AT & T and Sprint have filed a lawsuit for branding "AT & T's 5G Evolution". Sprint claimed that customers would make customers believe the 4G LTE network was a full 5G network. "We settled this matter by mutual agreement," an AT & T spokesman told the Dallas Business Journal which quoted anonymous sources as saying that AT & T will use "5G E" in its marketing materials.
Earlier this year AT & T introduced a "5G E" logo on certain upgraded parts of its LTE network. The phones were not actually connected to 5G networks, and the move was mocked all around: T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint criticized the new AT & T logo, with Sprint's CTO claiming it was "blatantly misleading consumers."
AT & T and Sprint did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and we do not know what the terms of the settlement were. It does not sound like AT & T is changing its practices, and we do not know if it somehow compensated Sprint or Sprint's essentially dropped the case.
5G is still more promising to most customers than reality. Verizon has rolled out a network in Chicago and Minneapolis, but it's extremely spotty. T-Mobile has delayed its main launch from 5G to the second half of the year, and then there will be phones using the network. AT & T launched a true 5G network back in December and is available in 19 cities. However, you can not use it with a phone, just a mobile hotspot that is not widely available.
Although all carriers were probably to blame for overhyping their 5G progress, the introduction of the "5G E" logo was unusually outrageous – and now it looks like AT & T will not stand trial. 19659008]