AT&T shows off another super rare instance where simultaneous voice and data come in handy

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The Verizon iPhone set new records for the carrier this week, and AT&T is undoubtedly feeling the heat. However, the original iPhone carrier has very little ammunition and firepower against Verizon and the CDMA model of the Apple smartphone, which earned a ton of praise this week as early testers gave it a go. AT&T is still pushing one of the very few features it can to entice customers to stay: the ability to make phone calls and surf the web or use data at the same time.

In this latest commercial, we see a man frantically searching for restaurant reservations for his anniversary while on the phone with his wife, who sounds very skeptical of his preoccupation.

For those who like to poke fun, AT&T has to prove that the voice part actually works in order to take advantage of simultaneous voice and data capabilities. In most of the Verizon iPhone reviews, the focus seemed to be on its ability to make, receive and sustain phone calls.

Secondly, if you’ve been frustrated with the inability to send or receive text messages and phone calls, is a silly little commercial touting a feature you might use once or twice a year going to keep you from running off with a sexier carrier all dressed in red?

  • http://www.tehdik.com tehdik

    Sorry but I use this feature every single day while I’m sitting on conference calls.

  • BEC

    This is a great feature which is a huge selling point. Sorry Verizon but it’s another reason I will stay with AT&T. By the way ask ask anyone one in Ft lauderdale, Miami, San Juan the superior call quality of AT&T. The wireless world doesn’t revolve around San Francisco.

  • BEC

    This is a great feature which is a huge selling point. Sorry Verizon but it’s another reason I will stay with AT&T. By the way ask ask anyone one in Ft lauderdale, Miami, San Juan the superior call quality of AT&T. The wireless world doesn’t revolve around San Francisco.

    • Billy Swagger

      Your only partially correct. Yeah its a good selling point but only for EXISTING customers currently on an UNLIMITED data plan. All new customers are forced into the current 2 gig per month plan. Those commercials will only help keep CURRENT subscribers.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to stick with AT&T, but I almost never use this feature. And I almost never make phone calls, either – they drop all the time here in New York.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to stick with AT&T, but I almost never use this feature. And I almost never make phone calls, either – they drop all the time here in New York.

    • gdigenis

      for almost any gsm smartphone user this is not a “super rare” feature. the majority of people using gsm phones buy phones on a plan that includes voice and data in order to get the lowest price on the handset. this means that at some point they will use voice and data at the same time, whether it is intentional (like the example in the at&t commercial) or unintentional (while email is downloading in the background or when you are web surfing and an unexpected call comes through). just because you have crappy service in new york doesnt mean that people in the rest of the word live with the same circumstances. this is a very common feature for gsm phones.

      if you have only ever had verizon service and have not been able to do voice and data at the same time then you really wont know what you are missing, but once you experience the benefit it is hard to go back, especially for business or heavy users.

      while new york is an awesome city, it is not indicative of the rest of the world

  • http://twitter.com/MobileRuss Russ

    I have a MiFi 2200 on Verizon Wireless, a jailbroken iPhone (that can also be used as a WiFi hotspot), and an Apple MacBook Pro. About an hour ago I was sitting in my car with all three devices opening iTunes on the MBP and downloading twelve podcasts from this week and I began the down load over the MiFi 2200 … that is until iTunes announced the download would consume 16 minutes … I then paused the download, from the Verizon network and connected to AT&T via my iPhone instead.

    My downloads completed in 4.5 minutes.

    This huge performance delta between Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility is regularly experienced by me. Suffice it to say: HUGE advantage AT&T.

    In the main post above the author asserts that the benefits AT&T can offer over Verizon would be seldomly used. I beg to differ: I use my MacBook EVERY DAY and the data network performance on AT&T’s HSPA network is hands down superior to Verizon’s EV-DO network. Its not even a close call.

    • Anonymous

      The exception is not the rule. And we’re not talking network speeds here, we’re talking network reliability. I’m well aware of AT&T’s superior HSPA+ speeds. Check out what I got on my iPhone over the weekend:

      http://twitpic.com/3vohpj

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. Though if that was an LTE Verizon modem you’d be having a very different experience.

  • Anonymous

    I use this feature a lot too. I have some friends who I talk to often. And while I’m sure they mean well, they tend to talk for a very very very long time. So its always good to be able to browse the web while they’re yakking away.

  • TJake

    I too use this feature. A LOT

  • Leotoro

    I too use this feature all the time. For example, deciding on what movie to watch with friends. Simply call call one, add another call, surf your favorite movie ticket app. Voila.

    Try it Marc.

  • Billy Swagger

    At&t can run ads on simultaneous voice/data all day long. Why would anyone switch to a company with a capped data plan?? No smart consumer will give up UNLIMITED data for a 2gig per month cap.

  • http://twitter.com/benmarvin benmarvin

    Why doesn’t the guy have a computer in his office? Is the commercial set in in 1950?

  • applover

    He’s in a conference room, cupcake.
    using a VZW iphone is like 1950 data speeds though.

  • Anonymous

    Let me get this straight. You bought an iphone KNOWING that it would not work well as a phone in your area? That doesn’t sound like a thing an intelligent person would do. Next time go with the Ipod touch. Sounds like thats about all you have anyway. Oh and KNOWING that it wouldn’t work well in your area, you bought it, and then proceed to gripe about it. 2012 can’t get here soon enough for me…..

  • Chickchickduck

    Seriously you think simultaneous voice and data is only of ‘limited functionality’? I just switched from AT&T to Sprint, and now I miss phone calls and text messages every time I use Pandora.

    But yeah, I guess missing calls and texts is ok, no need for simultaneous voice and data here.

    I’m missing the crap out of GSM/HSDPA right now.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like some pretty cool stuff dude, seriously.

    http://www.ultimate-privacy.tk

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