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Be Careful with the "Simultaneous Voice/Data Claims

by blargolis    Mar 15, 2011, 3:52 PM

I've seen a lot of misinformation on this floating around. The Thunderbolt (and all 4G LTE phones for years to come) have multiple radios, one for LTE-4G and one for CDMA. Where LTE is available, you will be able to talk and surf just fine. While 4G is an all-ip technology, Verizon will continue to use the CDMA network for voice at least initially.

For those who don't live in areas covered by LTE, or when you can't pick up LTE signal for any reason, you will be on 3G/CDMA and it will then work like any other Verizon smartphone! And who knows how well the Thunderbolt will be implemented with 3G fallback. For example, if you are on the internet and move out of range on LTE, will the connection stay open? What if you are on the phone when you move out of the area?

The whole simultaneous talk/surf thing has been overblown. It never bothered me once after many years with Verizon until they added the 3G hotspot feature. It is real annoying when I'm in the middle of something and the phone rings and my connection is dumped.

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