After Verizon’s announcement of the iPhone 4 coming to Big Red, I have seen a swarm of comments on news sites reacting negatively to the news that the iPhone won’t be able to use data and voice simultaneously from a 3g connection. While this limitation is true, it is simply not that big of a deal, and here is why:
As long as you are connected to Wi-Fi, you can be on a call and still use data. At home I have Wi-Fi, at my office I have Wi-Fi, nearly every restaurant downtown has Wi-Fi. The point is Wi-Fi is ubiquitous.
One thing that I don’t understand about this debacle is that every other Verizon phone has this same limitation and no one seems to be up in arms about it. My original Droid had this “problem” and my current Palm Pre Plus has this “fault” (as I’ve seen it called in online comments).
The only time this has been a problem for me in real world usage is when using the personal hot spot feature while traveling or you’re dealing with spotty wifi coverage. Even then, is it really a huge deal to stop getting data on your laptop for 5 minutes if you absolutely must take a call? It hasn’t been for me, it’s a minor issue when you put it in perspective.
I would like to clear up one more thing. There seems to be confusion of , when you receive a call the data connection will be dropped and your phone call will go through. To think of it another way; Imagine you’re laptop is connected to a router, but someone pulls out the ethernet cable going to the modem. Your laptop would still be connected to the router, but you wouldn’t be online.
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