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I'm ready to buy my first iPhone, but...

Country Roads

Jun 29, 2011, 9:34 PM
I am not pleased that Verizon's iPhone, because it is CDMA, does not surf and talk at the same time. AT&T's does. There are tons of you out there who know more about the pros and cons than I do. Should I stay with Verizon and take the iPhone they have, or should I go over to AT&T and get the phone with the feature I want? If you're going to be critical of my inquiry, don't even respond. If you can give me a reasonable answer, I would like to hear it. Many thanks in advance.
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pickles

Jun 29, 2011, 9:48 PM
what is your biggest reason for wanting to talk and surf at the same time? do you really think it's something you'll need to be doing all the time? how important is this, really? do you have any other gripes with verizon (i.e. cust service, coverage in your area, etc)?
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CellStudent

Jun 29, 2011, 10:27 PM
Country Roads said:
I am not pleased that Verizon's iPhone, because it is CDMA, does not surf and talk at the same time. AT&T's does. There are tons of you out there who know more about the pros and cons than I do. Should I stay with Verizon and take the iPhone they have, or should I go over to AT&T and get the phone with the feature I want? If you're going to be critical of my inquiry, don't even respond. If you can give me a reasonable answer, I would like to hear it. Many thanks in advance.

Get an LTE smartphone, they all talk and surf at the same time.
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Azeron

Jul 7, 2011, 1:00 AM
Verizon should mandate that all smartphones going forward include separate chip for 1x and EV-DO/LTE.
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Jellz

Jun 29, 2011, 11:43 PM
Don't get an iPhone 4. For the love of God don't. Be patient. Get iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, whichever. X_X
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Country Roads

Jun 30, 2011, 6:26 AM
The reason I want the iPhone is the fact I can hook it into my surround sound system with the docking station when I'm not using it for the regular things. I have no problem with Verizon at all...great service, rarely a dropped call. My understanding is that unless the new iPhone on Verizon is LTE, it will not surf and talk at the same time, the way the AT&T version has done all along. I simply want that flexibility when I need it.
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Country Roads

Jun 30, 2011, 6:33 AM
Oh, yes, one other thing...

The AT&T iPhone is global friendly, because of the GSM platform. I don't travel all that much, and I know the roaming charges are high, but all I want is ONE phone to do what I want. If Verizon can't compete with AT&T at this point for this handset, something is definitely wrong. Maybe Apple is still calling the shots here, but it seems to me that parity should have kicked in a while ago.
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OrionsVantage

Jun 30, 2011, 11:29 AM
So you want an iphone has a gsm radio. Go to att then.

Or get. the thunderbolt with Verizon. talk and surf capabilities.
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CellStudent

Jun 30, 2011, 4:39 PM
Country Roads said:
Oh, yes, one other thing...

The AT&T iPhone is global friendly, because of the GSM platform.

It is prety much a sure bet that Apple's next iPhone will include joint CDMA/GSM radios in all handsets. The next iPhone won't have a GSM version and an CDMA version. It will be one handset that works on both technologies.

You sound like one of those people who should wait and see. If I were in your shoes, I would not purchase a smartphone at all until the next round of iPhones makes an appearance. You might be one of the few people who cares about some of the hardware changes that are expected to come with the next generation.
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Jellz

Jun 30, 2011, 6:08 PM
I think it would be cool if the iPhone 5 were the first phone to have GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/HSPA+/LTE all in one. The only question is, how to fit that into a tiny iPhone...
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Jayshmay

Jun 30, 2011, 9:01 PM
Apple COO Tim Cook is too obsest with thinness to put all that in the next Iphone.
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joey301

Jul 7, 2011, 7:15 AM
Are you sure you want to keep streaming with tiered data?
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Jayshmay

Jun 30, 2011, 8:53 PM
Supposedly a new Iphone is coming out in September, so you might as well wait and get the most up to date Iphone.
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Azeron

Jul 7, 2011, 12:57 AM
" it is CDMA, does not surf and talk at the same time."

If Apple were to build a CDMA iphone with a separate chip for data and voice the way HTC did with the Thunderbolt you COULD surf and talk simultaneously. Don't blame CDMA. Blame Apple's cheap *Bleep*sses. A thousand dollar phone and they are too cheap to use a separate chip for voice and data? Really?
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Cellular Phone

Jul 12, 2011, 9:41 AM
You're biased against CDMA so go with AT&T.
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Jellz

Jul 12, 2011, 11:32 AM
Buy an unlocked iPhone 4 and go with T-Mobile. No 3G speeds for you, though.
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