Although certain models of Apple’s new iPhone 5 offer support for simultaneous voice and data over LTE, it’s been discovered that the advanced network of U.S. carriers, Sprint and Verizon, are not compatible with this feature. That means out of the top three major U.S. wireless carriers in the United States, only AT&T will be getting an iPhone 5 model capable of handling simultaneous voice and data, giving users the option to browse the web or use other data services while making a phone call.
Verizon does have a number of LTE handsets that offer compatibility with the company’s simultaneous voice and data CDMA equivalent, SVDO, the iPhone 5 just isn’t one of them. A Verizon spokesman told the folks over at The Verge that its version of the iPhone 5 will not be able to handle the feature even if it connects to the carrier’s LTE network:
The iPhone 5 was designed to allow customers to place a voice call on the Verizon Wireless network, while letting customers access the Internet over the WiFi.
Source: The Verge