T-Mobile CEO John Legere addressed the situation in his recent 2019 predictions blog post, saying that AT&T would "basically be lying to their customers" with this 5G E icon and promising that he and the rest of T-Mo "will continue to call them on it".
AT&T's "5G E" service-which is not actually connected to a new 5G network-was launched in December. But those technologies are part of the years-old LTE-Advanced standard, and are already used by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint on their 4G networks.
The incident began after a recent update to some AT&T phones replaced the 4G LTE indicator with a new 5G E icon instead. Verizon's average download speed in eight major cities was 53.3Mbps, well ahead of AT&T's 37.1Mbps, according to Tom's Guide measurements. "Didn't realize it was this easy, brb updating" T-Mo said in its tweet.
Like 4G before it, the initial rollout of 5G technology to the market is filled with hype and false claims.
"What we're trying to do is two things".
Verizon's Chief Technology Officer Kyle Malady wrote a blog post entitled "When we say '5G, ' we mean 5G".
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".
AT&T is being mocked online by its fellow telecom giants for advertising a fake 5G network. The first United Kingdom 5G networks will be available later in 2019. Now that 5G E icon has begun rolling out, and T-Mobile made a decision to poke fun at it.