Mobile and Verizon rebuke AT&T’s fake 5G efforts

AT&T is pretending like 5G is already here – and misleading users

AT&T added 4×4 MIMO, Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (256 QAM) and other enhancements to its 4G LTE network in approximately 400 markets.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere addressed the situation in his recent 2019 predictions blog post, saying that AT&T would "basically be lying to their customers" with this 5G E icon and promising that he and the rest of T-Mo "will continue to call them on it". Those additions, which pushed the total customer count to nearly 80 million, helped T-Mobile produce its best quarterly results ever, the company announced Wednesday afternoon.

AT&T is planning to replace the "4G LTE" logo on some smartphones with a "5G E" logo when they are connected to faster portions of its network, a decision that has caused a bit of an uproar on social media, and by the wireless carrier's competitors. The "E" is meant to stand for "Evolution" and will be displayed in areas where AT&T's service conforms to certain advanced characteristics of 4G LTE service.

What should AT&T customers expect from their 5G Evolution connections?

But AT&T is forging ahead. "And I love the fact that we broke our industry's narrative two days ago, and they're frustrated and gonna do what they're gonna do", Donovan added. "Didn't realize it was this easy, brb updating", T-Mobile said.

AT&T's only real 5G offering is a Netgear mobile hotspot that costs $499. The first United Kingdom 5G networks will be available later in 2019. Regardless of the aesthetic change, AT&T phones are not running on a 5G network.

As things stand, the company's 5G E infrastructure and hardware is "all 5G ready". In select cities, however, the company will also offer increased data speeds through millimeter wave tech, which will be branded as "5G+".

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