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AT&T iPhone 5 will support voice and data simultaneously

No matter how you feel about the iPhone 5 that was unveiled this week, it's an interesting smartphone to most people. However, we're learning that the phone can't support cellular data and voice calls at the same time on certain 4G LTE networks.
 
Specifically, the iPhone 5 will be unable to handle simultaneous voice and data use on Verizon Wireless and Sprint versions of the device. This is due to a limitation in the CDMA specification that those two networks use. However, some 4G LTE smartphones on the Verizon network will allow users to make voice calls and use data connectivity at the same time. The iPhone 5 is unable to do this due to design decisions that Apple made.
 
“The iPhone 5 is designed to allow customers to make voice calls on the Verizon Wireless network and surf the Web on Wi-Fi,” Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney said in an e-mail. “It was an Apple decision." 

 
The New York Times reports that when users place a voice call while connected to 4G LTE network the phone call the defaults to the carriers older second or third-generation networks because LTE networks can't support voice calls at this time.

The reason AT&T iPhone 5 buyers can place phone calls and use data at the same time is because both of those functions roll back to the older AT&T 3G network, which is capable handling both simultaneously. 

Sources: New York Times, AnandTech



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RE: This Phone Fails.
By topkill on 9/14/2012 9:34:43 AM , Rating: 2
Welcome to 2010 Apple! We are so glad you could join the retro party. Oh wait...LOL


RE: This Phone Fails.
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/14/2012 10:56:04 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, I doubt if anyone is really all that surprised by this. Apple has made some half-assed decisions in the past regarding the feature set of their devices, this is just par for the course.

Probably the most amusing part of this is that even on AT&T, it will drop you to 3G data while that 3G voice is running. It can't just drop voice to 3G and leave data at 4G.


RE: This Phone Fails.
By Reclaimer77 on 9/14/2012 11:01:05 AM , Rating: 2
But remember, it "just works"!


RE: This Phone Fails.
By retrospooty on 9/14/2012 12:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
Well, to be fair, the features it includes do "just work". Its the things it's missing and the puny non-HD screen that loses it for me.

Hey, add another thing to the Apple copied Android list with Panoramic photos for the camera. Larger Screen and 4G.


RE: This Phone Fails.
By kwrzesien on 9/14/2012 1:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
Well, to be complete, THERE IS NO 4G VOICE in the world yet. Period. So who went off and designed a "4th Generation" cellular network without including f* voice? This fail happened long before Apple, and when the network is corrected then the iPhone will take advantage of it.


RE: This Phone Fails.
By Chaser on 9/14/2012 2:03:05 PM , Rating: 2
I think you got this backwards oh complete one. If you are on LTE data and you make a call the iPhone drops the DATA connection to 3G.

How's that for your world of phones? Don't worry it will only matter after Apple fixes or adopts this minor feature.


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