Finally, Verizon Wireless customers can enjoy web surfing over data while on call. Plus, the new iPhones on Verizon also support HD voice.
Three years after Verizon Wireless acquired all the rights to sell an iPhone, the top US telco is finally allowing users of Apple’s smartphone to surf the web while on call.
Dubbed as “advanced calling,” this enables users to connect to Verizon’s Long Term Evolution data while maintaining a call. Sadly, at least for customers with older iPhones, the new Verizon advanced calling feature is limited to Apple’s new smartphones only, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. In addition to the two new iPhones, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3 are also getting the feature now.
To enable this feature, users must configure the phone through the iOS 8 “Settings” app’s cellular tab and choose to enable LTE “voice & data.” Not surprisingly, this feature also added the wideband audio technology or HD voice support for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apparently, both lines must use a wideband audio-enabled handset in order to experience this feature.
It’s worth sharing that other iPhones running on rival networks also support voice over LTE and wideband audio or HD Voice.
With these new features, Verizon is on better position to sell more iPhones and top of the line Android devices.
Aside from “advanced calling,” the two new Verizon iPhones are also enticing to some because of their unlocked SIM card slots. Several users, including unlocked iPhone resellers on the web, have confirmed that the Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are shipping with unlocked nano-SIM card slot. This is particularly useful for Verizon customers who have activities in other countries. For example, a Verizon user is traveling abroad, he or she can purchase a working local prepaid SIM there and use the device, instead of using the same number and spend more due to overage and hefty call charges.