Technology T-Mobile saw Verizon telling people to turn off 5G and thought ‘why stop there’
Verizon CEO makes the case that 5G is more than just faster phones
From drones to 3D renderings of museum exhibits, Hans Vestberg rattles off a list of ways 5G will change your life."It's more than just another tech innovation," he said at his CES 2021 keynote address on Monday. "It's a platform that makes other innovations possible.
T-Mobile has been, recently , which makes it kinda awkward that it’s also been caught telling users to turn off 5G to save battery life ( ). Didn’t Verizon just make this same gaff mere days ago? . But instead of learning from the example, T-Mobile appears to have pulled a hold-my-beer: where Verizon told users to switch to LTE, many of T-Mobile’s support documents tell users to go all the way back to 2G.
In case you’re not aware, switching to 2G (which T-Mobile) will make your phone next to useless as a data device: the maximum theoretical speed you could get from a 2G connection would be around 1Mbps (though many top out at closer to 256Kbps). Even 1Mbps is 25 times slower than what the , and 300 times slower than .
Verizon CEO pitches 5G as a 'platform' for services like drone delivery
As 5G connectivity rolls out across the country in fits and starts, we’re still asking whether the upgrades will make for a noticeable change in our wireless connectivity. During a CES keynote, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg (Verizon owns Engadget’s parent company) tried to make the case that 5G is “the platform that makes other innovations possible.” Verizon announced a deal between its subsidiary, Skyward and UPS Flight Forward to team up on delivery drones that use 4G LTE at first, and include testing with 5G connections later this year. In a statement, UPS CEO Carol B. Tomé said 5G will be necessary to do these kinds of deliveries at scale.
(Never mind that T-Mobile is also in the midst of, though the 2G shutdown has reportedly .)
T-Mobile probably realized that this kind of advice was not a great look, but the company’s cover-up has also been amusingly slow. Earlier today, it removed the “Toggle from 5G/LTE to 2G” advice from the first example(the ), and the second one (the ) had its support page updated shortly before we wrote these words. It also didn’t take long to find the advice to turn off 5G and/or 4G on the pages for the , , , and the (which weirdly only mentions turning off 4G, not 5G). That’s likely an incomplete list, but you get the picture: the nudge to pick T-Mobile’s slow 2G network showed up a bunch.
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(of the first T-Mobile support page from March 1st.)
I will say that T-Mobile is right in one way: turning my phone down to 2G would likely make it so slow that I’d just give up trying to use it, and my phone probably would last a lot longer. If you’re struggling with battery life on your phone, there arethat don’t involve slamming the brakes quite that hard.
Verizon and Amazon Web Services partner to create 5G private MEC solution .
The partnership will give enterprises a low-latency edge option with local, hybrid-cloud access to AWS software, the companies said.Verizon cites ultra-low latency, higher levels of security and deeper customization as key advantages to the new model, which it said can be used " to quickly deploy real-time enterprise applications like intelligent logistics, predictive maintenance, robotics, factory automation and more to lower costs and improve safety, precision and efficiency.