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Re: Bogus coverage maps
Sep 5, 2014, 10:02 AM
in the Article: AT&T's LTE Stretches Out to Cover 300M POPs forum

T Bone said: I've even heard, though I don't know if it is true, that satellite TV can interfere with a cellular signal too, as well as stuff like sunspots, solar flares etc. The antennas on a mass market handheld cell phone are too small to receive radio interference from sun spots, satellites or solar flares. Distances are too far and power levels are too low. Any behavior from one of those sources that could ...

Re: capacity?
May 9, 2014, 4:08 AM
in the Article: Sprint Turns to Throttling to Manage Network Congestion forum

amarryat said: With twice the spectrum of either Verizon or AT&T, and half the customers, shouldn't they be all set for a while? T-Mobile has half of what Verizon or AT&T has, and they're blazing fast. It's not just about how much spectrum you own, it's about how much spectrum has been deployed. Sprint owns spectrum in the 800 MHz band, the 1900 MHz band, the 2.3 GHz band, the 2.5 GHz band and the 3.5 GHz band (including a bunch more ...

Re: And this is why
Apr 24, 2014, 2:41 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

>>You are using a definition of data very different from the one wireless carriers use when they define how to bill for their plans. Yes. Your arguments make sense based on the common-tongue use of the term. Mine are correct in terms of Modulation Theory (which is what matters in wireless communication systems design).

Re: What is data
Apr 23, 2014, 6:21 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

Having received an Electrical Engineering degree with an emphasis in signal processing and digital communications theory, I have a much better grasp of what data is than most. I tried to simplify things down, but apparently it wasn't enough. Without understanding the concept of modulation, it's difficult to understand the concept that data is a completely non-physical entity which is only given meaning based on its present position. If the Braille analogy isn't sufficient, think about an abacus. ...

Re: What's a contract?
Apr 17, 2014, 3:42 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

DarkStar said: So just like with Verizon and AT&T you fulfill the service agreement by paying some amount of money that goes down every month you complete in teh service agreement. My understanding is that T-Mobile has only stopped issuing service agreements. They still offer hardware purchase agreements (contracts).

Apr 17, 2014, 3:30 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

Wow, there's so much confusion in here, I cannot help but step in. When someone says "data does not exist" what they really ought to be saying is "data does not have mass." You cannot place it on a scale to weight it. You cannot set chunks of it back to back and measure it with a ruler. You cannot sum up all the parts and measure its electric field properties. Data, in its fundamental form ...

Re: RANGE increases
Dec 18, 2013, 12:10 PM
in the Article: Sprint and Dish to Trial LTE 4G Broadband to Homes forum

KOL4420 said: I wonder how that will all work out and would this Dish equipment allow Sprints LTE network to provide speeds higher than the possible speeds on their towers 60Mbps? anybody know? Essentially, adding a directional antenna at the home just extends the range at which existing speeds can be delivered. For example, if an LTE tower is in a place where it can provide 50 Mbps to a user 1 mile away, 25 Mbps to a customer 2 miles away and ...

Re: Not smart (if you're not smart)
Dec 18, 2013, 11:51 AM
in the Article: Sprint and Dish to Trial LTE 4G Broadband to Homes forum

WonkotheSane said: Using airwaves to support fixed locations in densely populated urban areas where there are lots of users is not a good idea. Quote fixed. Fixed wireless deployment is a GREAT idea for almost any location more than 2 miles away from the nearest interstate highway. Wonko, you are neglecting the fact that fixed wireless antennas are strongly directional. Think of a cell phone like it's a Coleman lantern broadcasting in all directions whereas a fixed wireless setup is more like ...

Re: Samsung Battery Compatibility Question
Nov 4, 2013, 11:56 AM
in the AT&T forum

voyager1 said: Hi I own a Samsung Galaxy Express. What I wanted to know are all battery compartments on all Samsung the same. The reason I ask is there are other Samsung phones that have higher mAh. So if I bought a battery for say a Galaxy Mega or S4 will it fit and work in my phone? So it can give the phone higher power like an extended battery used to do but still ...

