AT&T is terribly fond of Kurt Vonnegut's doodles, as they append them to numerous words to indicate that those words do not mean anything close to what they imply. Previously it was there Unlimited* data plan which, in their own words actually means " If you use more than 22GB in a bill period, speeds may slow in congested areas". This is actually an improvement over the previous blanket slow down, which was modified after they lost a court case.
Yesterday they picked a new thing to lie about, as well as a new symbol to indicate that their statement does not actually represent reality. Some users may now see a 5GE symbol on their phones, which indicates you have a 4G connection with a tiny boost in theoretical bandwidth. The actual 5G standard will offer 20Gbps while AT&T's 5GBS offers a paltry 1Gbps theoretical top speed, a slight boost but nothing close to what the new network technology will offer. If they had been even slightly more honest, the inclusion of 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM to enhance 4G connectivity would have received a far friendlier welcome from review sites like The Register and others.
"Think of the "E" as an asterisk, slumped under the desk in hope of avoiding being spotted, on its 5G coverage. A stop gap. A stepping stone. 4G with go-faster stripes."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Notebook vendors to adopt AMD CPU in more models @ DigiTimes
- Microsoft offers GitHub private code repository access for free @ The Inquirer
- Windows 10 Will Reserve 7GB of Your Computer's Storage in its Next Major Release So That Big Updates Don't Fail @ Slashdot
- Seagate woos NASty folk and other flashy types at CES @ The Register
- Edifier CEO talks to KitGuru about STAX OMEGA headphones and more
- IBM's Q System One is the world's first commercial quantum computer @ The Inquirer
- Discovery of ‘magic-angle graphene’ that behaves like a high-temperature superconductor is Physics World 2018 Breakthrough of the Year
- Almost $500,000 in Ethereum Classic coin stolen by forking its blockchain @ Ars Technica
- All About Ham Satellites @ Hackaday