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iPhone 5 on Verizon Can’t do Simultaneous Voice and Data, Something Android Phones Have No Problem With

Just a heads up for those of you thinking about jumping ship and picking up the next iPhone. According to a Verizon spokesperson, the new iPhone 5 cannot do simultaneous voice and data, something all LTE Android phones seem to have no problem with. We aren’t exactly sure why it can’t, but it certainly doesn’t make this new single 3G+LTE chip of Apple’s seem all that magical any longer. 

Here is the statement from Big Red:

“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.”

As a reminder, simultaneous voice and data means that you can place a phone call and then also use your phone’s data connection at the same time. For example, if you were to place a call to your significant other who then reminds you that it’s your anniversary, you can stay on the line with her while also pulling up Open Table to book a reservation for the dinner that you forgot about. (Yes, I totally stole that example from an ancient AT&T ad.) Or while you are sitting in your hotel on a conference call, you can book your afternoon tee-time or catch up on the latest Android news here at Droid Life.


Simultaneous voice and data will apparently work just fine on the AT&T iPhone 5. Or not so much?

And of course, all of Verizon’s Android phones are capable of performing such a task. In fact, a couple can do simultaneous voice and data over a 3G connection as well.

Via:  The Verge

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  • tilly

    You know what a funny thing is? The talk and data usage at the same is a patent that google is held for android devices. So Apple isn’t going to COPY it like droid DOES with apple!!!!!!!!!

    • LionStone

      “You know what a funny thing is?”

      Yes, you saying dumb things.

  • Silver Veloz

    A good example of using voice and date together. I have a Droid Bionic and when I’m using my lapdock and the phone rings, I can answer and it goes automatically to speakerphone, while I’m still on the net browsing. The lapdock is powered by the Bionic.

  • Michael Lewis

    I’ve NEVER used voice and data together in my life. Why would I want to start?

  • Yakuzahi

    You will need SVDO in order to do it on 3G.

  • I can do that with my GS3 and GNex even on 3G with Sprint…

    • LionStone

      Cool…Inc4 does it on 3G and 4G

  • Masta Marc

    this is a nice looking phone though… all hate aside.. very sleek

  • Andrew

    Android phones don’t have 8+ hours of 4G LTE browsing time, something the iPhone 5 has no problem with.

  • Kane

    I haven’t looked into this. But what is the point of this feature. Talk on the phone while sending a text message and surfing the net?

    • It’s helpful if you’re on the line with someone and need to look something up quickly, whether that’s a restaurant reservation, directions, or any other Google search. You’ve never gotten a phone call from a friend or family member who’s away from home (and so are you, or at least away from your primary computer), doesn’t own a smartphone, and they ask you to look something up for them?

  • ryan

    my galaxy nexus cant do voice and data at the same time

    • PSU_DI

      If you are on LTE, it can, I used it last night. If you are on a 2g or 3g connection then it doesn’t work.

  • Chris

    It’s not that iPhone 5 cant, its the Verizon that can’t support this cause it’s running off of CDMA. ATT has no problem with simultaneous voice and data.

    Nice try there in poor attempt of discrediting the iPhone Kellex!

    • PSU_DI

      There are some Qualcomm radios like the ones in the Thunderbolt and Rezound that allow simultaneous voice & data over 3g on VZW network, but what the article is referencing is that even on LTE the iphone can’t do this. ALL VZW LTE android phones can if they are in an area with LTE.

    • The point he is making though that the iPhone 5 is an LTE phone, Verizon LTE phones can do both voice and data at the same time. The iPhone 5 cannot.

  • AtrixDeveloper

    I guess there’s no love for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint models do voice and data just fine.

  • So it’s sort of like dial-up internet, except you’d get kicked off-line anytime someone calls. Glad I got a GS3 🙂

  • Does anyone know what Samsung was threatening about if Apple released an LTE iPhone? Might it have been related to this?

  • Steve

    You know something. This would matter to me if my 4g actually worked on my Razr. In the course of a day, I might see the 4g sign once or twice and only for a moment or 2. And I live in a market that Verizon says is saturated with 4g service. WTF

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      I feel your pain good sir. I own a house in a suburb of a major city, and I probably see the 4G icon pop up on my HTC Rezound, oh, maybe once or twice every three weeks, no lie. I drive over to one of the film locations that I’m working last month, not even two miles away, and I have full signal bars and 4G blaring all over my smart phone. It’s absolutely ridiculous to me, how my house is basically in a void for Verizon service.

