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At some point the industry WILL go from 4 to 3
Jun 18, 2014, 11:37 AM
in the Article: AT&T Doesn't See Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Happening forum

Nobody wants to admit it but there will be consolidation, either through M&A activity or through bankruptcy. There are multiple elephants in the room: +/- 85% of profits in wireless are earned by VZW/T and the remains are split between TMUS/S and a litany of regional operators. That in itself proves that there are hardly 4 viable competitors. There are 2 national competitors and 2 that are holding on for dear life. Say ...

Which LTE Bands?
Jun 16, 2014, 5:37 PM
in the Article: Sprint Expands LTE Roaming Agreements forum

Do these carriers use bands 25/26/41 or a subset thereof or is this a case where Sprint's commitment to include band 12 in future devices (see Sprint presentation at Competitive Carriers Association 2014 conference) is required to take advantage of these agreements?

Re: GSM or CDMA?
May 10, 2014, 11:29 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Wants $1B Break-Up Fee If Sprint Deal Fails forum

Most likely they will run both and transition to VoLTE in the future. No sense migrating one to the other with VoLTE on the horizon.

Convenient Ignorance
May 1, 2014, 4:29 PM
in the Article: Verizon Pushing FCC to Reconsider Auction Rules forum

VZW's statements conveniently ignore a key provision of the proposal presented by Chairman Wheeler: The reservation of spectrum for carriers holding less than 30% of the low band spectrum in a given market only kicks in once a reserve price is met. That in itself ensures a price for the spectrum that is set based on all competitors - VZW and AT&T alike setting the price for all available spectrum up to the point of the reserve ...

Machine to Machine Services and Affiliates
Mar 13, 2014, 10:23 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile To Repurpose EDGE Network for LTE Expansion forum

So is T-mobile getting out of Machine to Machine services business that typically rely on GPRS/EDGE or other legacy data services? What about affiliates like, for example, i Wireless that steadfastly refuses to upgrade huge swaths of its coverage area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to anything beyond EDGE? Does this mean they will finally have 100% of their native network transitioned from 2G/3G and onto HSPA+ and or LTE? The article headline says: "T-mobile to Repurpose EDGE Network for ...

Re: Uncle Sam is after Sprint!
Mar 4, 2014, 10:50 AM
in the Article: U.S. Gov Says Sprint Overcharged for Wiretaps forum

Both the New York sales tax case and this case cite violation of False Claims Acts (in the case of the NY case, it's the state law, in this case it's federal law). I can tell you first hand that when dealing with the government, state or federal, in cases like this, the presumption of innocence is at least strained. It is often more like a presumption of guilt. The New York cases also makes it likely that ...

Re: the only way
Mar 1, 2014, 12:04 PM
in the Article: FCC's H Block Spectrum Ends with $1.56B in Bids forum

Included in the auction requirements issued by the FCC: H Block Interim Buildout Requirement: Within four (4) years, a licensee shall provide reliable signal coverage and offer service to at least forty (40) percent of the population in each of its license areas. · H Block Final Buildout Requirement: Within ten (10) years, a licensee shall provide reliable signal coverage and offer service to at least seventy-five (75) percent of the population in each of its license areas. In addition, the Commission adopted ...

Re: article correction
Feb 25, 2014, 10:19 PM
in the Article: Snapdragon 801 More Than a Modest Upgrade forum

Agree that the article needs correction. From the linked Qualcomm blog page: "Like the Snapdragon 800 processor, the Snapdragon 801 processor includes integrated 4G LTE CAT4 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for smooth connectivity, a quad core Krait 400 CPU with speeds of up to 2.5 GHz per core for best-in-class processing performance, and an Adreno 330 GPU for premium graphics, all while maintaining industry-leading battery performance. In the Snapdragon 801 processor, Qualcomm Technologies has boosted the performance of these key ...

Re: Google got what they wanted
Jan 30, 2014, 2:17 AM
in the Article: Google to Sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion forum

A more complete calculation of what was bought, sold, and retained: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/di d-google-really-lose-on-its-original-motorola -deal/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Re: Status Quo is a non-starter
Jan 21, 2014, 7:07 PM
in the Article: SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom Discussing T-Mobile Buyout forum

I'm sure that there will be some negotiation around the T-mobile brand, as its owned by DT and it's used in many countries. I agree that the brand equity of T-Mobile is far higher than Sprint, but the brand may go when DT divests its interest. Perhaps the Sprint and T-mobile brands are retired in favor of the SoftBank brand (I wouldn't be in favor of this, as the cost of re-branding would be an additional expense). ...

