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DROID DOES surf web while on phone

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by UGAdroid, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. UGAdroid

    UGAdroid Member
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    I am getting sick and tired of these AT&T/I-Phone commercials bragging about how that network and phone can multi-task on the web during a phone call. For anyone wondering why our incredible DROID doesnt do this...it actually DOES.
    First of all, it is not the I-Phone that can do this, it is their network.
    All you have to do on your Droid is turn on the Wi-Fi. With it on and connected you can surf the web, use any internet connected app, etc. all during a phone call.

    Not a legal expert or anything, but doesn't this sound a little like false advertising by the "other guys"?

    Sorry if this has already been posted, just venting more than anything. Comments welcome...

  2. Caddyman

    Caddyman Android Expert

    Droid can't do what iPhone can . You're wrong
  3. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Android Enthusiast

    Ok, then put it this way- Their network can surf the web, while on a call, without the need for wifi. Better? There is no false advertising going on at all.

    While that is a little bit of grasping for straws on their end, it could matter occasionally, and for those times it might, wifi may not be available.
  4. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    There is (or was) a big thread about this in one of the other forums. Fact is, that functionality is not really that useful to most people. I've never once wanted or needed to do that. A lot of people didn't even realize this was a limitation of CDMA until those commercials came out, and now all of a sudden they feel like they're missing something. A lot of other people don't really care. AT&T is making a huge deal out of this one thing because they're throwing a temper tantrum over their poor customer service rating, crappy service, and Verizon's competition.

    Honestly, it doesn't even really work on the iPhone. I had my roommate try it on his 3GS to see what all the hype was about, and he lost his call every time he tried to do it. Another plus for AT&T's network when their ace-in-the-hole advertised feature doesn't even really do most people any good or doesn't work properly.
  5. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Android Enthusiast

    I was actually going to say that this feature is much more of a convenience than a necessity, but when people throw words around like "fact is..." I feel compelled to call them out. Maybe I'm just an ass but that's certainly not a "fact" and an online forum is one of the last places I'd be looking for factual information about a broad user base's required needs.

    There were numerous times where I had used my iPhone to check something work-related on the internet, while talking to a coworker (that didn't have internet access) on the very same phone. It wasn't an outright requirement, but it certainly made things much easier than having a situation like this:

    Me: "Ok, I'll check and call you right back"

    [check my company's website]

    [call coworker back]

    Me: "Alright, heres the info you need...."

    Them: "But what about...?"

    [curse them out silently to myself]

    Me: "Ugh... I'll call you right back"
  6. UGAdroid

    UGAdroid Member
    Thread Starter

    Don't think I am "wrong" about what I said. I am just stating what the Droid can do, compared to what At&t is saying it cant. I understand that it cant do it on the regular network, only on Wi-Fi. All this said, I do agree with what JSchu22 said.

    Besides I was just venting...
  7. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Android Enthusiast

    Venting is ok with me- Where the hell else can people like us go with frustrations like that... without the listener saying "WTF?"
  8. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    And the iPhone can't do what the DROID can do. Umm ... and my lawyer can beat up your lawyer. :D

    The bottom line: Both companies are guilty of smear campaigns and they should both be ashamed of themselves. :eek: I find the DROID commercials equally as annoying as the iPHone commercials.
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  9. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    I did say that it is not really that useful to most people, and based on that rather long thread about this exact same thing, I think it's fair to say that. I wasn't just basing this off of my own opinion. I never claimed that nobody would have a use for it, and I think to call that out based on my choice of wording is a bit semantic.
  10. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Android Enthusiast

    Hey you said "fact is". Not really as much ambiguity there as you're suggesting.
  11. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    I'm suggesting that it was sort of unecessary to start an argument about it. If you want to argue that the feature is useful that's one thing, and you may be right, but picking apart words like that seems like you're just trying to instigate. I don't come here to argue with people. I can't stop you saying what you want to say, of course, but that was relatively rude/personal. I don't see the need for it.
  12. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Android Enthusiast

    We will agree to disagree then. I felt it was inaccurate for you pass this feature off this as factually useless, when no one on here is qualified in making that assessment. I can see your point though and I most certainly was not trying to be rude.
  13. meekrab

    meekrab Android Enthusiast

    It's not false advertising, they're making a valid statement. Yes, if you can connect to a wifi network then you can surf while talking. No wifi, no surfing, bottomline.
  14. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    Fair enough. I apologize for making it sound like I'm an authority on the matter, or if I was rude in response.
  15. Legacystar

    Legacystar Android Enthusiast

    i find it funny how there 3g coverage is the real issue and there response is "well we can surf the web and talk at the same time" when you need 3g to do that lol. so they can do it about as much as anyone on verizon with wifi........not very often lol
  16. KoukiFC3S

    KoukiFC3S Android Expert

    I think my wifi coverage is bigger than AT&T's 3G coverage. :)
  17. JediJesus

    JediJesus Android Enthusiast

    Verizon needs to do an ad where the droid checks an email while listening to Pandora. Can the iphone do that?
  18. meekrab

    meekrab Android Enthusiast

    Ha, burn.
  19. craigrn16

    craigrn16 Android Enthusiast

    It really has nothing to do with the droid or the iPhone. It's the technology. CDMA has one limitation that it can't surf the web and make calls at the same time. Verizon uses CDMA. Now if you are on the web already and get a call you can still keep reading your web page while on the phone but you won't be able to load any new data.
  20. kyler13

    kyler13 Android Expert

    No kidding. Someone put it pretty plainly when they said Verizon's inability to talk and surf at the same time is really not any worse than AT&T's inability to hold a call while talking and surfing at the same time. If not for the high drop call rate, this would be a benefit. I have to laugh at the half-@$$ attempts by AT&T at trying to counter Verizon. It's a little pathetic.
  21. eclipsed4utoo

    eclipsed4utoo Android Enthusiast

    And if I don't have wifi? How about actually listen to the commercial. It talks about Verizons network, not the Droid. Not all of Verizons phones have wifi. So the commercial is correct.

    Granted the commercial uses a phone that looks just like the Droid, they never mention it by name. AT&T was refering to the network, and they are correct.
  22. eclipsed4utoo

    eclipsed4utoo Android Enthusiast

    Did 800,000 people comment in that thread? 700,000? I think its safe to say that an internet forum thread does not account for "most" droid owners.
  23. craigrn16

    craigrn16 Android Enthusiast

    Wow really guys is it that serious to argue about this? Half of you didn't even realize that your phones couldn't surf the web and talk at the same time until the AT&T commertial brought it up. To me I don't really care because I never really used the feature in the first place. I'm not gonna die without it.
  24. Dave17

    Dave17 Member

    I don't think I've seen an AT&T commercial about the call/surf ability that mentions Verizon or the Droid specifically. As far as I can remember, all they say is something like, "Can your phone do that?" I'd guess (but don't know for sure) that pretty much any GSM smartphone can do that. CDMA smartphones can't--that would include a Verizon iPhone too. They're both great devices, they both do things that the other can't, and they both have their shortcomings.

    This is a fantastic situation and I hope that the competition spurs even more innovation. With several strong platforms, we all win.
  25. gotwillk

    gotwillk Android Enthusiast

    I think they say "can your network do that?" in the commercial. which is obviously referring to verizon's network not being able to do calls and stream data at the same time, which is true. the commercial talks about verizon's 3G network, not the phone's data connection capabilities. so the commercial is right and true.

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