Re: What happened!?! Ported out...
Oct 7, 2013, 10:43 AM
in the AT&T forum

andy2373 said: I have an ATT phone so I ordered a SIM card only, entered all the info to port out of VZW. SIM card isn't supposed to arrive for a couple days, but my current VZW phone quit working yesterday. :? As if someone completed the port out already. But usually you need to actually put the SIM card into the new phone before you loose service on your old phone. Little miffed that I'm without service for a ...

Re: Where's your phone number?
Oct 7, 2013, 10:32 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

sparker781 said: I don't think anything. I was merely stating what was offered to me from Costco. I found out where my number is some company called: NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS PCS, LLC - DC....So essentially that number is gone unless I can contact that company and see if they can get it back. All phone numbers are assigned to ONE phone company that "owns" those numbers forever (FOREVER). I've been around here long enough that I seem ...

Me again...switching sides...
Aug 29, 2013, 1:09 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

Those of you who have followed this board for any length of time know that I spent 7 years working as a Verizon call center rep and over 2 years implementing super-cool antenna systems on military aircraft for Predators drones and stuff like that, but I've moved on again. Earlier this year, just before graduating with my Electrical Engineering degree with a telecom emphasis. I accepted a Management level career with AT&T (landline) monitoring features on the coast-to-coast fiber optic ...

Re: cost
Aug 23, 2013, 4:37 PM
in the Article: Apple Not a Fan of FCC's 700MHz Interoperability Plan forum

Rich Brome said: Yes and no. More bands = more complex engineering. That may or may not be offset by economies of scale, especially when considering smaller carriers. I think if economies of scale made it cheaper for the iPhone, Apple would have already done it, as they are already a leader in minimizing SKUs with phones supporting a large number of bands. Or {gasp!} they might have to add 0.005 mm to the thickness of the iPhone in order to add an ...

Re: How much spectrum does AT&T need?
Jul 15, 2013, 7:30 PM
in the Article: AT&T To Buy Cricket forum

Rich Brome said: Technically, every carrier needs more spectrum. A lot more. So more precisely, the question is how much should AT&T have relative to the other carriers? There should be a 40% spectrum cap, per carrier, per frequency band, for all spectrum less than 2200 MHz (AWS band and below).

Re: do you need a data plan on an unlocked LG enV phone
Jul 7, 2013, 12:22 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

1) There is no such thing as an "unlocked" LG enV. 2) I'm almost certain VZW lifted the data pack requirement for non-smartphones about 3 years ago.

Re: Try?
Jun 23, 2013, 10:44 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

sparker781 said: How do I accomplish this? It's so incredibly simple, the observation that you're even asking the question is evidence that you haven't even tried. That's a little insulting. Go to voice.google.com and follow the instructions. One of the first things it will ask you is whether or not you want to port your number in. If you get the Google VoiceMail box set up and you still can't figure out the port process, come back and tell me what ...

Re: The rest of the story
Jun 22, 2013, 4:12 PM
in the Article: Ting Nixes Pre-Payments, Moves to Post-Paid Model forum

Downscripting said: Hey, cellstudent.... just wanted to let you know "the rest of your story" located at https://www.phonescoop.com/forums/forum.p hp?fm=m&ff=5&fi=2738894 is no longer there. Thanks. I'll clean that up later today.

Re: Port your number to Google Voice QUICKLY!
Jun 22, 2013, 9:07 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

sparker781 said: Thanks for the quick reply. I called their "retention" team and they told me if the bill's paid before the 18th of july their a good chance my number will be retained after that they cant promise anything...I guess I'll see what happens Thanks Check with VZW and see if you're really "disconnected" or just "suspended." Any call center agent can answer that for you, no need to call the retention team. If it's just suspended, you can port ...

Re: Ting works for data-centric users
Jun 22, 2013, 9:00 AM
in the Article: Ting Nixes Pre-Payments, Moves to Post-Paid Model forum

KOL4420 said: I was kinda pleased by the way this company explains its business model. However Its not really a savings unless you virtually dont use your phone. if you use large amounts of data no voice and no text this service plan would suck. This is mainly for customers who use very little talk, text, and data. I like the pay for what you use model they have going on now though very well said. Actually, I DO use zero ...

