Sprint blasts AT&T for peddling ‘fake 5G’ in full-page NYT ad

“Sprint on Sunday took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to call out AT&T for its ‘5GE’ network labeling, which actually offers 4G speeds rather than 5G speeds,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“In the letter [PDF], Sprint calls AT&T’s 5G Evolution ‘fake 5G’ and clarifies that AT&T is not, in fact, offering faster speeds than other carriers who deliver the same 4G LTE advancements that AT&T has enabled such as three-way carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, and 4×4 MIMO,” Clover reports. “AT&T first started upgrading customer iPhones to read “5GE” in the iOS 12.2 beta, and the misleading branding will become much more widespread when iOS 12.2 sees a public release.”

“Devices in areas with AT&T’s ‘upgraded” LTE will display “5GE” instead of LTE, but it’s not real 5G. There is no iPhone that exists right now that is capable of connecting to a 5G network, nor does AT&T offer a true 5G network at this time.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: AT&T obviously believes their current and potential customers are stupid. Kudos to Sprint for calling out AT&T on their misleading Fake 5G garbage.

Sprint sues AT&T for peddling fake 5G label on a 4G service – February 8, 2019
Some AT&T iPhones displaying misleading ‘5G E’ icon in iOS 12.2 beta – February 4, 2019
AT&T says it will have nationwide 5G by early 2020 – January 9, 2019

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. BOTH Sprint and ATT can get bent. Until one of them actually offers service that isn’t complete horseshit then they can brag, but until now, it’s essentially like choosing between getting bit by a rattlesnake or getting bit by a scorpion.

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