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    by Published on 02-11-2019 09:47 PM
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    Dear Verizon victims who lurk these parts: Your friends here on HoFo have told you... for what 4 years now... that Verizon is for old ladies who pay too much for flip phones and pay for groceries with checks...kidding.... We get it and understand the pain/embarrassment.



    Chin up to those of you currently disenfranchised with the Big Red death grip and currently on the fence to switch to Magenta! Word on the street from sources familiar with the matter claim that T-Mobile wants to focus on National Break Up With Your Carrier Day on February 13th.

    The Uncarrier decided to offer Verizon customers a bit more flexibility as part of its #GetOutOfTheRed campaign which gives a $650 in existing equipment installment plan balances per line using your existing compatible smartphone.

    A few new models will be supported starting February 13th. Here’s the full list with the new models in bold:

    • iPhone SE
    • iPhone 6s
    • iPhone 6s Plus
    • iPhone 7
    • iPhone 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8
    • iPhone 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone XS
    • iPhone XS Max
    • Pixel
    • Pixel XL
    • Pixel 2
    • Pixel 2 XL
    • Pixel 3
    • Pixel 3 XL
    • Galaxy S8
    • Galaxy S8+
    • Galaxy Note 8
    • Galaxy S9
    • Galaxy S9+


    Don't have Verizon but still pining to switch to Magenta? Well there still is the $650 in EIP coverage with Carrier Freedom program that you could use but that requires that you turn in your old phone and purchase a new one.

    https://pocketnow.com/t-mobile-expan...izon-swtiching
    by Published on 12-12-2018 04:01 PM
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    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Here's Magenta's latest holiday video. What are you guys wishing for this year under your tree?

    by Published on 11-13-2018 01:53 PM
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    Looking to score a free phone this holiday? For a limited time, the REVVL 2 is available for FREE after 24 monthly device credits when you add a line (regularly $168 or $0 down and $7 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile interest-free Equipment Installment Plan (EIP).

    Need a bigger HD display and battery? The new REVVL 2 Plus with dual rear-facing cameras, a bigger battery, an even larger screen and the same amazing warranty can be yours for $84 for a limited time. That comes out to only $3.50 per month when you add a line (regularly $252 or $0 down and $10.50 per month for 24 months on EIP).



    REVVL 2
    Camera: 13MP RFC/8MP FFC
    Battery: 3,000 mAh
    Color: Mirror Black
    OS: Android O
    Screen: 5.5” HD (1440x720) 18:9 display
    RAM: 2GB
    ROM: 32GB and expandable to 128GB
    Bands: LTE CAT 4, LTE Bands 2,4,5, 7,12, 66 & 71
    Security: Face recognition & fingerprint sensor
    Water/Dust Resistance: IP52
    Impact/Shock Resistance: IK02
    Dimensions: 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.5 mm
    Chipset: MediaTek MT6739
    Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-Core

    https://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone/t-mobile-revvl-2


    REVVL 2 Plus
    Camera: 12MP + 2 MP RFC/8MP FFC
    Battery: 4,000 mAh
    Color: Mirror Black
    OS: Android O
    Screen: 6.0” FHD + (2160x1080) 18:9 display
    RAM: 3GB
    ROM: 32GB and expandable to 128GB
    Bands: LTE CAT 6, LTE Bands 2,4,5,12, 66 & 71
    Security: Face recognition & fingerprint sensor
    Water/Dust Resistance: IP52
    Impact/Shock Resistance: IK02
    Dimensions: 162 x 74.9 x 8.65 mm
    Chipset: MediaTek MT6739
    Processor: 2.5 GHz Octa-Core

    https://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone/...e-revvl-2-plus
    by Published on 11-09-2018 08:38 PM
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    Although we've known about T-Mobile's streaming TV ambitions for over a year now the new FCC filing does hint at some form of imminent launch.

