AT&T to put 5G E logo on certain phones receiving an LTE signal

AT&T to put 5G E logo on certain phones receiving an LTE signal
Remember when HSPA+ was considered to be 4G? Well AT&T is repeating itself by putting a 5G E indicator on some of its smartphones, even if the device is not receiving 5G signals. In fact, the presence of the 5G E logo merely indicates that the handset in question is connected to AT&T's 5G Evolution service. Launched back in April 2017 with the promise of providing up to twice the data speeds of its 4G LTE network, 5G Evolution is not really 5G service.

5G Evolution uses 4G LTE towers equipped with speed enhancing tools like 4x4 MIMO, which allows the use of four antennas to connect signals from a cell tower to a compatible phone. 5G Evolution also features 256QAM, allowing AT&T to transmit more data to compatible handsets using the same amount of binary signals. According to Fierce Wireless, other advanced technologies are used by the carrier to increase the data speed. Other wireless providers are also adding 4x4 MIMO and 256QAM to their 4G LTE networks as well.

AT&T is supposed to launch its 5G+ service today by offering certain businesses and consumers a free trial in 12 markets for 90 days or longer. The 5G signal is sent through a Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot that will send the carrier's 5G+ signal to connected mobile devices. The Hotspot uses a Snapdragon X50 5G modem and obtains a 5G signal through AT&T's millimeter-wave spectrum. The nation's second largest carrier will transmit the signals over its 39GHz airwaves across 100 MHz of spectrum, using 2x2 MIMO antennas.

This spring, AT&T will sell the battery powered Netgear Nighthawk for $499, and offer 15GB of 5G data a month for $70. Devices hooked into AT&T's 5G+ network will see a 5G+ logo instead of 4G LTE or 5G E.

AT&T will put a 5G E logo on phones that are running on its non-5G Evolution network

AT&T will put a 5G E logo on phones that are running on its non-5G Evolution network

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10 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Something tells me 5G is going to be mostly hype without any real gains in real speed. Remember when they told us 4G was capable of speeds up to 100 Mbps? The reality is you might be lucky to average in the 30 Mbps range. So, for me, 5G when all is said and done will probably be averaging 50 Mbps once everyone gets on the network. Those lucky enough to buy a 5G phone early will get higher but that won’t last too long.

7. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I get 100+ Mbps on Verizon LTE depending on tower location and time of day. Remember, towers can get pretty damn saturated especially in NYC

10. fgpalm

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

I have Verizon and I get over 100mbps down pretty often. In one part of town they have build an ODAS and I can hit 200 down on my XS Max.

2. LAgurl

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

haha how lame

3. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

5G...just another way we can SQUEEZE more money out of customers, without any REAL benefits.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3806; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

American 5G is going to suck for some time.

5. sun0066

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

att super greedy company with customers deceiving announces.

6. emvxl

Posts: 139; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

5G service will be all about the price.

8. andynaija

Posts: 1243; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

So AT&T wants to continue the same deceptive cycle it started when they had 3G and started calling it "4G" before there was actually a "4G" network. Shame.

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1022; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

This is deceptive.

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