AT&T gets burned by rivals over its fake 5G network

AT&T customers will start seeing this fake 5G icon in their status bars

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. The phones are not actually connected to a new 5G network-5G E stands for 5G Evolution, a rebranding of the faster portions of LTE.

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. From the outside looking in, it appears AT&T is intentionally trying to deceive customers by playing loosey-goosey with the 5G nomenclature.

AT&T was the second USA operator to launch a commercial 5G service, however its network is limited to mobile hotspot services in parts of 12 cities in what seemed to be a last-ditch attempt to honour its pledge to go live in 2018.

But AT&T is forging ahead. "Didn't realize it was this easy, brb updating", T-Mobile said.

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Like 4G before it, the initial rollout of 5G technology to the market is filled with hype and false claims.

Even though real 5G isn't ready for smartphones yet, Donovan gloated that "everyone within the industry who competes with us didn't like the fact that the night before last, overnight the top of your phone now shows a 5G E". And you don't see these carriers using 5G branding. Besides the 5G hotspot, AT&T plans to offer two Samsung 5G phones this year.

Again, it's not 5G, and other networks have the same upgrades. Now that 5G E icon has begun rolling out, and T-Mobile chose to poke fun at it. 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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