Finally! You Can Now Use Data and Voice on a Verizon iPhone

Verizon's HD Voice Feature Expands iPhone Capabilities

Simultaneous voice and data on a Verizon iPhone
 Verizon

With the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and a new feature in the Verizon network, one of the major headaches for Verizon iPhone users was removed. IPhone owners can finally talk and use data at the same time.

The Problem

While Verizon has long boasted the largest coverage area of any cellphone company in the U.S., the fact that you couldn't make a phone call and use data at the same time on an iPhone with Verizon was a big drawback compared to AT&T service. Other Verizon phones that supported LTE could do this, but not the iPhone.

There was no way to be on a call and Google something related to the conversation or no way to get walking directions from a Maps app while talking to the person you were going to meet.

That was a major limitation—one that convinced many people not to consider Verizon for their iPhone service provider. However, beginning with the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and some timely upgrades to Verizon's network in the form of its new HD Voice feature, which was previously known as Verizon Advanced Calling, all of that changed. You can now use your iPhone with Verizon service to make calls and use data at the same time.

HD Voice Requirements

You must have a compatible iPhone model. Only the iPhone 6 and newer iPhones support the HD Voice feature. HD Voice works with iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8, and X. Anything earlier and you're out of luck. 

After you have the right iPhone model up and running on the Verizon network, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app on your iPhone's Home screen.

  2. Tap Cellular.

  3. Tap Cellular Data Options.

  4. Tap Enable LTE.

  5. Tap Voice & Data.

That's it. Return to whatever you were doing on your iPhone with the knowledge that you can now make calls and connect to the internet simultaneously.

Other Verizon HD Voice Features

Simultaneous voice and data use isn't the only feature that HD Voice unlocks for you. In addition, Verizon HD Voice customers can make conference calls with up to six lines and activate Wi-Fi Calling.