Jan 27 AT 12:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

HTC Thunderbolt to be one of the first Verizon phones to support simultaneous voice and data over 3G

Some carriers have been known to poke fun at the competition when it comes to talking and surfing the web at the same time on a smartphone. Verizon has said they are working to bring simultaneous voice and data over 3G to more of their handsets and the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt will be one of the first to support this feature.

Our friends at Phandroid posted a leaked memo which states the Thunderbolt has the functionality that “allows simultaneous voice and data while on the VZW 3G netowrk.” The memo goes on to say that Verizon “cannot promise the experience will be one that is consistent with our brand” and informs employees that they should not reference the functionality as a benefit when talking with customers.

Another detail revealed by the leak is the fact that the Thunderbolt will not support Verizon’s Mobile Hotspot tethering at launch. Hopefully that functionality will be added shortly after launch via an over-the-air software update.

Leaked internal memo confirms simultaneous voice and data.

Source: Phandroid

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  • http://Website Ryan

    Welcome to two years ago Verizon…

  • http://Website Sin City

    Sounding like Verizon supporting SVDO, as the Qualcomm chipset in that phone includes it. Will see how this pans out.

  • http://Website meh8036

    ever since i switched to Verizon i haven’t missed that feature at all… I think i used it around 20 times in the whole year and a half I had my old iPhone. This phone still looks pretty kick ass for not being dual core

    • krazytrixxxsta

      im on tmo and i never even use that feature. i doubt a lot of people even use that feature.

  • http://Website oscillik

    seriously? over in the UK we’ve been able to talk and browse at the same time since 2003. and we were late.

    • http://Website Thanatos

      Oscillik, you are on a GSM network in the UK, here there are different networks GSM & CDMA. Verizon is CDMA and AT&T is GSM (Although Verizon does market a few GSM “World phones”).

      Quite frankly, I VERY rarely used data while talking when I was with AT&T – had a hard enough time just trying to talk with AT&T dropping calls every 30 seconds!! Not to mention that my data speed with AT&T was slow as snail crap in January!! That’s one of the main reasons that I switched to Verizon and I haven’t had a single dropped call since I switched and my data is now fast as lightening. There’s been MAYBE once in the past year that I have wanted to be able to use data when I was talking to someone and even it wasn’t important.

      If some US people need to multi-task so badly that they are jonesing over it? Then I would suggest going to AT&T. Good luck with them! I know that it depends on area you are at, but AT&T ROYALLY SUCKS here!

      • http://Website some_guy

        “Oscillik, you are on a GSM network in the UK, here there are different networks GSM & CDMA. Verizon is CDMA and AT&T is GSM (Although Verizon does market a few GSM “World phones”).”

        No.

        He’d have to be on a UMTS network – like CDMA/EVDO, GSM/EDGE networks do not support multiple radio bearers. W-CDMA networks, such as UMTS do support multi-radio access bearer calls.

        With that said – it’s something I never thought was a big deal, until the UTMS Android devices came along & now I use it all the time. It’s not just about checking a web site when you’re on a call – it’s nice to not have to hang up a call to get your emails delivered.

  • http://Website jeremy

    Really I am sorry guys but this feature is all propaganda in my eyes. Really I never used it on my iPhone and really see no use in it.

  • http://Website Deter

    Thunderbolt is going to do talk and data over 4g not 3g. Just confirmed it with VZ

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yes, Verizon already said it would do both over 4G. This post is about it also working on 3G.

  • http://Website Dan

    Why won’t it support the wireless mobile hotspot?! 4G plus wireless tether is the reason I want(ed) the Thunderbolt! Big disappointment for me . . .

  • http://Website Greg

    How can you guys say that simultaneous voice/data isn’t a big deal? If you already have it, you probably don’t realize how often you take advantage of it. Smartphones use data all the time, including when you’re making phone calls.

    • http://Website Steffen

      I was thinking it wasn’t a big deal at all. I believe I used data during a call one time back when I had a G1 and not once since I’ve had my N1. But now that I think about it, what you say makes a lot of sense. I wouldn’t want to be on an hour long call and then receive 15 emails as soon as I ended the call. So I guess background data is where it matters most.

    • krazytrixxxsta

      there are referring to browsing the web while talking on the phone.

    • http://Website Droidwolf

      Very true I have my apps in the market to update automatically and im on the phone alot so I have updateds going on an I don’t even know it. Mytouch 4g.

  • http://Website Android Sensei

    That might kill Verizon’s reliability. Based on how things are now and what I read here http://exm.nr/h7bHXi I’m not sure if this is a good thing.