According to a report from The Verge, Sprint and Verizon will not support simultaneous voice and data on the iPhone 5. This news is somewhat surprising, given that other 4G LTE phones offer that very same support. To date, AT&T had been the only US carrier that allowed you to talk and surf at the same time. This was the subject of ad campaigns and quite frankly a good reason for sticking with AT&T, something you’d think other carriers would have liked to avoid this go around.
Here’s a comment from a Verizon:
“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.” Going on to say, “It was an Apple decision.”
The NY Times breaks down the reasons why the iPhone 5 does not support this feature, while it’s available on a Samsung Galaxy S III. Simply put, Samsung added a third antenna to handle voice over 4G. The iPhone 5 has two antennas, but it’s not possible to do voice over CDMA and data on 4G LTE.
For those planning on switching from AT&T to Verizon, is this enough to reconsider? Can you live without simultaneous voice and data on iPhone 5?
Source: The Verge