One of the most anticipated iPhone 5 features is a 4G LTE connection.
The iPhone 5 might be the first iPhone with 4G LTE, and it might bring a new feature to Sprint and Verizon customers. A feature even those with 3G coverage will appreciate.
The ability to talk and surf the web at the same time.
4G LTE is best know for delivering faster upload and download speeds, but these new devices also let users surf the web and talk at the same time.
The iPhone 4S allows AT&T owners to talk and browse the web at the same time, which is the focus of many AT&T commercials. The Verizon and Sprint iPhone 4S models cannot handle browsing and talking at the same time.
All current 4G LTE smartphones on Verizon and Sprint support talking and browsing at the same time. Some new 4G LTE smartphones like the HTC EVO 4G LTE packed a special 3G feature, allowing users to talk and surf at the same time even with 3G coverage. This is especially important for Sprint which has very sparse 4G LTE coverage.
Certain Verizon 4G LTE smartphones can also handle simultaneous voice and data over 3G including the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC Thunderbolt. Both of these devices use Qualcomm chipsets. The same company is rumored to be working on a chipset for the iPhone 5 with 4G LTE.
At the very least Sprint shows that this is a possibility and likely a priority while the company expands 4G LTE coverage.
This can’t make up for slower download speeds where Sprint has no 4G LTE coverage, but it is a feature which a surprising number of users demand.
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