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  1. Singapore long ago. S. Korea and Japan never had...

    Singapore long ago. S. Korea and Japan never had 2G GSM. S. Korea was all CDMA and Japan used their own CDMA and a local type of TDMA before going straight to 3G.
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    I think my incoming text issue has been solved. I...

    I think my incoming text issue has been solved. I started getting many fewer texts around New Years and those I did get, I replied "STOP" to and now have not received any texts for the last two weeks.
  3. I think there's a misunderstanding about...

    I think there's a misunderstanding about T-Mobile's default data roaming. It's not really "2G". It's "2G speed". Which means it's whatever technology is available throttled to about what is possible...
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    They agreed to nothing and yes, I can send the...

    They agreed to nothing and yes, I can send the phone a text.
    My theory is that whomever was sending the texts purged their list at New Years.
  5. Thread: Snow Storm

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    T-Mobile uses LAC-blocking to prevent roaming...

    T-Mobile uses LAC-blocking to prevent roaming AT&T in places where T-Mobile does not want customers to roam. They know within seconds when a site goes down because it stops talking to the network...
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    Inches, feet, bananas. It's all the same. :p ...

    Inches, feet, bananas. It's all the same. :p



    The point is that the batteries at T-Mobile sites are supposed to last longer than seconds.
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    Financing is a contract. Believe me, it is.

    Financing is a contract. Believe me, it is.
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    A snow storm isn't a tornado. Both snow storms...

    A snow storm isn't a tornado. Both snow storms and hurricanes are will within standard design engineering limits. Tornados are a wild card.
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    For some unknown reason, my PP PAYG line has gone...

    For some unknown reason, my PP PAYG line has gone from receiving about 1 text per day before the chat with CS to none over the last few days. Success?? :2thumbs:
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    And what there is of it often is just a thin,...

    And what there is of it often is just a thin, vestigial, layer hiding in the guard band of LTE band 2. This is intended primarily for legacy M2M applications and not for actual cellular calls or data.
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    I think I'll try to see if I can get the senders...

    I think I'll try to see if I can get the senders to stop.

    The CSR didn't seem to understand the problem. She suggested I block the texts in my phone. The texts get debited from my balance even if...
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    The only option PPC offered me was to change the...

    The only option PPC offered me was to change the number but they couldn't say that the new number would not be worse than the current one. It's about one text a day. It could be 100.
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    Samsung 3 and 4 smartwatch question

    I'm considering getting a Bluetooth (non-cellular) Samsung 3 or 4 smartwatch but have a question I have not been able to answer. Does the phone do something to notify the wearer (e.g. beep or click)...
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    Not sure about being downwind of an N41.. ;)

    Not sure about being downwind of an N41.. ;)
  15. New SIMs don't work in old 2G phones. It might be...

    New SIMs don't work in old 2G phones. It might be an issue if you could use an old 2G phone on a PAYG plan. New SIMs also don't work on old sat phones, but that's not important in your case.
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    They don't need to negotiate anything. Their...

    They don't need to negotiate anything. Their spectrum lease agreement with Sprint says they get access to the carrier's fastest, unthrottled service. I'm surprised that their service is not mentioned...
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    I downloaded the Offline Maps for most of Greece...

    I downloaded the Offline Maps for most of Greece before we left. You can always download Offline Maps for the area you plan to visit on the hotel's WiFi the night before.

    The thing that amazed me...
  18. The S5 was introduced 6.5 years ago. It's...

    The S5 was introduced 6.5 years ago. It's seriously long of tooth and should be replaced just because technology has left it behind. Having said that, it should work with Consumer Cellular or Cricket...
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    2400 bps is not entirely useless but you do have...

    2400 bps is not entirely useless but you do have to rethink your data needs, going back to 1990s ways of doing things.
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    Roaming in Greece

    My wife an I just returned from a 10-day tour of Greece where we roamed on the Cosmote network. Just after arrival at Athens, I used the T-Mobile app to sign up for the 10-day high-speed Data Pass on...
  21. I looked into this and a local Greek data SIM...

    I looked into this and a local Greek data SIM seems a bit spendy for our needs. Cosmote had a special deal for unlimited data for 10/mo but it seems it was only for September. I was thinking about...
  22. My plan, the original $60 55+ one, gives me a...

    My plan, the original $60 55+ one, gives me a free hour of GoGo WiFi, per flight. I have no intention of "upgrading" my plan to $90/mo for occasional benefits while traveling.
  23. Thanks. I was curious if there were any perks,...

    Thanks. I was curious if there were any perks, like unlimited GoGo WiFi on the flights or something, associated with the roaming pass, that I wasn't aware of. I think I'll just wait until we land to...
  24. Any reason to start 10-day roaming pass before I get to Europe?

    Is there any advantage to starting the 10-day roaming pass before I arrive in Europe? I should be able to start it from the T-Mobile app on my phone.
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    Actually checked both phone and app settings.

    Actually checked both phone and app settings.
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