According to Sprint, the “5G E” logo displayed on customers’ phones doesn’t mean that they would benefit from 5G technology, which is not yet available in the United States. Apparently, the said logo is meant to indicate that those phones are using 4G LTE Advanced technology.
As Engadget points out, AT&T’s move has been mocked by rival carriers such as T-Mobile and Verizon, but it looks like Sprint has taken a more serious approach. The network operator filed a lawsuit in federal court with the sole purpose of preventing AT&T from using the 5G Evolution logo on its devices or any advertising materials.
The “5G E” logo showing up on many of AT&T’s smartphones is indeed misleading since many consumers don’t even know 4G LTE Advanced network really means. The technology, which isn’t new, enables certain phones to receive more data at once, thus offering much faster speeds than typical LTE. Basically, instead of speeds from 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps, LTE Advanced speeds can reach up to 300 Mbps.