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AT&T is planning to replace the "4G LTE" logo on some smartphones with a "5G E" logo when they are connected to faster portions of its network, a decision that has caused a bit of an uproar on social media, and by the wireless carrier's competitors. The company's response to all that criticism essentially boils down to 'Sorry, not sorry'. "If I now occupy beachfront real estate in our competitors' heads, that makes me smile," AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan said at CES. What AT&T calls "5G Evolution," or 5G E, is not true 5G. It's still LTE, but with some optimizations to speed... Read more...
Earlier today we reported that T-Mobile was taking AT&T to task for its decision to seemingly deceive customers by changing 4G LTE labels on consumers' smartphones to ”5G E” with a software update. 5G E stands for 5G Evolution, which in AT&T parlance is a speed-boosted extension of existing 4G LTE wireless technology. Now, the nation's largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, is also calling out AT&T. While Verizon technically launched a 5G wireless network, it is limited to just a few cities in the United States at the moment and is only available... Read more...
Out of the four major wireless carriers in the United States, it is fair to say that T-Mobile is the snarkiest, with social media often serving as a podium for company CEO John Legere's outspoken antics. It is sometimes funny and other times over the top. In a recent Twitter post, however, T-Mobile throws shade at AT&T over its "5G E" marketing, and it's both funny and over the top. What is ultimately at issue here is that 5G E, or 5G Evolution, is not true 5G. What AT&T refers to as such is basically 4G LTE with some speed optimizations, otherwise known as LTE Advanced and LTE Advanced... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and AT&T have been boasting about their 5G wireless networks, even if they are extremely limited in availability at the moment. Verizon launched its 5G home internet service back in early October, while AT&T's 5G wireless counterpart launched in late December. 5G promises greatly improved download/upload speeds, lower latency, and greater overall capacity for the growing number of internet-connected devices around the globe. But the initial tests of AT&T's 5G network show that current customers aren't really getting much greater than 4G speeds at best.... Read more...
A new AT&T device has been seen passing through the FCC that isn't a phone or a smart wearable. Instead, it is a very slick charger aiming directly at Apple device users that can charge the iPhone and Apple Watch on the go, at the same time. The gadget is called the Power Drum Wireless Charger & Apple Watch Power Bank, and it was spied at both the FCC and in documentation from the Qi Wireless Power Consortium. The Power Drum has a flat section around the perimeter of the device that is meant to wirelessly charge the Apple Watch. The iPhone would be placed flat on top of the Power Drum to... Read more...
In a move that is sure to cause confusion with consumers, AT&T will soon start replacing the 4G LTE logos that customers see on their smartphones with “5G E” in select markets. According to AT&T, its shift towards 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM and other further advances to its 4G LTE technology gives it the justification for marketing 5G Evolution, or 5G E. AT&T's 5G Evolution service is already "operational" in select markets across the United States (400 markets will be covered by the end of 2019), and was widely panned when announced last year as being "fake 5G". 5G Evolution promises... Read more...
If you are itching to be one of the first on the block with 5G wireless connectivity, AT&T is getting ready to turn on its network in a few select cities. Unlike Verizon's 5G service, which is using proprietary technology -- at least initially -- AT&T says that its 5G network is "standards-based". At the moment, there is only one device that is certified for use on AT&T's 5G network, and that's the Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. This little device will allow your notebook, tablet, or any other Wi-Fi capable device to hop on AT&T's network and enjoy the faster data speeds... Read more...
You didn't really think that AT&T was gonna sit by and let Verizon hog the limelight with 5G announcements, did you? Of course not. Yesterday, Verizon announced that it would be bringing a Samsung smartphone to market during the first half of 2019 with 5G connectivity. Today, AT&T parroted that move with an announcement of its own. Unfortunately, like the Verizon press release from yesterday, AT&T is incredibly light on details with regards to the phone and the 5G modem that will be used. However, we're confident that the smartphone in question is the unannounced flagship Galaxy... Read more...
People across the country are using LTE 4G networks today, but soon those networks will be replaced with faster networks using 5G technology. Most major wireless carriers in the U.S. are gearing up for 5G rollout with some carriers expecting to launch their networks in a few cities this year, and others looking to 2019 for 5G rollout. AT&T recently predicted that 5G rollout might mean that smartphones go back to being carrier locked due to the lack of technology allowing the different 5G frequencies to be supported in a single modem. AT&T has announced a 5G mobile hotspot that will be the... Read more...
If you consume data on your smartphone frequently or use it to tether to your laptop, you are likely looking forward to the 5G rollout with anticipation. Some of these 5G networks are expected to land later this year with others coming in 2019. These 5G networks will bring faster data speeds and larger data caps, both a good thing for consumers. The rollout of 5G will also bring the return of something no one likes: carrier-locked devices. AT&T wants people to know that these carrier locked devices aren't returning to spite customers. Instead, AT&T VP of radio networks and device design... Read more...
A security oversight at Apple's online store exposed tens of millions of T-Mobile customer PIN codes, but did not affect AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon customers. However, in a separate security incident that occurred on the website for Asurion, a company that provides insurance for cell phones, passcodes for AT&T customers were exposed as well. The security gaffe that affected T-Mobile customers is related to Apple's online purchase system when buying an iPhone. When a customer buys an iPhone through Apple's online store, they are asked to select a monthly payment installment option, in this... Read more...
What at one timed seemed to many like vaporware to many is finally coming closer to release. RED's Hydrogen One holographic smartphone just gained approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which paves the way for it to be sold in the United States. Some additional details about the phone were gleaned from the FCC's report including the fact that the device supports all current U.S. wireless carrier LTE bands (with the exception of T-Mobile's Band 71) and that it has a relatively large 4,510 mAh battery. It also has dual SIM slots, which are popular with international... Read more...
If you thought that cutting the cord would absolve you from the price hike tomfoolery that has become commonplace in the cable/satellite TV industry; guess again. Some of the most popular streaming TV services for cord-cutters are raising prices, and AT&T's DirecTV Now is the latest to hop on that bandwagon.  All of AT&T's DirecTV Now plans will see a $5 increase, meaning that the most basic "Live a Little" plan will now cost you $45. The next step up, "Just Right", rises to $55 (from $50) while the "Go Big" plan has increased to $65. For those that want everything... Read more...
AT&T is riding high after its big win against the U.S. Justice Department in its effort to acquire Time Warner. While the transaction was able to go through without any stipulations placed on the combined companies, some of AT&T's past bad acts are rising to the surface thanks to some investigative reporting. AT&T employees -- with direction from their superiors -- are accused of using unethical sales practices in order to drive up subscription numbers for the DirecTV Now streaming service. DirecTV Now is a paid service that is competitive with Sling TV, YouTube TVand Hulu... Read more...
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