Status Quo is a non-starter
Jan 19, 2014, 9:58 PM
in the Article: SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom Discussing T-Mobile Buyout forum

Seems like everyone around here has an opinion that is a variation on status quo; - Sprint stinks. Don't let them mess up TMUS. - we like what TMUS is doing. Let them keep it up. - The feds won't/shouldn't let this happen. - We need to have 2 national GSM operators The reality is that status quo is a false choice. 1. DT wants to sell TMUS and in my opinion will do so to whomever brings a credible ...

Re: Why....
Jan 15, 2014, 1:38 PM
in the Article: HP Returns to Smartphone Market with Two Phablets forum

Are they inferior in the market they are targeted towards (India)? Sure, they may seem uncompetitive in mature markets like the U.S./Canada/EU/Australia, but in a developing market like India where wireless is the de facto medium for making phone calls and accessing the internet and where per capita income is less than the aforementioned countries, a lower spec. / cheaper phone makes a lot of sense.

Re: High Frequency first?
Oct 30, 2013, 10:19 PM
in the Article: Sprint Offers LTE Progress Report forum

S4GRU posters are reporting active 2.5GHz LTE in several markets so the LTE roll out progression is indeed 1.9GHz -> 2.5GHz -> 800MHz SMR. The reason that 2.5GHz precedes 800SMR is a result of work that Clearwire was doing last year to migrate their WiMax network to TD-LTE. See the following as a reminder: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/clear wire-td-lte-network-go-live-june-2013/2012-02 -15 and http://www.fiercewireless.com/s tory/clearwire-slashes-lte-deployment-target- 5000-sites-2000-sites/2012-10-25 Perhaps it's coincidental but the 5000 sites Sprint is quoting as going live soon matches the number that Clearwire was readying as part of ...

Perhaps they should produce phones for other firms
Oct 23, 2013, 1:37 PM
in the Article: HTC Might Outsource Smartphone Production forum

Rather than outsource the production of their phones to someone who will likely listen most closely to their biggest customer du jour (Apple, etc.), why doesn't HTC offer its excess production capacity to other companies? They certainly have domain knowledge in the production of phones and now have excess capacity. It would seem to be a better deal than selling off production facilities for some fraction of a dollar and outsourcing their manufacturing. Given BlackBerry's woes ...

T-mobile Press Release
Oct 10, 2013, 6:32 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Says LTE Available Nationwide forum

Since Phone Scoop neglected to provide the link to T-Mobile's press release, here it is: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.F ile?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9MjA1Njk0fENoaWxkSUQ9LTF8 VHlwZT0z&t=1 Claim 1: "T-Mobile’s latest-generation 4G LTE network is now nationwide, reaching more than 200 million people in 233 metropolitan areas across the United States." Translation: Since there are more than 200 million people and 233 MSA's in the U.S., "Nationwide" means something between 'We've got LA and NYC covered, and maybe some markets in between' and what the other guys are rolling out. Check VZW's ...

Re: Not to be rude, but this is flat out false
Oct 10, 2013, 12:17 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Says LTE Available Nationwide forum

The article was revised after Airb330's and my original comments. The quotation in Airb330's referencing HSPA+ across T-Mo's entire network was in the original article.

Re: Not to be rude, but this is flat out false
Oct 9, 2013, 6:31 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Says LTE Available Nationwide forum

Agree I can point to a dozen cities in western IL that have, at best, GPRS. Large swaths of the country along I-80 - a major highway corridor that you would expect to be covered with fast data - have similar GPRS/EDGE only coverage. T-Mobile's statement is absolutely false and very misleading. Even on T-Mobile prepaid (which has limited data roaming capabilities) I get GPRS, indicating that the native network is not all HSPA/LTE. I root for ...

I expected less
Aug 2, 2013, 10:59 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: MOTO X forum

as in lower price. For all the comments Dennis Woodside made about this huge price chasm between feature phones and smart phones and how that chasm wasn't going to last, Googorola just delivered a phone par for the (price) course. I fully expected this phone with all of its mid-range specs and Woodside's comments to be in the $0-99 on contract and $299-$349 outright. Google does a good job of delivering value for money with the Nexus line. ...

nuvifone G60
Jul 30, 2013, 6:57 PM
in the Article: Asus Looking to Enter U.S Smartphone Market Next Year forum

Hopefully Asus does a better job the second time around

Re: Sprint needs the spectrum
Jul 7, 2013, 8:51 PM
in the Article: FCC Approves SoftBank Buying Sprint Buying Clearwire forum

Take a look at the following: http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/3703-potent ial-sprint-rural-buildout-by-2016/ It's going to take a while but the answer is that in many markets there is a potential for improved rural coverage not only as a result of the inherent characteristics of SMR 800 (lower free-space path losses) but also as a result of build out requirements. CDMA 800 (1x-RTT) is expected to be deployed on approximately 95% and LTE 800 is expected to deployed on approximately 80% of Sprint's post-Network Vision cell ...

