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AT&T has data and voice capabilities, will Verizon finally?

First Verizon device to have simultaneous voice and data capabilities.
First Verizon device to have simultaneous voice and data capabilities.

One of the things I have heard iPhone people bragging about was the ability to make calls and be on the internet at the same time. I’ve always been like, huh? That’s an AT&T feature. The strange thing is that this statement had me looking at my Droid like, hmm?

The Android phones are a particular bunch. Due to its multitasking capabilities, my phone can: text while I talk and I can use GPS when I talk. It would seem that data and voice have already been working together for quite some time. However if you pay close attention to how Verizon places its phone calls, you would notice that it goes from 3G (EV-DO) to 1XRTT (2G). Why is that important?

When you have calls and data on separate networks it aids in preventing congestion on any one network. Therefore the ability to have a fast internet connection, many people on the network and many people making calls is an easy feat to accomplish. This is why Verizon is a more reliable carrier than AT&T. AT&T on the other hand has both 3G calling and data. So a little trick that I tell iPhone people to do is shut off 3G when they are placing phone calls. It works every time. But this may soon change.

Verizon has been testing VoRA (Voice over Revision A) for almost a year now. This is a precursor to Voice over LTE. It seems that they are testing VoRA versus having both the 1X and LTE radios on at the same time! Wait! Won’t that effect battery usage? Of course it will, and that would piss off every Verizon customer with a smartphone (that has both LTE and 1X). If this were to happen on the EV-DO (3G) network that would mean all of Verizon’s customers would be pissed. For all my techies, Verizon is working on a new initiative called One Voice which will integrate voice over broadband using an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).

Want evidence? They are not really testing this on/for iPhone. They are testing this on Android. Why you may ask? I think Verizon is betting that many people who love iPhone will switch from AT&T to Verizon and they don’t want to lose those potential customers because of new technology problems. But what about Android? Verizon may believe that Android can handle the beating. Whether this is a plus or minus no one except the Verizon upper class knows.

The HTC ThunderBolt is one of the first Verizon devices to have “simultaneous voice and data capabilities” as first reported by AndroidCentral. Another first for HTC but will all this data and voice usage kill Verizon’s reliability? Time will only tell (we should know something in early March). More to come…


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