AT&T and Verizon face heavy scrutiny for misleading 5G claims

The big buzzword for mobile carriers right now is "5G," and there's little chance the marketing and hype will slow down anytime soon. After all, 5G is a great opportunity for carriers to plaster big, impressive-sounding numbers on every billboard and TV commercial. The only problem is that a lot of what they're hyping up means little to the vast majority of people. Thankfully, two of the biggest offenders of overhyping 5G, AT&T and Verizon, are facing heavy criticism within the industry for misleading consumers.

We'll start with AT&T, which has already faced its fair share of scrutiny over its bogus "5G Evolution" marketing. T-Mobile and Verizonpushed back against the moniker , and Sprint evenwent as far as suing the company (though they later settled). Now, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is recommending that AT&T stop its "5G Evolution" advertising. If you're not familiar with the BBB, they're a private, nonprofit organization that was set up with the goal to improve consumer trust in businesses. (The BBB has had its fair share of controversies over favoritism and being generally toothless, but businesses tend to self-adhere to BBB standards or at least listen to consumer complaints filed with the BBB in order to appear better than competitors.)

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