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88615298
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Re: Attention: your FCC as been pimped out

said by DataRiker:

The spectrum Sprint will gain is essentially a junk band in the context of cell phones.

It requires higher power devices that often times have large external antenna ( and often even line of sight )

for metro area where you can put mini towers( for lack of a better term ) on every streetlight it's fine.


DataRiker
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On every streetlight? LOL, that is exactly why it is considered a junk band. That is extremely impractical, not to mention unbelievably expensive.

Once you get above 2100 Mhz, your done as far as becoming practical for cellular devices.

For devices with out battery or antenna concerns you can go above 2100


88615298
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said by DataRiker:

On every streetlight? LOL, that is exactly why it is considered a junk band. That is extremely impractical, not to mention unbelievably expensive.

Once you get above 2100 Mhz, your done as far as becoming practical for cellular devices.

For devices with out battery or antenna concerns you can go above 2100

Then what's the point of Sprint buying out Clearwire then?

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reply to DataRiker
said by DataRiker:

On every streetlight? LOL, that is exactly why it is considered a junk band. That is extremely impractical, not to mention unbelievably expensive.

Once you get above 2100 Mhz, your done as far as becoming practical for cellular devices.

For devices with out battery or antenna concerns you can go above 2100

This is why Verizon got first dibs on 1800 & 1900mhz spectrum way back when.. If Sprint were smart, they'd revamp their entire network for 700mhz wide-band spectrum. For AT&T to have as much spectrum as Verizon, they need almost twice as much bandwidth above 2ghz. IIRC, Verizon operates ptt on some 900, 1850/1900mhz frequencies depending on which version of the legacy ptt equipment you have.

Let's be clear about what the spectrum is for.. DATA, the entire network is data driven. The more bandwidth & bits they can push over the air, the more money they make and the less spectrum for competitors. It's an easy slippery slope to see 3 wireless carriers emerge from this mess-- after the eventual merger of Sprint/Tmobile (2017) as neither company has the assets to build a national network in over 4k cities, suburban outlays and rural towns.
What there should be a push for is to evolve LTE to be interop at any carriers' frequency for all services (voice, data, text, ptt, etc) on roaming each others' network the way analog roaming used to way back when.. then a smart-phone will finally be a "SMART NETWORK (DATA) PHONE"


88615298
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said by tmc8080:

This is why Verizon got first dibs on 1800 & 1900mhz spectrum way back when.. If Sprint were smart, they'd revamp their entire network for 700mhz wide-band spectrum. For AT&T to have as much spectrum as Verizon, they need almost twice as much bandwidth above 2ghz. IIRC, Verizon operates ptt on some 900, 1850/1900mhz frequencies depending on which version of the legacy ptt equipment you have.

Ok first of all Verizon says it will refarm it's 1X and 3G spectrum for 4G by 2012. Now could they do it sooner? sure but if they don't that's 8 years from now.

Second anything about 2000MHz is bad yet in less than a year Verizon will be rolling out 4G over 1700/2100 MHz. In fact phones that have 1700/2100 MHz radios in them will be on sale within a few months. 2100 is above 2000 last time I checked. Someone better tell Verizon they are wasting their time.


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Who said anything above 2000 Mhz is bad?

2100 Mhz represents that last usable band for cell phones.