T-Mobile Poland has officially announced HD voice support, fulfilling a hint dropped earlier in the year. This is the first T-Mobile subsidiary to launch HD voice, if memory serves.
According to the translated announcement at Telepolis.PL, T-Mobile Poland (formerly Poland ERA) has over 700,000 HD voice “enabled” phones. More interestingly, HD voice is enabled both on T-Mobile’s 3G and 2G network “parts” which cover about 70 percent of the population.
By the end of 2011, the new technology will be “available throughout the network operator." The service will be available automatically and “free of charge.”
Current phones (handsets) supported/listed include “almost all” of the latest models of Nokia, Sensation HTC, Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc and Neo. And “almost every new phone” must be equipped with the AMR-WB codec.
Earlier this year, the then-Poland ERA said it was upgrading its network to support 3G and HD voice. Deutsche Telekom assumed control of Poland ERA earlier this year as well.
Poland is no stranger to HD voice, but the deployments before today have all been wireline-based. Orange and several independent providers offer G.722 broadband HD Voice service.