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Verizon’s Galaxy S3 Does Simultaneous Voice and Data Over 3G

Just over a year ago, Verizon did not have a single phone that was able to utilize a data connection while on a call with a 3G signal. We call this simultaneous voice/data, something that the HTC Thunderbolt was the first to take advantage of. As of today, we know that the Rezound is capable of this as well, and would assume the new Incredible 4G can too, but what about the Galaxy S3? Can the hottest Android phone on the planet browse the web while you sit through an hour long conference call in the middle of no where? It appears as if it can.

This morning, using our 4G LTE off trick, I placed a call over 3G and was able to jump right onto the Droid Life site without a hiccup. Since the phone uses a Qualcomm chipset, which we would assume includes one of their modems, this shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. Qualcomm also produced the modems in those HTC devices that we named previously.

While Verizon’s 4G LTE blanket over this country grows by the day, at least you know that in 3G-only areas, you will have a trick up your sleeve.

Cheers Michael!

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    my Nexus does this…

  • Chotis

    Thanks for the post. I didn’t think about this being a possibility with VZW 4G until I read the article. Just tried it on my Incredible 4G and it works too.

  • ABerry5

    I have to admit I always used to say that simultaneous voice and data was not necessary but when you have to download speeds of 30 megabits per second with on LTE it’s absolutely necessary.. I find myself tethering all the time sharing the lte love with my I*hone friends 🙂

  • JazzoRenee

    I just love this phone.

  • I wish the Razr Maxx and Bionic I have could do data and voice at the same time on 3G. I live in a 4G area. But 4G drains my battery so much, plus it’s flakey. Be nice to have this on 3G. Hack anyone?!

  • I would prefer VoLTE, but this will do.

  • What
    are they talking about the Thunderbolt being the first to do that? I
    have the Fascinate (which is obv 3g), that’s about 2 years old and I can
    do that. idgi

  • Mchl496

    I am glad I asked that question, I own the HTC THunderbolt. They do lack simultaneous voice and data. They fake it with 2 radios.

    • No they don’t lack it… they have it. I have a Thunderbolt and I have used it.

  • ddevito

    When I first switched to Verizon in ’09, I thought the lack of data + voice simultaneously was going to be a huge ordeal. It wasn’t. And besides, 3G is old news.

    • Haha, city folk. I bet you’ve never even seen a 1x indicator on your phone. I get to at least once a week.

      • ddevito

        Ha, almost. I often work in NYC and surrounding areas, but even in my town (70 miles North of NYC) I have 4G. But during my commute I often go to 3G.

        And no, I don’t often go to 1X unless I drive into PA. :p

      • Doan

        What would you do on a phone, while on a call, that would require 4G?

      • I do. I drop into 1X when I have 4G or 3G issues. I also lived in 1X only til 2008.

      • michael arazan

        i’ve had 1x and 2g indicator 4 times now since January in a 4g area.
        1 tiny area at my house loses 4g and goes 3g, its in an open area that’s about 1 square yard, weird. Right in the family room 10 feet from the front door.

    • LionStone

      Sure it’s not a huge ordeal, can’t miss what you don’t have…but even when I had my TB, the situation would occasionally present itself and it was nice that I had the option.

    • Mapekz

      I’m often on conference calls on my phone that go for an hour or so a pop. It would be nice to use my phone’s internet connection, especially if I’m on the bus/train or otherwise unable to access WiFi.

      Using a Galaxy Nexus, so I suspect OMAP 44xx can’t handle this task on 3G, though I haven’t tested for 4G now that I’m in the city.

      • 4n1m4L

        voice over lte is pretty much standard.

    • Joel Huls

      The HTC thunderbolt and Rezound were able to do this, why is it such a great thing just because the Galaxy S III can do it?

  • dean2359

    My Nexus can,I just dialed up 611 then accessed the DL site ,what’s the big deal?

    • 4n1m4L

      On 3g or 4g? Volte is standard. I didn’t know voice over rev.a is standard. Its kind of new. and it might be my service area, but my g-nex does not do voice over rev a

    • Bassdj

      On 3G? My Nexus couldn’t do it.

