Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

AT&T sued by Sprint over 5G BS

AT&T sued by Sprint over 5G BS

AT&T didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sprint said in the lawsuit that the AT&T advertising "deceives consumers" into thinking they already have access to 5G connectivity, when they are really only connected to a faster 4G network.

The test was conducted in the field using a mobile form factor test device, and AT&T told FierceWireless that it plans to roll out this network upgrade across its network as quickly as possible, enabling its early adopters to be some of the first in the start benefiting from the performance enhancements these upgrades will enable "in the near future".

AT&T is lying to customers.

Merging with T-Mobile would allow the fourth-largest US carrier to more aggressively compete with AT&T and Verizon, especially as the 5G war heats up later this year.

Smartphones running on both Android and Apple's iOS platforms are sporting "5G E" for AT&T customers, even though those phones are not equipped to support 5G.

AT&T successfully tested a new software update on its live commercial 5G+ network, which resulted in speeds over 1.5 Gbps, he said, noting that speed doesn't reflect current user-experienced 5G+ speeds, which are lower and will vary. But AT&T could well argue that "5G" doesn't actually mean anything, or that it means what carriers say it means.

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"Sprint will have to reconcile its arguments to the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] that it can not deploy a widespread 5G network without T-Mobile while simultaneously claiming in this suit to be launching 'legitimate 5G technology imminently'". "It harms consumers by holding out AT&T's services as more technologically advanced than Sprint's and enticing consumers to switch wireless service providers (or remain AT&T subscribers) under false pretenses". Recently, Sprint, the fourth-largest mobile operator in the United States, filed a lawsuit against the US's second-largest mobile operator AT&T in the Southern District Court of NY, accusing the latter of using false 5G tags to mislead consumers. Carriers that are perceived to offer more advanced technology then stand to gain a "significant competitive advantage" over other companies.

5G Evolution and the 5GE indicator let customers know when their device is in an area where speeds up to twice as fast as standard LTE are available, AT&T said. Speaking after his company's quarterly earnings report on Thursday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said he had concerns. We introduced 5G Evolution more than two years ago, clearly defining it as an evolutionary step to standards-based 5G. "Sprint will have to reconcile its arguments to the FCC that it can not deploy a widespread 5G network without T-Mobile while simultaneously claiming in this suit to be launching 'legitimate 5G technology imminently.'" Sprint and T-Mobile are still awaiting the fate of their proposed merger. AT&T offers standards-based 5G in parts of 12 cities, but its first 5G device for sale is a mobile hotspot rather than a phone.

And Sprint's 100 percent correct.

AT&T's "5G E" will be tested in court.

But AT&T has yet to switch on such a network for smartphones, prompting Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint to pile on with tweets, full-page ads in print media and other statements condemning the rhetoric.

According to Sprint, a survey showed that 54% of consumers believe that the "5G E" network is the same or even better than a real 5G network.

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