If the rumors can be believed, next year AT&T customers will be the first to get a 5G icon in the upper right corners of their screens. A fake one.
When “5G” doesn’t mean 5G.Getty
5G doesn’t exist yet. Yet, according to FierceWireless, the company confirmed that it will begin changing the “LTE” indicator on some of its Android phones to “5G E.” This will happen in markets where the company offers its 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM network, which you’ll notice, is an advanced 4G network, but by no means a 5G network.
And if you’re thinking, I’ve never heard of FierceWireless, the story has been picked up by The Verge, Engadget, Gizmodo (a site that can always be relied on for charmingly blunt commentary), Digital Trends, Mashable, and many more tech outlets.
5G is already suffering from a bit of an identity crisis, so why mislead customers into thinking the next great thing in connectivity is anything less than it is (or will be)?
A spokesperson for AT&T explained to FierceWireless how customers would experience the change: