US wireless carrier Verizon is planning to upgrade its CDMA network to allow its users to simultaneously access voice and data.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is planning to upgrade its network with ability to access voice and data at the same in anticipation of the launch of the CDMA version of the Apple iPhone.
AT&T, which is currently the exclusive partner of the iPhone in the US, touts this very function as its USP. The feature allows smartphone users, with iPhones in particular, to access the web and e-mail while they are still on a voice call.
WSJ reported that Verizon executive Brian Higgins has confirmed that the company is working towards introducing the technology, but did not specify when it will be available.
“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,” he said.