Some AT&T iPhones displaying misleading ‘5G E’ icon in iOS 12.2 beta

“Some AT&T users who have installed the new iOS 12.2 beta are noticing their iPhones displaying a ‘5G E’ connection to AT&T’s network, which is AT&T’s misleading name for an ‘upgraded’ version of 4G LTE,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors. “AT&T began rolling out its fake 5G icon to Android smartphones in early January, and it now appears the change is extending to the iPhone. ”

“Devices in certain areas are displaying a ‘5G E’ icon instead of LTE, but as the ‘E’ suggests, this is not real 5G,” Clover reports. “No iPhone that exists right now is capable of connecting to a 5G network, nor is AT&T’s network 5G at this time.”

Clover reports, “The ‘E’ stands for Evolution, a new brand name AT&T is using for some parts of its LTE network. According to AT&T, 5G Evolution reaches a peak theoretical wireless speed of 400Mb/s, which does not match 5G data transfer speeds and is in fact the same as traditional LTE speeds.”

MacDailyNews Take: The “E” stands for Evasive.

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MacDailyNews Take: The “G E” stands for Gigantic Exaggeration.

“ATT” stands for Attempts To Trick.

“5G E.” Ugh. False advertising by any other name would smell as foul. — MacDailyNews, January 9, 2019

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AT&T says it will have nationwide 5G by early 2020 – January 9, 2019

1 Comment

  1. I was hoping this deception would only be on Android phones.

    Apple had to go into iOS and put in the code to allow this deception. Apple could have refused. I’m very disappointed in Apple for doing this and being part of this fraud. We all should be.

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