AT&T updates phones with fake 5G Icon

AT&T has admitted that its new 5G network is actually regular 4G LTE with a fresh logo. The 4G LTE network is speed boosted but its still 4G LTE

Verizon wrote a serious letter, aiming at AT&T for the move without mentioning them by name. “The potential to over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise is a temptation that the wireless industry must resist,” it said. “We’re calling on the broad wireless industry to commit to labeling something 5G only if new device hardware is connecting to the network using new radio technology to deliver new capabilities.”

The Mobile network giant today sent out updates to three smartphones namely the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30, or LG V40 to make them show 5G connectivity logos, even though none of them is capable of connecting to a 5G networks.
These phones show a “5G E” logo instead of LTE when they are connected to some speed-boosted parts of AT&T’s LTE network.

That “5G E” stands for “5G Evolution” which is not actually 5G. It’s just a marketing strategy AT&T is using. The “E” in the “5G” logo is supposed to tip you off that this isn’t real 5G which is quite misleading since nobody actually knew what it meant.

The portions of AT&T’s network that have received speed-boosting upgrades and should be faster and will reach average real-world speeds of around 40Mbps. These are still, by definition, LTE technologies — not 5G ones but have been branded so as a marketing strategy.

AT&T plans to add the 5G E icon to more phones this spring, but it didn’t immediately say which ones. AT&T offers a total of 17 devices right now can take advantage of “5G E” technologies, and it says its “5G E” network will be available in 400 markets within “the coming days.”

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset was announced about a month ago is the chipset from Qualcomm which is 5G capable. As of now, there no phone that is equipped with the processor.

This information shows that the 5G logo showing in the updated phones on the boosted AT&T boosted LTE network is indeed fake. Real 5G connectivity is still on its way.