Re: Weeping?
Jun 22, 2013, 8:50 AM
in the Article: Ting Nixes Pre-Payments, Moves to Post-Paid Model forum

You must not have read the press release. They didn't change their pricing structure at all. They aren't instituting contracts. They aren't making "calling plans" like the rest of the "post-paid" industry. The only thing they did was move from payment-in-advance to payment-in-arrears. The effect: Current customers (who paid a month in advance when they initiated service) will have an unusually LOW billing statement next month as the invoicing method synchronizes to absorb the fees already paid ...

Re: Almost right, I think
Jun 10, 2013, 7:49 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

alternals said: So why does this mean you can't jump to a roaming partner in a coverage hole within the home area? Well, as of two years ago whne I was in level two tech support, a VZW phone would jump to a partnership tower in a "home" market, if the signal strength indicator actually dropped to "below" zero. The phone decides which SID it should connect to based off of the chatter traffic on the control tower, not ...

Re: actually, roaming IS the meaningless term
Jun 5, 2013, 9:57 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

gloopey1 said: If what you say is true, Verizon is a useless service. It's one thing if he has a weak or diminished signal, but once he has none, his phone should find a roaming partner. Is that the trade-off these days to be on "The Network?" Yes, kind of... As of 2.5 years ago when I quit working at Verizon, they still had Extended Network partnerships that were "roamable" carriers that did not bill per minute roaming charges. However, the handsets themselves are ...

Re: No coverage at work
Jun 3, 2013, 8:33 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

gloopey1 said: What about roaming? Does your phone work at all? Roaming is so 2007, LOL. A meaningless term. Modern Verizon phones and calling plans cannot Roam under normal conditions, they just refuse to use the Roaming Tower and flash No Service or E911 Only on the screen. The only way to check would be to dial 911 and see what happened. That's not a very smart thing to do.

Re: Test driving Sprint
May 28, 2013, 6:42 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

https://ting.com/devices/used Ting is a mobile reseller that runs off the Sprint network. When I considered dumping VZW last December, so I bought a $50 refurb handset from Ting to test drive the Sprint network in my area and see if it would provide acceptable service for me. In my community, Sprint works fine (better actually, in some large buildings at the University where I spent way too many hours) and would have been much, much cheaper than VZW. The ...

Re: I don't play that game
May 24, 2013, 10:13 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

I use so few "minutes" on my phone lines that I don't really care about how the calls record. I get by fine with zero benefit from M2M and F&F numbers. I've heard of schemes to make all your calls route through Google Voice, making them essentially free; but I'm not a party to how they work, because I don't use enough minutes for it to matter to me. However, it sounds like Jarahawk might be milking that cash cow. ...

Re: Google Voice App "random number"
May 22, 2013, 11:53 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

Jarahawk said: I HAVE a smartphone and I don't make calls from the GV app because I need my phone to call FROM my Google Number. Not some random number like the app does. All one has to do is call one's own Google number and make calls from it. I know what you're talking about, but you concerns about using the app because of the "random numbers" dialed are unfounded. The unique numbers dialed by GV are internal ...

Re: Google Voice on dumbphones is STILL better!
May 17, 2013, 12:39 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

gloopey1 said: I didn't know you could set up Google voice without a smartphone and the app. How do you do it? It's easy, you just have to do all the configuration and management from a PC using the web interface on voice.google.com. Once it is set up, you can utilize the service completely by SMS through the handset.

Re: Google Voice on dumbphones is STILL better!
May 16, 2013, 10:08 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

gloopey1 said: While Google Voice itself is free, the costly data plans needed to support it are not. There are still plenty of folks like me who are uninterested in phone Internet plans. Google voice wouldn't benefit me one bit. Even without a smartphone, Google Voice kicks the crap out of carrier voicemail. 1> If you choose to have carrier SMS and do not have a smartphone/data package, you set up your phone to forward un-answered calls (no answer transfer, there's a simple ...

Re: The awesomeness of Google Voice!!!
May 15, 2013, 2:25 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

gloopey1 said: Why do you dislike Verizon's voicemail? With Google Voice: 1> I get vociemails (and text messages) delivered over WiFi (or the 3G data network, when outside WiFi), so even when I'm in the basement of the University, I never miss a message, even when I miss a call. Can't do that with a Carrier System! 2> I get speech-to-text transcriptions of voicemails delivered in text form every time a voicemail comes through. The transcriptions aren't perfect, but they're good ...

