have the financial resources to acwuire ...

Re: The Bell System forever lives.
Apr 7, 2014, 3:24 PM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

Small bundled acquistions, can equal one large merge. With each acquistion, subs and spectrum are added to the respective purchaser. Many of these acquistions cost dollars and only two carriers have been able and still are equipped for such financial transfers. When we look back at Sprint wanting to purchase MCI, the government said no. Yet, AT&T(then cingular) and Verizon have been able to grab AT&T and Alltel. Both respectable sized carriers. So in essense, no other carrier is ...

Re: The Bell System forever lives.
Apr 7, 2014, 2:51 PM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

My post is more in line with historical observation rather than performing a cheerleading seminar. The Bell system was broken up for this exact reason. The whole system made up a huge monopoly which employed close to a million people. Verizon and AT&T have been on a quest to forget about the break up and just put it back together again. They have done so by continuously purchasing carriers and then swapping assets with each other. They continue to ...

The Bell System forever lives.
Apr 7, 2014, 11:01 AM
in the Article: Cincinnati Bell to Sell Spectrum Licenses to Verizon forum

Sprint and Tmobile are not allowed to form a third power to create viable competition for the former bells of AT&T and VZW, yet the two largest can continuously swallow up the smaller carriers putting them in an unfair advantage for the other less wealthy carriers. The same Bell system broken up due to a monopoly. Hail to the FCC and DoJ for retaining the cartel and control over the industry and allowing them to have a family re-union. ...

Re: Actually
Apr 4, 2014, 6:36 PM
in the Article: Sprint's Spark Phones Don't Support Simultaneous Voice/Data forum

I probably should have read further. I guess the handsets do not implement all three radios. John B.

My Thought
Apr 4, 2014, 6:22 PM
in the Article: Sprint's Spark Phones Don't Support Simultaneous Voice/Data forum

Sprint is correct in claiming that Spark will not handle simultaneous voice and data. However, LTE together with CDMA can. With future Sprint handsets offering all these, the option is still there. Those that want super fast data "or" clear voice calls, will benefit through Spark. Those that want simultaneous mutitasking such as Voice and Data, I believe the handsets will default to LTE and CDMA allowing the option. If I'm correct in this thought, data intensive groups that seek ...

Great Choice.
Mar 26, 2014, 4:18 PM
in the Article: Sprint, T-Mobile, Rural Carriers Prepping 'Data Hub' forum

With the upcoming auction for 600mhz spectrum, we know who will be the first ones to line up and pad the Government for it. Sprint and Tmobile have no choice but to share with other carriers in order to compete. Even this measure will lack the competitive edge. However, it is a great choice to expand the coverage even more to outlining markets while the two expand their native areas. I have said it until I'm blue in the ...

Re: sprint employees
Mar 25, 2014, 9:11 AM
in the Article: Sprint Cutting Repair and Call Service Jobs forum

Working in the cellular industry has its adavntages. You obviously witness more hands on accounts. But as a consumer as myself, my calls to Sprint have been answered within an average of 40 seconds and issues corrected on just about every call. John B.

Re: MILK Music
Mar 21, 2014, 8:23 AM
in the Article: Pandora to Raise Fees In May forum

If you're a Galaxy owner, I have found solitude in the free app. Currently, it is ad free and is powered by slacker. Interface is really cool and I have found myself using it more than Pandora. I really do love Pandora but I am equally in favor of the Samsung offering for their Galaxy owners. John B.

Re: Just being Sprint
Mar 20, 2014, 11:10 AM
in the Article: Boost and Virgin to More Stringently Throttle Data Hogs forum

Things are looking great here in western NY. Maybe if you weren't "Flying", the signal would improve. The towers are made for ground coverage. :) John B.

Re: Just being Sprint
Mar 20, 2014, 8:08 AM
in the Article: Boost and Virgin to More Stringently Throttle Data Hogs forum

I would rather you be truthful about Sprint rather than being a hypocrite. Being truth holds more respect. If other carriers purchase other carriers, its ok. If other carriers throttle data, its ok. If other carriers lower prices, its ok. However, if Sprint does any of these things to remain competitive, it automatically unleashes some sort of hatred from you. I think it's time to bury the misaligned perception you have of the industry and what Sprint is trying to accomplish. You ...

