iPhone 5 can't do simultaneous voice and data on Verizon, Sprint

Apple's new iPhone 5 will not be able to simultaneously transfer voice and data on all networks, reports The Verge. Specifically, Verizon and Sprint will not support the feature on their networks, even if the iPhone 5 is connected to LTE.

The absence of this feature is strange in light of the fact that all the other LTE phones available from Verizon do support simultaneous voice and data when connected to LTE.

A Verizon spokesperson made this statement to The Verge on the issue: "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."

Because Verizon and Sprint will have the same version of the iPhone 5, according to Apple, simultaneous voice and data will also be unsupported on Sprint's network. A representative from Sprint later confirmed this fact with The Verge.

AT&T did confirm that its version of the iPhone 5 will support the feature on both HSPA+ or LTE. However, AT&T's iPhone 5 will not be able to utilize full LTE speeds while on a phone call.

Source: The Verge

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tsupersonic said,
CDMA? Yes. LTE? No. LTE allows you to do both voice and data simultaneously. This is just a **** implementation courtesy of Apple.

No, LTE on Verizon does not support voice. What other phones do is use LTE for data and CDMA for voice (by using two antennas).

Elliott said,

No, LTE on Verizon does not support voice. What other phones do is use LTE for data and CDMA for voice (by using two antennas).
There is VoLTE, which MetroPCS uses...If you're going to sell a CDMA/LTE model, include proper implementation - include simultaneous voice and LTE, like 99% of the other CDMA/LTE phones out there.

I can't believe Apple is okay with this... If I were them, I would have not released the phone until I got the LTE/HSPA+ features working fully. This reminds me of the whole "don't hold it that way" response from Steve Jobs (RIP).... They release a defective product, and then just say "sorry, you'll have to do it THIS way if you want simultaneous voice/data"...... This is an EPIC failure on Apple's part... Not only were they two YEARS late in the 4G market, but when they finally DO release a 4G phone, it's not even capable of multitasking like all the others.....

I hope this knocks Apple down a few pegs... They're in denial about how buggy their products are, and they could use a good smack in the face.

jesseinsf said,
This is nothing new. We all knew this when the iPhone went to Verizon.

No. LTE allows for this restriction to go away, depending on the phone's radio implementation.

Other CDMA LTE phones don't have this limitation. Look at the SIII. It can easily handle data and voice on VZW simultaneously.

This is rich, a single core processor, downgrade from an even shittier iPhone 4, and now, it can't do what every other high end phone can do with LTE on an LTE network...

..Yet the iSheep will flock. Does anyone see how bad Apple is for America, they can't innovate, they're dumbing down our country. Worst thing since Beavis and Butthead. Horrible.

VoX said,
This is rich, a single core processor, downgrade from an even shittier iPhone 4, and now, it can't do what every other high end phone can do with LTE on an LTE network...

..Yet the iSheep will flock. Does anyone see how bad Apple is for America, they can't innovate, they're dumbing down our country. Worst thing since Beavis and Butthead. Horrible.

Single core processor? Really? Can you enlighten us with your source, sir troll?

VoX said,

..Yet the iSheep will flock. Does anyone see how bad Apple is for America, they can't innovate, they're dumbing down our country. Worst thing since Beavis and Butthead. Horrible.
Really, bad for American huh? The iPhone5 could add .33% to America's GDP. That's a single product... If you think that being able to talk and surf at the same time is something that is more important that possibly adding .33% to the GDP of the country, you are very very delusional.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50...the-iphone-5-boost-u.s-gdp/

NeoPogo said,
AT&T again FTW!

You have got to be kidding: When I had my AT&T Apple IPhone 3GS, I had to be up on the second floor of my house in order to get decent Reception! With my Previous Verizon Apple IPhone 4 and my current Verizon IPhone 4S I had Great Reception all the way from Algonquin, IL to Orlando, FL and then back to Algonquin, IL on a A Family Vacation Trip with my Mom and Dad! Plus: Verizon's GPS App was very help full at knowing which Lane we needed to be in at Both Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA! By comparison Apple's New Maps System in Apple IOS 6.0 is full of errors! I know that I am NOT yet supposed to be talking about this yet here but this is one Area where I think Apple really needs to be critizied for getting rid of Google Maps! For example: Part of the street that I live on is listed as Princeton Road when I live on a Street called Whitehall Lane! I had filed a Bug Report on this issue and Apple only partially fixed the problem. The part of the street around the corner is still misnamed! Just FYI!

