Are you on one of the CDMA networks out there? Here in the States, that boils down to Sprint or Verizon, and it means that you're probably wishing you could be doing a few things here and there. Like talking on the phone and surfing the internet at the same time on your Palm Pre or BlackBerry Tour on your 3G connection. Well, if the CDMA Development Group (CDG) has any say in the matter, you're one step closer to getting that dream realized.
The CDG announced today an optional upgrade for EV-DO networks, the CDMA2000 1x Advanced Specifications. One of the main improvements, is the fact that with the new advancement, networks can increase their voice capacity on existing networks by taking advantage of "...several interference cancellation and radio link enhancements. Among these improvements are base transceiver station (BTS) interference cancellation, improved power control, early frame termination, and smart blanking..."
But the kicker for customers? The creation of SVDO, or Simultaneous 1x Voice and EV-DO Data. This allows for CDMA networks the ability to utilize the phone portion of a mobile device, and the data connection at the same time. So if you're online doing something and someone calls you, you wouldn't need to stop what you're doing after taking the call. Many people might not even think about it, but having the option like GSM networks do, might be just the thing some people are looking for. Of course, there isn't any word from Verizon or Sprint regarding the optional update, but if something can be worked out, we can't see why they would turn this down.
[via WM Experts]