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T-Mobile CEO attacks AT&T and Verizon for their "outright lies about 5G"

A trio of Samsung Galaxy S10 5G phones
(Image credit: Future)

T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, has launched an attack on cell phone providers like Verizon and AT&T in a blog post published on June 20th on the T-Mobile website

In the strongly-worded post he suggests AT&T and Verizon's lack of vision on the future of 5G and blasts their attempts at confusing the mobile industry because of their "lack of transparency and outright lies about 5G" and "same old deceptive practices, limited availability and higher prices". 

AT&T comes under fire for calling itself a "world leader in 5G" when, in fact, consumers aren't yet able to sign up for the service. It doesn't end there though. It also receives flack for limiting the sale of the Galaxy S10 5G to businesses and developers only. He also tells consumers to not be fooled by the 5GE logo AT&T now uses.

The reason is that 5GE actually means "5G Evolution" and is based on 4G LTE technology. You can think of it as an enhanced version of 4G LTE, not true 5G.  5G uses an entirely different type of radio wave that allows a lot more data to be transferred quickly. 

Verizon, on the other hand, is wrongly focused solely on mmWave which has "well known limitations", according to Legere. These include a mmWave having a short range and being easily disrupted by physical obstacles like trees, windows and doors. 

All this leads to Legere explaining why T-Mobile is different and why its 5G is the "Real 5G". The reason why T-Mobile's 5G is better than the others, according to Legere, is because it will have a range of low, medium and high 5G spectrums. That is if regulators approve the merger with Sprint, which has the crucial 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum T-Mobile still needs.  

With 5G expected to enable a host of new technologies like autonomous vehicles, smart cities and next-generation smart home products it's understandable why the competition, and language, is hotting up. 

To find out more read: What is 5G

Evan has been a tech-head since he was handed a ZX Spectrum at the age of 6 and has always been the one analyzing and recommending products to his friends and family or explaining how things work and how to fix them when they don't. He has been working on magazines and websites since 2000 and was Editor-in-Chief of Trusted Reviews covering topics such as mobile, tablets, audio, computing and smart home for 7 years as well as supporting the tech and buying advice sections of Time.com, Space.com, LiveScience.com and NME.com. In his 20+ year career, he has reviewed and covered everything from laptops to coffee machines and smartphones to smart thermostats and has been quoted on the BBC, among others. He won IPC Media's Editor of the Year in 2013 and has been shortlisted for multiple AOP Digital Publishing and PPA Digital Publishing awards.