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Simultaneous Voice and Data

Matt Drance:

Think about the number of iPhone commercials you’ve seen that demonstrate using apps while a call is active. Now imagine those commercials vanishing because the iPhone is on Verizon. The ability to—wait for it—multitask while on the phone has been a critical selling point of the iPhone experience since the iPhone 3G launch almost two years ago.…Apple is not the kind of company that takes huge steps backward just to win a few more customers.

Everyone seems to be making this argument, but I just don’t buy it. This is not a huge step backwards. I bet that the average iPhone user doesn’t know about this differentiating feature and doesn’t surf much, if at all, while on calls. Verizon makes potentially millions of customers available to Apple, customers who won’t miss this feature because they never had it. The existing AT&T customers would lose nothing. If iPhone users ever do have a choice of carriers, AT&T will do the work for Apple in making it clear that this is a network feature rather than a device feature.

2 Comments

at least in germany, where we're bound to t-mobile we cannot surf while on a call. Surfing via Wifi works though, but that's it.
Pressing the home button to get to safari etc is a nice feature but really not obvious...i've used that feature myself only a very few times.

Karsten

"Everyone seems to be making this argument, but I just don’t buy it."

Yup. No one wants to talk about the fact that VZ's uber-policy is to take money off ancillary revenues, (aka AppStore), and the fact that Apple doesn't want to cotton to this model.

It is THE reason why there hasn't been a VZ iPhone since day one.

The irresistible force meets the immovable object. I don't have the slightest clue how it ends up resolving.

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