Sprint boasts HD voice in 2012, HTC 4G LTE as “First HD Voice-capable” smartphone in U.S.

Sprint is playing up HD voice – both in its network and phone “capabilities” in the roll out of its latest HTC Evo.  The HTC EVO 4G LTE will be available in “the second quarter” for $199.99, with pre-orders starting on May 7.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE has Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4, a 4.7 inch display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear facing & 1.3MP front-facing cameras with “instant capture” capability, and the kick stand.

But the real news is Sprint running to be the “first U.S. carrier” to announce plans for a nationwide HD voice network beginning in late 2012 as part of its Network Vision program.

“We know our customers will appreciate the focus on audio and voice quality with EVO 4G LTE, including the addition of Beats Audio and HD Voice capability,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse in the canned press release today. 

Sprint dedicates a full paragraph to HD voice in its press release today–

HD Voice is the next-generation evolution of voice quality and the future of voice communications for mobile phones. The service will provide fuller, more natural-sounding and less fatiguing voice quality and should reduce troublesome background noises often found in a cafe or on the street.(2) Users should expect to identify voices and hear every word better than ever. Sprint’s commitment to HD Voice starts with HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sprint’s first HD Voice capable device.

Obviously, there will be more propaganda and news coming out shortly. It will be interesting to see what Verizon Wireless has to say in response and if the PR people at AT&T and T-Mobile USA will be able to find our phone number.

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