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  • Sprint and Verizon iPhone 5 Won't Let You Talk and Surf the Web at the Same Time


    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:

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    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.
    AT&T on the other hand touts the functionality as a standout feature over Verizon since it started selling the iPhone last year. It will carry over simultaneous voice and data with Apple’s newest handset on both its HPSDA+ and LTE networks. One thing to note here though is that iPhone 5 users will not be able to access LTE speeds while on a call.

    Source: The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint and Verizon iPhone 5 Won't Let You Talk and Surf the Web at the Same Time started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Sorry but isn't this old news to everyone?
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      It is pretty old.
      I remember an AT&T commercial saying you could on theirs which I do.
      Maybe it's surprising because of the LTE function?
      In all honesty I still haven't looked into the LTE thing since I couldn't have it.
      I wonder in iOS 6 will there be a Edge, 4G, LTE toggle.
      There isn't a toggle for iOS 5.1.1 right?
    1. danman2_2999's Avatar
      danman2_2999 -
      This was the deciding factor for me last year with the 4S. I could have saved some cash going with Sprint, but at the last minute realized this problem and stuck with AT&T. They're about to get another 2 year contract from me, especially after their awesome family share plans. I save 35% each month now! I've always had unlimited data ever since the original iPhone, but I reviewed my usage and saw I never exceeded 2GB/month. I'll be adding my parents, getting two iPhone 5s, taking one and giving my mother my 4S, and using the 4GB/month usage. $70 + $30 + $30 instead of $100 for me and $100 for them. I live near Long Beach CA and my reception has no problems, however I know there may be problems in other cities. Go LTE!
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      That feature never worked when I had AT&T they said the 3G signal wasnt strong enough in my area...
    1. STM127's Avatar
      STM127 -
      Verizon did not support this feature on 3G, but it was assumed LTE would allow simultaneous voice and data. I would think this could be fixed with software. It is not a deal breaker in regards to choosing a carrier though.
    1. jrhudson's Avatar
      jrhudson -
      omg!!!!!!!! ...i knew this already. they had a whole commercial about this like what a year or two ago?
    1. amoamare's Avatar
      amoamare -
      This is a limit of the phone not Verizon service. Sorry I can browse and talk at the same time on the Galaxy S3 Verizon supports talk and web with almost all there current lineup of LTE phones
    1. snoozkewl's Avatar
      snoozkewl -
      I can't remember the last time I actually used the iPhone as a phone. So it's totally worth it to anyone to not get dicked around by AT&T and just deal with this one hardly negative feature. I choose Sprint.

      -Formally 7 Year user of AT&T
      JL
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Too late now... I just completed preorder of 2 32gb iPhone 5's on Verizon's website in under 15 minutes (starting at 2:55am EST)

      Besides, that's always been a feature of AT&T on 3G, which is all you'll get on AT&T anyway
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      Apple seemed to have not been willing to take the battery hit that comes with the dual radio/chipset required. And why is no one talking about the crappy hand-offs or hand-down from fast LTE to sloooow EVDO? Facetime over EVDO, Yikes! Enjoy the slideshow. Bottom-line, CDMA/EVDO Suxs and Verizon rushed to deploy LTE picking an out of spec crap dual radio solution... There is no software fix!

      PS On AT&T = "Dude, I'm like 30mins from the party per the navi"... On Verizon/Sprint = oh wait, can't have that conversation without the navi going offline. So silly...
    1. daviedave's Avatar
      daviedave -
      Quote Originally Posted by danman2_2999 View Post
      This was the deciding factor for me last year with the 4S. I could have saved some cash going with Sprint, but at the last minute realized this problem and stuck with AT&T. They're about to get another 2 year contract from me, especially after their awesome family share plans. I save 35% each month now! I've always had unlimited data ever since the original iPhone, but I reviewed my usage and saw I never exceeded 2GB/month. I'll be adding my parents, getting two iPhone 5s, taking one and giving my mother my 4S, and using the 4GB/month usage. $70 + $30 + $30 instead of $100 for me and $100 for them. I live near Long Beach CA and my reception has no problems, however I know there may be problems in other cities. Go LTE!
      haha you sound like a paid spokesperson

      please tell us more
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by daviedave View Post
      haha you sound like a paid spokesperson

      please tell us more

      Hahaha And You sound like a troll...please, tell us more
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by amoamare View Post
      This is a limit of the phone not Verizon service. Sorry I can browse and talk at the same time on the Galaxy S3 Verizon supports talk and web with almost all there current lineup of LTE phones
      Hmm, is that because the new iPhone has everything on one chip? Or does it have to do with the number of antennas?
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      I understand this is old news guys but the reason it was reported is because of 4g support.
    1. Illmatic636's Avatar
      Illmatic636 -
      Why are people saying this is old news?!!?

      LTE is in the mix know. Stop trying to pat yourselves on the back acting as if you knew this already. Shut up or say something relevant to this BS.

      Guess I'm waiting till the 7th Gen iPhone. If this is still an issue(no voice+data simulationiously)
      then I'll get the newest Android phone with Key-lime Pie on it!
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Illmatic636 View Post
      Why are people saying this is old news?!!?

      LTE is in the mix know. Stop trying to pat yourselves on the back acting as if you knew this already. Shut up or say something relevant to this BS.

      Guess I'm waiting till the 7th Gen iPhone. If this is still an issue(no voice+data simulationiously)
      then I'll get the newest Android phone with Key-lime Pie on it!
      Is getting key-lime pie on it covered under warranty?
    1. Hozr's Avatar
      Hozr -
      I haven't been able to use this feature on AT&T for years. Mostly because I can't even make a phone call on AT&T's network.
    1. kadernal's Avatar
      kadernal -
      I can't understand why people are so hung up on this still. For me personally I was on ATT since the original iphone and I dont think I used voice+data more than a handful of times in that span of years.

      That said I just switched to VZW yesterday and pre-ordered my iphone 5, because where I currently live its the best. They also have the most LTE coverage... that to me is the main selling point of the iphone 5.

      I am however shocked that they still cant do voice+data on verizon. oh well.
    1. Illmatic636's Avatar
      Illmatic636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Is getting key-lime pie on it covered under warranty?
      :-) Hopefully, otherwise root/flash and WALLA!

      That is just the name of the next Android OS. They are on Jellybean right now. Next is Key-lime pie.
      ultimately, my warranty will be doo doo.

      This is a failure on Verizon, or is it Apple's fault?
    1. crouching's Avatar
      crouching -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      Hmm, is that because the new iPhone has everything on one chip? Or does it have to do with the number of antennas?

      Apple incorporated the LTE radio into the CDMA radio so only one works at a time.