AT&T sim

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So i found a AT&T sim card going thru some junk boxes, this card has to be 10+ years old.

I activated it, keeping my number from a Verizon sim, keeping all my buckets.

Anybody see 5g on the AT&T cards.
All i see is LTE, as of now.
 
So i found a AT&T sim card going thru some junk boxes, this card has to be 10+ years old.

Does it have "27"(or higher) in the 9th and 10th positions of the SIM number? According to AT&T site (under SIM card Compatibility), that's needed in order to have HD Voice.
 
Anybody see 5g on the AT&T cards.
All i see is LTE, as of now.

Due to the age of the SIM, it is not surprising as 5G did not exist in the US 10 years ago. LTE was technically 3G+ and not true 4G. LTE is used for data service only and not used for voice (VOLTE).
 
So i found a AT&T sim card going thru some junk boxes, this card has to be 10+ years old.

I activated it, keeping my number from a Verizon sim, keeping all my buckets.

Anybody see 5g on the AT&T cards.
All i see is LTE, as of now.

Is there ATT 5G in your area?
 
Due to the age of the SIM, it is not surprising as 5G did not exist in the US 10 years ago. LTE was technically 3G+ and not true 4G. LTE is used for data service only and not used for voice (VOLTE).

I know AT&T is kind of stingy on their 5g, didn’t they just recently offer to their prepaid, not sure about the MVNO’s, thats why i asked if any one on Trac has seen it.
 
I know AT&T is kind of stingy on their 5g, didn’t they just recently offer to their prepaid, not sure about the MVNO’s, thats why i asked if any one on Trac has seen it.

Keep in mind just because there's 5G in your area doesn't mean you'll see it. If LTE capacity is doing just fine a phone won't necessarily grab 5G just because it's there. Some phones you can set to 5G SA (stand alone), most are NSA (non stand alone) sharing LTE.
 
If LTE capacity is doing just fine a phone won't necessarily grab 5G just because it's there.

So, what's the point of having a 5G phone when the phone will use LTE if LTE is good enough? Shouldn't it try to use the latest technology first then step down if that isn't available?
 
So, what's the point of having a 5G phone when the phone will use LTE if LTE is good enough? Shouldn't it try to use the latest technology first then step down if that isn't available?

If the OP doesn't have a 5G phone, no matter what SIM they are using, won't get 5G service. As I pointed out, a 10-year-old SIM is likely not compatible with 5G either as the technology didn't exist back then. We don't even know what make/model phone the OP is using.
 
So, what's the point of having a 5G phone when the phone will use LTE if LTE is good enough? Shouldn't it try to use the latest technology first then step down if that isn't available?

Actually just going by what I tried to understand up in the Verizon forum and some personal experience. ATT may be different in how it's all handled. What was mentioned when I asked the same question was it's not up to the phone it's up to what the network determines somehow. I honestly don't understand all the technical things involved. It's mentioned that all 5G (even c-band), with the exception of mmwave I believe, uses the LTE core.

I use Network Cell Info Lite. I live in a rural area that has 5G but mostly all I see is 4G/LTE. When I see 5G it's NSA band n66. Sometimes I see 4G+ which I assume is mixing the 4G and 5G ?? (is that behind the scenes tech stuff about aggregation??)
But if I go to a near by city all I mostly see is 5G NSA band n66. Even though there's supposedly c-band there I never see n77. There are even some pockets that drop to LTE.

I agree with you, I bought a 5G phone expecting that since there is 5G here that's what I'd mostly see with maybe an occasional drop to LTE. I think, at least Verizon, is still getting things working between the 2 in some areas, especially if there are capacity issues which Verizon is way behind the curve on in many none urban areas.

Hopefully someone here can better explain it with minimal spectrum, frequency, mimo and aggregation terms the Verizon forum is full of that are beyond my pay grade.

I'd ask for clarification in the Verizon forums but there are several members there not to tolerant of questions and comments from people below their superior pay grade.
 
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AT&T sim

Maybe i wasn’t clear in my question,

Anyone use’ing a Tracfone AT&T sim card
( i’l add ) in a 5g phone, seeing 5g.
 
Yes. I recently had a TracFone-AT&T SIM in 2 different 5G phones and it did show 5G.
 
yes, my old 4G only phone with at&t SIM, it showed 5Ge three years ago....
 
I have a TracFone ATT SIM in my Flip 4 and I get 5G service per the icon on the screen. I think this is the 'real' 5G rather than the fake 5Ge that ATT (ie 4G) that it used to show.
 
Yes. I recently had a TracFone-AT&T SIM in 2 different 5G phones and it did show 5G.
I should clarify that it is real 5G (DSS-usually Band 66), not 5Ge.
 
To double check I opened up the Samsung dialer code on my Flip 4 and it confirmed NR_BAND: n77 which I believe is "Mid-band sub-6 GHz 5G"
 
Yes. Pixel 6a here with AT&T sim on TracFone gets 5G.
 
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