Which carriers let you use internet while on a call with iPhone?

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  1. slapple macrumors 6502

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    I remember several years ago, people said the one advantage of AT&T over Verizon is that you could be on a call, then press the home button and start using any internet app while talking. AT&T let you do both voice and data at the same time. Verizon did not.

    Is that still true today? Does Verizon still not let you do voice and data at the same time? What about T-Mobile? I am going to get a new iPhone soon and am thinking about switching to either Verizon or T-Mobile.
     
  2. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    With the advent of VOLTE (voice over LTE) all newer smartphones on all carriers can do voice and data simultaneously. This has been true since late 2014/early 2015.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Volte would do it with every carrier like said above.
    If you fall down to 3G only coverage then no cdma carrier will do it. GSM carriers work with 3G and can do voice and data without LTE coverage.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It's too bad that something like EVDV wasn't really rolled out by CDMA carriers, although with plans for LTE it likely didn't make that much diner.
     
  5. edlex macrumors 68000

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    I'm on Verizon since last November and they do voice and data through a feature they call HD Voice. When I was with Sprint prior to Verizon they did not have voice and data.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Yup, that's basically VoLTE.
     
  7. edlex macrumors 68000

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    Yes exactly. Verizon's HD voice also enables the "wifi calling" feature to be activated as well.
     
  8. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    Except for Sprint, I don't believe they have VoLTE live yet. Nor US Cellular, or many MVNO's.
     
  9. edlex macrumors 68000

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    They don't which is why I left Sprint last November for Verizon :)
     
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Sprint STILL doesnt? Wow. They never cease to amaze me!
     
  11. BasicGreatGuy, Mar 7, 2017
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    Sign up for their monthly "Amazement Plan," and you will be guaranteed to be amazed every month. *

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  12. EM2013 macrumors 65816

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    Was curious about this as well. I have sprint and I'm not able to do this. That's the only bad thing about sprint for me though.
     
  13. willmtaylor, Mar 7, 2017
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    I laugh and change the channel every time I see a Sprint commercial bragging about all networks being within 1% of each other.
     
  14. Ca_lvn macrumors member

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    No Sprint does not unless your on wifi then it works
     
  15. Applejuiced, Mar 9, 2017
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    That's the only bad thing about Sprint:D lol ok
     
  16. jhearty99 macrumors 6502

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    lol
     
  17. EM2013 macrumors 65816

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    Im happy with sprint. Good speeds and unlimited data.
     
  18. jhearty99 macrumors 6502

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    With any carrier, it all depends where you live. Ive only heard bad things about them locally
     
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    I hear you, as long as it works out for you in your area with no problems then that's all that matters.
    I was just bustin you up :)
     
  20. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    You can simultaneously talk and surf on any carrier as long as you're on wifi, though I don't know how that works with wifi calling. As others have said AT&T and T-Mobile can talk and surf on LTE or 4G HSPA while Verizon requires their LTE Advanced/HD Voice/VOLTE. Sounds like Sprint doesn't support talk and text without wifi.
     
  21. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Of the four main carriers, Sprint is the only one that doesn't allow simultaneous voice and data. Some phones will use two radios (one for call and one for data) to get around this, but iPhones only use one at a time.
     
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    With Verizon and an iphone 6 or later and VOLTE enabled on your account (as was said previously), you can talk and surf simultaneously.
     
  23. cynics macrumors G4

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    Annoyingly with Verizon VoLTE you drop calls if you drop LTE. In certain areas its very frustrating.

    You can seamlessly (somewhat) transition from Wifi calling to VoLTE though.
     
  24. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    I live/work in a very rural area, but LTE is widespread enough that this has never happened to me.
     
  25. cynics macrumors G4

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    Its the same way where I live, but the next county over from me is terrible and I often need to travel through it. Verizon just needs to deploy LTE better there and it wouldnt be an issue.
     

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