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IPhone 5: Can't talk and surf at same time on Verizon or Sprint

September 13, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez | This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
  • Verizon nor Sprint will support simultaneous use of voice and data over LTE on the iPhone 5.
Verizon nor Sprint will support simultaneous use of voice and data over… (Verizon Wireless )

The AT&T version of the iPhone 5 has one feature Verizon and Sprint versions don't: It can make calls and connect to the Internet at the same time.

The Verge reported Thursday that Verizon and Sprint versions of the new Apple smartphone are unable to perform both tasks at the same time.

A Verizon spokesperson confirmed this to the tech site while Sprint spokeswoman Heather Wong has confirmed the same to the Los Angeles Times.

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Wong said the Sprint version of the iPhone 5 can't make calls and connect to the Internet at the same time over LTE, but she did say people can talk and use the Internet if connected over Wi-Fi.

Meanwhile, AT&T's version can talk and connect, but company spokeswoman Meredith Red told The Times that Internet speeds will be slower than LTE if used at the same time as a call.

AT&T and Sprint will begin preorders on the iPhone 5 at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Verizon has also said it will hold preorders but the company has not yet confirmed when they will begin.

[Update 5:27 p.m., Sept. 13: Verizon has told The Times it will begin its pre-orders online at 12 a.m. PDT Friday.]

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