Apple’s new iPhone 5 won’t support simultaneous voice and data on Verizon and that means that it will likely not support it on Sprint either.
Verizon Wireless confirmed the news to The Verge saying that while its other 4G LTE devices are able to use voice and data capabilities at the same time, the iPhone 5 will not be able to do so.
Sprint hasn’t confirmed the bad news yet but because the device’s are similar, we don’t expect Sprint to offer simultaneous voice and data either.
Here is Verizon’s full statement in regards to the missing feature:
“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.”
So, it appears that nothing will change from the iPhone 4S, Apple’s older iPhone which also can’t do simultaneous voice and data over Verizon’s network.
This is far different tune than the one Verizon reps were singing yesterday when they claimed that all 4G LTE devices could run simultaneous voice and data while in a 4G LTE area.
Those looking to get the AT&T version are in luck though as the carrier confirmed that the iPhone 5 will in fact be able to perform simultaneous voice and data though the data speeds will not be 4G LTE. AT&T says that 4G LTE data won’t be available on a call.
This is nothing new as older iPhones enjoyed this feature as well.
So clearly this is bad news for those thinking about ordering a Verizon iPhone 5 because until today, it was unclear if the iPhone 5 would allow customers to hold a call while browsing the internet on Verizon’s network.
That’s might not be a deal breaker, but it’s certainly a feature that many thought they might have this time around with the iPhone.
The iPhone 5 goes up for pre-order for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon tonight at midnight with Apple, the carriers, and several third-party retailers accepting pre-orders come tomorrow.
As for the iPhone 5 itself, it features a new 4-inch display, a slimmer and more lightweight design, iOS 6, a new processor, and two improved cameras.
It will arrive in stores on September 21st for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon and it will launch for C-Spire Wireless and Cricket on September 28th.