AT&T may have angered customers who are still paying for iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and Pixel 6 purchases


What’s going on with AT&T? After spending more than $9 billion last January to acquire licenses on the 3.45GHz mid-band spectrum, the wireless service provider was excited about expanding 5G capabilities. cnet He notes that with the combination of low-band signals traveling longer distances, and new mid-range airwaves allowing more subscribers to experience 5G speeds faster than the tiny number receiving a mmWave connection, AT&T executives have been enthusiastically discussing which devices will support improved and faster 5G service.

AT&T keeps flipping it over as it shortens the list of phones that will support the 3.45GHz mid-band spectrum

In January, right after the auction, Chris Sambar, AT&T’s executive vice president of technology operations, told CNET that it would add 3.45GHz support on “major hardware in 2022, the big hardware from the big OEMs.” Last month, AT&T announced that it would offer 3.45GHz connectivity on older phones including the iPhone 12 series, iPhone 13 models, the Pixel 6 line, the Galaxy S21 series, and some decidedly non-flagship phones like some low-cost devices. from Motorola.

While AT&T originally felt it would be able to add 3.45GHz mid-band support to more than 30 existing phones, it told CNET that instead 11 new devices are likely to get that support. Jim Greer of AT&T, assistant vice president of corporate communications, explained the error by saying that it was an “inaccurate list…inaccurately presented and then incorrectly confirmed during a fact-check” for the article published by CNET.

The actual list of AT&T phones and hotspots that will work with 3.45GHz mid-range airwaves includes:
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 phone.
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus.
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
  • Apple iPhone 14.
  • Apple iPhone 14 Plus.
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro.
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  • Netgear Nighthawk M6 hotspot.
  • Netgear Nighthawk M6 Pro Hotspot.

Even if your 5G AT&T phone isn’t on the list, it will still be able to connect to AT&T’s 5G signals including band C. Devices that aren’t on the list will not be able to take advantage of your wireless service provider’s use of band C and 3.45GHz mid-band signals. Together to improve 5G connectivity. AT&T’s Sambar previously told CNET that while not every cellular site will be able to access both C-band and 3.45GHz airwaves, the majority will.

This is a complicated issue for some AT&T customers who are still on an active 36-month installment plan who pay off, say, an iPhone 13, and won’t be able to access AT&T’s full 5G service capabilities. The company is said to be in the middle of communicating with stores its own retail about its latest plans.
Like we said, this does not mean that older 5G phones work AT&T You will not receive 5G signals. In fact, they’ll be able to work with AT&T’s 3.7GHz C-band spectrum in the mid-range, providing data download speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G. But the truth is, AT&T continues to sell 36-month installment contracts on new phones that won’t have access to 3.45GHz signals. We’ve seen law firms pursue class-action lawsuits at a lower cost.

AT&T and Verizon slowly came out when the 5G race began in the US

AT&T may have been wrong about the hardware inside its phones, or it was wrong about the capabilities of those devices. Or perhaps it was a decision by the country’s third-largest wireless carrier to stop working on developing software updates to allow older phones to support the 3.45GHz spectrum. It’s hard to say exactly what AT&T was trying to achieve here.

Both Verizon And AT&T got off to a slow start with 5G by putting their focus on the ultra-fast mmWave spectrum. The problem is that mmWave only travels short distances and can be easily blocked by structures and trees. This means that finding a mmWave signal is like finding a needle in a haystack. And that’s where mid-band and C-band come in. While not as fast as the mmWave wave, these signals travel greater distances and aren’t easily blocked.
T-Mobile It was the first to give up some speed to focus on a stable mid-range signal (up to 350Mbps) that more of its customers could access.


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