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Moto X Pure/Style (3rd Gen)  - 
 
Question about VoLTE via MXPE `15 on T-Mobile...

Live in Chicago, T-Mobile Coverage map claims HD voice (i.e. - VoLTE) is now available.
Checked, via LTE Discovery App, I'm still using LTE Band 4 instead of LTE Band 12.

Called T-Mobile support, they patched me to Tech Support.

T-Mobile Tech Support claims that MXPE `15 is not VoLTE capable.

This is contradictory to... http://www.spectrumgateway.com/compatible-phones#unlocked

I believe that I have everything on the phone configured correctly...

a) Settings -> About Phone -> Android Version = 6.0 & System Version = 24.201.3.clark_retus.retus.en.US.retus

b) Settings -> More -> Cellular Networks -> Enhanced 4G LTE Mode -> ON

So, what gives?

1) Do I need to do "something"? i.e. - do I need to yank the SIM & pop it back in?
2) Is T-Mobile Tech Support correct that the MXPE `15 cannot do VoLTE?

Thanks in advance!
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The 5X and 6P works with Volte and WiFi calling just fine. The X should have band 12 support with Volte but not WiFi calling. 
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Moto X (Previous Gen)  - 
 
Could use your help, thanks in advance!

Device = Moto X 2013, Verizon Developer Edition (XT1060 DE).

Was recently swapping from one case to another, and, upon removal from the first case, the case itself snagged a corner of the phone and peeled back a bit of the back battery cover.

Naturally, I encountered a moment of panic.

I flipped the phone face down, applied a good amount of pressure, in hopes that the back cover would fuse / snap back into place. For the most part, its "okay".

There is a hairline crack in back cover, where it meets with the front of the phone.

1) Would a D-Brand back skin wrap around the sides and cover this hairline crack? https://dbrand.com/shop/moto-x-2013

2a) If not, would I instead be better suited to locate a replacement battery back cover (i.e. - eBay, Amazon) & pay a repair shop to swap? For example, the current back is white (only option for the Developer Edition)... maybe its time to consider wood-grain!

2b) The majority of replacement battery back covers are after-market. Need I insist on the real article?

3a) If I'm going through the trouble of paying someone replacing the battery back cover, anything else that I should ask a repair shop to do?
3b) For example, replace the battery?
3c) Ask if they have a wireless charging mod that they can install?
3d) Other?

Thank you!
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Hey there, I have one of the same VZ Developer Editions. A D Brand skin is certainly an option (as is just keeping the entire phone in a case). But if not--
Recently I changed out the battery and the back cover plate too, as the original plate had several cracks along the sides. Since you would have the phone open anyway, I would recommend replacing the battery--they are available on ebay (look for seller A4C). I had not been able to find exact replacement covers with the DE stamping and the faux woven pattern, so I got a generic white back plate. They're very inexpensive, but they do not come with replacement lenses for the camera and the flash, so you will have to recycle the current ones you have--that means finding a suitable adhesive to set them in place, or a similar double sided strip tape that the original installation uses.

The ifixit stepwise guide and video for the procedure is OK--the tricky part in removing the original back cover is using heat to loosen the adhesive--I used a heat gun (sparingly) to do so. Even then, you might create additional cracks in the course of removing it, so that's why buying a new backplate is a good idea. I did also end up buying an ifixit toolkit, which has the items needed to pry off the back cover, undo the connectors, and especially has the small T3 screwdrivers needed to do the disassembly for battery replacement. Good luck. 
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+John C Sullivan , I followed +Cristian Teodoridis instructions, and it plays great on my Nexus 10 tablet.
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STATEMENT FROM AEREO CEO AND FOUNDER CHET KANOJIA ON UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT DECISION. Court decision denies consumers the ability to use a cloud-based antenna to access free over-the-air television, further eliminating choice and competition in the television marketplace ...
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The Supreme Court decision in the aero case is quite troubling. Because one area that people (and the defendants advisors) did not take into consideration, was some of the intent of some regulations of the FCC governing the reasons from forcing broadcast providers from producing analog signals to digital.

One such regulation specifically makes open over the air digital broadcasts freely available to consumers.

Because Aero chose to put a paid service against the collection of open air broadcast signals, that was the main reason for this verdict.


However....

Had the court been advised PROPERLY, they would have ruled that Aero only had to ceast selling the DVR service. If all they were selling was a new antenna array, this court case would never have come to light.

Too bad!


Because consumers NEED an alternative to 150 - 200 dollar a month cable and satellite service.