      One of my good friend’s lives the next street over, and when I’m at her house, yep, perfect signal! I’ve even gone so far as to have some Verizon dorks drive out to my house with one of their signal testing devices, and after testing the signal right in front of my house, they reported to me that my signal here is “below normal to bad”. Thanks for repeating to me what I told you already Verizon. I then proceed to ask them for a free home signal amplifier/extender, and I’m told that they will be happy to sell me one for $200. So I say “You want me to pay you an additional $200 to fix your inadequate service, on top of the massive amount of money I already pay you a month, for said shoddy service?!”. They of course say “Yes.”, or they would be happy to let me out of my contract without the Early Termination Bleed You Dry Fee. That would be wonderful and angering, except I currently have other mitigating circumstances that keep me from easily being able to do so. Plus don’t even get me started on the adventure I had when they tried to charge me for two new phones when I purchased my HTC Rezound. Verizon customer service has to be the most idiotic and unequivocally inept service, that I’ve ever had the displeasure of dealing with. If there was a group that was the complete opposite to MENSA in every way imaginable. Well, Verizon would hire every single person that got rejected from that group.

  • JoshHenry

    I thought this was hilarious..

  • Guest

    Doing voice and data would have taken a third antenna in the phone. That’d increase the phone’s thickness and weight. The logic is why bother for a technology that will be dead in a year or two when voice can be done over LTE as well. I get it in the long run, but dumb in the short run.

    • PSU_DI

      This is wrong on so many levels… It doesn’t require a 3rd antenna, the “feature” is patented technology and has to be licensed to use, I know Qualcomm own the 3G CDMA patent for this, I’m not sure who has the LTE version. In any case Apple has chosen not to license this which is why the phones doen’t do it.

  • yarrellray

    My Galaxy S3 on Tmobile pimp slaps all Verizon smartphones in this category.. Plus Tmobile and it’s GSM HSPA PLUS 42MPS network simply blows Verizon out the water.

    • Tim242

      Next week, your iPhone 5 on Cricket and their awesome, fast, nationwide 4G network will be the best and will pimp slap us all. Then, by next month, C-Spire wiireless will be your new carrier of choice due to their superior network in Mississippi.

      • yarrellray

        Stop hating and join us you know in your heart Verizon is weak. And the funny part is when those crappy iphone 5 users start using LTE that network will slow down to a snails crawl..

        • squiddy20

          Why should he? What he said was pretty much true. Within the past year alone, you’ve been on all four major carriers, jumping from one to the next because you’re too poor to afford their services (Verizon), or because you don’t get “42 MPS” (whatever the heck that is). Of course, recent real world data (from a third party) shows that even your “pimp slapping” T-Mobile with it’s HSPA+ 42 network isn’t getting even a quarter of those speeds. What was that about “snails crawl”?

          • yarrellray

            Thank God I have choice, I have plenty of income and can purchase whatever I want on any carrier at any time. At best Mr. Squiddy20 your living at home no longer in college struggling to find a job. Pretty funny at best there’s plenty of people out of work with more knowledge and business experience than you. You will never find a real job your not bringing anything to the table your a bum. If you need a loan hit me up and let me know some real nice devices are coming soon it will be time to replace that crappy bloatware filled Sprint Galaxy Nexus. If you have one I think your a liar you still have that Samsung Moment on Metro pcs. Stop fronting and faking you crusty loser. Gotta go my man a great podcast is about to begin on my Galaxy S3. Pretty sure you won’t be watching a close to 2hr podcast on that crappy slow as hell Nexus on Sprint.

          • squiddy20

            Oooo! You think you’re a big man with “high income” just because you can afford to spend a few hundred dollars every few months? How pitiful. You talk big, and you even claim to have “kicked Verizon to curb” even though we all know you couldn’t afford their services. Just 5 years ago, you were homeless on the streets of NYC. 1. If you knew how to manage your money, you wouldn’t have been poor in the first place, and 2. even if you’ve got the money to throw around for cell phones, most sane minded people wouldn’t use it to jump from carrier to carrier on a whim. Sane people would use the money to better their lives, get a better education (which you’re in so desperate need of), or enrich their life. You? You spend your money on useless smartphones which you “push up on”.