Re: Voice mail notifications
May 7, 2013, 11:17 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

andy2373 said: Any ideas? https://www.google.com/voice?pli=1#sms Stop using the carrier-supplied voicemail systems, especially if you're an Android user. I deactivated my VZW voicemail box almost three years ago. I'll never turn that piece of garbage back on.

Re: My bad experience with Verizon
Apr 29, 2013, 2:02 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

gloopey1 said: Yes, I had a bad experience years ago with Verizon. Everything was bad and nothing was good. Don't go with this company because you'll regret it. They lie to everyone as well. My bill was always screwed up and my wireless service was terrible. You should take my advice because my opinion as an anonymous poster outweighs anything Consumer Reports or JD Power says. If you don't believe me, I can provide some web links to internet sites that ...

Re: "What about anti-trust?"
Apr 26, 2013, 11:16 AM
in the Article: AT&T Slams DOJ, Calls Its FCC Guidelines Unlawful forum

Vmac39 said: What about anti-trust? I simply made a comment based off of the comments that were quoted in the article. It seems to be a legitimate gripe, despite how people may feel about ATT and Verizon. If the larger companies go through the proper channels to apply for auction licensing, then why would it be wrong for them to purchase... Anti-trust is really the only issue at play here. The (in this case, correct) philosophy is that large market players can ...

Re: Interesting.
Apr 21, 2013, 9:19 PM
in the Article: Dish Asks FCC to Delay Sprint-Softbank Review forum

Versed said: Not really. Actually, yes. It's totally different than the AT&T - Tmobile deal. There are ZERO anti-trust concerns with this deal.

Re: Work-around
Apr 21, 2013, 8:58 PM
in the Article: FCC Says U.S. Carriers Complied with 'Bill Shock' Rules forum

This is why I love having service with Ting Wireless. ONE TIME I went into my account and set it up to shut down data service when a certain threshold is met. When that happens, I have to log into their website and click an override button to reactivate. It's awesome. I'll never have bill shock again. :)

Apr 19, 2013, 4:00 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

With spelling, grammar and punctuation that bad, I'd say you're pretty lucky to have the job you've got. Consider looking up the local community college and taking a few remedial English classes.

Re: Goodbye 20 month upgrades
Apr 18, 2013, 11:43 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

andy2373 said: Since it's a change in your contract. I wonder if you could get out of your contract without an ETF? :? No. I suspect the change will only apply to *new* contracts, so there will be no impact on the current base, which will still get one last upgrade at the 20 month interval. At least, that's what they did when they dumped the 12-month early upgrade a few years back, and there were no contract impacts then.

Re: Please.Use.Punctuation
Apr 18, 2013, 11:40 AM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

LibtardExposer said: They took off my unlimited data and they said that we made the change and acted like I was crazy they even said I had been on the new plan for a year and I told them they were crazy I have the bills so after a day of being called crazy I got a rep who had a brain and they are submitting a ticket to get it fixed and she admitted it was done in error ...

Re: HTC One
Apr 9, 2013, 5:35 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

sparker781 said: Okay already saw the phone. I mean whats the best of all evils in terms of carriers? Ting, if Sprint works were you leave. It's been been 4 months now and the worst thing that's happened to me is that the cheap aftermarket battery they sold me with the $50 refurbished phone needs to be replaced. Battery failure is hardly the Service Provider's fault. But if I remember right, you're one of those guys who uses cellular for the vast majority ...

Re: White House Petition for Unlimited Data
Apr 6, 2013, 5:12 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

sparker781 said: Where is the petition. The link in the OP only brings me to the main page White House petitions are only open for 30 days. You're a few hours too late to participate; it's been dropped.

Re: Kyocera Duraxt
Apr 5, 2013, 2:59 PM
in the Verizon Wireless forum

Your best bet to get a "budget plan" on a DuraXT is to try and get a Sprint-branded handset and see if you can activate it on Ting. https://help.ting.com/entries/225671 67-Bring-Your-Sprint-Device-to-Ting-A-List-of -All-Supported-Devices I don't think it's on the white list, but their tech support is actually TECH-savvy and they will help look for work-arounds to make stuff go for you. Of course, this is completely dependent on the assumption that Sprint's towers provide adequate service in your area. I can't speak for that.

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