AT&T Rolls out Fake 5G Logo - and Competitors Pounce

AT&T Rolls out Fake 5G Logo - and Competitors Pounce

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.

Now, Igal Elbaz, AT&T's senior vice president for wireless technology, has defended the move in an interview with Tom's Guide. They might be in for a rude awakening when they realize that their 5G E phone won't actually be compatible with 5G. Instead, it aims to "let customers know" that they are in an "enhanced experience area", something that around 20 devices support at the moment. So we're letting them know this on the device.

Donovan said the 5G E icon will be used in 400 markets across the United States where AT&T has deployed advanced LTE technologies.

T-Mobile US's fourth-quarter wireless customer gains surpassed analyst estimates and topped strong growth at larger rival Verizon Communications, continuing the company's run as the fastest-growing USA mobile carrier.

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The executive adds that AT&T's infrastructure is 5G-ready, and can be enabled via a software upgrade. Nothing fantastic, actually. According to The Verge, AT&T says 5G Evolution connections will reach "average real-world speeds of around 40Mbps", - which isn't as fast as the 53.3Mbps rates that Verizon's 4G LTE networks hit in our Fastest Wireless Network testing.

Verizon also took at shot at AT&T and called for the wireless industry at large to not misuse the 5G label.

In a tweet Monday, T-Mobile mockingly showed video of a phone being upgraded to a "9G" network with nothing more than a Post-It note. The 5G network initially went live in parts of 12 cities, and is expected to launch in another seven cities in the first half of 2019. But I guess the marketing team didn't like 4G E...