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[#] Thu May 03 2018 11:13:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I am liking my new phone, though. I upgraded to a Samsung J5, which is a midrange handset, but it's fast and has a big beautiful screen and it isn't as tightly integrated into Goolag as my Nexus was. It was also less than a third of the price of Apple's flagship phone, but it's better than an iPhone X because it has a headphone jack, a physical home button, and the screen doesn't have a designed-in dead spot like the iPhone X does.

How long should a phone last? I'm starting to think that a good rule-of-thumb might be that you should plan to keep a handset for one year for every $100 spent on it.

It's "Hedley".

[#] Thu May 03 2018 17:36:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I am liking my new phone, though. I upgraded to a Samsung J5, which is


Correction: J7. There is no such thing as a J5.

Did I mention the *entire* screen is viewable?

[#] Mon Jul 29 2019 09:43:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Federal regulators finally approved the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Things should start to get interesting soon.

It's being structured as a merger but from the looks of it, T-Mobile will be the going concern, while Sprint's assets and customers get absorbed into T-Mobile. This means CDMA's days are finally numbered.

[#] Tue Jul 30 2019 13:24:55 EDT from Freakdog

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Mon Jul 29 2019 09:43:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
Federal regulators finally approved the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Things should start to get interesting soon.

It's being structured as a merger but from the looks of it, T-Mobile will be the going concern, while Sprint's assets and customers get absorbed into T-Mobile. This means CDMA's days are finally numbered. 

Has Verizon moved, fully, off of CDMA?



[#] Tue Jul 30 2019 17:04:36 EDT from LoanShark

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definitely not. I'm their customer and all their "1x" (and probably also their "3G") are still served by CDMA

[#] Tue Jul 30 2019 17:06:29 EDT from LoanShark

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https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/knowledge-base-218813/

[#] Wed Jul 31 2019 09:38:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Clearly this is an evil plot to force people to give up their flip phones!
;)

Ok, so Vz isn't allowing any new CDMA devices on the network as of 2020-jan-01 and ending CDMA after 2020-dec-31. Sounds reasonable ... can't keep the old tech online forever when there's limited spectrum. They've been through this once before with the retirement of analog and it was messy.

Fine with Vz leading the way so that T-Mobile can just shut off the Sprint CDMA frequencies and put 5G there.

[#] Sun Aug 11 2019 16:10:43 EDT from zooer

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I picked up my new CPAP machine, it uses AT&T's CDMA to send my sleep data to the sleep center, the insurance, I am sure back to the manufacture and whom ever else they sell my data to.  

 



[#] Wed Aug 14 2019 08:28:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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AT&T doesn't have a CDMA network.

[#] Wed Aug 14 2019 09:38:09 EDT from zooer

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I didn't think they did either, the manual stated the modem was CDMA, for some reason I thought it was only CDMA. It lists 2G, 3G and 4G as well.  
After I found the super-secret, don't change anything in the clinical menu, there is a information screen with "Provider: AT&T" "Type 4G"  



[#] Thu Aug 15 2019 09:06:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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So it's some sort of universal modem, which isn't surprising. This type of application is actually where 5G is going to shine. Most people mistakenly think when they hear "5G" that it's going to be "even moar blazing speed!!1" but 4G is already sooper fast. 5G is going to be about *density*. Networks that can host zillions of IoT (Invasion of Things) devices without getting congested.

[#] Thu Aug 15 2019 11:36:27 EDT from zooer

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seepap.png

 

 SeePAP3-r-r.jpg



[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 00:36:57 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Just got a Note 10+. I've never had a flagship phone on release day that wasn't provided to me by a company. Got the 512GB, 12GB, 4G version. It is pretty damn nice for a $1200 phone. I got a free Note 10 64GB with it... so - I justify it was a $600 phone. There are some gee-whiz features. I filmed a video, edited it, added titling, fades, and graphics, and published it to Facebook all from my phone, no PC involved at all. DEX, which mirrors the phone to your PC, is pretty cool. I've got all my emulators running on it, and it runs an Amiga as good as a Raspberry Pi 3+, maybe better. And all that memory is nice. I've got a 256GB SD in it, but will probably add a 500GB SD - and having 1TB on your phone is liberating. You can finally take all your movies and music with you without an OTG cable and a Thumbdrive.

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 01:07:35 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Guess I should have posted my mini-review of the Note 10+ here instead of in Gadgets. Damnit, still haven't learned the right rooms to post in, yet.


[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 01:16:52 EDT from wizard of aahz

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No worries. The wonder of cita-drift is that you can do just that.

[#] Thu Sep 05 2019 20:52:33 EDT from nonservator

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The non-smartphone, non-Android, non-Apple options are dwindling more every day, where the only choices left seem to be stripped-down big-button geared toward seniors with easy emergency access, or minimalist hipster design that's still cancer all the way down. I had been looking at the Punkt MP-02, but apparently it's just Yet Another Android Remix.



[#] Fri Sep 06 2019 08:57:02 EDT from darknetuser

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I am so glad with my 20 USD feature phone. It is actually a Nokia from 2016.
I wish somebody like Purism or the Alpine based group came up with a working phone OS that was not bases on Android. Meanwhile I guess we can make do with LineageOS and things like the /e/ vendor.

[#] Mon Sep 09 2019 01:22:48 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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I was in Verizon getting a screen protector for the Note 10... and I was amazed that they had an entire display of flip feature phones that were - not Sr. or Tween oriented. Just pragmatic, "I'm a crusty old IT engineer and I don't want that Google or Apple shit hanging from my belt," feature phones. 

 

 



[#] Mon Sep 09 2019 16:09:47 EDT from zooer

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Swipe gestures, A reason to execute or decent feature?



[#] Mon Sep 16 2019 06:33:17 EDT from fleeb

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Do you refer to Android X's new 'gestures' feature?

If so, I think I like it a bit better than the buttons at the bottom. Takes a little getting used to, but eventually it feels natural.

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