Will the Verizon iPhone 6 be able to surf and talk at the same time?

determined09

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 9, 2009
1,448
307
Will the next verizon Iphone 6 be able to surf and talk at the same time? Does anyone know anything about this? Will iphone 6 be able to do a conference call like up to 5 callers on one phone call?

thank you
 

famoussasjohn

macrumors 6502a
Jul 7, 2010
748
7
Doubt we will know much of anything until it's been released and Verizon users can confirm it if it can or not. That's something that they won't go over at the reveal of the device.
 

wordoflife

macrumors 604
Jul 6, 2009
7,559
32
Will the next verizon Iphone 6 be able to surf and talk at the same time? Does anyone know anything about this? Will iphone 6 be able to do a conference call like up to 5 callers on one phone call?
Apple needs to put two separate antennas in the iPhone for it to do simultaneous voice and data on Verizon. One to connect to 1x and one to connect to LTE. I have a feeling that they wont do this since they haven't done it yet - and because it is more efficient to have a single antenna. Who knows though, maybe they'll be able to do something about it. I just think that its unlikely that this is a priority on their list of things to do. A good majority of the iPhones that Apple sells are GSM and they don't have a problem with the current setup.

As for the conference call issue, that's a limitation on Verizon's (CDMA) network. It might change when they do voLTE, but they aren't doing that right now or any time soon. I would say that this is almost a definite no.
 

CEmajr

macrumors 601
Dec 18, 2012
4,373
1,132
Charlotte, NC
Doubtful. I don't think Apple is going to add an extra antenna just to accommodate 2 carriers in one country because their networks aren't capable of this feature.
 

cinematicme

macrumors member
Aug 2, 2011
93
0
It dynamically switches networks based on what your doing, 2 antennas wouldn't make sense.

LTE needs voice transport, plain and simple. A
 

Agent-P

macrumors 68030
Dec 5, 2009
2,502
21
The Tri-State Area
I doubt Apple will add the extra antenna when Verizon has already announced they're working on getting Voice Over LTE setup (I don't remember the exact time frame they said, but I expect by next year for some progress to be made). Makes no sense for Apple to add the extra antenna when Verizon is already working on a more ideal solution.
 

SoIsays

macrumors regular
Nov 1, 2011
234
10
No. It is too costly to apple and verizon's bottom line to provide a service that that the customers haven't clamored for.
 

Shockwave78

macrumors 65816
Jul 10, 2010
1,077
58
It is pointless now for Apple to do it...Within the next year AT&T and Verizon will be rolling out VoLTE so these will not be needed anymore. Of course they will need to keep the ability to switch back to the 3g/4g networks for voice calling if LTE signal fails. But for the most part we are coming up on where everything is going to be done over LTE.
 

Applejuiced

macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
40,650
6,403
At the iPhone hacks section.
Apple needs to put two separate antennas in the iPhone for it to do simultaneous voice and data on Verizon. One to connect to 1x and one to connect to LTE. I have a feeling that they wont do this since they haven't done it yet - and because it is more efficient to have a single antenna. Who knows though, maybe they'll be able to do something about it. I just think that its unlikely that this is a priority on their list of things to do. A good majority of the iPhones that Apple sells are GSM and they don't have a problem with the current setup.

As for the conference call issue, that's a limitation on Verizon's (CDMA) network. It might change when they do voLTE, but they aren't doing that right now or any time soon. I would say that this is almost a definite no.
I agree.
Not until Volte comes out but that could take a while.
Apple wont add additional hardware, size and less battery life on their phone line app just for 1-2 particular carriers.
It will likely stay like it is now and cdma users will just keep telling themselves its a feature they don't care about anyway:D
 

I7guy

macrumors Core
Nov 30, 2013
20,378
8,203
Gotta be in it to win it
I agree.
Not until Volte comes out but that could take a while.
Apple wont add additional hardware, size and less battery life on their phone line app just for 1-2 particular carriers.
It will likely stay like it is now and cdma users will just keep telling themselves its a feature they don't care about anyway:D
Ill deal with it as i have a grandfathered unlimited data plan.
 

scaredpoet

macrumors 604
Apr 6, 2007
6,626
342
Will the next verizon Iphone 6 be able to surf and talk at the same time?
The iPhone 5 and 5s are technically capable of it now. Verizon needs to deploy VoLTE however, for it to work.

