These are the most recent forum messages posted by crossedsignals:
Simply more expensive
Wow, Un-uncarrier pricing plans. Both Cricket (with auto pay discount) and Sprint beat on price and both top T-Mobile in amount of data at top pricing tiers. In fact the first 2 tiers look suspiciously like, hmm, metro PCSs plans. Try again John Legere; you're looking like the guys you slam.
A Metro PCS device with Band 17 capability? Sure that's not Band 12?
Much as I root for Sprint. . .
I'm a Cubs fan. I root for the underdog all the time and that includes Sprint but man do they step on their you-know-what way too much. You've got AT&T and VZW with LTE networks at or above 300M PoPs and you've got Neville Ray talking about aggressively pushing T-Mo's network (whether that's all LTE or not remains to be seen) to 300M PoPs in 2015 and here comes Sprint's CFO with a comment that they are ...
A hurried addition to the release event?
Seems very uncharacteristic of Apple to talk about a product that won't be available until 'early 2015' and then to do so in so much detail. It's seemingly a hasty attempt to keep what could be Apple users from defecting to a Moto 360 or another Android wear device. Time will tell on the user interface (it appears to have some interesting methods of bridging the human:machine interface, if you happen to be right-handed/wear your watch on your left ...
Re: The days of bad T-mo coverage are numbered
Tofuchong said: Many phones that are being released already support LTE 700 for that spectrum as well. I haven't been able to find a phone yet that supports LTE on band class 12 (Lower A Block [the specific block of the 700Mhz band that T-Mobile purchased from VZW]). None of the iPhones support it. GS5 doesn't. T-mobile says Q4 before they have phones that support BC12. Sprint says they will support it in the future (along with ...
At some point the industry WILL go from 4 to 3
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?
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?
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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. ...
Hopefully Asus does a better job the second time around
Re: Sprint needs the spectrum
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 ...
Any word if either/both will be tri-band LTE?
Re: If Sprint was Smart, which they aren't.
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
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
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.
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?
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?
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 ...
http://s4gru.com/index.php?/blog/1/entry-297- puerto-ricovirgin-islands-network-visionlte-d eployment-schedule-update/ looks like May 2013 for completion.
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?
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
Maybe Qualcomm should hire NTP's attorneys so they stop losing cases.
Re: covered heavily on mobileburn and boygenius
Correction: should be CDMA/GSM
covered heavily on mobileburn and boygenius
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
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
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
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