One of the selling points for the iPhone has always been the ability to be talking on the phone and still surfing the web (or otherwise using data). The catch with that is Verizon does not currently allow for simultaneous voice and data. For some that will be a deal breaker and they would likely remain with AT&T. That said, according to Verizon executive Brian Higgins;
“I think there are fringe cases where something like that could be important,” Mr. Higgins said. “For a vast majority of customers, I don’t think it’s a terribly important use case.”
Personally, I would agree, however there are those rare times when it comes in really handy and I would also say that it is becoming more and more important for those using a smartphone given you can now do so much.
With that, this lack of simultaneous voice and data is not an issue exclusive to Verizon, but also Sprint as the cause is the CDMA network. The good news here is that it should be taken care of sometime early next year.
This bit is coming by way of said Brad Shewmake, spokesman for the CDMA Development Group, who stated that;
“A solution that will allow CDMA networks to carry voice and data simultaneously will become commercially available in the first half of next year,”
Of course, just because it will be available does not mean Verizon (or Sprint) will adopt it. Nonetheless, for the iPhone to be moving to Verizon, that sounds like something that would need to happen given Apple has run numerous commercials touting the simultaneous voice and data feature in the past.