Handling Incoming Calls

When a call comes in to your iPhone, you answer it, right? What could be simpler? You’d be surprised. Your iPhone gives you quite a few options for dealing with that call, aside from just answering it. After all, you don’t want to talk to everyone all the time, do you?


If you have a Verizon or Sprint cellular plan, remember that these providers use the CDMA cellular protocol, which is a monotasking system. This means, for example, that if you’re on the phone, you can’t surf the web or perform any data-related activities. Similarly, if you’re surfing the web, you can’t send calls and if a call comes in, your iPhone stops your web session to receive it. If you’re on a non-CDMA network, such as AT&T, you can get simultaneous voice and data, but not using the LTE protocol. When you’re on a call, your data connection falls back to HSPA+.

Silencing an incoming call

When you’re in a situation where the ringing of a cell phone is inappropriate, bothersome, or just plain rude, you, of course, practice celliquette (that is, cell etiquette) and turn off your ringer. (On your iPhone, position the phone in portrait mode with the Home button at the bottom and then flick the Silent/Ring switch on the left side panel to the silent position.) However, we’re merely human and we all forget to turn off our phone’s ringer once in a while.

Your job in that situation is to ...

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