Funny, even my Droid Razr allows voice and data at the same time. I can even hotspot and talk at the same time on Verizon.

Sikh said,
http://m.gsmarena.com/iphone_5..._data_on_cdma-news-4801.php

Explains why it can be done. Most phones right now that can do it that are CDMA and LTE have a third atenna

No they have a 2nd antenna Apple uses both of theirs to make the connection better but the limitation is the single chip design vs dual for other phones. The benefits are that it uses less power (2 vs 1) but problem of not being able to run both radios at the sametime is the limitation.

First iteration of LTE does not allow for simultaneous voice and data. The next iteration will be able to do this. My friend who works for Verizon engineering is being pushed to get this out. They know it's a big deal. But Apple decided to not add the extra antennae is just being controlling. I don't buy their excuses that they released. They have known this being a point of AT&T's attacks on Verizon and Verizon allowing this to happen as well. Of course Verizon is moving away from being the iPhone whipping boy with Apple costly subsidies and Android makes them money. WP8 will also bring them better profit margins as well. Blackberry hmm.

Hello Newowin News Room, did you NOT read my previous post about how it says on Apple's Website that 4G LTE is Data Only (If Available), Voice is Restricted to GSM/CDMA. I also read on Verizon's Website that the IPhone 5 can still connect to GSM Over Seas. Just FYI.

kevpan815 said,
Hello Newowin News Room, did you NOT read my previous post about how it says on Apple's Website that 4G LTE is Data Only (If Available), Voice is Restricted to GSM/CDMA. I also read on Verizon's Website that the IPhone 5 can still connect to GSM Over Seas. Just FYI.
Yes the CDMA iPhone can use GSM because it has a SIM slot, just liek the 4S. You simply need to have a GSM SIM card, and your device needs to be unlocked by Verizon. So if you travel and you don't want to use roaming, you must call Verizon to give you an unlock code so you can install a SIM. As long as your account is in good standing they will do this with no question other than being nosy and asking where you are headed.

The iPhone 4S and the 5 use the same dualmode chipset. In the $S only on mode vs activated based on the carrier the device was programmed for. In order to activate the device on another carrier, it simply just needs to be unlocked first and it will be just liek any other unlocked iPhone.

This is not a carrier limitation, stop blaming Verizon. When Apple was hyping the fact you can browse and call at the same time, Verizon patched their 3D network so that "some" devices could do both. That some didn't include iPhone 4.

All of Verizon's LTE and at 3G device release as of late 2009 can do both. This limitation is all on Apple for whatever reason. I highly doubt Verizon would have every phone on its network be capable of such and leave one out. Especially the hottest selling iPhone on any US network. Apple simply wanted to make one single device that is International and they didnt fix the CDMA 's models to support however Sprint and VZW handle this capability.

When you build a device to support a network, you must build it to support it the way it exist. Saamsung, HTC, Motorola and even Microsoft all have devices that support the feature. Apple was to frikkin lazy to do the same. Its that simple.

Have fun with you new crippled POS iJunk 4XL

Goes to show Apple still has their one ill-fated handicap, form is more important than function. For the kids who just want a toy to play with, the iPhone is fine. For us grownup, we want power with flexibility, and if you look at the hundreds of models avail, choice is near endless.

Android FTWin

Apple can and will sell all the single models they want. But 410 devices sold in 6 years is poor compared to 500M sold in a single year. Android will have past PC ownership by this time next year. Goodbye Apple!

i never find the need to use my iPhone and data at the sametime. i use my iPhone to make calls, then i will use it for data when needed, but I have my iPad2 for the data stuff.

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