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

Simultaneous voice and data on a Verizon iPhone

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 has been removed. Now owners of the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7 series phones can talk and use data at the same time.

While Verizon has long boasted the largest coverage area of any cell phone company in the U.S., for iPhone users, it always had a big drawback compared to AT&T: you couldn't make a phone call and use data at the same time on an iPhone (other Verizon phones that supported LTE could do this, but not the iPhone).

That meant 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 also talking to the person you were going to meet.

That was a major limitation—one which convinced many people I've spoken to not to consider Verizon—but thanks to 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 (formerly known as Verizon Advanced Calling) feature, all of that was changed. You can now use your iPhone to make calls and use data at the same time with Verizon.

Here's what you need to know to enable HD Voice: 

  • You must have the correct iPhone model. Only the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus support this feature as of this writing. Anything earlier and you're out of luck. That's a reason to upgrade on its own, right?
  • Change one simple setting. Once you've got the right phone model up and running on the Verizon network, simply 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.

    And 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 to that, Verizon HD Voice customers can use: