iPhone 5 won't do simultaneous data and voice calls on Verizon

There has been a lot of hoopla about the new iPhone 5’s radio and how it won’t do simultaneous data and voice calls on Verizon and Sprint.

For Jon Gruber this isn’t an issue:

This is unfortunate, but it’s not going to keep me from switching to Verizon with my upgrade to the iPhone 5. I know some people use this feature, because I hear from them every time I write that it’s no big deal, but for me personally, I can’t remember ever wanting to use data while on a phone call. I just don’t make that many phone calls, for one thing. For another, the limitation only applies to cellular data — Wi-Fi works during phone calls on all iPhones.

I too wanted to switch to Verizon with the iPhone 5 but having simultaneous voice and data is just too important to me. The critical use case is trying to use GPS navigation while on a phone call. That happens to me all the time and I don’t want to have to end my call to find directions.

So for now I’ll have to stay with AT&T although I’m not happy about it.

[Update]

I actually bought a Verizon iPhone 5.  My AT&T reception is just too problematic where I live so I decided to switch over.  I’m not happy about the lack of simultaneous voice and data access but dropped calls are worse.

Published by joshkerr

Josh is an 8x startup founder and angel investor.

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