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    Keep it Classy, AT&T!

    This "temporary" AT&T cell site has been in place in Calumet, MI for at least two or three years now. I wonder if they have any plans to ever convert it to a permanent structure. Either way, at least...
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    What are you talking about when you say "wifi...

    What are you talking about when you say "wifi calling"? FaceTime Audio? I mean, yes, that is convenient, as long as your callers have iOS devices and know to call you via FaceTime instead of your...
  3. For what it's worth, I was able to activate a...

    For what it's worth, I was able to activate a data-only modem today on Page Plus. My particular device (an HWIC-3G-CDMA-V) is not capable of placing voice calls or sending/receiving text messages, so...
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    Outdoor DAS in Ann Arbor MI

    I snapped this picture of an outdoor DAS site going up on the University of Michigan's North Campus in Ann Arbor, MI. There are, I believe, five similar sites going up on north campus this summer.
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  5. Yep, completely agreed about the disconnect...

    Yep, completely agreed about the disconnect between GSM/GPRS/EDGE air interfaces and UMTS/HSPA/etc ones. While the 3GPP "system" was inspired by the GSM "system," the 3GPP air interface and its...
  6. Yeah, so, the "TDMA" (as an entire system) you...

    Yeah, so, the "TDMA" (as an entire system) you are talking about, which was prevalent in the USA as a predecessor to AMPS, and which we all used to call just "TDMA" was actually just another system...
  7. I hope this isn't against the rules, but I've...

    I hope this isn't against the rules, but I've posted a question about band 13 vs band 4 selection parameters and preferences which I think some of you might find of interest.

    Cheers,
    Rusty
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    LTE Frequency Selection Parameters

    I have been playing with an iPhone 5s in southeast Michigan (Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti / Plymouth / Livonia / Detroit) on the VZW LTE network for the past few days.

    I have been noticing that band 4...
  9. AWS LTE appears to be live in Ypsilanti MI 48197...

    AWS LTE appears to be live in Ypsilanti MI 48197 (near the corner of Washtenaw and Golfside). My iPhone 5 with 3 bars of signal is sitting right next to a borrowed iPad Air with two bars of signal,...
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    Oh, is that still true for VZW? I thought they...

    Oh, is that still true for VZW? I thought they had largely moved to converged backhaul.

    Verizon isn't the ILEC in Denver, so they would be paying a bundle of real money to Qwest/Centurylink if...
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    If the backhaul were saturated, I would expect it...

    If the backhaul were saturated, I would expect it to also affect the EV-DO speeds.
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    LTE Trouble in Denver, CO?

    I've been in Denver since Monday (Nov 18) for a conference and have been seeing really strange problems with LTE in the downtown area here.

    The LTE service in the conference center itself has been...
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    I wonder whether I-94 from Ann Arbor to Kalamazoo...

    I wonder whether I-94 from Ann Arbor to Kalamazoo will ever get HSPA/LTE...
  14. I don't know the specifics of your handset, but...

    I don't know the specifics of your handset, but this will require new hardware in almost all cases.
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    Aww man, is that an A500? I have fond memories of...

    Aww man, is that an A500? I have fond memories of that phone :).
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    Oof, that's a good point, and one I had not...

    Oof, that's a good point, and one I had not thought of.

    If I remember correctly, there is something in the LTE specs where you can have a UE terminal that is limited to a fairly small channel...
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    Yep, this block is a no-brainer for Sprint, even...

    Yep, this block is a no-brainer for Sprint, even if the bidding gets fierce. Since it is directly adjacent to the PCS G block, I imagine 3GPP will just create a new band class for...
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    Sticky: That tower in Seney MI sure has good backhaul,...

    That tower in Seney MI sure has good backhaul, especially for a place that is one of the closest I can think of to the literal middle of nowhere :).

    94411

    In fact, I'm sure that test was air...
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    I think Dish Network needs to take a dump or get...

    I think Dish Network needs to take a dump or get off the commode, so to speak. They look foolish flailing around talking about buying this company, that company, this spectrum, some other spectrum......
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    Oh, I'm fully (and painfully) aware of the cost...

    Oh, I'm fully (and painfully) aware of the cost of rolling out a high-band network. Still though, it didn't stop Sprint from upgrading all (or almost all?) of their network beyond 2G, and they're...
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    Ehh, not so much in Michigan. Maybe we're an...

    Ehh, not so much in Michigan. Maybe we're an outlier though; it seems like Metro has always had more EV-DO here than in other states.

    As for 600 MHz, I *really* hope T-Mo wins some of that...
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    Unfortunately, much of the T-Mobile network...

    Unfortunately, much of the T-Mobile network doesn't have HSPA for fallback; all it has is EDGE, which is many times slower than EV-DO.

    I hope that T-Mobile will invest in upgrading these areas...
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    Per MHz of spectrum, there is no difference in...

    Per MHz of spectrum, there is no difference in the capacity of 600 MHz vs 1700 MHz spectrum. If congestion becomes a problem, an operator can build additional sites and turn down the power on...
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    Well, more spectrum is always better. But I think...

    Well, more spectrum is always better. But I think the main reason is to make sure that Sprint and T-Mobile don't get any low-band spectrum. With it, either one of those companies could become a Tier...
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    Sticky: Yeah, I mean, I agree that that would be a...

    Yeah, I mean, I agree that that would be a reasonable definition. But has Verizon ever explicitly said that this is what they mean when they use the word? Because judging from their own published...
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