AT&T will soon have one less thing to brag about.
Big news often comes in a small package. Phandroid recently uncovered a training slide to reveal the HTC Thunderbolt's simultaneous voice & data capabilities. This extends even when the data does not come via LTE.
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While the HTC Thunderbolt is just one small phone, it represents the tip of what will soon be a huge trend for Verizon smartphones. Right now, simultaneous voice & data over 3G doesn't work quite well enough to live up to the Verizon name. Whatever that means. But this state of affairs will change.
The fact that the Verizon iPhone can't handle simultaneous voice and data is a tiny chink in its armor, but a weakness nonetheless. Big Red will make their entire smartphone line stronger if, going forward, their high-end (and eventually all) handsets can handle voice & data. The Thunderbolt is just one more "first" for HTC.
A spot of bad news though- the Thunderbolt will lack mobile hotspot functionality at launch. It might possibly be enabled at some point in the future, but that is unclear. It might just not be a good idea. Testers have run out the 5 GB allotment in a mere 32 minutes. The speeds LTE gets make media streaming and heavy downloading a tempting option, but also an expensive one.
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In conclusion, save your heavy lifting for WiFi.