AT&T users see 4G on their phones but it’s not what they think

John Moe Mar 9, 2012

I was on Facebook last night and saw a post from my old college roommate, Drew, who noticed that his iPhone said 4G whereas it used to say 3G. He’s with AT&T and was excited to see that maybe he had finally been bumped up to the new superfast network. But yet, he added, “Speedtest says 600 kb per second – how can AT&T call this 4G?? Slower than 3G lol!”

LOL indeed, Drew, because AT&T changed all iPhone 4Ses to say 4G but, says Business Insider:

the AT&T model of the iPhone 4S runs on a type of network called HSPA+, which is slightly faster than the 3G connection you’re used to. AT&T brands its HSPA+ network as a “4G” network. It also calls its LTE network, which can be about 10 times faster than 3G, a “4G” network.

This is pretty screwy stuff for AT&T to pull on its customers and its all about making people think that their phones are running faster than they really are because 3 is more than 4.

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