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    Cool Sprint Tri-Band LTE Phone Discussion Thread aka Sprint Spark

    As more and more info is coming out on the Tri-Band phones that Sprint will have later this year, I thought a single place for any and all discussions would be a good idea.

    In a nutshell, Sprint will be broadcasting LTE on 3 different bands which will give great coverage and building penetration.
    Those bands are the current 1900 MHz band, the 800 MHz band that Nextel was on and the 2.5 GHz band that Clearwire and now Sprint has.
    Both Samsung and LG will be offering phones using all 3 bands by the end of this year.

    Sprint has some Tri-Band Hotspot Modems that are out now, but I am looking forward to the phones themselves.

    Here are a couple of articles on the subject:

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    Sprint Readies Tri-Band LTE Data Devices, Phones

    Who else is looking forward to Sprint's Tri-Band phones?

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    Well, in another 16 months I guess I will. Until then, I'll be happy if Sprint just finishes building out it's current LTE network so I can get decent LTE coverage and speeds in most places.
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    So far we know the S4 will be re-released with Tri-Band LTE. Very Good chance the Note 3 will also release with tri-band LTE. Still can figure out if the Moto X will have Tri-band or 1900-only.

    One thing I do know, with Tri-Band LTE so close to release, I would NOT upgrade to anything 1900-only at this point (HTC One, Current S4), just makes no sense if I had to purchase something off Ebay or Amazon to hold me over. It's just a waste of an Upgrade.
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    I have not heard about the S4 being re-released with Tri-Band. That would be cool.
    Best of all worlds.
    I do not think the Moto X will be Tri-Band but I could be wrong. Guess we will know in about 6 weeks.

    I agree with you. I will not upgrade until I see what Tri-Band will be offering.
    Of course, as my upgrade is not until Dec 1st, I kinda have no choice.

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    Sounds really cool. But... When would towers actually be servicing all three frequencies? Is that something that was already done when NV equipment was installed at cell towers and all they have to do is remotely turn it on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VW Maverick View Post
    I have not heard about the S4 being re-released with Tri-Band. That would be cool.
    Best of all worlds.
    I do not think the Moto X will be Tri-Band but I could be wrong. Guess we will know in about 6 weeks.

    I agree with you. I will not upgrade until I see what Tri-Band will be offering.
    Of course, as my upgrade is not until Dec 1st, I kinda have no choice.

    Mav.
    Yea it was announced about a month back that the S4 would be re-released with Snapdragon 800 processor (Tri-Band LTE) chip. Once that first Tri-band LTE comes out every LTE that proceeds it should have Tri-band even Mid-Range and Low-end LTE handsets. S4 will be re-released in Late Sept, it may be the phone that kicks it off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey47 View Post
    Sounds really cool. But... When would towers actually be servicing all three frequencies? Is that something that was already done when NV equipment was installed at cell towers and all they have to do is remotely turn it on?
    NV is already primed to run all 3 bands only thing needed is inserting cards at the base stations, will be quick and painless process. 800 LTE will start to go live in October, while 2.5 LTE will follow shortly there after. So by the end of 2013 LTE should be broadcasting on all three bands.

    Those that have Tri-Band LTE phones the priority will be 2.5/1900/800 Meaning your phone will look for Clearwire 2.5 first as it will have the largest pipe, and fastest speeds. 2.5 will mostly used be in dense Urban/Suburban locations to offload traffic from the main pipes of 1900 and 800. Once you fall out of 2.5 coverage your phone will then fallback to 1900 LTE and finally 800 LTE when deep inside buildings or where 1900 doesn't reach.

    What I'm not to clear on is if your Phone falls to a lower band because it's out of range of the higher band, once you come back into the higher bands range while on a data session does your phone remain in current band it's using or will it auto switch back to the higher band (interrupting your session)?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyj17 View Post

    Those that have Tri-Band LTE phones the priority will be 2.5/1900/800 Meaning your phone will look for Clearwire 2.5 first as it will have the largest pipe, and fastest speeds. 2.5 will mostly used be in dense Urban/Suburban locations to offload traffic from the main pipes of 1900 and 800. Once you fall out of 2.5 coverage your phone will then fallback to 1900 LTE and finally 800 LTE when deep inside buildings or where 1900 doesn't reach.

