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    Vodafone UK problems roaming in USA?

    I've seen some reports of problems experienced by Vodafone UK customers roaming in the USA. It may be due to their use of Chinese budget phones or the shut down of 3G service by US carriers. Not...
  2. Thread: LTE-U vs LAA

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    The point is, why disable the ship's cellular...

    The point is, why disable the ship's cellular system if it's running in unlicensed (license-free) spectrum? You can create your own little cellular bubble, all perfectly legal. Think of all the extra...
  3. Thread: LTE-U vs LAA

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    LTE-U vs LAA

    My limited understanding of LTE-U vs LAA is that LTE-U can operate as a stand-alone LTE signal but LAA has more collision avoidance and must be used in conjunction with licensed spectrum. LTE-U was...
  4. Could be a T-Mobile band-71 & 41 install. The big...

    Could be a T-Mobile band-71 & 41 install. The big panel on the right being band-71 (600 MHz) and the little one on the left band-41 (2.5 GHz). Not sure. They don't put their logos on the antennas.
  5. I suspect these are launched by apps. Check which...

    I suspect these are launched by apps. Check which apps have permission to send texts and block them.
  6. Can you get close enough to read the name on the...

    Can you get close enough to read the name on the electric meter?
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    Make sure the problem is actually the battery. Do...

    Make sure the problem is actually the battery. Do a factory reset on the phone and test it with just the firmware. I'm convinced the reason my wife's S20 only lasts 16 hours is all the apps she's...
  8. Enjoy an Easy Eric.

    Enjoy an Easy Eric.
  9. I suppose the WiFi environment in a RV park is...

    I suppose the WiFi environment in a RV park is about as congested as in an apartment building. Keep in mind that the speed of the WiFi will be many times faster than the speed of the cellular...
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    You will find that T-Mobile's 3G service is still...

    You will find that T-Mobile's 3G service is still present in many areas but is rapidly shrinking as equipment is converted to LTE & 5G. They keep a microscopically thin layer of 2G GSM running in the...
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    Update: It now runs about 19 hours before needing...

    Update: It now runs about 19 hours before needing a recharge. I found where the apps' battery usage is listed. The issue as I see it is that the Facebook app (which I won't have on my phone) eats...
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    I may have found the issue. When I opened...

    I may have found the issue. When I opened Firefox, down at the bottom where is shows the number of tabs that are open, it just showed a sideways eight [∞]. I tried closing them one-by-one and gave up...
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    S20 battery life: Apps draining power?

    My wife's S20 5G seems to be getting poor battery life. If it isn't charged at the end of the day it will be dead by morning. I suspect some of the many apps she's loaded are to blame but I don't...
  14. Yes and yes!

    Yes and yes!
  15. Agreed. It's cheaper and easier to change...

    Agreed. It's cheaper and easier to change perceptions than it is to rebrand. T-Mobile is a global brand, like Vodafone. It has a lot going for it.
  16. Not exactly. They perform a service by alternate...

    Not exactly. They perform a service by alternate means, which have undesirable side-effects.
  17. 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.
  19. +1 .

    +1 .
  20. 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...
  23. Thread: AT&T Fiber?

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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.
  25. 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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