Don't think you've got 5G cellular service just because of that that 5GE logo on the top of your phones.
AT&T ruffled a few feathers when it weirdly made a decision to brand portions of its existing 4G LTE network as "5G Evolution". In reality, AT&T hasn't really deployed a 5G network yet - it's just renaming LTE Advanced and LTE Advanced Pro to 5GE.
For those of you that aren't aware, AT&T has announced that it will begin displaying a "5G E" logo on certain Android devices in lieu of the standard LTE icon.
Quite frankly, T-Mobile and Verizon are right. Whether those customers understand that it isn't really 5G, however, is another question.
But AT&T is forging ahead.
Like 4G before it, the initial rollout of 5G technology to the market is filled with hype and false claims.
Donovan said the 5G E icon will be used in 400 markets across the U.S. where AT&T has deployed advanced LTE technologies. When launching the device in December, AT&T said it became "the first and only company in the United States to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network".
Again, it's not 5G, and other networks have the same upgrades. Besides the 5G hotspot, AT&T plans to offer two Samsung 5G phones this year.
And Elbaz' response to the accusations of misleading "5G E" labeling?
An AT&T announcement yesterday said that its real 5G network will be ready nationwide in early 2020, using sub-6GHz spectrum. In select cities, however, the company will also offer increased data speeds through millimeter wave tech, which will be branded as "5G+".