Hey AT&T, what's the word for when you say something that doesn't even come close to reflecting reality?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2019 - 01:13 PM |
Tagged: AT%26T, 5GE, dirty pool, 256-QAM, MIMO

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 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM to enhance 4G connectivity would have received a far friendlier welcome from review sites like The Register and others.

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"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."

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Source: The Register