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Aftermath747

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So AT&T has started rolling out the 5G E network indicator on select Android phones with LTE-A support. Since the newest iPhones support LTE-A, when will the iPhone get the new indicator?
 

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Well it won’t come to iPhone until it’s real and hardware supports it. I don’t think the current iPhones will ever say LTE-A. But who knows
 
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Aftermath747

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Well it won’t come to iPhone until it’s real and hardware supports it. I don’t think the current iPhones will ever say LTE-A. But who knows
There’s some precedent for it. Back when we were transitioning from 3G to LTE, AT&T pushed an update that made iPhones say “4G” when they were on an HSPA+ network, which was really just advanced 3G technology.
 
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There’s some precedent for it. Back when we were transitioning from 3G to LTE, AT&T pushed an update that made iPhones say “4G” when they were on an HSPA+ network, which was really just advanced 3G technology.
Which caused confusion for some given that 4G was actually LTE for most of the world and not what it was being used for when it came to AT&T on iPhone. Standards are standards and that's what should be used, and not some marketing speak.
 
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So AT&T has started rolling out the 5G E network indicator on select Android phones with LTE-A support. Since the newest iPhones support LTE-A, when will the iPhone get the new indicator?
Don’t support phone carriers that use fake networks to deceive sheeple into thinking they have something new when it’s the same exact specs that every other carrier has. Thank God Apple stands up to AT&T.
 

C DM

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Don’t support phone carriers that use fake networks to deceive sheeple into thinking they have something new when it’s the same exact specs that every other carrier has. Thank God Apple stands up to AT&T.
They didn't before when they put out "4G".
 
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Even though it’s a false representation, it won’t influence my choice of carrier. AT&T works better more places I travel than any other network (including Verizon).

I can see it coming to iPhone through a carrier update.
 
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I believe all AT&T has to do is issue a carrier update. It doesn't have to rely on Apple releasing an update.

Remember with the original iPhone when AT&T enabled MMS? They did it through a carrier update file.
 

Superrjamz54

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Even though it’s a false representation, it won’t influence my choice of carrier. AT&T works better more places I travel than any other network (including Verizon).

I can see it coming to iPhone through a carrier update.
I get better reception with my Verizon then I did at AT&T even with a non-CDMA iPhone.
 

darksithpro

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There’s some precedent for it. Back when we were transitioning from 3G to LTE, AT&T pushed an update that made iPhones say “4G” when they were on an HSPA+ network, which was really just advanced 3G technology.

iPhone 4s, HSPA+, AKA: 3.5G:D
 

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I travel in the Appalachian areas of Kentucky and Virginia quite a bit. Verizon is non-existent.

Either way, I don't doubt we'll be seeing the 5Ge on iPhones.
Back in 2011 AT&T still had a lot of power over the iPhone. I don't think they'd be able to pull this off nowadays
 
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5G is 2020 though given Apple's iPhone situation they may want to move that tech up to get one out next year.
 

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I'm surprised they are going ahead with this. They are getting crushed about this on social media by T-mobile's CEO and Verizon put out full page newspaper ads lambasting them for it. With all the bad press and being called out on this I figured they would scrap it.
 

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I'm surprised they are going ahead with this. They are getting crushed about this on social media by T-mobile's CEO and Verizon put out full page newspaper ads lambasting them for it. With all the bad press and being called out on this I figured they would scrap it.
Carriers are stubborn.

I remember when Verizon put the same UI on every phone they had back in the day and for years people blasted them for it. They never changed it until they had no choice.
 
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Why aren’t we surprised? AT&T’s focus has always been on over charging and misleading customers into getting a service that should cost far less.

It’s the same thing they are about to do with the government tax breaks they received last year. Despite billions in tax breaks and regulatory favors AT&T promised would dramatically boost both investment and job creation, AT&T is preparing for yet another significant round of layoffs according to internal documents obtained by Motherboard.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nepxeg/atandt-preps-for-new-layoffs-despite-billions-in-tax-breaks-and-regulatory-favors
 

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So, hypothetically, if this does get pushed out, what iPhones would even get this? Would it be LTE-Advanced models (I think the 6S and later, except the SE)?

For what it's worth, I'm not a fan of the faux-4G indicator for HSPA+, so I'm hoping this doesn't happen (I wouldn't mind the iPhone have more degrees of feedback of the type of cellular data connection, but most people don't seem to care).
 

Aftermath747

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So, hypothetically, if this does get pushed out, what iPhones would even get this? Would it be LTE-Advanced models (I think the 6S and later, except the SE)?

For what it's worth, I'm not a fan of the faux-4G indicator for HSPA+, so I'm hoping this doesn't happen (I wouldn't mind the iPhone have more degrees of feedback of the type of cellular data connection, but most people don't seem to care).
I was thinking it would only be the XS line. Wasn’t that the reason for adding antenna lines and messing up the symmetry on the bottom?
 

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It's free advertising for AT&T because it gets everyone talking about them.

Apple needs carriers to sell iPhone so they might be willing to allow their iPhones with 4x4 MIMO to display 5G E.