    Spotted first by Variety, this box is called the “T-Mobile Mini” in the user manual and is made by Kaonmedia, the same company that made set-top boxes for Layer3 TV.

    Per the diagram below there is a T-Mobile logo on the front, along with an Ethernet port, HDMI in/out, and of course a power port. There’s also support for USB, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth LE.

    Although we still don't know the exact date of launch T-Mobile did hint that their new service would launch "later this year," with a mobile launch in 2019.








    https://www.tmonews.com/2018/10/t-mobile-tv-service-launch-mobile-devices-next-year/
    https://variety.com/2018/digital/new...ox-1203023836/
    https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/repor..._id=WQTVM3011C
    by Published on 11-05-2018 04:43 PM
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    Good news tablet hunters! T-Mobile is launching Samsung's LTE-A flagship tablet this Friday.

    Features include:

    • Android Oreo
    • Facial recognition and an iris scanner
    • Quad speakers
    • S Pen stylus
    • 10.5-inch 2560×1600 Super AMOLED display
    • 13MP rear camera for your quick tablet photo captures and an 8MP front camera for video calling.
    • Octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor
    • Huge 7,300 mAh battery
    • 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage
    • Supports microSD slot expansion


    The device costs $700 full retail. You can EIP this unit for $28 down and $28 per month for 24 months with any data plan.

    However T-Mobile is sweetening the pot if you add a new line and activate a 6GB Simple Choice or T-Mobile ONE mobile internet plan or higher with autopay. With this option you'd pay $28 down but after credits you'll only pay $13.42 per month.

    Click here for the awesome optional keyboard: https://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/mo...2300420a240614






    https://www.t-mobile.com/news/samsun...-a6-and-tab-s4
    https://www.t-mobile.com/internet-de...-galaxy-tab-s4
    by Published on 11-02-2018 09:30 PM
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    Looking for a great deal on a prepaid service this weekend that doesn't require signing up with a MVNO? I got ya on this.

    AT&T is getting into the holiday season early and wants all of America to know that you can save $20 on your monthly bill if you activate a new line of service on AT&T Prepaid Unlimited and setup autopay.

    Yeah I know existing users will say: "it's not fair," but chin up life isn't fair. I know some of you creatives can make any promo work so do your thing.

    This deal is only eligible for its $65 and $85 per month plans, which means you can get unlimited data for $45 or $65 per month. If you are a power prepaid user opt for the $85 plan minus discount since that will give you 10GB of mobile hotspot data and the ability to stream video through mobile data at 1080p resolution.

    Normally I'd say you better hurry but the good news is that you have time to think about it. To get the deal, you have to open up a new line of service online before Dec. 26, or in-store before Jan. 10.

    Happy shopping. Here is to a very competitive holiday season!





    https://www.att.com/prepaid/plans.ht...y0000000CEL00O
    by Published on 10-30-2018 06:34 PM
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    It's today at 4:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM PST. Details below:








    https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobi...-earnings-call


    Bellevue, Washington — October 26, 2018 — T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) looks forward to discussing its third quarter 2018 financial and operational results on October 30, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Similar to past quarters, prepared remarks will be kept to a minimum in order to provide more time for free-flowing dialogue with analysts, investors, media and consumers.

    Participants will have multiple ways to submit questions including via phone, Twitter (tweet using $TMUS) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/JohnJLegere via post comment). T-Mobile will also take questions via text and respond to some of them on the call (send a text message to 313131, enter the keyword TMUS followed by a space).

    The call will be live-streamed via the Company's Investor Relations website at http://investor.t-mobile.com.

    T-Mobile US, Inc. will issue a press release and Investor Factbook reporting its results at approximately 4:05 p.m. ET on October 30, 2018. The press release and Investor Factbook will be posted at the same time on the Company’s Investor Relations website at http://investor.t-mobile.com.

