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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 Dr of crap on 9/14/2012 10:23:21 AM , Rating: 2
But you forget that the PR machine has made ANY Apple product a must have. So it matters not that there isn't a good reason to get this new phone, it will sell. that's all that matters.

And maybe I'm in the minority but a bigger screen? It won't fit in my pocket very well. Of course the ones buying this the most probably have their pants hanging off their a$$ anyway so it doesn't matter! Guess that's why I don't have a iphone yet!

RE: This Phone Fails.
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/14/2012 10:50:19 AM , Rating: 2
My S3 fits just fine in my pockets...

RE: This Phone Fails.
By StevoLincolnite on 9/14/2012 12:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
Helps if you don't follow the whole "in fashion" skinny jeans.

Personally, I find large screened phones better for watching movies and reading lots of webpage text, plus they fit better in my gorilla hands. :)

It's also good for the old farts whose eyes just aren't what they used to be either.

RE: This Phone Fails.
By Schadenfroh on 9/16/2012 1:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
It won't fit in my pocket very well.

It will fit in purses quite well. Apple needs to popularize the Man Bag so both genders can carry this item.

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