Apple’s new iPhone 5 had been rumoured to get simulates voice and data over LTE, however it has been discovered that only selected models will offer support for the feature.
U.S based carriers Verizon and Sprint will not offer the feature as it is not compatible with their respective networks.
Only AT&T will be bringing this new feature, which enables iPhone 5 users to use both voice and data at the same time. This means users can surf online or check emails while making phone calls. Although Verizon has a number of devices that support LTE simultaneous data and voice, the devices are compatible with the company’s CDMA equivalent of simultaneous voice and data, SVDO.
According to The Verge, a Verizon spokesperson confirmed that the iPhone 5 will not be able to use the feature on the carrier’s LTE network. While not yet confirmed, it is believed the Apple iPhone 5 for Sprint may also pose the same limitations on simultaneous voice and data over LTE.
AT&T will be offering the feature on its iPhone 5 models though. AT&T has been using the feature as a unique selling point over Verizon since last year. AT&T will continue to have this feature on both its LTE & HPSDA+ networks. While simultaneous voice and data is available over LTE, users will not be able to access LTE speeds while on a call.
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