iPhone 6: Simultaneous Voice and Data Finally Comes to Verizon iPhones
The just-announced and all-new iPhone 6 isn’t just a pretty smartphone that’s bigger, better and faster. It’s also much smarter than ever before, and under the hood Apple’s added tons of advancements to WiFi, 4G LTE, as well as VoLTE. Everything from call quality, network speeds while downloading apps or browsing the web, but also while making calls.
Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both support VoLTE, which is a major feature that’s extremely important for the number one wireless carrier in the United States. Verizon iPhones will finally be able to simultaneously use voice and data at the same time.
Read: VoLTE: Benefits and Disadvantages for Consumers
If there was one feature that’s extremely small, but very needed for Verizon iPhone users, this was it. Many people call it simultaneous voice and data, and it’s finally here thanks to the improvements under the hood on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Read on for more details.
When it comes to using a smartphone, every user has different needs. Sadly those with an iPhone 5S or below on Verizon weren’t able to surf and talk at the same time.
Imagine trying to look up directions on Google Maps (or Apple Maps) while on the phone at the same time. We’ve all been there, but this was a major problem for Verizon iPhones because they couldn’t do both at the same time. Being able to simultaneously use voice and data has been available on AT&T for a while, and Android phones can do this too, but iPhone users have been left out. Until now.
Additionally, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now support 20 different 4G LTE bands, more than any other smartphone. This will make network performance better, especially while roaming. Then, of course, the kicker is VoLTE, which stands for voice over LTE. Essentially allowing users to make calls over the data connection, rather than the old 3G and voice bands from previous generations.
VoLTE launched on Verizon earlier this year and delivered this feature to many Android devices, and AT&T has offered it for the iPhone for quite some time. Sadly Verizon didn’t, but starting September 19th (iPhone 6 launch day) you’ll finally be able to enjoy this small, but vital, feature on Verizon Wireless.
VoLTE will make calls sound better and clearer, and as we’ve said multiple times above, finally let users use the internet and talk on the phone at the same time. Sounds silly to not be able to do so, but it’s been a problem that has plagued iPhone owners on Verizon since day one. This will also work with AT&T, T-Mobile, and other carriers in the near future, including international carriers.
While we’re talking about all the advances to the processor inside of the iPhone 6, we also should mention WiFi. With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus you’ll enjoy what Apple describes as “3x faster Wi-Fi”. That’s Wi-Fi is 802.11ac, which will enhance WiFi performance, speeds, reach and stability across the board. Apple also confirmed the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also have WiFi calling, but again, we’ll have to wait until launch later this month to see which carriers support it.
The brand new iPhone 6 was just announced today, and you’ll want to know all the news, details, release date, and pricing. For any and all iPhone 6 news, stop by our iPhone 6 Portal.
09/09/2014 at 12:47 pm
That’s a grossly inaccurate article. Verizon hasn’t yet activated VoLTE on any device. They announced in may it would launch at some point this year on a nationwide basis on a number of devices. Then in August they announced it would be launched “in the coming weeks”. What many Android, Windows, and Blackberry manufacturers have done is built into their phones the ability to handle an LTE data connection and a simultaneous 3G voice connection, which is what you see on many Verizon phones, but no VoLTE.
Also, AT&T has not launched VoLTE on an iPhone, as it’s only supported on the un-released iPhone 6/6 Plus. AT&T has allowed simultaneous voice and data via it’s 3G network, which all 3G iPhone have been capable of; however, on the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C, when on AT&T, the LTE connection drops and you go to 3G (or HSPA) which allows for simultaneous voice and data.
09/09/2014 at 4:01 pm
You might want to do some research so you don’t make a fool of yourself. You’re absolutely wrong with the information you’re giving out. Neither Verizon nor AT&T have officially launched VoLTE yet.
09/10/2014 at 9:34 am
Correct me if I’m wrong but he wrote that it will start Sept. 19.
09/12/2014 at 12:35 pm
To echo the people above, you are factually incorrect about most of your article. For instance, VoLTE will be a great feature but it is not available yet from Verizon at all yet. It is likely to be turned on just prior to the iPhone6 launch. A minute of research by you would could have found Verizon’s own press release about VoLTE: https://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/08/hd-voice-and-video-calling-coming-soon-to-verizon-wireless4g-lte-network.html
09/15/2014 at 7:59 am
Very misleading article. The fact is that the iPhone is about the only smart phone on Verizon that is unable to do simultaneous CDMA voice and LTE data, and this isn’t fixed with the iPhone 6. Eventually Verizon will turn on VoLTE but even then Verizon subscribers often roam onto rural CDMA carriers that won’t have VoLTE.
One of the reasons that Verizon consistently ranks highest in coverage is because of the plethora of smaller carriers that went CDMA rather than GSM because of CDMAs advantage in terms of covering large areas with a minimal number of cells. Go to Yosemite and you’ll roam on Golden State Cellular. Go to rural parts of southern Oregon and you’ll roam onto U.S. Cellular. Verizon recently purchased Mojave cellular so that area of Arizona is no longer roaming.
Even on GSM carriers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, the iPhone still cannot do simultaneous voice and LTE data. Data drops from LTE down to 3G during a call. Yet nearly every Android LTE phone can do what the iPhone (the $200 Moto G LTE also drops data down to 3G during a call)..
Apple decided to have only one antenna inside the iPhone so it is shared between the voice radio and the LTE radio. Other smartphones have separate antennas for the voice radio and the LTE radio. Apple saved money by doing this, but the user suffers.
Where VoLTE will really be useful is in areas where Verizon has _only_ LTE and does not have any 800 Mhz or 1900 MHz CDMA service. This is the case in Alaska.
09/29/2014 at 2:33 pm
Settings>cellular>enable LTE>voice & data. done…simultaneous voice and LTE data
01/16/2016 at 5:07 pm
Verizon has a long way to go before they can beat AT&T, I just switched over to Verizon and they bite.