Sprint sneaks by HD voice support on the iPhone 5s, 5c

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Without fanfare, Sprint’s HD voice FAQ on its website lists the Apple iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s as “HD Voice-enabled” phones.

It looks like the original Sprint iPhone 5 didn’t make the cut, judging from the list.

One question answered.

Editorial : Enough is enough, U.S. carriers. Support HD Voice News

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I’ve been covering the HD voice ecosystem since 2009.  If you don’t believe me, there’s a set of reports over at TMC from 2011 to 2013 documenting all the things I’ve witnessed. Or simply Google “HD Voice News” and see what pops up.

Over the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure and [...]

Bahrain gets HD voice

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Zain Bahrain announced its launch of HD voice via Twitter today, March 31, 2014.

Calls are “free of charge” on its new network, according to the tweet. No other details were available, but presumably users to be “on net” and have an HD voice capable phone.

Zain has a commercial presence in 8 [...]

Global mobile Suppliers Association marks 100 operators offering HD voice

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The Global mobile Suppliers Association (www.gsacom.com) released its latest report on HD voice service deployments  One hundred (100) operators worldwide have turned up HD voice in 71 countries.

The majority of turn-ups have been on HSPA networks, with 8 GSM and 3 VoLTE networks also in the mix.

Additions include Orange Mali, [...]

Are Play and T-Mobile Poland exchanging HD voice calls?

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Interconnection between HD voice carriers has always been something shrouded in secrecy. Being able to make a seamless HD voice call regardless of network is the “Holy Grail” of high quality calling. 

One tweet suggests that calls between Play and T-Mobile Poland can be made in HD voice, but there’s no official announcement [...]

Morocco adds HD voice through Inwi

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Last week, Morocco joined the HD voice club.  Inwi launched service around March 20 and supports HD voice on both its 2G and 3G+ networks.

The usual terms and conditions apply: No additional cost, must be an on-network call, both participants must have an HD voice capable phone.

Phones supporting HD voice via Inwi [...]

E-Plus launches HD voice in Germany

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On March 12, E-Plus announced it is delivering HD voice on its network.

The announcement via the company’s plug, held little information beyond the usual “Both parties must be on network, both parties must have HD voice capable devices to get HD voice” instructions along with a throwaway line that the Apple iPhone [...]

HD voice arrives in New Zealand

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Mobile 3G carrier 2degrees has announced it is now supporting HD voice service in New Zealand.

Phones supported include the Apple iPhone 5 and later versions (5c/5s), various Nokia models, the LG Nexus 4 & 5, HTC One, and Huawei Ascend P6.  It looks like the Samsung Galaxy family will be supported via [...]

Doro, MTS Belarus get HD voice

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Swedish-based Doro and MTS(?) announced HD voice moves this week.   This is Doro’s first HD voice announcement while MTS added Belarus to its list of Russian-speaking countries.

Doro is a handset manufacturer targeting senior citizens.  Two 3G clamshell feature phones—the Doro PhoneEasy 621 and PhoneEasy 622  — now support HD voice in all [...]

GSA confirms 222 LTE networks commercially launched worldwide, more coming

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The Global mobile Supplier Association (GSA) latest update confirms commercial launched LTE services in 83 countries within the past 12 months.

All total, 474 operators in 138 countries are investing in LTE networks around the world, with a breakdown of 421 “firm operator commitments” to build networks in 128 countries, 53 additional countries [...]