AT&T has been the target of a lot of criticism in recent weeks after confirming that it would roll out a “5G E” icon to Android phones that support its 5G Evolution network, which actually uses 4G LTE technologies like 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and 3-way carrier aggregation to boost download speeds. Now that 5G E icon has begun rolling out, and T-Mobile decided to poke fun at it.
In a brief video posted to the official T-Mobile account on Twitter, we can see someone sticking a little piece of paper that says “9G” to an iPhone screen. “Didn’t realize it was this easy, brb updating” T-Mo said in its tweet.
didn’t realize it was this easy, brb updating pic.twitter.com/dCmnd6lspH
— T-Mobile (@TMobile) January 7, 2019
T-Mobile CEO John Legere addressed the situation in his recent 2019 predictions blog post, saying that AT&T would “basically be lying to their customers” with this 5G E icon and promising that he and the rest of T-Mo “will continue to call them on it.” It looks like he was serious.
In that same blog post, Legere tried to get ahead of folks that would say T-Mobile did the same thing as AT&T when it branded its HSPA+ coverage as “4G” back in 2010. “Oh, and if you want to talk about 4G and HSPA+, try checking in with the standards bodies that classified HSPA+ as 4G. Then, let’s talk,” Legere said.
Source: T-Mobile (Twitter)