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Not a new concept.
Nov 30, 2017, 7:37 AM
in the Article: Verizon Plans to Use 5G for Residential Broadband In 2018 forum

Clearwire tried fixed wireless broadband years ago and it didn’t work out too well. Hopefully this Verizon venture will have better prospects.

Pai is an ideologue who is only concerned with big businesses and their army of lobbyists.
Nov 23, 2017, 9:54 AM
in the Article: FCC Chairman Reveals Full Plan to Kill Net Neutrality forum

Transparency isn’t worth jack because in most areas you only have one terrestrial broadband provider or two who act in a cartel manner and therefore government regulation is a necessary evil. So now Comcast will rape you ever more over broadband fees, but they’ll do so “transparently”. But whadday’a gonna do? Who else will you get your broadband from? I am willing to give Pai more of the benefit of the doubt in the wireless marketplace because with at least four ...

Re: Inconsistent government.
Nov 21, 2017, 8:49 PM
in the Article: DOJ Sues to Halt AT&T/Time Warner Merger forum

If that is the real reason then obviously they’ll never admit it since blocking the merger because of this reason would be illegal.

Inconsistent government.
Nov 21, 2017, 7:16 AM
in the Article: DOJ Sues to Halt AT&T/Time Warner Merger forum

If Comcast was allowed to purchase NBC Universal, why should AT&T be blocked from purchasing Time Warner?

So 2015...
Oct 4, 2017, 2:32 PM
in the Article: Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Rely On Google Assistant More Than Ever forum

Wassup with the huge chin and forehead on the Pix 2? Someone should call google and tell them it’s not 2015 anymore.

I doubt Apple will go along with this.
Sep 28, 2017, 3:59 PM
in the Article: FCC Wants Apple to Turn On iPhone's FM Radio forum

I believe for these chips to work you have to use a wired headset which then doubles as an FM radio antenna but Apple has been trying to wean folks off of wired headsets in the past few years.

Re: Breakthrough Potential
Sep 23, 2017, 9:21 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile, Sprint Reach Breakthrough On Potential Merger forum

Sue the govt.? On what grounds?

These look like nice devices but...
Aug 31, 2017, 6:40 AM
in the Article: Sony's Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact Let You Scan 3D Objects forum

apparently Sony doesn't know that big chins and foreheads on devices are soooo 2016.

Re: Arrgh! Not for Toyota/Lexus owners.
Jul 27, 2017, 5:24 AM
in the Article: Android Auto Can Now Navigate with Waze forum

Unfortunately, there are many vehicles where the infotainment system is integrated in such a way that an aftermarket system can't be installed.

Arrgh! Not for Toyota/Lexus owners.
Jul 26, 2017, 1:11 PM
in the Article: Android Auto Can Now Navigate with Waze forum

The only major car company which insists on not implementing Android Auto or CarPlay.

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it didn't really fall?
Jul 20, 2017, 6:37 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Says 600 MHz Service Kicks Off In August forum

They can "kick off" as much 600Mhz service as they want but at the end the day it makes no difference whatsoever since there are no devices that can access it, and won't be at least not until around the end of this year, and even then it will only be available on a couple devices, if that.

Looks like a nice device
Jul 16, 2017, 12:02 PM
in the Article: Hands-On with the Huawei Honor 9 forum

Too bad there are no current plans to make a US-compatible version.

Seems like a boneheaded move by Sprint
Jun 22, 2017, 1:17 AM
in the Article: Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier forum

Sprint already severely restricts which devices can go on their networks by whitelisting devices, having various activation rules involving their pre vs. postpaid brands and the overall difference of Sprint's network from their competitors' which makes their devices somewhat unique. They should be aiming to relax these rules as much as possible, not restrict them, moreover so in prepaid brands in order to gain as many customers as they can. It's amazing how many bad decisions after bad decisions ...

Re: T-Mobile
May 25, 2017, 5:45 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Digits Lets You Call or Text from a Phone, Tablet, PC forum

There are third party apps but none can forward your carrier's SMSs without having active access to your main device. Here this is a network function and your main device doesn't even have to be on.

Nice, but too big.
May 16, 2017, 6:25 AM
in the Article: HTC's U11 Just Wants To Be Squeezed forum

This thing is almost a centimeter wider than the Galaxy S8.