    What I'm not to clear on is if your Phone falls to a lower band because it's out of range of the higher band, once you come back into the higher bands range while on a data session does your phone remain in current band it's using or will it auto switch back to the higher band (interrupting your session)?????
    I would say it would auto switch to the higher frequency when able to get signal. The question is how aggressively it does that. What I mean is, does the device jump to the higher frequency at the moment of a signal. I would hate to have a solid full bar connection @ 800 just to jump to 2.5 with barely a signal just cause it's prioritized that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mech1164 View Post
    I would say it would auto switch to the higher frequency when able to get signal. The question is how aggressively it does that. What I mean is, does the device jump to the higher frequency at the moment of a signal. I would hate to have a solid full bar connection @ 800 just to jump to 2.5 with barely a signal just cause it's prioritized that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mech1164 View Post
    I would say it would auto switch to the higher frequency when able to get signal. The question is how aggressively it does that. What I mean is, does the device jump to the higher frequency at the moment of a signal. I would hate to have a solid full bar connection @ 800 just to jump to 2.5 with barely a signal just cause it's prioritized that way.

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    Good point....it'll be interesting to see how those algorithms will work.
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    I am expecting LG G2 and Samsung Note III to be the two tri-band LTE phones on Sprint this year. People are excited by the GS4-advance but there is no reason to think Samsung is planning a CDMA variant of that for Sprint. I haven't seen anything to indicate that the GS4 LTE-A will have a non-Korean release anywhere, let alone Sprint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djw39 View Post
    I am expecting LG G2 and Samsung Note III to be the two tri-band LTE phones on Sprint this year. People are excited by the GS4-advance but there is no reason to think Samsung is planning a CDMA variant of that for Sprint. I haven't seen anything to indicate that the GS4 LTE-A will have a non-Korean release anywhere, let alone Sprint.
    I don't think Samsung would bring the GS4-Advance to the States in any form.
    I think (and hope) they make it as a Tri-Band for Sprint re-release later in the year.
    I probably would not get the Tri-Band Note III but would love the GS4 in that variant.
    That's just me.

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    Could the HTC t6 also be there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Friderichsohn View Post
    Could the HTC t6 also be there?
    That would be interesting.
    Just have to wait and see.

    I know it won't be Tri-Band, but I am curious to see what the Moto X has to offer.
    Rumor of an announcement on the 11th.

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    http://www.mobileburn.com/21822/news...ri-band-4g-lte

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    Thanks for the update.
    I am really looking forward to the Tri-Band Samsung device that Sprint will have for us later this year.
    My upgrade is Dec 1st so good timing for me.
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    We're supposed to get a new htc exclusive phone by mid next month, with tri band lte. I'll post up the entire list from s4gru shortly.

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    One thing that bothers me about the every changing direction of Sprint is the need to keep changing to a new supporting technology. For some this is okay, for many this is unacceptable that we have had these changes in what a 3 year window? Wimax, then LTE now a tri band LTE phone..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul627g View Post
    One thing that bothers me about the every changing direction of Sprint is the need to keep changing to a new supporting technology. For some this is okay, for many this is unacceptable that we have had these changes in what a 3 year window? Wimax, then LTE now a tri band LTE phone..

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    Tri band won't even be supported on phones till next year. We are not the only ones this is how technology works. Look at T-Mobile and the other carriers. This stuff is always changing for the better it called progression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantJay View Post
    Tri band won't even be supported on phones till next year. We are not the only ones this is how technology works. Look at T-Mobile and the other carriers. This stuff is always changing for the better it called progression.

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    Tri-band phones will be released this year with the first being confirmed to be LG & Samsung devices. They are expecting to start sell tri-band phones around September time frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilotimz View Post
    Tri-band phones will be released this year with the first being confirmed to be LG & Samsung devices. They are expecting to start sell tri-band phones around September time frame.
    Nobody will have a network to support it, maybe a few cities. I know there are phones out I'm just saying its not practical to worry about it till next year in the U.S.

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    Anyone know if there are any phones in the current Sprint line-up that are dual-band, i.e. support both 800 and 1900 (but not 2500)? I've just seriously damaged my screen glass and probably can't hold out until september for tri-bands. I'm most concerned about missing out on the 800 propagation benefits for a couple of years. I don't necessarily need the scary speed of 2.5 band on a phone but missing out on the better signal would be a bummer.
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    After much digging was able to answer my own question: looks like all Sprint LTE phones are already dual band and will work on 1900 and 800. The 2500 is the only thing you are missing out on with current, pre-tri-band phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gretzer View Post
    After much digging was able to answer my own question: looks like all Sprint LTE phones are already dual band and will work on 1900 and 800. The 2500 is the only thing you are missing out on with current, pre-tri-band phones.
    800mhz is voice 1900mhz is LTE data on the S4 not sure what phone you have. 2500mhz won't be around for a while for most people so I wouldn't worry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gretzer View Post
    After much digging was able to answer my own question: looks like all Sprint LTE phones are already dual band and will work on 1900 and 800. The 2500 is the only thing you are missing out on with current, pre-tri-band phones.
    No, 800 for voice only, not data (lte)

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