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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: O if only Steve Jobs were here
By Dave T on 9/14/2012 1:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'm glad you guys are having such a good time, but if you think people buy iPhones because they're stupid and brainwashed, you really have no idea what's going on, do you Mr. Jones?


RE: O if only Steve Jobs were here
By XZerg on 9/14/2012 2:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
No i don't think people who buy Apple products are stupid and brainwashed. Apple manufactures some of the best quality products and provide one of the best services to their customers as well. However, majority of the customer base, potentially targeted, are those who have no clue of the actual technologies and workings in the product and buy them only for the "status" purpose. Like some of the video links posted above, the reason why most people pick on Apple product users is because most don't realize that the product that they have does what they want to do just fine and beyond, and insist that they know better and MUST have the latest Apple product as they are somehow more magical.

A co-worker at work has a lot of Apple products and he actually uses them the proper way - utilizes all the technologies to simplify his home computing needs - from raided backups to htpc/streaming to work use. Those can be done on PC realm too but requires a lot of tinkering with many different software providers instead of out of the box experience with Apple products. He actually managed to put together all those technologies to just have an awesome setup which would take even an advance Wintel PC user a ton of time to put together, and yet still have to fiddle more even after.

I have even recommended few people to go out there and buy Apple products due to their simplicity for what most end-users need. This is not same with Microsoft world but that's like comparing apple to orange as I feel Microsoft is stuck having to support a quadrillion configuration and due to anti-trust bullocks can't have built in software for out-of-box experience. Apple has to only miniscule number of configurations and can easily decide to drop support for them which again is not something Microsoft can do easily without the business world's backlash.

I am fine with spending time playing with all these different software products and messing with hardware to have more flexibility overall computer to what Apple products tend to have. But I really hope that there is a simplified platform with basic standard protocols setup on Wintel world for an out-of-box experience regardless of the configuration the system has.

I can post more detail on out-of-box experience but rather not for now.


RE: O if only Steve Jobs were here
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/14/2012 3:02:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
He actually managed to put together all those technologies to just have an awesome setup which would take even an advance Wintel PC user a ton of time to put together, and yet still have to fiddle more even after .
Um..no...LOL


RE: O if only Steve Jobs were here
By XZerg on 9/14/2012 4:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
really? do enlighten me how and what you use.


RE: O if only Steve Jobs were here
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/14/2012 4:18:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, really, if anyone is experienced, it isn't going to take long. As for what I use? I don't do raid anymore, but usually, I would hook up 2-4 drives in my PC, turn on RAID in the BIOS or use an separate card, install a driver and it's done. Not that hard really....


RE: O if only Steve Jobs were here
By XZerg on 9/14/2012 4:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
ah... what about rest of the software configuration to get the network backups, versioning, streaming for htpc? Not quite that simple, now is it?


RE: O if only Steve Jobs were here
By moriz on 9/15/2012 9:15:12 PM , Rating: 2
all of those features are built right into windows 7, so setting it up is just as easy no matter which operating system you use. i'd personally pick windows 7 because the overall cost is cheaper, and allows me freedom in choosing my own hardware.

as for HTPC streaming, it's handled directly by windows media player.


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