Re: You'll get LTE in about 10% of a given market.
Mar 19, 2014, 5:06 PM
in the Article: Sprint Expands LTE Network By 20 Markets forum

My post is to quell unnecessary remarks given by misinformed adolescents that frequent these sites. While you say both markets are mature, this would be somewhat pedetermined. Tmo is still evloving as well as Sprint. We are still back to square one that dissing networks during crucial evolving technology is conjectured. I can say Tmobile is an awful carrier due to not having the coverage of Sprint. Thus the reason why have Sprint rather Tmobile. What good is fast ...

Re: You'll get LTE in about 10% of a given market.
Mar 19, 2014, 7:21 AM
in the Article: Sprint Expands LTE Network By 20 Markets forum

---"It may still be too early to pass judgment on Network Vision since B26 is still not lit up here"--- So you admit that the network is not yet fully operational and that you acted out prematurely on a network that has roughly 3 more technical stages to complete before fine tuning once all bands are put into effect. I just wanted to clarify whether I was misreading your comment. While I understand that your city maybe different than mine, the ...

Re: You'll get LTE in about 10% of a given market.
Mar 18, 2014, 7:21 PM
in the Article: Sprint Expands LTE Network By 20 Markets forum

Only 10%? Is this true? Or is this a fabricated figure? With a perception that your knowledge is more advanced in network science over most on this site, I would expect a more truthful answer from you in this respect. I have been experiencing the opposite in my city. We recently have been added to the list of 4G LTE markets and I would say that only 10% is left yet to be turned on. Speeds have been very ...

Re: Machine to Machine Services and Affiliates
Mar 13, 2014, 11:51 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile To Repurpose EDGE Network for LTE Expansion forum

My guess is we're getting a bigger snow job than my city just received in western New York. :) John B.

Re: Good Luck.
Mar 11, 2014, 6:27 PM
in the Article: SoftBank on T-Mobile: 'We Have to Give It a Shot' forum

When you're dealing with radio signals, nothing is guaranteed. It's the nature of the beast. There's not a day goes by where I don't hear of someone getting a dropped call regardless of carrier. I had two today on my VZW work phone. It happens. You want a cellphone? We need to accept the bad.

Re: Price war!!
Mar 11, 2014, 6:17 PM
in the Article: SoftBank on T-Mobile: 'We Have to Give It a Shot' forum

Spark is not designed to be deployed all over the country. It is carrier aggregation meant for populated metro areas. It allows the equipped device to instantly choose what frequency is best for the application demanded. This frees up the other frequencies for others that are using other applications. The speeds will be awesome due to lessened overloads. While my city will most likely not receive spark, I'm excited about the move forward. Recently, I have admitted the awful ...

Re: Good Luck.
Mar 11, 2014, 5:45 PM
in the Article: SoftBank on T-Mobile: 'We Have to Give It a Shot' forum

People complain because as I stated, they don't shop correctly. While price is the number one attraction for consumers, they often don't correlate the price and need. In shopping for coverage, an individual needs to map out where they frequented the most in the last two years, where they have currently been and where they may frequent in the next two years. I say frequent because occassional is minimal, frequent is often. Then you obtain a coverage map from ...

Re: No problem as long as...
Mar 11, 2014, 1:38 PM
in the Article: SoftBank on T-Mobile: 'We Have to Give It a Shot' forum

There's no denying that John Legere has given Tmobile a little fire light under its arse. But, in reality, he's manged to do exactly what every other carrier has done that's been on the chopping block. T-mobile has been grabbing the worst customers of the three larger. Yet, VZW, Sprint and AT&T actually have not been hurt by Tmobile's move. Sprint finally turned a profit, AT&T has gained higher profile consumers and VZW has done the same. In ...

Re: Good Luck.
Mar 11, 2014, 10:26 AM
in the Article: SoftBank on T-Mobile: 'We Have to Give It a Shot' forum

So how does another carrier perceive to a customer that they are worthy of coverage, service and selection just as Verizon and AT&T? By actually matching the qualities at a cheaper cost. The only way Tmobile and Sprint will achieve this, is by delivering on the premise. At this point, Tmobile can't do much more on their own and neither can Sprint to match the size and power of VZW and AT&T. The consumers have been brainwashed that coverage ...

Good Luck.
Mar 11, 2014, 9:07 AM
in the Article: SoftBank on T-Mobile: 'We Have to Give It a Shot' forum

There's a lot to be said for spunk and tenacity. Softbank against a cartel of the two largest carriers is going to be a very tough road that yields to Governement favoritism in this industry. While I agree 100% of what Son is trying to do, Verizon and AT&T are not going to sit through this. AND, Government is going to mesh up any downplay of this purchase. While Tmobile maybe creating an initial shock in price shifting, Verizon ...

