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  1. I think it's not so much as it's 3g only, as it is the LTE (4G) signal does not cover as many miles as the 3g signal will when coming from the same tower. In my hunting area there is one tower that can be picked up. The LTE signal comes and goes as I walk around, but it always resorts to 3G when the LTE signal fades. This distance limitation is a direct result of the technology. As we progress from one "G" to another "G", each transition results is less coverage. There are still areas in the mountainous parts of the PNW, in which we previously had coverage with analog (1G), and have never g
  2. You do realize that Verizon will be shutting down their entire CDMA network on Dec 31st, right? It's been in the works since 2016.
  3. If the tower is overloaded, everyone using it gets their connection slowed down. With throttling, you as an individual are being targeted by the cell carrier, and your connection is slowed down. Most likely because you used too much data.
  4. It may be old Rich, but in some areas of our country it's the only way you can get a signal.
  5. Here is some corroboration for you Art: https://www.droid-life.com/2018/07/16/verizon-3g-phones-rip/ "For several years we’ve been been publicly saying that our 3G CDMA network will remain available through the end of 2019. Virtually all traffic on our network is on our 4G LTE network. To facilitate a smooth transition to 4G LTE capable products and services, we are no longer allowing devices that are not 4G LTE capable to be activated on our network."
  6. Yep, we saw the same decease in coverage thing when they forced us from analog, to CDMA 1x, to CDMA EVDO, to LTE. Every time they changed we lost more coverage. GSM was even worse. I long for the days of my old 3 watt bag phone and the coverage I could get with it, and being able to make the call when I needed to. Unfortunately with the push for 5g, building out new towers in remote areas is going to get pushed way down to the bottom of the priority list.
  7. I have not heard that, but I did read a report the other day that said 30% of Verizon's towers already do not have CDMA (3G) on them. It's going to suck, because CDMA has a further reach than LTE, and here in NE Oregon there are areas where you can get a good lock on the tower with CDMA, but LTE bounces in and out.
  8. https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/49/31301 "(2) “commerce” means trade, traffic, and transportation—" http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/statecommerce.htm "So. Pacific Co. v Arizona (1945) demonstrates that state laws might violate the Commerce Clause even when in-state and out-of-state commerce are treated equally. The case involved a challenge to Arizona's law prohibiting trains from crossing the state that contained more than 70 freight cars. Southern Pacific complained that the law required them to choose between disassembling at the Arizona border larger train
  9. I would submit that vehicle length is no different than having your windows tinted. For example Washington state allows a darker tint than California. When I was driving my pickup in heavy traffic in California I was pulled over by a SP for my windows being too dark. I told him they are legal in Washington state (where my vehicle was registered at the time). After checking my drivers license and registration he told me to have a nice day and sent me on my way.
  10. Your the LE SME, but this falls under the same code as if your home state does not require an RV endorsement on your drivers license and you travel to a state that does require one. The foreign state has to recognize your driving privileged from your home state, and can't not let you drive your vehicle there because you dont have an RV endorsement.
  11. I have never been able to find the actual code, but my understanding is that by federal law, if the vehicle is legal in the state it's registered in, all states that have received federal funding for roadway construction, or maintenance, are required to allow your vehicle(s) on those roadways that those funds are used on.
  12. I finally got my card a couple of days ago, and I can say that if they didn't try any harder, they couldn't have made it look any more like an unofficial government issued ID. Truly is pathetic, and I can't believe they made us wait 3 years to get this POS. It's like a video store rental ID card that in no way shape or form resembles a government issued ID card, with a stamp on it that says "enttiles bearer to all discounts for veterans". It's pretty disrespectful what they came up with.
  13. Gord, Any updates on when this will be out? TMO has band 12 (700mhz), so I think it would be safe to assume that it's close enough to VZW band 13 (700mhz) to boost both of those bands. The big question is will this new amp be able to boost CDMA 1X at 800-850mhz? For the mountain areas of the west, these are the critical bands: band 12 (700) att, tmobile. USCC band 13 (700) VZW CDMA BC0 BC10 (800-850) VZW, USCC band 71 (600) Tmobile, USCC So basically it needs to boost from 600 through 900 mhz and life would be wonderful.
  14. RV, Microsoft has totally ruined Skype since they took over. Google Duo for video calling is vastly superior, and unlike ioS facetime, it works on both iphones and android. No ads, and no stuttering audio. Here is a good write up: https://www.lifewire.com/google-duo-review-4075474
  15. Is this going to be an entirely new amp, and will it be T-mobile only? Or will it still boost Verizon/USCC CDMA 1x along with band 71?
  16. So if I'm reading your post correctly Jack, along with some of your other previous replies, the Max Amp is going to have a better chance of getting out in a poor signal area than the 4G-X? By the way, for some of us, being able to make the call is way more important than speed. I'd also like to throw out that using an app on your phone like "Signal Check Pro" to check the RSSI levels between two different amps in a poor signal area, is also an extremely fair way to compare them, particularly when roaming on 1x.
  17. Gordon, Is the FCC going to allow you to boost band 71?
  18. With all due respect Dp26, specs can, and are, manipulated all the time by manufacturers, and they don't mean squat. I've also seen lots of feel good posts here about "we bought XYZ version 6000, and our signal is soooo muuuuch better than before we had an amp", which is also most un-useful. The only way to tell subjectively which units are best is head to head testing with another manufacturers unit. Unfortunately the only subjective head to head testing I've been able to find is locked up behind a firewalled website that requires a yearly annual subscription. If they had a day pass availa
  19. Most VZW phones now say "extended network" instead of "roam" or roaming", and it doesn't always say it when you are indeed roaming. Using an app like "Signal check pro" will tell you who's tower your on.
  20. I can tell you that if your in the Northwest US within the USCC footprint, that when you roam from VZW to USCC, your data will definitely drop from LTE (4G), to CDMA 1X (2G). The 1X data is just about unusable, but you can at least make phone calls with it. On our phones the signal display usually changes from LTE to 1X when roaming.
  21. I was going to say this is not Verizon's fault, but you figured it out. All CDMA towers in Canada are in the process of shutting down, and you will only be able to use a LTE phone there going forward. This will also eventually happen in the US, and is already occurring to a degree. Most new towers that VZW is building in the US are LTE only. I might suggest that purchasing a LTE compatible phone on ebay might be a good option for you.
  22. Thanks for the update Jack. How far from the tower are you, and can we assume it's VZW? Also, are you finding the outperformance better on voice calls too under those circumstances?
  23. Just to clarify here Gord, are we talking about an antenna to use from the amp to the tower, or from the amp to your phone? Jack, I hear you about the cost, but if it bears our that the boatant is substantially greater performance I will spring the cost for it.
  24. Hows does it compare to the Boatant Jack?
  25. BigJim, I just looked up the senior pass and you are correct. Way back when the feds made a big press release and said that they were going to do away with the golden age passport and replace it with the senior pass and it would be a photo badge. Apparently they changed their minds, and I'm going to have to eat a little crow. Maybe they figured out that to do the photo badge would require them to spend more tax dollars...
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