Mobile pokes fun at AT&T and its new 5G E icon

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

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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 also mocked the "5G E" upgrade by joking you could upgrade your phone to 9G by putting a sticky note on it, and now Verizon is openly rejecting AT&T's tactics.

For those of you that aren't aware, AT&T has announced that it will begin displaying a "5G E" logo on certain Android devices in lieu of the standard LTE icon.

Quite frankly, T-Mobile and Verizon are right. 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. From the outside looking in, it appears AT&T is intentionally trying to deceive customers by playing loosey-goosey with the 5G nomenclature.

"The T-Mobile team delivered our best customer results ever in Q4 2018, and we did it in a competitive climate while working hard to complete our merger with Sprint", said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. "5G Evolution is an important set of technologies that AT&T is rolling out while at the same time introducing standards-based mobile 5G in parts of 12 cities this year and in parts of at least 7 more cities in early 2019". In light of this, real 5G can't arrive fast enough.

AT&T drew the ire of consumers and rivals alike this week when it started changing 4G icons on select smartphones to a fake 5G icon. The first United Kingdom 5G networks will be available later in 2019.

As things stand, the company's 5G E infrastructure and hardware is "all 5G ready". AT&T will also use millimeter-wave spectrum for higher speeds, but didn't provide details on when that will go live or how extensively it will be deployed.

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