    Q3 2018 Earnings Call, Livestream and Webcast Access Information

    Access via Phone (audio only)
    Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    Time: 4:30 p.m. (EDT)
    Call-in Numbers: 866-575-6534
    International: +1-786-460-7205
    Participant Passcode: 5309287

    Access via Social Media
    The @TMobileIR Twitter account will live-tweet the earnings call.
    Submit Questions via Text, Twitter or Facebook
    Text: Send a text message to 313131, enter the keyword TMUS followed by a space
    Twitter: Send a tweet to @TMobileIR or @JohnLegere using $TMUS
    Facebook: Post a comment to John Legere’s Facebook Earnings post
    Access via Webcast

    The earnings call will be broadcast live via the Company's Investor Relations website at http://investor.t-mobile.com. A replay of the earnings call will be available for two weeks starting shortly after the call concludes and can be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112 (toll free) or +1-719-457-0820 (international). The passcode required to listen to the replay is 5309287.
    by Published on 10-29-2018 05:37 PM
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    Hey T-Mobile fans!

    Are you itching for your next Android upgrade? T-Mobile has you covered! T-Mobile today has introduced the long awaited OnePlus 6T for a great price of $549. Still not convinced? Well the Magenta carrier is sweetening the deal by offering $300 off with eligible trade in! A flagship phone for only $249? You read that right! Tell me more...

    This isn't "up to $300," but rather $300 off period by trading in one of the following:

    Apple: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
    Google: Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL
    LG: V30, V30+, G7, V20, G6
    Motorola: Z2 Force, Z2 Play, Nexus 6
    OnePlus: 6, 5T, 5, 3, 3T, X, 2, 1
    Samsung: Galaxy S8 series, Note 8, Galaxy S7 series, Galaxy S6 series, Note 5



    As a refresher, this thing is seriously packing the goods and rounding out the top are:

    6.41 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080
    Snapdragon 845 processor
    8GB of RAM, and there’s
    Up to 256GB of built-in storage
    3700mAh battery
    16MP front facing camera / 20MP rear
    Android OS: PIE 9.0

    As a T-Mobile flagship it includes all the necessary LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 66, and 71 plus it supports gotta have geek features like 256 QAM, 4×4 MIMO, carrier aggregation, and License Assisted Access (LAA)

    The OnePlus 6T goes on sale at 3 a.m. PT on Thursday, Nov. 1, and will be available at T-Mobile stores and on T-Mobile.com. New York City residents can purchase the phone from T-Mo's Times Square store starting Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

    T-Mobile will sell the OnePlus 6T model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage.

    EIP Pricing: $0 down and $24.17 per month for 24 months on EIP.
    JOD Pricing: $28 down and $24 per month for 18 months with a $120 buyout.

    With eligible trade in at this price this phone is the one to beat and settling for another mid range phone would make no sense. Who's getting one?

    Still on the fence? Check out this awesome video:





    https://www.tmonews.com/2018/10/oneplus-6t-t-mobile-official-launch-price-specs/
    by Published on 10-26-2018 03:13 PM
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    Well we can't say we didn't see this coming.

    In an October 25th filing to the FCC, T-Mobile US urges the government body to strip the company of its vast spectrum holdings because Dish has no immediate plans to build much of it out. T-Mobile accused the satellite TV operator of: "warehousing spectrum."




    Not holding anything back T-Mobile claims that Dish is violating commission rules with their plan to build out an NB-IoT network by 2020 since it'd only use about 2% of their vast 95 MHz of nationwide spectrum holdings. At times the Magenta carrier also invoked his royal majesty himself by citing President Trump’s recent call to free up more spectrum for 5G. Go big or go home, right?

    According to Dish their "phase one," plan includes launching a nationwide NB-IoT network for IoT services by 2020 at the cost of $1 billion. Phase two would consist of building a nationwide 5G network to the tune of $10 billion but so far hasn't given us an estimated completion date.

