fake 5G E network; New networking standard, same old scam

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  1. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    There are no 5G iPhones, and there probably won’t be 5G iPhones for a while. But that isn’t stopping Apple and AT&T: they are reportedly rolling out AT&T’s fake “5G E” branding with its upcoming iOS 12.2 update, according to a report from MacRumors. Much like when the two companies pulled this scam with 4G and LTE back in 2012, if you can’t beat them, you roll out a software update to make it look like you did even though the phones and network are still exactly the same.

    Multiple users on Twitter are now reporting that they’re seeing the new 5G E icon on devices running the latest iOS 12.2 beta 2, which was released earlier today. The new icon isn’t there for everyone, presumably because it will only appear in cities where AT&T’s 5G Evolution network — the company’s intentionally misleading name for its LTE network that it seems to hope customers will confuse for actual, next-generation 5G networks — is active. Additionally, 9to5Mac reports that the new logo seems to be limited to Apple’s newest XR, XS, and XS Max iPhones for now.

    Just like in 2012, Apple has not magically inserted new, next-gen radio chipsets into its phones via software updates, nor has it unlocked some latent capability in its phones to make them faster than they were before. They’re the same iPhones that are running the same hardware and software and connecting to the same LTE network at the same speeds they did before — just with a new logo.

    In short, it’s the exact same marketing scam that AT&T pulled when it began rolling out its 5G E logo on Android phones last month, with an extra dose of Apple’s complicity in pulling this scam on its own customers. It appears that Apple even helped AT&T design a new version of its 5G E logo to match the iPhone’s menubar, down to the smaller “E” that AT&T seems to hope you’ll confuse with real 5G.

    Link:
    https://www.theverge.com/platform/a...n-iphones-misleading-ios-software-update-beta
     
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    Mi An Untethered

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    If it's like last time, probably better fake than real for a couple of years. Signal related battery issues will probably plague people because tech geniuses probably still haven't bothered to make phones to stop trying to acquire a patchy signal once it's obvious the signal is patchy.

    I spent a lot of time during the 4g rollout looking up how to disable the 4g antenna for other people's phones. Never had to do it for myself because I waited years to adopt. Plan to do the same here. Just funny that a lot of people getting 'scammed' will probably be better off (depending on their geography) than the ones getting the real deal.
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    and in an update.....now this:

    AT&T sued by Sprint, must defend decision to tell users that 4G is “5G E”
    Sprint says AT&T's "5G E" campaign violates laws against false advertising.
    Sprint is suing AT&T, alleging that AT&T's misleading "5G E" advertising campaign violates laws prohibiting false advertising and deceptive acts and practices.

    AT&T renamed a large portion of its 4G network, calling it "5G E," for "5G Evolution." But as we've written, what AT&T calls 5G E consists of technologies that are part of the years-old 4G LTE-Advanced standard and are already used by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint on their 4G networks. Despite that, AT&T has been advertising this supposed upgrade to 5G E and even changing network indicators on smartphones from 4G to 5G E.

    "By making the false claim that it is offering a 5G wireless network where it offers only a 4G LTE Advanced network, AT&T is attempting to secure an unfair advantage in the saturated wireless market," Sprint wrote in a complaint filed yesterday in US District Court for the Southern District of New York. "AT&T's false and misleading statements deceive consumers into believing that AT&T now operates a 5G wireless network and, through this deception, AT&T seeks to induce consumers to purchase or renew AT&T's services when they might otherwise have purchased Sprint's services."

    Sprint alleged that AT&T violated a US law prohibiting false advertising and New York state laws against deceptive acts and practices and false advertising. Sprint asked the court for monetary damages and an injunction preventing AT&T from using 5G or 5G E branding "until the wireless network that AT&T advertises as '5GE,' '5G E,' or '5G Evolution,' or any designation containing '5G,' complies with 3GPP 5G standards." Sprint's complaint cites reporting from Ars and other news outlets.

    Despite trying to convince consumers that 5G E is different from 4G, OpenSignal measurements in late 2018 found that AT&T's average download speeds nationwide were slower than Verizon's and T-Mobile's 4G networks. Sprint is the only major carrier that AT&T beat in that ranking.

    link:
    https://arstechnica.com/information...-to-stop-it-from-calling-its-4g-service-5g-e/
     
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    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    Wait! What?! We have laws prohibiting false advertising and deceptive acts and practices? :vbconfused: :vbwink: :vbrolleyes:
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Well…just like Orwell's Animal Farm, some things are more equal than others...
     
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