Cell Phone News – Simultaneous Talking and Surfing Being Prepped by Verizon

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brian Higgins said that the company is working on a way to alter its CDMA network to allow for surfing the web and making voice calls at the same time. Right now, its CDMA network cannot do that, which prevents smartphone users from performing some multitasking functions. In comparison, smartphone users on networks such as AT&T’s can make voice calls and check web pages at the same time. Higgins said, “I think there are fringe cases where something like that could be important. For a vast majority of customers, I don’t think it’s a terribly important use case.” Higgins didn’t provide any specifics on how the technology might nor whether or not it woud be backward compatible with older phones. A spokesperson for the CDMA Development Group (CDG), Brad Shewmake, told the Journal that the CDG is working on a technology fix for CDMA that will allow voice and data to flow via the same channel. It will be available at some point during the first half of 2011.

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