“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf Influence Central for Sprint. I received sample devices to facilitate this review. All thoughts and comments are my own and other than my sample device, I am not currently a Sprint customer.”
Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to touring a cell tower with Sprint. I know this might not sound amazing, but it really was, and I am not just saying that. I've always had a lingering curiosity to find out how they work, does every provider have their own? Do they share? How do they make it where I can listen to Pandora on my phone all.the.time?
The tour was conducted by Sprint’s Chief Network Officer, Dr. John Saw and thankfully he was patient with me when I got all nervous and wouldn't.stop.talking. when someone asked what age he thought was the appropriate age for a cell phone. The running consensus to that question was 10 years old. Just in case you were wondering.
So a few things I did learn...
Sprint, along with other carriers, rent their spaces from the cell towers. A third party owns them and then the carriers rent the space. This wasn't always the case, back in the stone ages, carriers owned their own towers but it wasn't cost effective enough for them to keep it up, so they all sold them to a third party and rent the space back. Which I thought was pretty interesting. I think it makes sense though because its probably cheaper to rent and if you are paying less money in rent it means you have more money to rent more spaces making service coverage better.
Carriers also all share the same space. Each layer of antenna is a different carrier and they pay more to have better spots on the antenna. They also rent the space under the antenna for all their techie stuff. Sprint happens to have just upgraded most all their towers in the Seattle/Tacoma area so they are taking up a substantially smaller space now, making them even more "green" than they already were. They are currently working on upgrading the rest of their towers across the nation too.
This one small box is everything that Sprint needs to carry cell phones for a very huge area of Redmond. Because they have been able to condense their service boxes, they use less energy which also helps them in the environmental friendly aspect.
These HUGE boxes is what just ONE other carrier uses.
I also learned that this second box is their battery back up. It can keep the Sprint portion of this cell tower going for a good while if it ever loses power, which unfortunately seems to be another issue with our area. I feel like the power boxes are just taking turns exploding and needing to be upgraded, updated and fix. Of course this isn't Sprint's problem, but they are prepared nonetheless.
As part of this campaign, I was given this HTC One phone to play with. So far my only complaint is that I don't understand droids and because I am old, I am having a difficult time learning how to download apps. But the pictures it takes are AMAZING, so much so, that I have started to grab this phone first when I go to take my blog pictures over my iPhone. I will update you shortly on how I actually like the performance of this phone.
Towards the end of the tour, I ran into this guy and I asked him how he liked his service.
His answer? He said it stinks.
Get it? He's a stink bug. Ba dum dum.
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