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Verizon iPhone to get simultaneous voice and data on 3G?

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Wed May 19, 2010

Verizon may use Voice over Rev A to placate Apple

The Verizon iPhone may be capable of supporting both voice and data like its AT&T cousin, a tip today says. Verizon is reportedly planning to add Voice over Revision A (VoRA) to its network that would use its EVDO Rev A 3G network to handle voice calls as well as data. Unlike usual CDMA networks, which cuts off 3G when a call comes in, VoRA would behave more like HSPA on phone networks and allow both to run at the same time.

Phones like the BlackBerry Tour, as well as some Sprint phones, already use a somewhat similar technique for push-to-talk over Rev A rather than using aging networks like iDEN.

The technology would be a precursor to Voice over LTE (VoLTE), the technology Verizon will likely need to use soon after phones start reaching its 4G network. While the timing of any possible iPhone wasn't mentioned, the BGR source said that the Apple handset could use VoRA if it ships on or before the time the network upgrade goes live.

Rumors have put mass production of a CDMA iPhone in August or September and could see actual sales start sometime later. If real and accompanied by VoRA, it could juggle data as well as the present-day iPhone and would take away one of the frequently-cited advantages of having the Apple device on AT&T's network. It would also greatly simplify Apple's OS development as it wouldn't have to discourage the use of data in the background.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Welcome to the civilized world

    You Verizon heathens. (I hate Verizon :).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Because according to Apple's commercials, people are always browsing while talking on their iPhones. And those silly Verizon people can't do that, and instead have to do senseless things like walk over to one of 600 computers in their near vicinity and look something up.

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm Gonna Say BS for One Reson

    Voice over Revision A doesn't have a Wikipedia page.

    If it doesn't have a Wikipedia page, it doesn't exist or it's not going to happen.


  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Yes

    What Apple commercials?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Yes

    Again, you are mistaken. The commercials in question are AT&T commercials.

    Nope, iPhone commercials. The "You get a phone call, and need to get tickets" or some stupid thing like that.

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