Does AT&T no longer allow data surfing while on a call?

gmiller598

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Jun 20, 2010
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I was jsut on a phone call this morning and my phone wouldn't allow me to surf in safari or check facebook etc while I was connected on the call. I know Sprint and verizon don't allow it but has AT&T started now too?
 

r.j.s

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It's not that Sprint and Verizon don't allow it ... their network architecture does not allow for simultaneous voice and data - it's a network limitation, not a carrier decision.

You may have had low signal strength, or the network may have been saturated.
 

auero

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It's not that Sprint and Verizon don't allow it ... their network architecture does not allow for simultaneous voice and data - it's a network limitation, not a carrier decision.

You may have had low signal strength, or the network may have been saturated.
True to an extent. Once Verizon switches to Voice over LTE there should be no reason why they can't do both.
 

gmiller598

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Jun 20, 2010
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Perhaps you were on Edge which does not allow voice and data simultaneously.
I'm beginning to think that was the case. It must have dropped to edge briefly this morning. I tested it again from the same location on another call today and it worked fine.