Dear Apple, You Don’t Have a 4G iPhone … Dear AT&T, HSPA+ Isn’t Real 4G
For any AT&T iPhone 4S users who have updated to iOS 5.1 today, you may have noticed that your phone now shows “4G” next to the AT&T on the top left of your phone.
The iPhone 4S is not a real 4G phone! Apple, you know that, and AT&T stop lying to us all! I get it that AT&T (and T-Mobile) are calling their HSPA networks 4G, but for the love of God stop lying to us all!
I am actually quite disappointed the most in Apple. Apple has essentially bowed to AT&T’s misleading marketing ploys here, and this is coming from the company that told the wireless industry to go F themselves in 2007 with the iPhone. I expect AT&T to pull this kind of misinformation with their customers. I mean, in principal, what’s the difference between calling 3G 4G and having a limit on unlimited data plans?
So Apple and AT&T, let me just show you something to make things crystal clear, and reaffirm for you and Mind Of The Geek readers that the iPhone 4S is NOT a 4G phone. Below are screenshots taken in the same place at the same time with the same signal strength using the Ookla Speedtest app. The first photo is from a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, a real 4G LTE phone, and the second is an iPhone 4S from AT&T using HSPA+, the fake 4G phone.
So Apple and AT&T, stop telling me that the Death Star can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.