Re: No support for Sprint
May 14, 2017, 9:37 AM
in the Article: Unlocked LG G6 Reaches Amazon and B&H forum

Yes, it is but it's the most congested also. You'd be missing B26 which is their low band - important for in-building and rural coverage, and B41 - their high-capacity, high-speed band. I suspect the band listing on LG and vendor sites are incorrect but I don't know for sure. It should be noted that Sprint has to whitelist all devices which are allowed to connect to their network. I simply can't see Sprint be willing to allow a new device ...

No support for Sprint
May 12, 2017, 7:03 PM
in the Article: Unlocked LG G6 Reaches Amazon and B&H forum

The official specs on LG's site do not show support for LTE bands 26 and 41 in the unlocked model. If that's true then this device will likely perform very poorly on Sprint.

Re: Sprint PTT has always been a joke
May 6, 2017, 8:49 AM
in the Article: Sprint Likely Switch from Qualcomm to Kodiak for PTT Services forum

The big issue with Sprint vs. iDEN performance at the time was that you went from running PTT on a resilient, truncked, low-band TDMA network great for voice communications to a poor, mid-band CDMA network and a nascent LTE network. Sprint's network, while still not as good as the other providers', has come a long way since though, especially since they repurposed the iDEN spectrum to deploy reliable 1xADV voice and LTE data so I would expect much improved PTT ...

The real news here is the availability of VoLTE to Cricket customers
May 6, 2017, 8:40 AM
in the Article: Cricket Wireless Debuts HD Voice for Select Phones forum

Until now this has only been available to branded, post-paid AT&T customers and none of their MVNOs. This is important in areas where AT&T only broadcasts LTE on its low band holdings (like in most of NC for example). The one issue I can see though is AT&T's normal insistence on only allowing VoLTE on certain devices (they are much more strict when it comes to VoLTE provisioning as compared to Verizon and T-Mobile).

Here we go again with the meaningless war of words that AT&T is sure to start with the other carrier
Apr 25, 2017, 2:52 PM
in the Article: AT&T Says '5G Evolution' to Reach 20 Markets This Year forum

T-Mobile has already been doing all of those things AT&T has said they will be doing but it isn't calling their network "5G". Just more meaningless marketing mumbo jumbo from the folks at AT&T.

Galaxy S7
Feb 14, 2017, 5:43 PM
in the Article: 5 Best Unlocked Smartphones forum

I would have also included the Galaxy S7 unlocked variant (i.e., the "U" variant). A little expensive but is one of the best unlocked phones there is.

Silly way to express a ratio.
Jan 10, 2017, 4:47 PM
in the Article: LG Says Next Flagship to Get QHD+ 18:9 LCD Screen forum

18:9 is more simply expressed as 2:1 Not sure where those guys learned math :)

Wal Mart pay
Jul 7, 2016, 4:25 AM
in the Article: Walmart Pay Now Available At All 4,600 Stores Nationwide forum

The article implies that you have to start the transaction as wal mart pay. This is not necessary. You can wait until the end of the check out process. Overall the experience of using it is not too bad and it works fairly quickly. Wal Mart BTW does support Samsung Pay in MST mode (as do most other swipe terminals).

Re: I was there when 2G debuted !
Apr 29, 2016, 6:38 AM
in the Article: AT&T to Turn Off 2G Network By End of 2016 forum

Are you sure about that? I believe they migrated from AMPS to TDMA to GSM. Sprint had the first GSM network in the USA.

Re: Rich and Eric, you guys are missing the real news :)
Nov 6, 2015, 3:48 PM
in the Article: AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless forum

Phonescoop's system chopped up the URL on me. Copy and paste the URL in my original post but get rid of the space in the word "Search" in the URL before you hit submit in your browser.

Rich and Eric, you guys are missing the real news :)
Nov 6, 2015, 1:22 PM
in the Article: AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless forum

While AT&T is buying these tiny licenses, T-Mobile has just filed an application for the purchase of A block licenses covering nearly 18 million people: arch/applMain.jsp?applID=9306938 They have also filed several other applications over the past week or so to buy 700Mhz licenses covering about a million POPs with purchases covering about another million or two expected to be filed by T-Mobile over the coming couple of weeks.

They are also going to buy more band 12 licenses!
Oct 29, 2015, 12:50 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile's LTE Network Covers 300 Million People forum

They announced in the earnings call that they are buying the old Cox 700Mhz licenses. This means band 12 will be coming to Phoenix, San Diego, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Norfolk and other cities.

