AT&T Rolls out Fake 5G Logo - and Competitors Pounce

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Mike Mozart Flickr

AT&T issued the update to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, the LG V30, and the V40, and the changelog noted just a single item: "5G Evolution indicator support added".

While those improvements should help boost LTE speeds, it doesn't bring them anywhere near what 5G will be capable of. AT&T's "5G E" service is, therefore, nothing of the sort. In other words, the presence of that 5G E logo on existing phones that lack the necessary 5G hardware is a little ridiculous. Verizon is anxious that some will "over-hype and under-deliver" as temptation slides in for the awesomeness that is the future of 5G.

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T-Mobile, however, took another tack more fitting its corporate personality by roundly mocking its rival on Twitter. Though Malady doesn't call out AT&T directly, it's pretty clear what this letter is a response to.

But 5G E (the "E" is for "Evolution") isn't 5G-it's AT&T's 4G LTE network.

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Meanwhile, Verizon posted a more subtle rebuke in the form of a press release that didn't mention AT&T directly.

The advent of 5G networks will surely feature overpriced phones with designs that must make significant compromises to accommodate 5G antennas, but at least T-Mobile and Verizon phones probably won't feature fake 5G logos - not after they went through the trouble of calling out AT&T for that very thing, right? "Didn't realize it was this easy, brb updating", it wrote under a video showing someone simply taping a "9G" sticker onto an iPhone. We ultimately doubt it will, but we'll keep our fingers crossed anyway.

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