Verizon iPhone - Miss the simultaneous voice/data?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ReallyBigFeet, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I moved from an AT&T iPhone to a Verizon iPhone 4 when it was released earlier this year. At first, I really didn't find myself missing the simultaneous voice/data feature I had at AT&T. That is primarily because, at least where I live in Chicago, AT&T voice quality was horrible and I couldn't talk on the phone for more than 20 minutes at a time without dropping the call entirely.
    Voice quality on Verizon is outstanding and I've not dropped a call one time since getting the 4.

    What I've found lacking, however, has been the ability to do simultaneous voice/data in ONE very specific instance. I can't look up an address when on a phone call - This is a very common occurrence when I'm out and about in a city I'm unfamiliar with. I'll call the receptionist of the place I'm supposed to be visiting and ask for their address. I have to go into Notepad, write it down there, then copy/paste that into Maps when I hang up to route myself. Can't access Maps when on a call without WiFi.

    Now I usually carry a MiFi in my briefcase that is running all day long. I have an external battery for it so always have a wifi bubble around me. I've gotten around this limitation via that WiFi signal but when in some places I travel, that MiFi doesn't always work so well. I get dead spots even along the train lines in Chicago, for example.

    I guess what I'm asking many other people have switched to Verizon but regret the loss of simultaneous voice/data you enjoyed on AT&T? I still won't go back to AT&T due to the constant call dropping. But I would like my cake and ability to eat it too....
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Since I tether through my iPhone, AT&T is a must for me. If I lost simultaneous voice/data through the phone alone I probably wouldn't notice.

    You might try one of the GPS apps that does not require data, I use Garmin USA and love it. Theoretically it won't need any data connection to route to an address.
  3. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    How exactly does it work on verizon? Like for example, if you're using data to stream music you can't get a phone call or will the call come through and data will disconnect only if you take the call?
  4. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Why wouldn't you add their address to a contact, then just click on the address to bring up maps when the call ends?

    Then if the contact is a dud just delete it.

    Seems easier than notepad, but I also am not the type to head out without the address of where I'm going either.

    I have very few instances where I'd need data and voice at the same time, so it hasn't impacted me at all.
  5. oiuh151 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    I'm almost always in range of a Wi-fi signal whether it be at work or at home so the majority of the time I do need it I'm able to use voice and data at the same time regardless of my network.
  6. Thadon macrumors member

    May 28, 2010
    I have never ran into a time when I needed to use the internet and talk on the phone at the same time.
  7. ReallyBigFeet, Oct 30, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011

    ReallyBigFeet thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Hmmm, I do have a topo-map GPS app I use when hiking. It works well without any data signal. I hadn't thought about that.

    Thanks for the tip...maybe I'll look around on the App store and try a different mapping app. If I pre-loaded cities I'm visiting ahead of time, that would likely serve my needs.

    The only other time I've missed simultaneous voice/data is the ubiquitous "I just sent you a revised file...take a look at it and lets discuss now?" In that situation, I have to hang up the call, retrieve the email with revised attachment, open it and then call the sender back.

    I will say that I pay attention more during conference calls now whereas I used to get distracted surfing the web while talking. :)

    Better idea, thanks.

    My days aren't as structured. I always know what town/city I'll be visiting but many of my appointments are opportunistic so I don't always have the day that planned.
  8. ReallyBigFeet thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
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    Call comes through, it pauses Pandora.
  9. IJBrekke macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Beach, CA
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    It really isn't a big deal to hang up, find an address, and call them back.
  10. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I'm on AT&T, and I have to say that I probably wouldn't miss the simultaneous voice and data. That being said, I still appreciate having that feature available.
  11. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Well if they didn't in the last year or two when they got all of those Android phones they probably won't even bother now that LTE is on the horizon.
  12. zflauaus macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    I've never had anything but Verizon so I don't have anything to miss. I honestly don't mind it. If I'm on the phone, I'm usually trying to focus on them. If they want me to look something up, I'll hang up and look it up because it could take 10 seconds or 10 minutes to find it. Don't want to keep them hanging.
  13. eyespii macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
    Can't say that I missed the feature. Actually, that's probably because I don't spend much time talking on the phone, and when I do, I'm usually near wifi (at home or work).
  14. SoIsays macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    I hardly ever used it when I was on ATT. The only times I remember using internet while on speakerphone is when I'm at home or in a hotel and each time there was wifi involved.
  15. ReallyBigFeet thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    You are correct on the simultaneous voice/data. But the Verizon 4s is a Global Phone. They will even unlock the microsim for you so you can purchase a local SIM card.
  16. auxsend macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
    I would miss it. I use it a lot for whatever reason.
  17. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    I thought that it was a great feature at first when i was with AT&T but then realized I use simultaneous data and voice maybe once in a blue moon. Now that I'm with Verizon im still not using my phone any differently.

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