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Old 02-14-2019, 08:10 AM   #71
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Please post a link. I have search quite a bit. I can only find a Harmond device.


The link can be found earlier in this thread.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:16 AM   #72
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:19 AM   #73
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So, just spent 1.5 hours on the phone with ATT. I called the 800-866-1514 number instead of the 1-800-331-0500 that is in the quick start pamphlet. Both numbers lead to the same place....at least for me. After swearing at the automated system, I was again connected to customer service. Again, the representative had never heard of a Mobley. I explained at least 10 times I needed to be directed to “secondary sales”. After looking for some time she came back and said she now knew exactly who I should speak with and said she was connecting me. Soon the phone was answered by a man who also did not know what a Mobley was. I asked him what department he worked in and he told me customer service. So, I was just transferred from one customer service rep to another!

After a lot of questions and time, he said that once a SIM card is deactivated it cannot be reactivated. He plans to send me a new one....presumably overnight. I need to call back when I get the new SIM card. So, at least 3 hours on the phone and still more to come with no working Mobley!
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After a lot of questions and time, he said that once a SIM card is deactivated it cannot be reactivated. He plans to send me a new one....presumably overnight. I need to call back when I get the new SIM card. So, at least 3 hours on the phone and still more to come with no working Mobley!
Sounds like your CSR is not handling this properly, even WITH the redirection to the secondary sales group. The SIM card that you have just needs an update on their end, most likely. We did not have to get a new one.

BUT, if they have already deactivated what you were delivered, then yes, it's probably pooched.
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:02 AM   #75
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Sounds like your CSR is not handling this properly, even WITH the redirection to the secondary sales group. The SIM card that you have just needs an update on their end, most likely. We did not have to get a new one.

BUT, if they have already deactivated what you were delivered, then yes, it's probably pooched.
So, went to the ATT store yesterday and with great difficulty, they were able to supply a new SIM and the unit is working finally!!

I can report that the unit, as received, does shut down after 30 minutes of usage. I was able to change this to 2 hours in the settlings menu, but that is the maximum. This morning when I woke up, the unit's "on" light was off and I picked up the unit and shook it. It immediately powered up, so I guess there really is an accelerometer in the unit. I also understand from reading other threads that higher voltage (>12V) may keep it on permanently.
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Someone mentioned that there are a few threads on IRV2 that discuss how to manage the Mobley timer. I have not checked yet.
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Speedtest results from Sprint Magic Box Gold

Speedtest results from Sprint Magic Box Gold

Been doing speedtests the last few days. Consistently downloading over 50Mbps. Uploads are not the greatest but still a marked improvement compared to without the Magic Box. My son-in-law says I should see downloads close to 160Mbps when we get LTE-A, he consistently gets that after their towers got upgraded in CO. And with 5G and new S10 or Note10 should be much faster. Worth waiting for the new phones to come out later this year.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:32 AM   #78
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Been doing speedtests the last few days. Consistently downloading over 50Mbps. Uploads are not the greatest but still a marked improvement compared to without the Magic Box. My son-in-law says I should see downloads close to 160Mbps when we get LTE-A, he consistently gets that after their towers got upgraded in CO. And with 5G and new S10 or Note10 should be much faster. Worth waiting for the new phones to come out later this year.


My guess is that if you have a weak Sprint signal now, it will be a LONG time before you see 5G. It is quite an investment for the phone companies and they will start with the highest density of customers.
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My guess is that if you have a weak Sprint signal now, it will be a LONG time before you see 5G. It is quite an investment for the phone companies and they will start with the highest density of customers.
BILLRECTOR - Yes we had bad signal but that was prior to the Magic Box Gold deployment. Yes it is big investment. Define "LONG time"? No, it won't be a long time (at least for me in Las Vegas, read further below). I am pretty confident I will have it within 12-24 months. The upper end of that time frame is due to phone rollout of LG & Samsung, which would be the Sprint offerings for 5G. But will the phones be ready? How do I know this? My son-in-law is in Sprint regional management. He updates me on the LTE Advanced & 5G rollouts for my area. It doesn't hurt that I have a cycling buddy who is a field installer for Sprint and his nose is closer to ground level than some mid-management person like my son-in-law. Although my buddy retired last year, he still gets inside scoop of local rollout progress. Both guys give me info like these that allows me to decide when it is best to hold off for the next gen of phones capable of 5G, rather than get an intermediate device. All the advice I get from both is just hold off on upgrading for a few more months. Soooo, I will wait for Samsung Galaxy S10 or Note10. I am leaning towards waiting a little longer for the Note10


Even without the inside info I get, it is pretty easy to see where my area is with regards to 5G implementation if one is observant:

1. I can confirm LTE-Advanced is available in LV and is already one of the cities that is able to access gigabit-class LTE performance. LV was actually in the 2nd wave of cities, after the likes of NY, LA, Atl, Phx, Chicago, etc. Per Sprint datasheet - "to be gigabit class you need a device capable of 4x4 MIMO on 2.5, 3x 20 MHz B41 CA, 256/64 QAM DL-UL". The Magic Box Gold sitting in my windowsill is an LTE-Advanced capable device. It uses 4x4 MIMO, higher order modulation (256QAM). This is all part of Sprint's small-cell integration deployment nationwide.
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2. The above Sprint network upgrades are the stepping stones to 5G. This includes the installation of the MASSIVE-MIMO radios/antennas that I am seeing all over town and the deployment of the thousands of Magic Boxes in my area, not just in businesses but thousands of homes. This is the key part of the puzzle that addresses your "investment" concerns. Unlike the other carriers, Sprint is not relying on expensive big towers to accomplish 5G. But at the same time that existing towers are getting retrofitted with MASSIVE-MIMO, it is utilizing the small-cell deployments (strand mounts, mini-macros, and hundreds of thousands of indoor Magic Box Gold units). You have to know what you are looking for to spot these changes. If you just drive around town, you won't be able to spot these at automobile speeds. But since I log 10-15,000 miles training on my road bike, I go at much slower speeds to easily notice these on trails & access roads normally closed to automobiles. Some pics of what to look for

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3. Below I have the info on the speedtest comparisons from OpenSignal as of Jan 2019. You can see Sprint's national avg is at 32.5Mbps, which was pretty spot on in my area prior to the Magic Box. But, the 32.5Mbps was probably best case scenario for the LV valley, not my house. My house was usually 30% slower. But I have now consistently hit over 50Mbps (and even over 60Mbps) download speeds after installing the Magic Box. That is way better than the other carriers are averaging in the heart of town. I live in the edge of town and 2,000 ft. in altitude higher. I just downloaded a folder with 175MB of pics from my OneDrive folder and it look less than 30 secs. to do so
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BTW - FYI - Density of customers is only 1 variable when Sprint decides which cities to choose for their rollouts. Case-in-point, Kansas City was on the 1st wave - this is pretty obvious because Sprint HQ is there. LV gets to be part of 2nd wave because this is a big tourist hub with terrain & temperature challenges not seen in other cities. While the popluation is only a bit over 2M, the constant influx of tourist cell phones generate daily transient traffic that is comparable to the big cities.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:59 PM   #80
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Many of you probably already saw today's e-mail. Very pricey (MSRP $999.00) . But consider since my SureCall2Go cost +$400 (on sale) + my free labor - may not be a bad route to take for those who can't DIY. The AT&T Unlimited Plan is $30/mo.:

Airstream Connected - requires professional installation through AS dealer.
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Wi-Fi Boost and 4G LTE-A- boosted Wi-Fi signal or dedicated 4G LTE-A
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Yeah, I saw that. It elicited more than a few expletives. This campaign's tattooed millennial target market:

(a) On average doesn't have as much cash as older buyers, by simple virtue of not having been here on earth long enough to earn and accumulate it, and

(b) Understands technology options at a native level, such that they can see the price inflation.

If Airstream REALLY did its market research, I think they'd be targeting older, wealthier customers who might like better connectivity but really don't understand how any of that danged stuff works. It would be a much simpler pitch, I think.
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If Airstream REALLY did its market research, I think they'd be targeting older, wealthier customers who might like better connectivity but really don't understand how any of that danged stuff works.
INTERBLOG - If Airstream REALLY did its market research, I think they'd be targeting ALL age groups of every socio-economic demographic. It is the reason Amazon & Walmart succeed - they don't care who you are, they just care that you want to buy from them

BTW - both my daughters are college grad millenials. Both have dual college degrees. My oldest has degrees in Engineering & Nursing. My youngest has degrees in Education & Administration. Both are professionals in their respective fields of training. Both are in their 2nd brand new homes, with no help from me. Both have given us grandchildren. All these makes me a very lucky & happy parent. It is true, they do not have as much cash as me, but they can afford to buy ANY Airstream right now. So why would Airstream want to exclude them from their target audience? That does not make good business sense.
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I did not say exclude - I said targeting.

My mind goes back to when I met Joel Sell (Million Mile Sprinter) - he screwed up his face in a knot and said, "I assumed you'd be younger." That's when I knew that I we were going to get along well. I like people who present their genuine selves. No false facade.

And I responded, "Trust me - you don't want younger customers. They may be dominating the #vanlife stereotype and the #offgrid stereotype, but they are not the ones who have the disposable income to pay you."

The outcome you describe for your own family's younger members is admirable - but not typical or average.

The Airstream lifestyle, however it is interpreted (off-grid / on-grid, short range / international, whatever), takes a lot of money. Who has that money? Older people who have spent a lifetime earning and saving it.

On average - certainly not exclusively. But wise ad campaigns tend to target the largest potential markets preferentially.

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Took AI out this week for some day trips and also to test booster at elevation at outskirts of town. The area has signal but normally between Good & Fair with RSRP numbers betw. -85db and -110db. Was happy with results of mostly over 60Mbps and even going over 80Mbps depending on orientation of van. Not Avery scientific test but good enough for a "moving AI work".

I have no idea how it does with the other carriers since the entire fam only has Sprint service. But it is supposed to boost all carrier frequencies. Next big test would be spring drive through UT mountains & CO mountains.
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