            “You will never find a real job your not bringing anything to the table your a bum.” Awww you must be talking about yourself: http://boweryapplications.org/Images/mmDocument/Red%20Door%20Jun2007.pdf Coming from a “bum” like yourself, I’m not impressed.
            “crappy bloatware filled Sprint Galaxy Nexus” HAHAHAHAHA! How stupid are you?! What Nexus phone is EVER “bloatware filled”?! I would stop here, but calling you out on your own stupidity is just plain hilarious!

            “you still have that Samsung Moment on Metro pcs” Here’s how I know you’re pulling this pitiful “insult” out of your ass and/or lying yourself: The Moment was never on Metro PCS. I’ve told you as much every single time you’ve used this stupid little “insult”. You even once said I had a Moment on Simple Mobile, an alternative carrier that runs off of T-Mobile’s GSM/HSPA+ network. The Moment was a CDMA ONLY phone, and was available ONLY on Sprint. Even a quick Google search would prove as much. Try some fact checking once in awhile. You’ll make yourself look like less of a fool.

            “Pretty sure you won’t be watching a close to 2hr podcast on that crappy slow as hell Nexus on Sprint.” You’re right, I won’t be watching a 2 hour podcast because: 1. I don’t have the time for that kind of stupidity 2. If I were to watch it, I’d watch it on my 2009 MacBook Pro, not my smartphone, which would be connected to my Wifi network at home provided by Comcast. You just don’t know when to shut up do you? Does it ever occur to you that not everyone relies on their smartphone for Internet access like you?

          • yarrellray

            You can plaster anything you want it’s pretty funny it’s the same thing all the time I embarrass your pathetic staying at mommy’s house little boy. You make me laugh at you daily your pretty comical thinking you are up on everything you could hold my crouch on a bad day. Your a pitiful homosexual who uses the Internet to stalk and troll and trust when I find out where you are it’s going to be a grand day for the Internet. You are a well known coward but don’t worry our day to roll up on you is pretty soon college boy.

          • squiddy20

            In what universe do you “embarrass” me? You know relatively nothing about me. You don’t know my name, where I work or live, my likes or dislikes, etc. You just come up with hopeless “insults” that you think might fit me, but are usually far from the truth. It’s “pretty comical” that you think you’re “embarrassing” me. Come back when you know anything of substance about me.

            “you could hold my crouch on a bad day.” 1. I think the word you were looking for is “crotch”. Please try harder next time. It’s pitiful that you can’t even make a well thought insult. Downright sad. 2. I wouldn’t want to “hold your crotch” at any time. God knows how many diseases and germs are covering it.

            “Your a pitiful homosexual” So what if I am? The fact that you would insult me, or anyone else about their sexual preference speaks volumes of how ignorant and stereotypical you are. Grow the f*ck up, or shut up.

            “trust when I find out where you are it’s going to be a grand day for the Internet” Good luck with that. Considering you can’t even use Google to fact-check your sorry ass, I’m not worried in the least.

          • yarrellray

            Oh yeah that sounds so wonderful pecker face. Now time for you to go play with yourself as usual..

          • squiddy20

            Brilliant response! I really can’t come up with anything better! You’ve stumped me with your awesome vocabulary /s
            “Pecker face”? Did it take you 10 hours to think that up? You claim to be “embarrassing” me, and yet you have nothing with which to embarrass me. Not even your “insults” (or your pitiful attempts at them since they fail so miserably) embarrass me. I usually laugh at how stupid and downright wrong they are. For instance, as I said before, in what universe is a Nexus phone “bloatware filled”? It’s completely STOCK Android you stupid moron.

        • Tim242

          Verizon is far from weak. They have LTE coverage at my mom’s house in the country. The county she lives in is 2 hrs from a metro area, and only has a population of 4,000…in the entire county. I have 4G all the way there, from Little Rock.

  • yarrellray
  • Apparently there isn’t an app for that.

  • bc777

    No 1X radio in the phone is why!

    • Diablo81588

      So no voice on Verizon? Lol..

  • JulianZHuang

    never care about voice and data on my gn.

  • Diablo81588

    Apple, leave radio design to people who know what they’re doing.