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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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Can't believe the hate
By Dug on 9/14/2012 3:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
They have a new phone out that is better than the last one.
It may not do something another phone does, but that goes both ways.
There's tons of Android phones that don't do what the iphone 5 does. So what?!

Personally speaking as an IT admin at our company, we have had zero problems with iphone demployment. It's easilly configured with what we want from OS X server. We set up Exchange email, preferences, vpn, apps, contacts, calendar, and messages easily. We can remote wipe if one is lost and redeploy another one within minutes.

Android on the other hand is riddled with problems depending on the model. I would say now that some of the newer Android phones are catching up with ics it will be better, but the past has been horrendous with vpn, battery life, lock ups, exchange syncing, etc. Plus because of fragmentation, you can't easily manage them.

But to call people stupid for getting one because it works for them or because its missing one feature is ignorant.
It's just phone. Do you try to ridicule people for the car they buy, or where they live, or what stove they bought? Probably not, but its just as ridiculous.

RE: Can't believe the hate
By semiconshawn on 9/14/2012 4:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
Your logic fails up against the waaaah waaaaah Apple sucks Android rules arguments.

RE: Can't believe the hate
By TakinYourPoints on 9/15/2012 6:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
Your well reasoned and thoughtful posts have no place here.

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