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  1. Moral of the story: Never, ever do business with...

    Moral of the story: Never, ever do business with Charlie.
  2. Not really, they just need to have enough backup...

    Not really, they just need to have enough backup power to assure continuity of service. Remember, in a 5G world, a "cell site' can be a paint-can-sided thing hanging on a light-pole. However, the...
  3. ....."alongside total wireless service revenue...

    ....."alongside total wireless service revenue growth of 2.4% compared to a year ago." Fewer customers, more money. They must be crying all the way to the bank.
  4. I get the feeling someone is looking at us...

    I get the feeling someone is looking at us customers as cash cows.
  5. T-Mobile, Sprint and someone else.

    T-Mobile, Sprint and someone else.
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    So, when you zoom way in on T-Mobile's coverage...

    So, when you zoom way in on T-Mobile's coverage map, you get different shades of magenta and sometimes tan. The tan indicates LTE roaming, which in the case of Maine is US Cellular (USCC).

    There...
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    Is that phone from T-Mobile or Google? Some areas...

    Is that phone from T-Mobile or Google? Some areas in Maine may rely on USCC roaming, which is problematic with BYOD Android phones.
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    TracFone is an MVNO and has its own sub-forum....

    TracFone is an MVNO and has its own sub-forum. https://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php/330-Tracfone-Net10
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    My understanding is that some 5G modems don't...

    My understanding is that some 5G modems don't report band information so that CellMapper can map it.
  10. The store in WA should not be limited to...

    The store in WA should not be limited to providing or porting just WA-based numbers. Be aware that T-Mobile can't port-in every possible number. They must have a presence in the "toll center" in...
  11. To compete with Verizon and AT&T for business...

    To compete with Verizon and AT&T for business accounts T-Mobile will first have to compete on coverage and reliability. It will be hard to shake a reputation of having poor coverage and a signal that...
  12. You'll know they're serious about rural when they...

    You'll know they're serious about rural when they bring in Dollar General.
  13. These used to be scattered around, about 20 miles...

    These used to be scattered around, about 20 miles apart. AT&T Long Lines C-band microwave site. The big things that look like ice cream cones are C-band horns (like microwave dishes but sideways)....
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    Right, around the equator is where the satellites...

    Right, around the equator is where the satellites will be lowest on the horizon, due to the polar orbit of the constellation. Now, the satellite could be right overhead for a few minutes but they are...
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    "extended" as in "flipped up" or as in "on a pole...

    "extended" as in "flipped up" or as in "on a pole 4 meters in the air". Iridium's problem is the satellite constellation leaves a lot to be desired at low latitudes. At 30 N & S, you have to have a...
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    The only thing you can do on your end is to...

    The only thing you can do on your end is to increase the height of the antenna. Everything else is controlled by Iridium.
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    I don't see how you can control the volume on the...

    I don't see how you can control the volume on the other end of the conversation but they can. Most phones these days have a volume button.
  18. Back a couple of months ago I traded a OnePlus 7T...

    Back a couple of months ago I traded a OnePlus 7T 5G for a OnePlus 8T 5G and was confused by the math too. Sales Tax paid up-front. $200 trade in credit applied at once against my account leaving me...
  19. I don't know. All the chatter is about T-Mobile's...

    I don't know. All the chatter is about T-Mobile's Home Internet service. Everyone seems to have forgotten this program.
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    8 vs 10 dB of RF signal or audio gain? Where is...

    8 vs 10 dB of RF signal or audio gain? Where is this adjustment made?
  21. T-Mobile's (USA) prepaid international roaming is...

    T-Mobile's (USA) prepaid international roaming is both highly problematic (unreliable) and expensive.
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    Thanks. I think I was over-thinking the problem. ...

    Thanks. I think I was over-thinking the problem. I'm planning a trip to Europe (COVID permitting) and wanted to be able to use my free T-Mobile data and WiFi to make and receive calls.
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    GV: Mobile VoIP vs using phone number.

    This may be just a problem of my being dense but I don't understand something about GV. I'd like to use GV as an independent, pure VoIP calling system on my Android phone, using either cellular data...
  24. Reminds me of a 1930s movie where every closeup...

    Reminds me of a 1930s movie where every closeup of the starlet is taken with a "soft focus" lens.
  25. Another idiot who reviews phones and doesn't...

    Another idiot who reviews phones and doesn't bother to read the specs. I'll provide some FYI.

    NUU G5 FCC ID=2ADINS6501L
    Dual SIM Dual Standby
    LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 28a, 28b...
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