It's also funny how satellite providers also are not barred from selling it's service in a similar fashion. At the end of the day, they too are a open air antenna system as well. 
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Don't get me wrong... I feel bad that Aereo is having a hard time going live in the Chicago market.   But, as a beta user who was originally offered 3 free months...
Then, had another 3 free months given...
And, just today, yet another 6 free months, I'm good!
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Moto X Pure/Style (3rd Gen)  - 
 
Fair warning, this is a long-winded question.

I'm considering selling my 2015 Moto X Pure, 64GB edition.

Two main issues with the device...

1) I absolutely despise the LCD screen (wish that I'd returned it within the two week grace window).
2) I bought the device believing that T-Mobile would make LTE Band 12 available in my area (Chicago) at any moment... Its going to be awhile before that comes to be!

Historically, when selling phones, I've gotten the most money using Amazon Trade-In. However, on checking Amazon Trade-In, I do NOT see the 64GB model listed.

Can anyone recommend a non eBay avenue for selling this device & getting good resale value?

My reluctance to using eBay being how much higher in value you need to list the item, in order to cover eBay & PayPal's fees. Learned that lesson when I sold my Verizon unlimited data!

My reason for wanting to sell the 2015 X Pure is to either try getting as much mileage out of my existing 2013 X Developer Edition (Verizon), or, perhaps buy a new 2014 X Pure Edition as they're so low in price right now.

The hope is to "buy time" until...

1) At minimum, LTE Band 12 comes online in my area.
2) Wait to see what flushes out from the FCC 600 MHz auction.
3) See what NEW LTE Bands actually come online (as opposed to long-winded promises), and with which carrier(s), after the 600 MHz auction, and, what devices support them (& also device specs... I'm not likely to consider another LCD screen at ANY price... unless I absolutely have NO other option).

Thanks in advance!
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I'm really at a loss for what to say about the passing of Phife Dawg.

Seems like only yesterday I was still reeling over the loss of David Bowie.

And, only a few months ago saw Phife perform with Tribe on The Tonight Show. At the time, I thought that he appeared exceptional for someone who'd had a kidney transplant several years prior.

If you've not yet seen it, I'd have to highly recommend the 2011 documentary, "Beats, Rhymes & LIfe", 100% freely available on Crackle : http://www.crackle.com/beats,-rhymes-and-life-a-tribe-called-quest

Phife, thank you for everything that you shared, direct from your heart & mind, in light of being your own worst critic. You will truly be missed.

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Right, Amazon Prime streaming wasn't available on android (other than their forked Fire Tablets IIRC).

Has nothing to do with  Roku; I suspect OP was just excited as the pic suggests.
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We've recently (June 19th) cut the cord.  Only thing that we will miss is Chicago Blackhawks' NHL games.

We own a Roku XS.

Has anyone tried Hockey Streams?   NHL Center Ice?  Both?   What did you like / dislike?

Finally, we're considering the combination of NHL Center Ice & Unblock-Us in order to avoid local broadcast blackouts.  Can anyone recommend a better  / cheaper service for avoiding blackouts?
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Thank you all for your input.  We have opted for Hockey Streams!
One question to the Hockey Streams users... when streaming through my phone, the picture is HD.  However, when streaming through our Roku, it seems to flip from HD to SD & remains SD.  

Aside from simply trying other HS servers at random, are there any tips for acquiring HD via Roku & having it remain HD for the entire game?   For example, should I start watching the game X number of minutes after its started?

FWIW, I've also noticed that when streaming on-demand games from HS, the same condition occurs (starts in HD, then, flips to SD & remains SD).

THANKS!
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We've recently (June 19th) cut the cord.  Only thing that we will miss is Chicago Blackhawks' NHL games.

Has anyone tried Hockey Streams?   NHL Center Ice?  Both?   What did you like / dislike?

Finally, we're considering the combination of NHL Center Ice & Unblock-Us to avoid local broadcast blackouts.  Can anyone recommend a better  / cheaper service for avoiding blackouts?
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Thank you all for your input.  We have opted for Hockey Streams!
One question to the Hockey Streams users... when streaming through my phone, the picture is HD.  However, when streaming through our Roku, it seems to flip from HD to SD & remains SD.  

Aside from simply trying other HS servers at random, are there any tips for acquiring HD via Roku & having it remain HD for the entire game?   For example, should I start watching the game X number of minutes after its started?

FWIW, I've also noticed that when streaming on-demand games from HS, the same condition occurs (starts in HD, then, flips to SD & remains SD).

THANKS!
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