Verizon Takes Swipe at AT&T Over Its '5G E' Upgrade

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This past weekend, AT&T started rolling out software updates to Android phones that change the network indicator from "4G" to "5G E".

While on the topic of the company's 5G network, a new report by VentureBeat has revealed that AT&T will begin deploying its 5G network across the entire country in the second half of this year with the goal of having nationwide coverage by early next year.

While those improvements should help boost LTE speeds, it doesn't bring them anywhere near what 5G will be capable of.

Don't think you've got 5G cellular service just because of that that 5GE logo on the top of your phones. Those additions, which pushed the total customer count to nearly 80 million, helped T-Mobile produce its best quarterly results ever, the company announced Wednesday afternoon. "The potential to over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise is a temptation that the wireless industry must resist", it said. Though Malady doesn't call out AT&T directly, it's pretty clear what this letter is a response to.

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

"If network providers, equipment manufacturers, handset makers, app developers and others in the wireless ecosystem engage in behavior created to purposefully confuse consumers, public officials and the investment community about what 5G really is, we risk alienating the very people we want most to join in developing and harnessing this exciting new technology", wrote Malady.

Competitor network T-mobile decided to make fun of this announcement by tweeting a video of a person posting a sticky note saying "9G" on their phone. The new 5G E icon is expected to reach more AT&T phones throughout the year.

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