    I can't say I'm surprised that T-Mobile has gone after Dish like a spurned love partner. After all Dish competed directly with T-Mobile by acquiring a large sum of 600 MHz spectrum that T-Mobile would have loved to own and Dish has also been one of the biggest critics of the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger.





    For more details read all 8 pages of the PDF complaint by clicking the link below:
    https://docs.google.com/viewerng/vie...m/tmo-dish.pdf
    https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...rding-spectrum
    by Published on 10-25-2018 01:46 AM
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    Chalk this up as another win for the Un-carrier!

    CIRP, a white glove securities research and analysis firm to the investment community shared some new information in regards to Q3 results for the major US wireless carriers. Their analysis proved T-Mobile was the clear leader with the highest customer retention rate as well as seeing the greatest customer growth.

    The big takeway:

    T-Mobile posted the largest customer growth at 19% and 30% of those new customers came from its competitors. The Un-carrier also was able to boast the highest customer retention rate of the bunch with 85%.

    Verizon, the only other carrier to see customer growth, grew as much as 4%. Sprint posted a loss of 5% while AT&T, the 2nd largest carrier in terms of subscribers, rounded out the bunch with a loss of 6%.

    In terms to retention Verizon came in 2nd with 82%, AT&T third with 78% and Sprint with 72%.

    CIRP partner and co-founder Mike Levin made mention how the tables have turned for Verizon and AT&T who historically have been the clear leaders when it comes to growth and retention:

    “We take a quarterly view of loyalty and churn, focusing on customers who activate a phone in the quarter,” said Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “Retention rates vary from 72% for Sprint to 85% for T-Mobile. The traditional leaders have been AT&T and Verizon, which are now in the middle with 78% and 82% retention. New customers make up the rest of the equation. T-Mobile is leading there, too, bringing in 1.5 to 2 times more new customers relative to their base than their main competitors.”







    https://www.cirpllc.com/
    by Published on 10-15-2018 04:52 PM
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    Verizon fans: You ever take off for the weekend and wish you could take a smaller more portable version of your smartphone with you?

    Yeah me neither.... But a hot new Cali startup named Palm has you covered for all ya'll who don't have friends in low places. This company is hoping you have room in your life, and your wallet for a new Smartphone Companion. Yes you read that right! A smartphone companion. And Verizon got dibs on it first. Yay!

    For $10 per month, you too can carry this credit card sized piece of fresh air. This device itself which so far is known as: "The Palm," will set you back $350 gives you:

    Android 8.1
    3.3-inch HD screen
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
    3 GB of RAM
    32 GB of storage
    12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera
    800mAh battery
    LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a SIM card.



    The hoped for end result is that you pair this device to your phone like any other wearable with use of Verizon's NumberShare service as a pre-requisite. It's not a replacement to your phone only a compliment. The irony is that this device is supposed to get you away from being attached to your smartphone's display by.... adding another one.

    From an industry perspective, Palm is hoping to create a new category of devices that customers will soon realize they can't live without. Verizon is watching this closely to see if customers are willng to pad thier bills and increase DARPU (Data Average Revenue per User).

    Whether or not adding another screen to your life is worth it to you is totally a personal choice. Let's us know what you think? Will you be buying this? Do you know anyone who this would work perfect for?

    For more details check out this awesome video on the gadget:

    by Published on 10-13-2018 01:03 PM
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    T-Mobile readers have well known for some time that their favorite carrier offers Equipment Installment Plans that cover a 24 month period. According to a few customers they are seeing something different when they log into My T-Mobile and try to add a new line or upgrade.

    According to TMoNews Reader P Doobs, T-Mobile offered him a 36 month EIP on the Samsung Note 9 bringing the price to $24.17 per month. I logged in to my account and I was also offered the same 36 month EIP option but only for the Note 9 so far.



    Why would anyone want to be locked to a 36 month EIP in the first place? Well it allows users who want an expensive flagship device to get it at zero down with lower monthly payments. Plus you don't incurr any interest and you can always pay it off early at any time.

