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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: And yet ...
By Brandon Hill on 9/14/2012 12:41:03 PM , Rating: 4
I think that's being a bit harsh. Some people just may prefer the iPhone.

The Toyota Camry is the best selling car in America. It damn sure isn't the best car in its class, and it isn't even the best value. But it's a decent car with a certain reputation.

I personally wouldn't buy one, but who am I to judge what someone purchases with their own hard-earned money... let alone call them stupid?

RE: And yet ...
By Reclaimer77 on 9/14/2012 12:49:58 PM , Rating: 2
If the Camry costs 1/3rd more than everything out there, and Toyota marketed it like it was the Holy Grail of the automotive world, that analogy would have worked better.

I think that's being a bit harsh. Some people just may prefer the iPhone.

Well yes, stupid uninformed people :)

RE: And yet ...
By retrospooty on 9/14/2012 12:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe for some, but Jason's post above outlines what happens alot.

RE: And yet ...
By Chaser on 9/14/2012 2:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
iPhone purchasers have never been known to be tech savoy shoppers comparing the competition. And in this case as the tech press has noted, this iteration is a major let down. But that being said they'll be plenty camped outside waiting for these. And in light of the competition for a highly anticipated tech device, they ARE stupid. And the preorderer even more. Especially now. This is hilarious.

And pls no car analogies. Especially this one which is completely flawed.

RE: And yet ...
By chripuck on 9/14/2012 3:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
Brandon, how can you not call these people "stupid."

Some of them are flat out gushing over the new features they read about on when they are looking at a 4S the entire time! They don't even get the fact that the darn screen is the same size...

Note: I own an iPhone and have for 5 years, but so does most everyone in my family and yes, they are quite stupid when it comes to technology.

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