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New iPhone Ads Promote Voice + Data

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Apple’s latest ads demonstrate just how much you can get online while you’re still on a call. These ads are a little better than AT&T’s ads promoting the feature, but they sure don’t reflect my experience trying to get work done with my iPhone 3Gs. I count myself lucky if my call isn’t dropped or if I get a 3G signal.

The ad signs off with a question that’s an attack on the ‘Droid Does’ campaign: “Can your phone and your network do that?”

Apparently my phone and network kinda sorta do that.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. GoodThings2Life

    11/24/2009 at 11:52 am

    Well, it’s true that they can do the whole voice/data connection at the same time, and others currently can’t. But to answer the question… YES, my phone can do that (WinMo or Android), but NO, my network [currently] can’t do the whole data thing simultaneously.

    I never really understood why that is until I started hearing about all the dropped calls and network instability issues that AT&T has… then I realized, oh, yeah… that’s why!

  2. Sumocat

    11/24/2009 at 2:44 pm

    The lack of simultaneous data and voice is a limit of CDMA. However, the CDMA Development Group has announced a spec to overcome that limit.
    https://cdg.org/news/press/2009/Aug17_09.asp
    Seems a bit late to me. 4G might very well render such problems obsolete before new spec can be widely implemented.

  3. mrpacs

    11/24/2009 at 7:19 pm

    Thankfully, here in CT, AT&T is rock solid.

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