    What do you guys think? Do you see this option when you log on to My T-Mobile for upgrades or new lines?




    https://www.tmonews.com/2018/10/t-mo...tallment-plan/
    by Published on 10-10-2018 11:01 PM
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    Hey T-Mobile fans: Our hearts go out to those adversely affected by Hurricane Michael. This record breaking hurricane that barreled today through the Florida panhandle with winds clocking as high as 155 MPH took many forecasters by surprise in both its intensity and wind speed. Streets, houses and infrastructure have been torn up and we're likely to see just how vast the devastation is sometime by daylight tomorrow.

    Thankfully T-Mobile is here to help:

    Any T-Mobile customers (postpaid/prepaid) not currently on an unlimited plan will receive unlimited calling/messaging and data till further notice. PAYG talk/text prepaid plans only receive unlimited talk/text.

    Area codes included are: 850, 352, 386, 251, 334

    For those who want to donate T-Mobile has made it easy:

    • To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text MICHAEL to 90999. The donation will be charged to your next carrier bill. Message & data rates may apply. More information can be found at: http://www.mobilegiving.org/terms-and-conditions/
    • To donate $10 to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, text DISASTER to 20222. The donation will be charged to your next T-Mobile bill. Message & data rates may apply. More information can be found at: http://www.mobilegiving.org/terms-and-conditions
    • To donate $25 to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, text DISASTER25 to 20222. The donation will be charged to your next T-Mobile bill. Message & data rates may apply. More information can be found at: http://www.mobilegiving.org/terms-and-condition


    On the network side T-Mobile is taking action to help alleviate problems now and in the future which include:

    • More permanent generators in Florida and additional infrastructure to hundreds of towers to help minimize network interruptions.
    • Engineering and rapid response teams positioned to quickly activate emergency equipment such as portable generators, fuel trucks, Cell On Wheels (COWs), Cells on Light Trucks (CoLTS), fuel and diesel trucks and other vehicles.
    • Continuously monitoring community needs to ensure we’re doing everything we can to help with preparations as well as in any aftermath of the storm.

    For those of us who are able let's do our part to help our fellow Americans!

    For safety tips and to learn more about how T-Mobile prepares for these types of disasters click here: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobi...rricane-season
    by Published on 10-04-2018 09:37 PM
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    Word on the street is that Verizon has sent voluntary severance packages last month to roughly 44,000 employees equaling more than 25% of its New York staff. Yikes! Part of the severance package will include 3 weeks paid salary for every year employed.

    Speaking to the Wall St. Journal a Verizon spokesman confirmed this and said its severance efforts were in part to save $10 billion and to help defray the cost of building its 5G network.

    Chief executive Hans Vestberg wrote in a memo sent to employees that: "The severance packages will give Verizon an opportunity to find more efficiencies in the size and scope of our V Team and help expedite the building of an innovative operating model for our future."

    Infosys, an Indian IT outsourcing company recently won a bid from Verizon to the tune of $1 billion. With that Verizon will outsource 30% of its IT staff to the Indian firm affecting 2,500 US employees. To rub salt into the wound of those affected Verizon will only pay out severance for these employees if they accept a job overseas and actually take it.

    Our hearts and condolences go out to all Verizon employees and their families who are affected by this.





    https://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/...workforce.html
    by Published on 10-03-2018 09:31 PM
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    Hey T-Mobile fans: LG is back and ready to showcase its latest flagship. Yes it's the V40 with the totally awkward and unnecessary adage of: ThinQ.

