AT&T 4G A Network Of Lies

It seems 4G has become a network of lies rather than a network of speed.

Since the International Telecommunications buckled under pressure from cell-phone companies and redefined their definition of 4G to include any technology faster than what they had in 2009, cellular providers across the U.S. have been taking advantage of pretty words and undeserved titles to class up what is in fact not 4G. And it’s not just one or two companies.

According to testing done by PC Mag, 4G on AT&T’s network is actually slower than their 3G – which in turn is faster than what MetroPCS LTE 4G, which is focussed on low cost rather than high speed. On the other hand, Verizon’s LTE is faster than the majority of in-home broadband connections.

T-Mobile has already admitted that two of their 4G phones, the myTouch 4G and T-Mobile G2, are not 4G at all.

AT&T also confessed to “crippling the upload speeds” of both the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire, according to PC Mag, although the cause or reason is still unknown.

The patchwork of technologies covered by the collective label of “4G” is making the term more or less meaningless. Though Verizon’s earned the title with their ultra-fast LTE, AT&T seems to be doing all it can to discredit the notion that the technology is superior to 3G.

It may be better off to wait until 5G to upgrade your phone. Or at least until there’s a more universal, results-based definition of 4G.

Until then, if your phone takes more than a couple of seconds to load the next Mobile Mag article, just remember that the signal from your cell phone is going to space and back. That fact in itself is deserving of a little patience – if not awe.

[PC Mag]


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5 Comments

  1. ____ says:

    This should not come as a surprise to any att customers. They have been lying and breaking their promises to customers, to meet customer expectations and to provide services that they willingly and eagerly take our cash for.

  2. Yupyup says:

    Bottom Line people – LTE is 4G and that’s all there is to it. Metro’s LTE network is spectrum contrained so that’s why it’s slow, but as they move to voice over LTE, they’ll be able to migrate their CDMA existing spectrum to LTE and their speeds will pick up dramatically, but for now their LTE speeds are barely comparable to 2G. AT&T and T-Mobile haven’t launched LTE they’re just ramping up their existing networks, and calling it 4G. Which is misleading. Verizon is only carrier out there with a true 4G network right now.

    LTE is the future. Keep in mind what LTE stands for – Long Term Evolution.

  3. Amanda543 says:

    Funny you mention favorable Verizon when there iPhone service is slower than ATTs. None deserve the title. ATT is the worst network ever.

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