There are very few things that truly get me going in the technology world, but the one thing that is sure to rile me up is companies that blatantly lie to their customers; it's even worse when the customers take that lie as truth because they don't know enough about technology to discern that what they're being told is, in fact, a lie.
Two companies are currently at the forefront of one of these lies, though: AT&T and Apple. Since AT&T considers its HSPA+ network 4G, Apple decided to change the status indicator of the HSPA+-capable iPhone 4S to now say 4G instead of 3G. Problem is, HSPA+ is 3G.
Naturally, my iPhone-owning friends posted statuses about how "[his or her] Iphone can do the 4 g now haha yay!"
Being the good friend I am, I told them that their iPhones weren't actually "doing" any 4G at all. They refuted my claim with "Apple is smarter than you, Calob. If my iPhone says so, it must be true."
This isn't just AT&T's problem. It's also the problem of the manufacturers that decide to give into AT&T's misleading marketing schemes. Right now, it's all Apple. But I wouldn't be surprised if other manufacturers start to do the same thing. Either way, it's not good for any company to lie like this to consumers.
The next thing that'll happen is that we'll be forced to pay every time we want to tether our laptops to our phones to use the data we pay for already.
Any other opinions on this? It's pure deception from these companies and, quite frankly, it's sickening.