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    Trying to understand APN

    A friend of mine showed me his jail-broken 6s with TetherMe installed. He is using a well known MVNO but he installed the main carriers' APN. He was thinking that his phone would not be de-prioritized during high traffic times. Is this theory a lot of bunk or what?

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    Trying to understand APN

    Quote Originally Posted by sevillelady View Post
    A friend of mine showed me his jail-broken 6s with TetherMe installed. He is using a well known MVNO but he installed the main carriers' APN. He was thinking that his phone would not be de-prioritized during high traffic times. Is this theory a lot of bunk or what?
    Would be the same with either APN. It’s not going to change anything..


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    I kind of thought your comment was the case. My friend did make a logical argument however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevillelady View Post
    A friend of mine showed me his jail-broken 6s with TetherMe installed. He is using a well known MVNO but he installed the main carriers' APN. He was thinking that his phone would not be de-prioritized during high traffic times. Is this theory a lot of bunk or what?
    What MVNO works with the same APN that the parent network uses for their postpaid service? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    What MVNO works with the same APN that the parent network uses for their postpaid service? Thanks.
    Also MetroPCS.


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    Today I tested the two APNs for Mint (Tmo's and Mint) and while there was no recognizable difference in normal use (voice, text or mms), I found servers used during speed tests were far away(600 miles+) when using TMo's APN. When I switched to the APN suggested by Mint, the server location was local and my speeds quadrupled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by good4life View Post
    Today I tested the two APNs for Mint (Tmo's and Mint) and while there was no recognizable difference in normal use (voice, text or mms), I found servers used during speed tests were far away(600 miles+) when using TMo's APN. When I switched to the APN suggested by Mint, the server location was local and my speeds quadrupled.
    Did you try manually selecting the same local server when on the TMo APN? That, as compared to with the Mint APN at the same time/location, would be the real test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djphilosophy View Post
    Did you try manually selecting the same local server when on the TMo APN? That, as compared to with the Mint APN at the same time/location, would be the real test.
    I'm in Atlanta. The default server with the TMo setting was in Miami. I rebooted and for some reason I only got options in Florida or south GA. Once switched to 'Ultra', the name for Mint's APN, not only did Atlanta pop up, but with all the choices available in the Atlanta metro area. I figured it was a way TMo filter's/prioritizes it's MVNO customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by good4life View Post
    I'm in Atlanta. The default server with the TMo setting was in Miami. I rebooted and for some reason I only got options in Florida or south GA. Once switched to 'Ultra', the name for Mint's APN, not only did Atlanta pop up, but with all the choices available in the Atlanta metro area. I figured it was a way TMo filter's/prioritizes it's MVNO customers.
    Location is based on GPS. If it’s not turned on location may be based on IP which is random not matter what APN


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    Quote Originally Posted by hyelton View Post
    Location is based on GPS. If it’s not turned on location may be based on IP which is random not matter what APN


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    I agree and location was definitely on as the phone used (LGG6) was reset prior to my the test and it was turned on automatically when booted. I just pulled the same phone out and reran the test and the server location was consistently in Atlanta. Who knows? Maybe it was the time of day and congestion or maybe it was position of the sun, who knows? Whatever it was cleared up.

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