    LG knows what it's up against. I'm talking to you iPhone XS, Galaxy S9 and Note 9. Does the V40 have what it takes to compete? Well here's a list of some of its features, software/hardware under the hood:

    • ThinQ AI
    • 6.4” OLED display
    • 3300mAH battery
    • Snapdragon 845
    • 6GB RAM
    • 64GB storage (expandable with microSD)
    • Standard (8MP) and wide-angle (5MP) selfie cameras
    • 32-bit quad DAC
    • Headphone jack
    • Boombox speaker
    • IP68 water / dust resistance
    • Qi wireless charging
    • Android Oreo


    This device comes in Blue and Black and to sweeten the pot LG is offering a free accessory bundle which includes a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal (for all you YouTubers out there) and a 256GB micro SD for those of you not keen on using cloud storage.

    For you network geeks this thing is equipped to support: 4x4 MIMO, carrier aggregation, 256 QAM and those really hard to find / mythical License Assisted Access (LAA) speed zones.

    This thing is basically a supped up G7 but with a major difference. It has 5 cameras. More on that in the video below.

    This device is going to be priced at $920. Yikes! You know what that means. Yes you got that right there will be a down payment required even for those: "well qualified!" I know that sux. If it makes you feel better it's still $30 cheaper than AT&T, $ 40 cheaper than Sprint and $60 cheaper than Verizon.

    Pricing will be set at $200 down and $30 per month for 24 months on an Equipment Installment Plan or $200 down and $30 per month for 18 months with a JUMP! On Demand lease.

    This thing launches on October 19th so if you have an extra $920 to burn head on over to your local T-Mobile corporate store or authorized dealer and show them some love. Still not convinced? Today T-Mobile was crowned the fastest LTE network for the 19th quarter in a row so there is literally no better network to use LG's crown jewel on! https://www.t-mobile.com/news/fastest-lte-19-quarters

    Check out the video below for more about this device and its supposed AMAZING camera:











    https://www.t-mobile.com/news/lg-v40-thinq-launch
    by Published on 10-02-2018 10:46 AM
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    It's been a year or so since we've seen this side of John. I must say it cracked me up a little.

    T-Mobile CEO John Legere was not impressed with Verizon's 5G Home Service Launch, unleashing tweet after tweet roasting the Big Red mobile giant on Monday.

    Reading through the lines T-Mobile is subtly letting America know it will launch its 5G NR service based on industry standards, that it will be mobile and available to a much larger audience.

    In fact T-Mobile plans to launch presumably the nation's largest 5G NR network in roughly 30 cities by years end using mmWave and low band spectrum albeit without any 5G capable device until early next year. Plus when combined with Sprint they will have access to Sprint's vast 120 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum covering 90% of the top 100 US markets that will allow them to build a 5G network that is the envy of everyone.

    I doubt Verizon's leadership is amused and we'll likely see their comeback response later today. Still it's nice to see a little bit of that antagonistic Uncarrier spirit that put T-Mobile US on the map and on the industry's radar!

    Let's have a sense of humor and keep this thread fun and friendly.



    https://twitter.com/JohnLegere/statu...first-right%2F

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/27/1...llas-las-vegas
    by Published on 09-30-2018 11:37 PM
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    Residents of the most politically progressive state in the Union just got the country’s strictest Net Neutrality protections, thanks to a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday.

    Under this new law ISP's can't block or slow certain specific types of content or applications. They also can't charge app developers or content providers extra fees in order to provide their content to their customers faster.

    California isn't the only state passing its own Net Neutrality laws nor is it the first. Fellow west coast states Washington and Oregon have both passed laws of their own. But only California so far has matched Obama-era federal Net Neutrality regulations repealed by the Federal Communications Commission in June.

    Barbara van Schewick, a professor at Stanford Law School said in a statement: “Most people don’t understand how hard it is to do a solid Net Neutrality law. What’s so special about California is that it includes not just two pages of rules, but all of the important protections from the text of the order and as a result closes the loopholes.”

    Some of the loopholes Barbara addressed include "zero-rating," and those pesky interconnection fees.

    For those unaware, California is not only the largest economy in the United States it's also the fifth largest economy in the entire world. That ensures not only its leadership but also its influence on other states pursuing similar tactics. This boldness and influence is bound to draw the ire of the current Presidential Administration who is currently in the midst of several legal battles with the state and who worked so hard to repeal Net Neutrality on a national level as we formerly knew it.

