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  1. On the rural fringe of suburbia in central...

    On the rural fringe of suburbia in central Virginia my voice coverage improved when I switched to a VoLTE phone fifteen months ago. I no longer see No Service in areas that I always did with CDMA.
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  2. Provisioning: When a carrier or service provider...

    Provisioning: When a carrier or service provider activates a phone the carrier sets up various things like, the phone number, your voicemail number, your voicemail type (visual/standard), what...
  3. Any cell service provider you switch to can...

    Any cell service provider you switch to can transfer your number from Net10 when you activate the Note on the new service. Federal law requires number portability.

    Sounds like your Note did not...
  4. JL took over a weak #4 T-Mo shortly after the...

    JL took over a weak #4 T-Mo shortly after the AT&T deal fell through. JL took a bunch of lemons and made lemonade, with the AT&T money as the sugar. AT&T was arrogant to agree to that deal failure...
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    Generally, SIM swapping on an unlocked carrier...

    Generally, SIM swapping on an unlocked carrier agnostic phone works. You probably will have to change the APN on the G5+ to be what is is in the wifes Verizon phone for it to work. Make a note of...
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    Some of us use Google Voice. GV gives you a free...

    Some of us use Google Voice. GV gives you a free number or you can port a mobile number to be your GV number for $20.

    At its basic level, GV can forward to other numbers, like your real cell...
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    It's a big country. That is impossible to answer...

    It's a big country. That is impossible to answer except anecdotally. Vz is slightly better for me, but I rarely leave my little corner of central Virginia. Vz is the only one with good signal and...
  8. Yeah I feel for the effected stores. I also...

    Yeah I feel for the effected stores. I also understand T-Mo wanting unified branding exclusivity.

    Most of the multi-brand stores I have seen have a high aura of sleaze. I understand why T-Mo does...
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    My Android phones generally have a timeout...

    My Android phones generally have a timeout setting in the hotspot settings that include never. I have never personally tried running a phone hotspot for more than half an hour. I doubt it will be...
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    Anything you do with a cellphone or computer that...

    Anything you do with a cellphone or computer that connects to the Internet has no complete privacy. Even if they only collect your session id, IP address, time, sites visited, etc. they can combine...
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    I believe that T-Mo actually wants to sell...

    I believe that T-Mo actually wants to sell wireless home Internet to make money. They are expected to do it with Sprint's band 41 (2.6 GHz). Sprint has/had a good swath of band 41 licenses all around...
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    I don't recall that wireless home Internet for X%...

    I don't recall that wireless home Internet for X% of rural areas was promised to the regulators. IIRC, the X% was just for phone cell service. Band 71 can do that, but doesn't have the data capacity...
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    I have not heard anything yet and I would not...

    I have not heard anything yet and I would not expect to for a while. Other than a few trial locations, T-Mo does not have the data capacity to offer home Internet without degrading their core phone...
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    Did you "dial" all ten digits for the call that...

    Did you "dial" all ten digits for the call that failed? Since you got a Vz audio message, CDMA is still working at least to the point of getting that message.

    Otherwise, CDMA on Verizon is a dead...
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    Haha, yeah, I am at the hermit end of the...

    Haha, yeah, I am at the hermit end of the spectrum and have no desire to video call. SWMBO, has started having a Zoom Happy Hour video conference with her fellow sidelined cow-orkers. They seem to...
  16. I don't know much about big corporate executive...

    I don't know much about big corporate executive compensation and bonuses, but considering all the BILLIONS that JL led T-Mo to make for T-Mo/DT $50 mil strikes me as a modest, well deserved bonus.
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    Facetime only works between iPhones. There are...

    Facetime only works between iPhones.

    There are other video call and video conference apps that work with Android.

    I have used Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype and Jitsi. They work ok. Others are...
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    That is a Tracfone/Straight Talk model. Are you...

    That is a Tracfone/Straight Talk model. Are you sure you have looked in all of the Settings menus?

    If Hotspot is not there, and not blocked, it is unlikely that there is a work around.

    FWIW, I...
  19. I have one of the refurb units that I bought...

    I have one of the refurb units that I bought about six months ago. I rarely get incoming calls on it. I just tried one incoming call to test. There were no tones.
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    Sticky: Poll: Verizon CDMA voice is scheduled to end at the end...

    Verizon CDMA voice is scheduled to end at the end of 2020. You have not been able to activate a phone with only CDMA voice for over a year now. They are only running CDMA voice As-Is, Where-Is to the...
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    No need has not been my experience. I have...

    No need has not been my experience.

    I have greatly improved the battery run time by doing this on several phones when they reached the point of a run time of only minutes or a few hours.

    I do...
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    Is the hotspot feature not there or there, but...

    Is the hotspot feature not there or there, but doesn't work?

    Generally speaking, there are no third party hotspot apps that work anymore on phones since about 2013.

    What is your phone full...
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    As currently deployed 5G is no big deal. These...

    As currently deployed 5G is no big deal. These are early days. There is a lot more to come. I see no point in dumping my perfectly adequate, one year old LTE phone for an overpriced 5G phone that...
  24. I had them disable voicemail on the Tello number....

    I had them disable voicemail on the Tello number. Nobody has that number anyway. I use my GV number for everything.

    You can disable texts to the Tello number yourself in your online account.
  25. I haven't seen $30 - $35 prices since Polycom...

    I haven't seen $30 - $35 prices since Polycom bought Obihai. $40 is the best I have seen in a while, and not very often. It's hardly worth waiting for $10 off if you need one.
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