Apple iPhone 5 Can't Do Simultaneous Voice/Data on Verizon, Sprint Networks
September 14, 2012 8:59 AM
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AT&T iPhone 5 will support voice and data simultaneously
No matter how you feel about the
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."
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.
New York Times
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9/14/2012 1:14:34 PM
Never seen something so trivial get so blown out of proportion, by people who already had no interest in buying it. It's like wow, this phone has a trivial drawback! What phone doesn't. I'd take this one over any phone out currently, even though there are some Android and WP7/8 phones I think are on par in overall experience. If I were going with CDMA that is.
9/14/2012 1:22:29 PM
Not quite trivial. I've often found myself needing to access the internet when talking on the phone. Be it to look up an email, or look for directions, or browse to a webpage while I have the person on speaker.
Not to mention if you're tethering your phone to laptop/tablet and a call comes in you. You're screwed until the call ends.
I wouldn't so quickly dismiss the feature as trivial.
9/14/2012 9:33:56 PM
The point is that it's that much more trivial for people on here who supposedly want to have nothing to do with Apple.
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