Sprint Magic Box accelerates Sprint's strategy to densify its network as it improves performance and builds a strong foundation for 5G. Sprint Magic Box is a revolutionary new plug-and-play LTE small cell for businesses and consumers that dramatically improves data coverage and increases download and upload speeds on average by 200 percent.
Specifically, Sprint says that Magic Box can cover 30,000 square feet indoors and that coverage can extend a further 100 feet outdoors. The Magic Box is capable of self-configuring - just set it next to a window and it will automatically connect to Sprint's outdoor macro cells using the company's dedicated 2.5 Ghz spectrum, and this will improve your service nearly instantaneously.
Customers can pre-register for a Magic Box online, though they will need to qualify for a box to ensure they would benefit.
Sprint will deploy three-channel carrier aggregation on 2.5 GHz sites.
As mentioned previously, Magic Box is meant for use in customer homes and businesses, and is created to be placed near a window to provide both indoor and outdoor coverage.
The Magic Box will first be made available to Sprint customers in Denver, San Francisco, Indianapolis, New York, Chicago and Houston. It requires no implementation, labor, or rental costs.More news: Serena Williams announces pregnancy on Snapchat
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That makes Magic Box different from a repeater, chief technology officer John Saw says.
The box is different from a picocell, the "network extenders" that carriers have sold on and off for years.
Sprint said the box will be provided free to customers who request one, though failure to return the box could lead to a $140 charge on a customer's bill.
Signal and speeds based on optimal conditions for most Sprint devices. Once placed near a window and plugged into a power outlet, the shoe-box-sized device connects to a nearby Sprint cell site within minutes. In particular, Ottendorfer said, the Magic Box can help increase coverage in areas are on the edge of Sprint's network.
Those tests, Sprint said, prove the concept of the tool box that Sprint is using to tailor its network improvements at spots throughout its coverage areas. If you do get one, and then later decide you don't want to use the box anymore, you can ship it back to Sprint, again at no cost.