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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AT&T talks VoLTE interoperability at CTIA 2014

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AT&T SVP Kris Rinne, said the carrier is working with others on enabling direct VoLTE calls between networks, saith LightReading.

Deployment of VoLTE on AT&T’s network is being done on a market-by-market basis, due in part because of the need to adjust network traffic to be more symmetrical.

Bigger Apple iPhones support VoLTE

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In yesterday’s launch of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company announced support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) with the new hardware.  Apple’s comparison chart between the 5 and 6 families indicates only the new phones will support VoLTE, so prepare to open your wallet.

With three out of four (AT&T, T-Mobile, [...]

South Africa gets HD voice through MTN

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MTN officially launched HD voice on its 3G network in August, according to Ventures Africa and other sources.

The service is only available on 3G at this time.

Telenor Denmark launches HD voice on 3G network

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A brief in telecompaper says Telenor Demark has turned up HD voice across its 3G network after tests in North Jutland over the summer.  Devices supported include the iPhone 5, 5S, 5C; HTC’s One, One X and One V; Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, Nokia Lumina and various Sony Experia models.

Editorial: An update

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HD Voice News has been on a hiatus of sorts over the past 60 to 90 days due to a variety of factors. 

Editor-in-Chief Doug Mohney will be at CTIA (I know they call it something else these days, but it is CTIA and in Vegas next month).  We expect to resume more [...]

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 [...]

Sprint HD voice handset statistics: 12 million now, 20 million by end of year

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Various sources are discussing how many 3G CDMA HD voice capable handsets Sprint has deployed. with assertions of 12 million out now and up to 20 million by end of year.

An analyst blog by Zacks.com says Sprint currently has over 12 million customers using HD voice capable handsets. 

This number is expected [...]

Vodafone Netherlands 3G HD voice rollout “almost complete,” starting VoLTE trials

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Vodafone Netherlands has almost completed its 3G HD voice rollout, if Google translate is to be trusted, according to All About Phones. It is also starting VoLTE trials in the second half of this year and expects to have a commercial rollout by mid-2015, states Telecompaper.

KPN deployed HD voice in May 2012 [...]

T-Mobile US adds 14 VoLTE cities, claims it uses max bandwidth

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At its Un-Carrier 5.0 announcement/pep rally yesterday, T-Mobile US announced it expanded Voice over LTE (VoLTE) coverage to 15 total markets reaching 100 million people.  It also says it dedicates nearly 24 Kbps to VoLTE calls for the “highest fidelity” and added VoLTE support for the Samsung Galaxy S 5.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray [...]