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Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:42:19 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: MetroPCS 4G Service Issues Message-ID: <1377121339.43457.YahooMailNeo@web121406.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:05:20 -0400 It was recently written: > This a 2 story residential colonial with a basement with cinder > block walls so I don't think there is any rebar or screening in the > walls. If I'm in the basement and go to "Network Selection", the > only thing I see on the "Network List" is AT&T. If I go to the > second floor, I can see both AT&T and T-Mobile on the "Network List" > with no problem. Even though I am retired AT&T, I still prefer > T-Mobile but only if it works in the basement. Unfortunately T-Mobile's spectrum only uses 1700 and 1900 Mhz spectrum for their network. The 1.7 and 1.9 Ghz range does not do as well as lower frequencies such as 700 and 850 which AT&T possesses for building penetration as well as the area it covers. AT&T inherited the 850 "cellular" spectrum the ancient days of analog cellular when only two entities were awarded cellular licenses in an area the "A" and "B" carriers. T-Mobile never has had any of the lower spectrum frequencies whereas AT&T has the legacy cellular spectrum and have also acquired some 700 Mhz spectrum.
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:11:30 -0400 From: unknown <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: MetroPCS 4G Service Issues Message-ID: <email@example.com> Rich Greenberg wrote: > In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, > unknown <email@example.com> wrote: > > [...] > >> I have a pre-paid T-Mobile that does not work in my basement office near >> exit 114 of the Garden State Parkway. However, I do get AT&T in the >> basement so I'm probably going to switch my unlocked T-Mobile over to >> AT&T. My cost with either one is about $100 per year so price is not an >> issue but dependable service is. > > If you have DSL or cable or similar internet acvailable, talk to > T-Mobile about getting a Femtocell (AT&T's name). Its a little box that > acts as a cell site. > Femtocell requires a router and internet connection which I have plus about $200. However, when I lose power, I lose the router and the internet. A cell repeater would also work but has the same problem when I lose power. I was without power during Sandy for 11 days and T-Mobile was worthless. For a period of time, T-Mobile was using the AT&T network and it worked fine. I use about $100 a year on prepaid so the $200 for a femtocell would buy me 2 years on AT&T prepaid.
Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 14:40:12 -0400 From: unknown <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: MetroPCS 4G Service Issues Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Bruce Bergman wrote: > On Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:00:41 +0000 (UTC) in article <kutq0p$p65$ > email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Rich Greenberg) wrote: > >> In article <email@example.com>, >> unknown <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >> >> [...] >> >>> I have a pre-paid T-Mobile that does not work in my basement office near >>> exit 114 of the Garden State Parkway. However, I do get AT&T in the >>> basement so I'm probably going to switch my unlocked T-Mobile over to >>> AT&T. My cost with either one is about $100 per year so price is not an >>> issue but dependable service is. >> >> If you have DSL or cable or similar internet available, talk to >> T-Mobile about getting a Femtocell (AT&T's name). Its a little box that >> acts as a cell site. > > Another solution is a Home Cordless Phone system that has a "Connect to > Cell" (Bluetooth) feature - Uniden, AT&T and Panasonic et al have them. > Then you leave the Cellphone in it's charger on the 2nd Floor next to the > Cordless base station, and put a cordless charge cradle and a handset in > the basement office. Great idea. I'll look into that
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:30:59 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: How Edward Snowden led journalist and film-maker to reveal NSA secrets Message-ID: <email@example.com> How Edward Snowden led journalist and film-maker to reveal NSA secrets Whistleblower drew Glenn Greenwald and film-maker Laura Poitras together to expose surveillance programmes Roy Greenslade The Guardian 19 August 2013 Journalists would do well to read a 7,700-word article by Peter Maass in the New York Times magazine headlined How Laura Poitras helped Snowden spill his secrets. It underlines just why the former NSA computer specialist Edward Snowden is so deserving of the status of whistleblower. He has revealed that what we journalists might have suspected about government surveillance to be true was indeed so. The article tells how Snowden first tried to win the attention of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald by anonymously emailing him to say he had sensitive documents he wanted to share. He followed that up with a step-by-step guide on how to encrypt communications, and then sent a link to an encryption video. Greenwald ignored the approaches. In frustration, Snowden contacted documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. And it was she who eventually got in touch with Greenwald, drawing the three of them together. ... http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/edward-snowden-nsa-secrets-glenn-greenwald-laura-poitras
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