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 [...]

TIA issues new call for HD voice specs on voice gateways

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Last week, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) engineering committee on analog and digital wireline terminals issued a call for interest for document ANSI/TIA-912-C, “Telecommunications – IP Telephony Equipment – Voice Gateway Transmission Requirements.”

The standard covers transmission requirements, with the revision adding requirements support for wideband analog phones (between 100 to 7,000 Hz) [...]

Picture of the Dolby Voice Conference Phone

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Below is a top view of the Dolby Voice Conference Phone. The picture literally covered the wall of the BT/Dolby suite.  key features to note are the blue “ring” indicating an active conversation/open line and the CD-sized touchscreen at the 6 O’clock position. 

The shiny bar at the top of the touchscreen is [...]

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 [...]

Enterprise Connect 2014– Dolby shows Voice Conference Phone, BT promotes MeetMe service

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Orlando, Florida – BT and Dolby are marking their third year at Enterprise Connect promoting BT MeetMe with Dolby Voice conferencing.  This time around, Dolby showed off its Voice Conference Phone. The world has changed, and it hasn’t.

Pricing on the beautifully designed Dolby Voice Conference Phone wasn’t announced, but would be “comparable” to [...]