LTE 800/2500?
Jun 26, 2013, 7:45 PM
in the Article: Sprint Announces First Two LTE-Capable Windows Phones forum

Any word if either/both will be tri-band LTE?

Re: If Sprint was Smart, which they aren't.
Jun 18, 2013, 8:20 PM
in the Article: Dish Calls Sprint's Lawsuit 'Transparent' forum

Or simply slice and dice up Clearwire with Dish: Offer Dish Clearwire's spectrum licenses in the boonies and keep the metro licenses for themselves. That would achieve Sprint's goal of using Clearwire's high frequency spectrum in densely populated areas where its capacity is an asset and saddle Dish with spectrum with poor distance/penetration characteristics in places that would drive their build-out costs up. They could also offer up Clearwire's physical 'network' (cell sites) that aren't hosted ...

Pretty simple to me
Jun 18, 2013, 7:56 PM
in the Article: Dish Calls Sprint's Lawsuit 'Transparent' forum

Sprint asserted its interpretation of the shareholder agreement and Delaware incorporation law. Clearwire's board didn't see it the same way (by virtue of acceptance of Dish's revised offer) and now Sprint is suing to get a referee to figure out who's right.

If you're going to report comparitive data on carriers, keep the timescales the same
Apr 30, 2013, 4:18 PM
in the Article: AT&T On Track to Cover 270M Pops with LTE This Year forum

The author omits the number of POPs covered by Sprint at the end of 2013 (and instead reports mid-Summer numbers which make it appear that Sprint will lag far behind other US carriers), while reporting end of year numbers for AT&T and T-Mo and roll-out complete numbers for VZW. From six days ago: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-cf o-dish-softbank-deals-arent-affecting-network -vision-deployment/2013-04-24 Sprint plans to cover 200 million POPs with LTE by the end of the year, which is down from its initial goal of 250 million. ...

Re: no SVDO? I'll pass this one.
Oct 17, 2012, 11:34 AM
in the Article: Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Note II Goes on Sale Oct 25 for $299 forum

Confirmed here: http://s4gru.com/index.php?/blog/1/entry-327- samsung-galaxy-note-2-big-enough-for-everythi ng-except-svdo/

Re: who would spend the extra for the maxx?
Oct 11, 2012, 11:50 AM
in the Article: Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD Go On Sale October 18 forum

The phone world is rapidly breaking down into price points separated by $100. Taking into context the RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX, MOT has the $99, $199 and $299 price points covered. Using Apple's pricing strategy of double the memory costs $100 more (i.e. 16GB iPhone @ $199 subsidized price; 32GB @$299), the fact that the RAZR HD -> RAZR HD MAXX nets a doubling of RAM and a bigger battery looks like a bargain. Given the ...

Re: Let me get this strait?
Sep 28, 2012, 4:14 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Selling Off Rights to 7,200 Cell Towers forum

From Crown Castle's SEC Form DEF 14A (shows all owners of CCI holding >5% of the firm): Other Security Ownership The following is a tabulation as of March 26, 2012 of our stockholders who own beneficially in excess of 5% of our Common Stock. Shares Beneficially Owned Beneficial Owner Number Percent(a) T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. (b) 33,598,667 ...

Re: LTE???
Jul 16, 2012, 9:36 PM
in the Article: Sprint LTE Launches in 15 - Not 5 - Markets forum

http://s4gru.com/index.php?/blog/1/entry-297- puerto-ricovirgin-islands-network-visionlte-d eployment-schedule-update/ looks like May 2013 for completion.

Headline Error?
Oct 25, 2010, 1:45 PM
in the Article: Powermat Debuts Gen 2 Conductive Chargers for Smartphones forum

Powermat's charging technology is based on an inductive coupling between the charging matt and the adapter on the back of the phone, not a conductive link: The first company to not only perfect inductive-based wireless charging but to then bring it to consumers in a widely available, meaningful way via mainstream retail channels, Powermat pioneered the wireless charging category and currently leads the market in device compatibility, retail availability, technological advancement, consumer experience and brand. (Reference: http://www.powermat.com/us/about-powermat) I don't see anything ...