    But in order for the law to be effective it will first have to survive. Large corporate beheamouths like AT&T and Comcast have lobbied heavily against the bill. Both claim that the new rules will result in higher prices for consumers. On the flip side companies like: Twilio, Etsy and Sonos have thrown in their support of the bill. So far California born companies like: Apple, Google and Facebook have been silent on the matter.






    Read more here: https://ktla.com/2018/09/30/californ...eutrality-law/
    by Published on 09-29-2018 11:36 PM
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    While we don't know too many details quite yet apparently AT&T is poised to refarm some of its low band spectrum for 5G next year. Although many of us have assumed that AT&T would do this up to this point they haven't made it publicly known.

    So far AT&T has been focusing on its 39 GHz spectrum (mmWave) which it plans to use in urban hot spots for 5G NR. While this spectrum is great for speeds in small areas; presumably great for fixed wireless broadband; but it's not economical to be used over large geographic areas.

    AT&T knows that it needs to utilize spectrum that goes greater distances and that performs better indoors without the aid of small cells or repeaters when it comes to mobile. This will allow it to better compete in coverage with T-Mobile who is deploying its 5G NR anchor network using low band as well.

    Gordon Mansfield, VP of Converged Access and Device Technology at AT&T said: “We’ll let the market and our customers determine the pace at which we deploy that additional spectrum. These lower bands have different propagation characteristics vs. mmWave, such as longer transmission distances and better penetration through buildings and other obstructions,” which makes them a strong complement. While we don’t have a specific deployment timeline for low-band spectrum, we’ll likely start deploying it next year as compatible chipsets become available.”

    AT&T has a plethora of low band spectrum but also mid band spectrum much of which could be refarmed at some point. The operator’s LTE network for example primarily works on its AWS-1 and 700 MHz spectrum licenses, but can also stretch into its WCS holdings and other spectrum bands. AT&T says that the sub-6 GHz radios that they have been deploying this year are all 5G ready and thus 5G can be turned on through software as capacity dictates.



    https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...r-5g-next-year
    by Published on 09-28-2018 10:57 PM
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    Yes you read that right! Do not adjust your AMOLED or Super Retina display.

    In a recent filing called: “Sprint’s Network Faces Severe Challenges” the beleaguered carrier overlays its LTE coverage against T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. By showcasing only its LTE network it really shows the disparity against its competitors.

    But there is a reason behind the madness. By industry perspective it appears that Sprint may be trying to win sympathy as a strategy to win over the FCC's blessing. It feels that by pointing out its weaknesses the whole concept of allowing the merger to proceed should be a no-brainer.

    See the comparison images Sprint has ceded to regulators of its LTE network compared to T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon respectively.



    What do you guys think? Is this a winning strategy?




    Source: https://9to5mac.com/2018/09/28/sprint-bad-lte-coverage/
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    The whole concept of in-flight Wi-Fi is a relatively recent phenomena. Boeing offered the service in 2001, Airbus in 2005 and more recently GoGo in 2008.

    When it was introduced the concept was formed with low bandwidth in mind meaning each flight could only offer speeds not too much faster than dial up.

    Then came ground based systems that offered slow 3G like speeds. But besides being slow this service only worked while the airplane was over land meaning that sea bound flights were out of luck.

    Disappointed customers are demanding faster service but the industry couldn't keep up with demand. Unlike smartphones that are designed to be upgraded often in-flight systems were built to last a decade or more so thus more of the same year after year.

    But there is hope. According to Honeywell, its GX Aviation system can achieve speeds of up to 50 Mbps, ViaSat's Exede can deliver up to 12 Mbps passengers while Gogo's 2Ku service promises 15 Mbps of speed.

    Finally we're going to be able to use our data in-flight the way we expect to use it.




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