At several time in my 33-years of hosting Computer Insider, I’ve felt that many companies in the technology industry are, and I’m keeping it polite today, as sleaze buckets. The story that drew my anger today was one that originated in the States when AT&T by having some Android phones on its network displaying a “5G E” connectivity icon, despite being connected to only an upgraded version of 4G LTE. The indication popped up on phones in certain regions where AT&T is expected to roll out its upcoming 5G network, which is scheduled for later this year and throughout 2020. Now it looks like the same 5G E indicator is showing up in iPhones too.
When the 5G E text first popped up, AT&T received criticism for misleading customers into thinking they were already connected to the next-gen network. Now that the indicator is expanding to iPhones, it looks like the company has no intention in backing down from its 5G E campaign.
So exactly just how did the telco monolith explain this? And we quote… “Today, some iPhone and iPad users could start seeing our 5G Evolution indicator on their devices. The indicator simply helps customers know when they are in an area where the 5G Evolution experience may be available.”
The fact that Apple is allowing AT&T to do this is also notable. Apple has hinted it is in no rush to make a 5G phone. By allowing this 5G E text to display on its phone implies that the company is content with users merely thinking they have a 5G-enabled iPhone when they really do not.
In my mind it would be like putting a picture on the front of a radio, hoping that consumers would buy it hoping that one day it would somehow grow to become a tv set with some sort of mythical upgrade.
I wonder is cannabis is legal at AT&T and Apple?
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard