Editorial: Snapshots of HD voice progress this month at TMCnet

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I have  pair of articles on TMC discussing the latest progress of HD voice in the United States and around the globe.

For the U.S.–

http://www.techzone360.com/topics/techzone/articles/2014/09/22/389525-hd-voice-now-available-all-major-us-wireless.htm

HD voice has finally arrived on all four major U.S. wireless carriers. However, users should be aware of the different issues and potential problems with some carriers. 

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Sprint: 16 million customers have access to HD voice

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A Sprint executive stated that 16 million customers have access to its HD voice service through its Qualcomm-based technology, but it wants a “solid” VoLTE experience before it releases the service, according to a report in Fierce Wireless and from others in attendance.

Speaking at the 4G World conference, Chief Network Officer Dr. […]

Sprint retailer spams #HDvoice on Twitter

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One or more Sprint retail stores seem to be determined to spam out Sprint’s use of HD voice on Twitter, with anywhere from at least four to six user IDs/employees in the Portland, Oregon engaging in a shoveling campaign of comments and pictures.

All the user accounts with a Oregon association seem to […]

Consumers Digest brief on AT&T HD voice launch

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Consumers Digest ran a piece on May 16 discussing AT&T’s HD voice launch–

http://www.consumersdigest.com/news/despite-tech-hurdles-att-will-launch-hd-voice-service

You’ll note HD Voice News predicts all carriers will be running HD Voice networks by mid-2015 with interconnectivity not happening until 2016.  The fuller answer given to Consumers Digest ran to about a page or so of complexity and explains. […]

Rumor: Apple iPhone 6 will support VoLTE

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Sources near Silicon Valley say Apple won’t be supporting Voice over LTE (VoLTE) until it releases the iPhone 6 this fall. 

Currently, the Apple iPhone 5/5c/5s supports HD voice on 3G/HSPA-esque networks; this includes nearly all of the overseas HD voice deployments, plus the T-Mobile US network. 

According to Sprint’s website, the […]

New York Times piece on mobile HD voice and call quality

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The New York Times published a piece on HD voice coming to the U.S. market via Sprint and T-Mobile.

“With HD Voice, Better Call Quality Is Coming. Text Your Friends” does a good job of capturing the painful history of cellular carriers delivering HD voice in the U.S.

The two most revealing […]

NY Times briefly mentions HD voice, connectivity

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Last week, the New York Times discussed cellular quality in its Personal Tech section.  HD voice and HD voice interoperability were among the topics.

“Remedies for Better Cellphone Signal and Quality” discusses how to get better quality cellular reception through the use of microcells, signal boosters, and Wi-Fi; sound quality including HD voice […]

Editorial – VUC 436–State of HD Voice 2013

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HD Voice News Editor-in-Chief Doug Mohney discussed the state of HD voice on the VUC Google Hangout on May 17, 2013.  The total discussion is about an hour and 22 minutes and can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLOX7s9MfAY

I wish the session had been HyperVoice-ed, so I and others could search the discussion […]

GSA: HD voice on 45 mobile networks in 35 countries

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In a report released on September 3, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) “confirms a rapid expansion” of mobile HD voice services worldwide using AMR-WB, with deployments on “numerous” GSM, WCDMA-UMTS  and LTE networks.

The latest “Mobile HD Voice: Global Update” report confirms HD voice services have been commercially launched in almost 60 […]

Editorial: PC World hints, confuses HD voice over VoLTE.

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A PC World article out this week suggests Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will be able to offer HD voice and “Better Voice Quality.”   I’m going to go out on a limb and offer some clarifications and opinions.

PC World: When will VoLTE start to show up?

The piece says VoLTE won’t appear “commercially” […]