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  • Verizon Testing Simultaneous iPhone Voice/Data?


    A random rumor has become the latest glimmer of hope for those anxiously awaiting a Verizon iPhone: news that the carrier is testing a way for iPhones to run simultaneous voice and data. The inability of the existing CDMA/EV-DO network to handle concurrent voice calls is one reason why observers like AppleInsider think Apple has been reluctant to sign an agreement with Verizon, because they are insisting on "feature parity" between different carriers.

    Verizon is preparing to move its network to the 4G LTE technology over the next few years. The data protocol on its interim 3G network, EV-DO Revision A, requires a separate channel for voice. Boy Genius Report is quoting an unnamed source at Verizon that says they're working on a way to overcome that restriction. The technology that Verizon is testing, called Voice over Revison A or VoRA, will allow a device to use the EV-DO data channel for voice calls as well. So if persistent rumors of a CDMA/EV-DO compatible iPhone come true, this means you won't have to hang up to check your email or lose your Google Maps session if you get a call.

    The future of additional carriers for the iPhone in the US remains a mystery. In a talk at the J.P. Morgan technology, media and telecom conference that was liveblogged by the Wall Street Journal, AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega "just laughs when asked to give the date that AT&T's deal with Apple runs out." The executive appeared confident about its future business, however, saying he believed that he could hold on to family-plan or business-discount customers even if the iPhone was available from other carriers.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon Testing Simultaneous iPhone Voice/Data? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. willpower101's Avatar
      willpower101 -
      wow. a bunch of sheep making a big deal about the word rumor because someone else did. If you'd educated yourselves, you would know that lte was expected to support simultaneous voice and data anyway.



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      Quote Originally Posted by iphone?3gs View Post
      If Apple gave verizon the iphone it would just make it a regular phone that everyone has because its on two carriers and then people would stop buying to get something that isnt by lots of carriers and is exclusive and special.
      Dude, that's not how it works. Maybe that's how YOU work. But the majority of consumers follow the diffusion of innovation model to the T: [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_innovations]Diffusion of innovations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]




      you're probably just near the front of the bell curve and don't realize it.
    1. leram84's Avatar
      leram84 -
      at the iphone keynote, if they r gonna get a verizon iphone, jobs should just walk up to the mic, and make the first words out of his mouth...
      Can u hear me now?
      that would make a great sound bite.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by leram84 View Post
      at the iphone keynote, if they r gonna get a verizon iphone, jobs should just walk up to the mic, and make the first words out of his mouth...
      Can u hear me now?
      that would make a great sound bite.
      X2!!!!!!!! Great idea!