Re: EVDO, WI-MAX?
May 15, 2008, 7:30 PM
in the Article: AT&T CEO Says It Will Deliver 20Mbps Downloads forum

CamelTowing said: algorithmplus said: I have to agree with stevelvl. Maybe we could compare the cost of proprietary CDMA implementations to the cost of similar GSM implementations of devices. It's more cost efficient to develop a product that is capable of serving a population of 2 billion as compared to a device that will only serve 300 million people. The fact that Sprint is going to be the ONLY major wireless company using WIMAX, that pretty much destroys your argument. ...

$700M in revenue going away
Sep 12, 2007, 7:53 PM
in the Article: Motorola Moves 3G Chip Business Away From Qualcomm forum

Maybe Qualcomm should hire NTP's attorneys so they stop losing cases.

Re: covered heavily on mobileburn and boygenius
Aug 14, 2007, 8:15 PM
in the Article: Motorola Q9 Coming In CDMA Too forum

Correction: should be CDMA/GSM

covered heavily on mobileburn and boygenius
Aug 14, 2007, 8:13 PM
in the Article: Motorola Q9 Coming In CDMA Too forum

updated interface 1.3MP camera, not 2.0 :cry: No IR port No Worldmode (feature of the Qualcomm chipset that allows CDMA/GPS [as used in BB 8830] ):evil:

A watered down version on the EU Roaming Charge Reform
Aug 8, 2007, 8:03 PM
in the Article: FCC Sets New Roaming Rules forum

This essentially mimics what the EU did in April with capping roaming charges, except that in true Capitalist fashion, the FCC lets the market decide what is fair and reasonable. http://www.betanews.com/articl e/EU_Passes_Roaming_Legislation/1179934407

Re: Battery Life
Jul 26, 2007, 12:56 PM
in the Article: Motorola To Build Cell Phone With On-Board Projector forum

The linked WSJ article quotes a 1 to 1.5 hour run time on a typical cell phone...not that you're going to use this feature continuously. I'm sure the performance will improve as they develop the system further. First gen CDMA handsets like my Qualcomm Q phone didn't even have a talk time of 1.5 hours in real life. http://webreprints.djreprints.com/16 40241430214.html

Re: 60 days
Jun 11, 2007, 3:51 PM
in the Article: Wireless Companies Come to Qualcomm's Defense forum

Yup...the CDMA V3m uses the MSM6500 chipset...that would be a Qualcomm chipset, not Motorola so the poor performance, if it's attributable to the chipset, should be blamed on Qualcomm. Motorola hasn't produced a CDMA chipset since the days of IS-95 and Nokia's been out of the business for at least a couple of years.

Why not Motorola ic402/ic502
Apr 3, 2007, 8:59 PM
in the Article: Boost Trials Unlimited Calling Using CDMA forum

Moto comes out with the ideal phone for Boost and Sprint goes out and chooses not only a phone that cannibalizes Boost's main value proposition (vs. Metro PCS and Cricket) but also has a questionable reputation among users. Read the ratings here and the c290 is basically one step above junk. So let me get this straight: Boost mobile comes out of the block featuring the 2 way radio feature and a tag line 'where you at?' (implying that's ...

Re: Some GSM "Security" questions...
Apr 2, 2007, 5:41 PM
in the Techs & Trends forum

Certain version of the GSM encryption algorithm have been hacked in the past: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A5/1. Most alleged hacks rely on perfect conditions which are almost unobtainable in the real world and therefore unlikely to happen. There are those that claim to have ability to compromise even the newest algorithms http://www.cs.technion.ac.il/users/wwwb/cgi-b in/tr-info.cgi?2006/CS/CS-2006-07 Much of CDMA's superiority in the area of security focuses on it's code-based multiplexing. I've not heard of anyone claiming to have been able to hack the CDMA interface. ...

Re: The end of CDMA?
Mar 24, 2007, 9:43 PM
in the Article: Sprint, Verizon Come to Qualcomm's Defense forum

Hmm...Amp'd mobile's website lists the RAZRs chipset as the MSM6500....a Qualcomm Chipset Further corroboration (applies to the CDMA Q as well) http://www.elecdesign.com/Articles/Index.cf m?AD=1&ArticleID=13567 GSM versions of the RAZR use Freescale (formerly Motorola) chipsets.

Hipocrites
Mar 2, 2007, 7:00 PM
in the Article: Sprint, T-Mobile Take Regulatory Battle to Supremes forum

So let me get this straight... Phone service is one of the most taxed utilities, with taxes in some cases averaging over 20% of the total phone bills. Of that 20%, 80% is often levied by the individual state. Example: New York State & Local Taxes: 16.23% Federal Excise: 3% Federal USF: 2.48% (see what your state is at: http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/06/06/c z_sw_0606cellphone.html click on the map link to see individual states.) Now the states (the same folks levying phone tax rates that look like ...

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