      • 4n1m4L

        me either

      • tzoller

        You mean you couldn’t do it. The Nexus can…

        • Bassdj

          Nah, pretty sure it couldn’t 😛

    • JoeInMO

      The Galaxy Nexus (on Verizon) can’t do both call and data on 3G… only on 4G.

  • GSM has had this for such a long time…

    • T4rd

      What an insightful comment! *downvotes*

      • My comment wasn’t meant to be insightful… it was meant to state the facts.

        • Liderc

          Facts only need to be stated when they aren’t universally known.


        • What facts? The fact that Verizon has the best network? Oh, OK.

          • JoshGroff

            Yeah they do. Although, where I live T-mo and AT&T both have HSPA+ around me, and I’m stuck on 3G, it’s kind of annoying.

          • Diablo81588

            HSPA+ is not much faster than 3g lol

          • JoshGroff

            It’s at least 3X as fast, I’d say that’s much faster. Sure it may not be LTE, but it’s noticeable.

          • You do realize that technologies relating to cellphones aren’t just United States based, correct?

          • I understand that. But in the States, Verizon has the best network. Just because GSM is more global, don’t make it better.

    • HTC1

      yes, but you can barely make calls on GSM because all the providers SUCK!!!! So i rather Have Verizion late to the game than live with your GSM -no service phone for the past 20 years,.

      • I have AT&T, LTE in my area is 57mbps down whereas my friends on VZW are getting 22mbps down. I understand that AT&T is less congested and once the latest iCrap comes out our speeds will drop to around 1mbps but for the time being, I think I will stick to AT&T.

        • LionStone

          Which area? San Francisco?

    • d

      Along with mediocre call quality and dropped calls.

    • I think I might have just broken the downvote record #trolling

  • Nice notification bar.

    • John


    • It’s green when on a call silly. 😛

      • I am having a hard time deciding if I like my wife’s S3 high-color notification bar or not… it’s certainly not terrible, just so different from the stock android I’ve been running on my phones for so long.

    • Droosh

      It’s only green like that because he has an active call in progress.

    • dean2359

      I apologize, it was on 4g

  • T4rd

    Huh, I didn’t know the Rezound could do that too. Can they all do it totally stock/out of the box? I’ll have to test that with my Wife’s Rezound later =p. I didn’t even know for sure that Verizon 4G phones could transfer data on 4G while on a call until I had to on my Gnex recently. Good thing 4G is in abundance on Verizon now. What I want to know is; when is VoLTE coming..?!

    • fallenshell

      If you count GrooVe IP and the like it’s here now.

      • True but I find that there is a significant enough delay over LTE for it to be annoying. Over WiFi is a little better but horrible on my DSL connection. Using our business cable connection at work, it seems to work quite well. I don’t usually tend to make calls using GrooVe IP though, I instead use a GV Callback app and have it call me from my Google number which is on my Friends & Family. Unlimited outgoing minutes ftw.

    • RezCommando4231

      Absolutely. 4G is still so spotty, this is a must have after having the Rez. The next largest complaint between my Rez and S3 is that the s3 wouldn’t be switch to blue tooth is the 3.5mm jack is plugged in..
      I have unplug my aux line if I want to answer a call on by while driving. Dumb.

      • LionStone

        You kidding? Damn, sorry to hear that…that would bug me to no end because I drive a lot. I was wondering how any of that would change with the new Droid inc4, but it all works great in my car and truck concerning Bluetooth, just like the TB did.

  • Are the notification icons really all green like that? That’s truly awful.

    • fallenshell

      unless he has changed them from stock, no they are white by default. It is probably the lightingcamera causing that odd tinting.

      • aharrson

        The notification bar turns green when in a call and you are elsewhere on the phone other than the phone app.

        • Hmmm, very strange and useful I suppose.

        • Kevin McDole

          Sense makes the bar glow green.

          • LionStone

            That’s true, like on the TB, but this is Touchwiz on a Samsung.

          • Kevin McDole

            Yes it is.

      • No. He didn’t change them, it turns green when its on a call.

    • tu3218

      its green because a call is connected and on.