Will iphone 6 be able to do a conference call like up to 5 callers on one phone call?
This is entirely a network limitation, and not something Apple can compensate for no matter how many antennas they put in the thing. It's possible that this could be supported on VoLTE. IT depends on just how backward compatible Verizon's VoLTE ends up being with CDMA. My guess is you probably won't see this ability on Verizon for a really, really long time.
 

I7guy

macrumors Core
Nov 30, 2013
20,378
8,203
Gotta be in it to win it
Up to you.
I have one too with AT&T. And even though I get can get throttled after 5GB's they still let me upgrade and get subsidized priced iphones without losing my unlimited data plan.
I'll buy the phones at full retail, no biggie, no throttling. :)

----------

The iPhone 5 and 5s are technically capable of it now. Verizon needs to deploy VoLTE however, for it to work.



This is entirely a network limitation, and not something Apple can compensate for no matter how many antennas they put in the thing. It's possible that this could be supported on VoLTE. IT depends on just how backward compatible Verizon's VoLTE ends up being with CDMA. My guess is you probably won't see this ability on Verizon for a really, really long time.
Verizon was quoted as 2013, so I suspect shortly it will just be there; as opposed to a "really, really, long time".
 

determined09

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 9, 2009
1,448
307
The iPhone 5 and 5s are technically capable of it now. Verizon needs to deploy VoLTE however, for it to work.



.
You're correct. In the meanwhile, my co-worker told me that if I turn on my wifi that while on a phone call, I can also surf the internet at the same time. :D
 

scaredpoet

macrumors 604
Apr 6, 2007
6,626
342
Verizon was quoted as 2013,
*looks at calendar* Yeah, and how did that work out for ya? :)

In any case, I'm sure VoLTE is coming. Conferencing with up to 5 people, which is what the OP was asking about? I highly doubt that will happen anytime soon. Verizon would basically have to be okay with no CDMA fallback on VoLTE calls, and a difference in feature availability between the CDMA and LTE networks for voice. LTE, on ANY network, has a very long way to go before it can stand on its own without a fallback from its predecessor networks. Even Verizon's alleged "substantially complete" LTE network (which is hardly the case if they still have to refarm spectrum in 2015) is far from ready to ditch CDMA.

So, I doubt Verizon will be ready to go this route until they finally start sunsetting CDMA, which is still years out. And believe me, I more than anyone else would be really happy to see CDMA finally go. It's had its day and has worn out its welcome.
 
Last edited:

I7guy

macrumors Core
Nov 30, 2013
20,378
8,203
Gotta be in it to win it
*looks at calendar* Yeah, and how did that work out for ya? :)

In any case, I'm sure VoLTE is coming. Conferencing with up to 5 people, which is what the OP was asking about? I highly doubt that will happen anytime soon. Verizon would basically have to be okay with no CDMA fallback on VoLTE calls, and a difference in feature availability between the CDMA and LTE networks for voice. LTE, on ANY network, has a very long way to go before it can stand on its own without a fallback from its predecessor networks. Even Verizon's alleged "substantially complete" LTE network (which is hardly the case if they still have to refarm spectrum in 2015) is far from ready to ditch CDMA.

So, I doubt Verizon will be ready to go this route until they finally start sunsetting CDMA, which is still years out. And believe me, I more than anyone else would be really happy to see CDMA finally go. It's had its day and has worn out its welcome.
My guess is they are closer than farther. Verizon is fairly aggressive with it's network. Since we can't speak for them, it's a waiting game at this point.
 

I7guy

macrumors Core
Nov 30, 2013
20,378
8,203
Gotta be in it to win it
Okay. I see your point. But I'm still hoping that will work on the next coming IPhone 6.
15 years without it simultaneous voice and data on VZW. At this point I really don't care about it. As I said, either I'm on wifi or my ipad is with me. I double apple will accommodate this feature with two antennae on the iphone 6.

They could of course surprise us, but I don't see it.