Some AT&T customers noticed a strange phenomenon earlier this year. The upper left corner of their smartphones began displaying “5GE,” ostensibly indicating their phones were using 5G technology. And while Samsung announced Wednesday that it will soon release a 5G-compatible phone, actual 5G networks in the US are still in their nascent stages. AT&T is engaging in a marketing ploy—one it has used in the past. The 5GE symbol really means a phone is using advanced LTE technology, which is available on other carriers and is slower than the 10-gigabyte speeds 5G promises. When the company introduces actual 5G tech, it plans to call it 5G+ instead. Sprint is suing AT&T over the nomenclature, alleging it constitutes deceptive advertising. Even beyond 5GE, there's a lot of confusion about what the letters, bars, and other symbols on your phone actually mean. Experts say interpreting them may only become more complicated as 5G rolls out in the coming years. It's … [Read more...] about 5G? 5 Bars? What the Signal Icons on Your Phone Actually Mean
5g speeds vs 4g
AT&T’s Nighthawk 5G hotspot has seen limited availability this month in very select areas across the country, but now we’re starting to get an idea for the company’s 5G speeds, thanks to users on reddit who have the device positioned in their homes. From what we’re seeing, AT&T’s 5G, shown as 5G+ on the Nighthawk, is producing speeds nearly identical to 4G LTE. One owner on reddit, located in Indianapolis, posted the following results. 5G vs. 4G LTE According to the Nighthawk owner who ran these speed tests, the 5G site is located directly across the street from their location, on top of a 3-story building. Being so close, you’d expect to see much better numbers, but sadly, we’re continually reminded that AT&T’s 5G is little more than marketing mumbo jumbo for the time being. We feel bad for continually having to be the bearer of bad news when it comes to 5G, but if anyone was expecting 1Gbps down speeds from their … [Read more...] about As Expected, First 5G Speed Tests on AT&T Leave Much to be Desired
Samsung and Verizon are planning to launch one of the first commercial 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019 as Apple will reportedly hang back until 2020.The big question is whether the 5G upgrade will matter in the smartphone market. In a statement, Verizon and Samsung outlined their 5G plans and said they will unveil a proof of concept device powered by Qualcomm's 5G components. This proof of concept device will be shown at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui. Good gig if you can get it. For Verizon, being early with a 5G device is critical as is its early 2019 launch of services. 5G networks will be faster than 4G and be easier to manage for wireless carriers. Less latency and more speed offers a lot of options for new services, edge computing and Internet of things deployments. Simply put, it helps to have a flagship partner to highlight how 5G will boost the wireless experience. Look for AT&T to take a similar approach. What is 5G? Everything you need to know … [Read more...] about Samsung plans to be early with 5G support: Will it matter if Apple hangs back?
OpenSignal has published a report on Indian mobile telecommunications, with Reliance Jio winning on 4G availability and latency while Airtel clocked the fastest download speeds and Vodafone's Idea was the fastest for uploads. For its Indian Mobile Network Experience Report: November 2018 [PDF], the network coverage mapping company recorded 10.5 billion measurements across 1.8 million unique devices between June 1 and August, 29, 2018. Calling Jio "remarkable" and "hugely impressive" with its rapid rate of customer growth, OpenSignal said it scored 96.7 percent on 4G availability, trailed by more than 20 percentage points by Airtel, on 73.99 percent; Idea, on 73.17 percent; and Vodafone, on 72.59 percent. "The operator has managed to achieve availability scores of over 95 percent in all of India's regions, despite huge variations in topography, and in the face of massive increases in subscribers and data consumption," OpenSignal said. "4G Availability scores of over 95 percent … [Read more...] about Jio’s 4G availability ‘hugely impressive’: OpenSignal
You couldn't miss the explosion of purple and magenta amid the sedate stone and marble interior of Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall. T-Mobile was, at least temporarily, making its mark on the New York icon. The wireless carrier had set up a pop-up event to promote the rebranding of its Metro prepaid arm, but I didn't really care about that. I was drawn by the promise of a 5G demo. And in one tiny part of the hall, jammed next to a giant replica of an Amazon Echo, was a random collection of devices and experiences primed for 5G. There was a drone, which could tap into the responsive network for real-time controls and information exchange. Near it was a collection of wine bottles with photos of T-Mobile executives like CEO John Legere -- point your smartphone at the bottle and Legere comes to life on the screen with a quip about how it's innovation is "truly intoxicating" -- an example of augmented reality. Behind the bottles was an exercise bike and headset for a … [Read more...] about Blazing 5G speeds are almost here. Here’s what it’s really like