Does AT&T Have an iPhone Advantage Over Sprint and Verizon?

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5 has the ability of handling simultaneous voice and data functions, but it turns out that of the top three major U.S. wireless operators, only AT&T (NYSE:T) will be able to offer the capability. A Verizon (NYSE:VZ) spokesman told The Verge that the version of the iPhone 5 supported by the carrier will not be able to handle the feature even on an LTE network.

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“The iPhone 5 was designed to allow customers to place a voice call on the Verizon Wireless network, while letting customers access the Internet over the WiFi,” the spokesman said.

Because Sprint (NYSE:S) uses the same CDMA model as Verizon, it will not support SVDO either. AT&T will offer simultaneous voice and data on both its HPSDA+ and LTE networks, though LTE speeds are not expected to be reached while a user is on a call.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 went live last week and the initial stock sold out in just about 60 minutes, with Apple having to adjust estimated shipping dates.

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