Re: management
Mar 9, 2014, 5:12 PM
in the Article: Sprint Shakes Up Network Team forum

Sprint will never look good in JJinNYC's eyes. They are not out to please JJinNYC but rather for those that understand the need to allow progression against a very polarized industry. One that changes quickly. Corporate has an obligation to tear down its old network that has been tacked together over the years and begin to rebuild a brand new one. Sprint knows what Tmobile is doing. Sprint knows what VZW is doing. Sprint knows what AT&T is doing. ...

Re: management
Mar 8, 2014, 3:23 PM
in the Article: Sprint Shakes Up Network Team forum

Sprint is number three. Considering that VZW and AT&T are wealthy, powerful legacy beneficiaries of the massive bell group years ago, the best any other carrier can hope for is to obtain number three. Since Sprint is positioned as such, I'm wondering what the issue is here? Sprint has done remarkably well the last four years in what they had to work with. While the other carriers are just placing overlays on their respective networks, Sprint has completely ...

Re: 100%
Mar 7, 2014, 4:42 PM
in the Article: Samsung Intros Milk Music Service for Galaxy Devices forum

As a perpetual Pandora user, I was skeptical of this offering. After downloading and messing with it, all I can say is that it's pretty slick. John B.

Re: management
Mar 7, 2014, 10:54 AM
in the Article: Sprint Shakes Up Network Team forum

Well, I'm pretty sure their management team knows more than most of us. But, maybe you should write to the company and schlep your intuitive nature on them. John B.

Re: Uncle Sam is after Sprint!
Mar 4, 2014, 8:34 PM
in the Article: U.S. Gov Says Sprint Overcharged for Wiretaps forum

Sprint was recommended to me by a friend of mine when I suffered bipolar billing from VZW. I could never count on the same bill every month. In the 7 years I've been with Sprint, I have never been billed for more than I used. In fact, when my Wife was severely injured in an auto accident, Sprint worked with us to make sure we weren't overburdened with bills. We were set up with easy pay billing until we ...

Re: "can't compete" nonsense
Mar 4, 2014, 8:24 PM
in the Article: SoftBank May Appeal to U.S. Public for T-Mobile Support forum

I'm seeing a lot of nay sayers on this subject. Most all of it seems to be driven by personal hatred toward Sprint. It doesn't seem to be viewed on the basis of what is more serious. Such as the very same monopoly broken up years ago, is rapidly putting itself back together. Do you like monopolies? Duopolies? VZW and AT&T control 2/3rds of the industry. That means 2/3rds of the monopoly that was, is merging once again. It really ...

Re: Open Standard
Mar 4, 2014, 7:40 PM
in the Article: CarPlay Lets Drivers Access Their iPhone Via Siri forum

That appears to be the premise. However, the manufacturers are also aware that not everyone wants an Apple product. They are not giving Apple complete control. If you support Android, you will soon be able to link to the system's basic platform with an Android device. John B.

Re: YUCK
Mar 4, 2014, 7:22 PM
in the Article: CarPlay Lets Drivers Access Their iPhone Via Siri forum

---"Support an open platform that allows me to bring a device of my choosing or lose my business, plain and simple."--- I hear what you're saying. However, it appears that the manufacturers are NOT turning control over to Apple. What they are doing, is using their own platform as the basic drive system. When a customer purchases the vehicle of their choice, the customer can choose to have the dealer/manufacturer install Apple's Carplay at point of sale. I'm with you ...

Strange.
Mar 4, 2014, 8:10 AM
in the Article: U.S. Gov Says Sprint Overcharged for Wiretaps forum

I don't have all the info to agree or disagree here. However, I'm going off the cuff to say that Sprint needs to be padding the government with more pac money such as VZW and AT&T do. A squeaky wheel gets the grease. John B.

Re: Who would have thought..
Mar 4, 2014, 6:46 AM
in the Article: Sprint Loses Attempt to Skirt $300M Tax Lawsuit forum

No one can deny your claim that sugary sodas are bad. That definitely is the theory behind the ban. However, caffeine is a psychoactive drug that speeds the heart and causes high blood pressure which is common in the attributes of heart attacks and strokes. We should then ban coffee. This ban is just another tie up of tax payer money that is designed to have loop holes for the consumers yet limit choices from businesses. It is equivalent ...

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