Re: Looks Promising ..... But
Oct 29, 2015, 12:46 PM
in the Article: OnePlus X to Reach US November 19 for $249 forum

Yeah, you've gotta be a total idiot to buy a brand new phone nowadays for use with in the US without bands 12/17. It having an ancient processor doesn't help either.

This guy doesn't get it!
Sep 28, 2015, 12:09 PM
in the Article: FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction forum

The FCC didn't use spectrum screens in the past and look where we are today: Two carriers are hogging the majority of low band spectrum while the rest is either laying fallow (Dish) or is being held captive by spectrum squatters. The result of this is higher prices to consumers with less competition. It is perfectly reasonable for the FCC to do something which is in the overall public interest, even if that means a little less revenue to the ...

Oh, oh!
Sep 16, 2015, 8:33 AM
in the Article: AT&T Says 'Unlimited' Customers Can Use 22GB Before Throttling forum

EDIT: never mind, I had wrong info.

No band 17 or band 12 LTE? Pass.
Sep 9, 2015, 10:21 AM
in the Article: Blu Vivo Air LTE Measures 5.1mm Thick forum

This is not a viable device in the U.S. Market.

These are very nice indeed, but...
Aug 14, 2015, 11:14 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ forum

Are they really worth paying twice as much for compared to say the new Moto X or OnePlus 2 which cost about $400 cheaper? With the other manufacturers upping their game on their devices it's becoming harder and harder to justify this sort of pricing.

5.7"? Are they crazy?
Jul 28, 2015, 8:21 AM
in the Article: Liveblog of Motorola 2015 Event forum

Have they learned nothing from the Nexus 6 debacle?

Re: Looks nice but why are companies insisting on making these huge phones?
Jul 15, 2015, 4:52 PM
in the Article: Hands On with the ZTE Axon Phone forum

The issue is that many of the manufacturers are ONLY making huge phones (meaning over 5.2") for their flagships nowadays so there's no way to judge demand since there isn't a smaller, otherwise similarly spec'ed device to compare to sales-wise. The one well-known exception is Apple... and in the US they supposedly sell significantly more iPhone 6 units than 6+ ones. Therefore, at least based on this example, other companies are miscalculating when they decide to make only gigantic phones.

Looks nice but why are companies insisting on making these huge phones?
Jul 15, 2015, 10:28 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the ZTE Axon Phone forum

Hopefully ZTE will also bring the Nubia Z9 (not Max or Mini) to the 'States. That one is sized whereby most folks could handle it one handed (albeit it's a bit on the heavy side).

Really only good for AT&T and even then it's not perfect.
Jun 15, 2015, 1:45 PM
in the Article: Motorola to Let People Test Customized Moto X Risk-Free forum

The unlocked model doesn't support CDMA or LTE bands 12, 13, 26 or 41. It also doesn't include any of AT&T's specialized carrier aggregation bands. Motorola needs to hurry up with the 2015 Moto X.

Re: Is Moto really that desperate?
Jun 15, 2015, 1:39 PM
in the Article: Motorola to Let People Test Customized Moto X Risk-Free forum

They are probably trying to clear stock in anticipation of the 3rd gen Moto X.

Not just you...
Jun 13, 2015, 8:37 AM
in the Article: Review: LG G4 for Verizon Wireless forum

I would say that the vast majority of people couldn't use a 5.5" phone with one hand which is the reason HTC and Samsung stopped increasing the size of their flagships when they reached 5.2" or so. Unfortunately LG didn't get that memo and insists on making behemoths of a phone.

Re: LG G4 Sounds Good But
Apr 29, 2015, 8:53 AM
in the Article: LG's Leather-Clad G4 Steps Into the Ring forum

I completely agree with you. For the vast majority of folks, anything greater than 5.2" cannot be used one-handed and therefore is a no-go from the start. That 5.2" is a pretty well defined demarcation line and a good reason as to why Samsung and HTC haven't crossed it in their flagships despite multiple iterations of those flagships. Everyone insists on comparing the G4 against the S6 and M9 but really these devices are in two different classes. The G4's ...

interesting concept though with significant limitations.
Apr 22, 2015, 2:01 PM
in the Article: Google's Project Fi Wireless Service Offers Refunds for Unused Data forum

Some observations: It's not all that cheap unless you use just a little bit of data. An equivalent plan on Cricket (AT&T) at say 2.5Gb would cost $10 less with auto pay. I can see this appealing to folks who travel overseas. I am not sure what the deal is with the refund thing. Just charge by the Mb from the get-go and do away with that. I like the concept that you can communicate on multiple plaforms though you can kind of ...

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