Mobile teases "9G" because it's as true as AT&T's "5G E"

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The advent of 5G networks will surely feature overpriced phones with designs that must make significant compromises to accommodate 5G antennas, but at least T-Mobile and Verizon phones probably won't feature fake 5G logos - not after they went through the trouble of calling out AT&T for that very thing, right? The "E" is meant to stand for "Evolution" and will be displayed in areas where AT&T's service conforms to certain advanced characteristics of 4G LTE service.

While those improvements should help boost LTE speeds, it doesn't bring them anywhere near what 5G will be capable of. Verizon chief technology officer Kyle Malady penned a letter that calls on the larger wireless industry to resist the temptation to "over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise". This has led to backlash from both consumers and rivals but today the company attempted to defend its move.

While AT&T pretends to kick off the 5G mobile era early by slapping a 5G network indicator on 4G phones, Verizon Wireless says it won't be doing the same.


That seems like a pretty thorough rebuke of AT&T's tactics by Verizon, even if it was as humorously presented as T-Mobile's tweet seen below.

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.

In the spirit of maintaining customer trust, Verizon called on the entire wireless industry to label something 5G "only if new device hardware is connecting to the network using new radio technology to deliver new capabilities" [Verizon's emphasis]. We ultimately doubt it will, but we'll keep our fingers crossed anyway.

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