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AT&T is being taken to task for what some are calling its 'fake 5G' technology.
Rival telecom firm Sprint filed a lawsuit against AT&T late Thursday, saying it was misleading consumers into believing they were using fifth generation or 5G wireless networks, a technology that has not yet been widely deployed.
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Last month, AT&T customers saw a '5G E' logo on their mobile devices in over 400 markets - even though they were still on a 4G network.
5G E, which stands for AT&T's 5G Evolution initiative, can offer data speeds up to 50 or 100 times faster than 4G networks.
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Smartphones running on both Android and Apple's iOS platforms are sporting '5G E' for AT&T customers, even though those phones are not equipped to support 5G.
Sprint said that a survey showed 54 percent of AT&T's consumers believed their '5G E' network is the same as or better than a 5G network.
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Meanwhile, 43 percent said if they buy an AT&T phone today, it would be capable of running on 5G.
Sprint said in the lawsuit that the AT&T advertising 'deceives consumers' into thinking they already have access to 5G connectivity, when they are really only connected to a faster 4G network.
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'The significance of AT&T's deception cannot be overstated,' Sprint said in the lawsuit.
'...[AT&T] has sought to gain an unfair advantage in the...
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The beatings will continue until moral improves.