iOS 5.1 Adds Bogus ‘4G’ Status to AT&T iPhone 4S

iOS 5.1 Adds Bogus ‘4G’ Status to AT&T iPhone 4S

Along with introducing new LTE 4G capabilities for their latest iPad, it appeared to many users today who upgraded to iOS 5.1 that their AT&T iPhone 4S devices were receiving a 4G signal as well. All was not as it seemed however, as it turns out the bogus 4G indication is just a bug in iOS 5.1, and the iPhone 4S is still limited to 3G speeds.

AT&T tried to get Apple to market the iPhone 4S as a 4G device when it was released, and it appears that Apple may have caved to their demands, despite the fact that it’s a bit shifty for AT&T to call their HSPA+ network “4G”.

The Verge confirms that it is indeed just a misleading change in the labeling, as iPhone 4S users  who see the indication aren’t getting any kind of speed increase to go along with it.

AT&T’s defense lies in the fact that their HSPA+ 3G data network operates at much faster speeds that the 3G networks that Sprint and Verizon use, and that the increase in speed should be enough for them to call their network “4G”.

Of course, it’s also possible that this is just a bug within iOS 5.1, but given AT&T’s prior attempt to label their network as 4G, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is just more of their dishonest marketing coming into play.

  1. Justin Hunt77 says:

    Oh well..T-Mobile has been labeling their phones 4G for nearly 2 years.

  2. IAmMe8186 says:

    The reason it says 4G is TMobiles fault. They initially launched their HSPA+ network
    And called it 4G to attract idiot consumers. AT&T’s 4G on the iPhone just means that the iPhone is running on the faster HSPA+ network instead of the regular 3G UMTs network. Only on AT&T is the iPhone 4S capable of running on HSPA+. If you need proof, find someone like me with an iPhone 4S, take a look at their bill, and the data plan for the 4S says (for me anyway) Data Unlimited For iPhone on 4G. It’s not. Marketing ploy nor is it a lie.

  3. Cellphoneguy312 says:

    Funny my iPhone 4s in hspa+ coverage has been pulling 6-8mbps down quite often. This is on par with lte from metro pcs. And comparable to some of VZW’s lte areas. If sprint can call WiMAX 4g AT&T can call hspa+ 4g the author of this article must not personally like AT&T. This is a terrible article.

    1. Concerned Citizen says:

      I have a Galaxy Nexus on VZW and before anyone says anything about me having an Android phone 6-8 mbps is not 4G speeds. When im in a 4G area i get about 20 mbps Download and 14 mbps Upload. This has to definitely be a bug of some sort bug, Apple wouldn’t let let any Carrier touch anything on the software side of the phone anyways, which is a good thing because Carriers like Verizon put so much crap on some of the Android phones mainly on their pet Motorola. If Apple intended on labeling the 4S and 4G phone they would of done it a while ago as a selling point during the initial release. 

  4. Ppc1026 says:

    HSPA+ is included in ITU’s 4g “standard” so I’m not sure what’s bogus, is it AT&T changing the indicator on the iPhone, or various “expert” journalists mistakenly believing that 4g has to be LTE?

  5. Guest says:

    This has to be some sort of bug, theres no way Apple would ever let a Carrier Determine anything on the software level. 

  6. Roq says:

    Research, people! It’s not a bug, both Apple and AT&T have acknowledged that it’s not, and it’s not the same as 3G (which will continue to display when not on the 4G network). The AT&T website even shows 4G coverage maps as distinct from 3G and other types of coverage. Sure 4G means different things to different carriers, but it’s not just marketing hype. It is different than 3G, and it’s not particularly hard to find out more about it.

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