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  1. Not exactly. They perform a service by alternate...

    Not exactly. They perform a service by alternate means, which have undesirable side-effects.
  2. There are shady companies that compete in the...

    There are shady companies that compete in the international call routing business. They route calls over VoIP and terminate from regular phone numbers rather than as a wireline carrier. This is...
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    While 2G requires only minimal spectrum and...

    While 2G requires only minimal spectrum and doesn't block LTE or 5G services, it does require a completely different switching infrastructure which makes it an expensive addition to an LTE/5G network.
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  5. Thread: AT&T Fiber?

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    In general, I only need 5-10 Mbps download....

    In general, I only need 5-10 Mbps download. That's enough for streaming 1080p. The thing that gives me heartburn is Uverse's ~1 Mbps upload. I'm paying $53/mo for Uverse, I'd go $54 for fiber in a NY...
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    Look at CellMapper.net if you're interested in...

    Look at CellMapper.net if you're interested in specific places.

    I've done some exploring of trail heads around the hills of north Georgia. Stayed in a vacation house on the Coosawattee River....
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    It depends on what you call "boonies". On just...

    It depends on what you call "boonies". On just about any Interstate highway, you'll be OK. If you mean the dirt roads through the mountains of N. Georgia or W. South Carolina, coverage can be pretty...
  8. Thread: AT&T Fiber?

    by DRNewcomb
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    AT&T Fiber?

    I currently have AT&T Uverse, which satisfies 90% of my needs, only being a tad slow on the upload side for my VPN server.

    AT&T is installing fiber in my neighborhood. I have a couple of...
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    I would look at last year's flagships purchased...

    I would look at last year's flagships purchased directly from the manufacturer, unlocked. I can buy my current OnePlus for less than I owe on it.
  10. Just remember when making calls, Murphy's Law...

    Just remember when making calls, Murphy's Law applies. When left to their own devices, phones have an absolutely uncanny way of slipping into whatever mode will cost the most. It's best to just find...
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    Agreed, I had a 3rd party set up to auto-refill...

    Agreed, I had a 3rd party set up to auto-refill every 118 days. I missed the e-mail that said that they were ending the service and lost my credit balance.
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    I forgot why I always buy my top-ups from...

    I forgot why I always buy my top-ups from 3rd-party sites and topped up on PPC's site. Got charged $11.82 for a $10 top-up. Won't kill me but now I remember and won't do that again.
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    I just refilled my PP PAYG and saw that in the...

    I just refilled my PP PAYG and saw that in the last 90 days I've only been "dinged" for 7 SMS. That's manageable.
  14. I've been enjoying their Star Trek (Discovery &...

    I've been enjoying their Star Trek (Discovery & Picard) shows.
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    Well, there was T-Vision and they still have...

    Well, there was T-Vision and they still have T-Mobile Money. So, it's not for lack of trying.
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    As of right now, no. AFAIK just 41, 71 and...

    As of right now, no. AFAIK just 41, 71 and mmWave. However, if you're in an area where you need WeBoost then you'll be happy to get LTE. The reason I have not bought a WeBoost is lack of band 71,...
  17. American carriers have regretted doing this when...

    American carriers have regretted doing this when the tower company later jacked up the lease rates.
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    All of the "Sprint keep" sites I've seen are band...

    All of the "Sprint keep" sites I've seen are band 25. I have no idea what they will do with the band 26 sites they keep, except that they probably won't be band 26.
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    Correct but... when you go to a microscopic level...

    Correct but... when you go to a microscopic level on those maps, Sprint did have some rural B26 towers in places where T-Mobile had no service. I know because a couple of them are in a neighboring...
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    Agreed. Look at their current focus: get band 41...

    Agreed. Look at their current focus: get band 41 integrated in urban markets. It's important for T-Mobile's traditional customer base; does nothing for rural coverage. After an initial burst of...
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    I can imagine it would be. Not a clue. Maybe you...

    I can imagine it would be. Not a clue. Maybe you should get Tech Support involved?
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    Bars are not a good indicator of data capacity....

    Bars are not a good indicator of data capacity. Bars mostly indicate received signal strength, not bandwidth or uplink strength.
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    It can be effectively $0 down and $0 per month...

    It can be effectively $0 down and $0 per month but they lock you in for two years by making the $0/month contingent on monthly bill credits. What's bothb OS?
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    Iridium's data rate is 2400 bps. This is...

    Iridium's data rate is 2400 bps. This is completely inadequate for VoIP.
    Globalstar doesn't cover most of Alaska.
    In theory, Inmarsat works from 65N to 65S but the satellites are pretty low on the...
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    I have the grandfathered 55+ One ($60/mo) plan. I...

    I have the grandfathered 55+ One ($60/mo) plan. I think it's great.
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