iPhone owners with the latest iOS 12.2 beta have started noticing that in certain areas, the AT&T "LTE" logo has been replaced with "5G E". While this was previously launched by AT&T on non-Apple devices, it wasn't clear whether Apple devices would follow suit. The move has not been without its detractors, who claim that AT&T's 5G Evolution amounts to nothing but a marketing gimmick.
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AT&T has begun rolling out a new label in the status bar of LTE devices on its cellular network. The moves to add "5G E" branding to its LTE Advanced (LTE-A) network upgrades have not gone unnoticed. The carrier already launched its 5G Evolution in 400 markets across the country, and more devices are slated to receive the 5G E logo in the coming months.
The idea of disabling LTE on your iPhone may sound a bit odd to some, but not everyone needs 4G data speeds, and it can also be a bit of a drain on your battery. This is especially true for AT&T users whose phones tend to jump back and forth between 4G LTE and HSPA+. If you are out and about for a long trip, and don't need fast data speeds, it is may be a good idea to disable LTE so you can get more life out of your battery. Here's how:
Open your Settings app and tap the Cellular tab to open the cellular options on your iPhone. From here you can disable Cellular Data, LTE and Data Roaming. Just tap the "Enable LTE" slider so it turns white to turn it off. Just don't forget to turn it back on when need to access faster data speeds.
AT&T has decided to stop charging some of its customers for using FaceTime over a cellular connection. iOS 6 customers with an LTE device on any tiered data plan will be able to use the feature at no extra charge. This also includes deaf and hard of hearing customers who qualify for "special text and data-only packages".
AT&T felt it needed to limit the amount of FaceTime calls out of fear that its network was not ready to handle the surge of video calls. The company added it will "also continue to offer FaceTime over Cellular to customers with any AT&T Mobile Share plan, as well as FaceTime over Wi-Fi, which has always been available for all customers".
Apple has announced it has sold over five million iPhone 5 devices in just three days. The iPhone 5 officially went on sale in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on September 21. Apple plans to release the new device in 22 more countries on September 28 and in more than 100 countries by the end of the year. Apple also announced more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6 since its launch on September 19.
"Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone."