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Sprint sues AT&T over 5GE labeling



In the battle for the next big wireless technology, Sprint is taking its rival AT&T to court over a misleading description of its new “5GE” offering.

In a federal lawsuit, Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint alleged that AT&T’s 5GE service is “nothing more than” an advanced version of existing 4G technology.

According to Wired, some AT&T customers who are enrolled in a new beta version of Apple’s iOS reported seeing “5GE” instead of “4G” or “LTE.” However, Apple does not yet offer an iPhone that supports 5G technology, the magazine reports.

“Calling its network ‘5GE’ (or ‘5G E’ or ‘5G Evolution’) does not make it a 5G network and it instead deceives customers into believing it is something that it is not,” the lawsuit said.

T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless also publicly complained last month about AT&T’s 5G claims, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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