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[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 14:46:11 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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The problem with the femtocell is the damn GPS signal. No GPS, no work. They need it for e-911.

[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 16:32:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Nexus phones don't have T-Mobile's "wifi calling" feature, and my family has two of them. When I eventually upgrade I'll probably get another Nexus, as I've been extremely happy with this phone. Except for the broken microphone, of course, but I did a little research and I think I can fix that.

Now that I've been thinking about it a bit more, I think I'm just going to root the phone so I can use fake GPS locations and make the phone think I'm making a trip to Riverdale. I need to be in Riverdale because there's a Pikachu there I want to catch.

I saw that the femtocells all have GPS input but I hadn't realized it was for E-911. That makes sense. I had assumed it had something to do with getting a fix on a timing source. Maybe it does that too. I'm ok with it; the GPS reception here in my little valley is fine because the satellites are in the sky :)

[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 17:57:50 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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You've got to make sure you have the antenna in a window, and the femtocell plugged into the network.....

And yes, it uses the GPS for timing too.

[#] Fri Sep 02 2016 09:31:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I know FourSquare used to crack down on people who spoofed their GPS locations.
But I stopped using FourSquare (along with most of my FourSquare buddies) when the service transformed itself into "Swarm" (which is a swahili word that literally translates into "We know you like FourSquare but we're going to deliberately make the service awful now by removing all the features you liked and adding a bunch you don't want") in 2014.

Pokemon Go also is reportedly cracking down on fake GPS. But there's little information available on how they're doing it. What I want to know is, are they simply monitoring your game for impossible rates of travel, or do they have some way of knowing that your location is not authentic?

[#] Fri Sep 02 2016 09:34:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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And I was able to fix the microphone on my Nexus 5. A few people have had the same issue and I found some videos on how they fixed it. A little piece of foam tape in the right spot to press the connector down tighter when the phone is reassembled ... good as new.

[#] Sat Sep 03 2016 14:21:40 EDT from triLcat

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We use Whatsapp for wifi calling. 

[#] Mon Sep 05 2016 04:55:31 EDT from the_mgt

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The company running Pokemon Go seems to do it on software level, the Sailfish users with their AlienDalvik android vm have been banned rather regularly from their games.

I doubt they are clever enough to detect a spoofing method as mentioned in the link above. But for some extra paranoia, do it the Bob Ross way, nice and slow. Instead of radically faking your location instantly.

[#] Mon Sep 05 2016 08:53:37 EDT from zooer

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[#] Mon Sep 05 2016 18:24:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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As the comments point out, that article seems devoid of a lot of details and makes the same points three or four times. And it leaves one wondering why Google would abandon the very successful and recognized Nexus brand. Pixel and Nexus are both trochees with an "x" in the middle; they are about identical from a lyrically functional poing of view. Google owns both trademarks and controls the hardware either way. So it's kind of weird.

That last bit about competing with Samsung and Huawei in a potential world where those players abandon Android ... I'm just not seeing it. The world has selected its two smartphone operating systems and even the mighty Microsoft has not been able to successfully introduce a third.

[#] Wed Sep 07 2016 17:47:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I got my femtocell today. It's picking up the GPS signal indoors, so that's good ... but the manual says that it'll activate even without the GPS antenna plugged in, it'll just take longer. So that's good.

Full signal strength everywhere in the house. I like.

[#] Fri Sep 16 2016 15:38:15 EDT from Animal

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And to make sure you're not using it in some other country, where they can whack you with international charges.
I have a femtocell and GPS simulator here at work. ;)

[#] Fri Oct 14 2016 14:22:08 EDT from zooer

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Google's Project Fi, a phone service.  Using three major carriers, and is still only 2G at my house.

I saw a comment that Sprint or T-Moible have better plans by themselves, but I am sure those plans require a contract.

A link for text client users  


[#] Mon Oct 17 2016 08:22:29 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hmm ... isn't that how mobile works in most of the world anyway? Carriers hand off to each other and handle the settlements on their own, so the user doesn't need to worry about which carriers are strong in which areas? And furthermore, isn't that what GSM is supposed to do by itself without Google having to load custom firmware on custom phones?

Most plans with T-Mobile don't require a contract anymore. That's part of their whole "un-carrier" pitch.

[#] Mon Oct 17 2016 11:28:59 EDT from zooer

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At one time I thought they shared towers but I am not sure.  This is a T-mobile, Sprint dead zone but Verizon works fine.

The only advantage is you can use google hangouts on your computer as a device to make and receive calls.  If you have a google voice number you can do this already with any carrier. 

[#] Mon Oct 17 2016 13:27:21 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I was recently in Tampa and purchased a T-Mobile MiFi and plan. I used a ton of data, and it was nice and fast. Back here in NY its virtually unusable.

I don't know how they stay afloat in this market.

[#] Wed Oct 19 2016 17:12:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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By being way less expensive than the two big pigopolist carriers. Maybe their coverage isn't perfect, but it's good enough, and a tremendous value.

[#] Wed Oct 19 2016 22:01:34 EDT from zooer

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I wish I could get a signal in this area.  I would like to switch

[#] Thu Oct 20 2016 11:58:19 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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2016-10-19 17:12 from IGnatius T Foobar
By being way less expensive than the two big pigopolist carriers.
Maybe their coverage isn't perfect, but it's good enough, and a
tremendous value.

There's not much value if it doesn't work.....

[#] Thu Oct 20 2016 13:47:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ok, well, 2007 called and they want their T-Mobile coverage map back.

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