Verizon slams AT&T for using 5G network call signal

A 9G sticker on a smartphone


The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30, and LG V40 are among the devices that received this update, and whenever they connect to certain portions of the carrier's network, they'll display the inaccurate icon. Well, those are already rolling out to select devices. So we're letting them know this on the device. Nobody would blame customers for being confused, though, because the E is in a smaller font, and spaced slightly apart from the 5G. And Verizon tells them they don't have that.

As things stand, the company's 5G E infrastructure and hardware is "all 5G ready".

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

"What we're trying to do is let them know that there is an enhanced experience in their market", Elbaz reiterated when asked whether the 5G E term was misleading. (NYSE: VZ), for its part, hasn't outlined its mobile 5G launch plans, including what spectrum it might use or when it might offer 5G nationwide. But what Verizon left out of that announcement was the fact that their 5G network was a fixed network. The problem with this labeling is straightforward: While it's true that there's a technical path for 4G LTE service to evolve into 5G, that evolution hasn't happened yet. That's separate from the standards-based 5G network that AT&T and others are building. Last year AT&T said it would expand its 5G service into a total of 19 cities early in 2019. It's something that AT&T should definitely reverse, and if there's enough negative feedback regarding the feature, it might just get rolled back. The new 5G E icon is expected to reach more AT&T phones throughout the year.

To be clear, AT&T did say that it would also continue to expand its millimeter-wave mobile 5G service too, though the company didn't provide any details.

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This move from AT&T shouldn't really come as a surprise, though. At the time, T-Mobile chose to call its 3G service, which ran on an upgraded technology called HSPA+, 4G. Though that was still a bit different. It promises faster speed, reduced latency and greater capacity. With 5G E, there is no upgrade.

LTE networks have become so expansive and reliable in the United States that it can be hard to remember what life was like before 4G LTE. "Didn't realize it was this easy, brb updating", T-Mobile said. As we all know, all GIFs are great.

T-Mobile is hoping to merge with rival Sprint, arguing the deal will accelerate development of 5G in the US. It was the ideal reaction to AT&T's new updates for some Samsung and LG smartphones.

Not to be left out, Sprint also chimed in and took shots at AT&T. It's a bit surprising to see T-Mobile and Verizon essentially join forces to mock AT&T, but that happened this week. AT&T initially knocked T-Mobile, but eventually made the same switch. A year ago at Mobile World Congress, T-Mobile's CTO Neville Ray was speaking about the carriers plans for 5G, and said that they won't be releasing any 5G pucks, because that's not what people want. Instead of launching smartphones first.

T-Mobile hopes its argument resonates with regulators, given critics are concerned the reduction of four operators to three will reduce competition and harm consumers.

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