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Posted: 2010-09-01 10:20
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Orange Rolls Out HD Voice for Mobiles

Mobile firm Orange has become the first UK network to use a technology that offers higher quality voice calls.

High Definition (HD) voice claims to reduce background noise and the "hisses and crackles" often heard on a normal mobile call.

The technology, known as, Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband (AMR-WB) has been adopted as an international standard for 3G mobile networks.

Other networks are expected to follow Orange soon, experts said.

"It is relatively easy for an operator to introduce - it's just a software upgrade… in a base station," said William Webb, head of research and development at the UK regulator Ofcom.

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Posted: 2010-09-01 10:38
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Woah! Now, we can even talk in stunning high definition!
This can only be good, but doesn't call quality depend a lot on the phone rather than the network?
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Posted: 2010-09-01 10:48
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Hmm this is no doubt going to be extra ?????
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Posted: 2010-09-01 10:53
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Only some phones are HD Voice ready, but I guess we'll see more as more networks take this up. I'd certainly like it, as long as you didn't have to pay extra for it. For the operator to implement it it's a simple SW upgrade to the masts.
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Posted: 2010-09-01 11:03
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HD Voice is really quite impressive a sample of it can been seen here
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Posted: 2010-09-01 11:12
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Impressive quality!
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Posted: 2010-09-01 11:27
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Posted: 2010-09-01 11:30
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Both Elm and Hazel phones are HD Voice ready.
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Posted: 2010-09-01 13:25
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On 2010-09-01 10:48:14, fluke9 wrote:
Hmm this is no doubt going to be extra ?????



Its free actually

"HD Voice is available from today nationwide at no extra cost for all Orange customers with an HD voice enabled handset"
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Posted: 2010-09-01 23:11
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Yes I was told only a select few handsets to begin with like the Nokia E5 Nokia 5230 & some crappy LG model
Phone?? What phone??
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Posted: 2010-09-04 21:50
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Thats pointless! You must both be on Orange, be in a 3G area, and must both have a HD complient phone?
Thats likely
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Posted: 2010-09-04 23:00
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Yeah I think Orange need to concentrate more on coverage & customer focus rather than HD voice cos their network has the best voice quality anyway. If other networks roll it out then we will see it but if they don't it's just pointless
Phone?? What phone??
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Posted: 2010-09-05 02:20
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It does help boost Orange's reputation and I'm sure it will bring more customers to their network, I think that's half the reason they chose to do it.
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Posted: 2010-09-08 21:18
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Hmmm,the problem is Orange has very very poor customer services with Indian call centres. Very expensive pricing bad attitude retail staff & from what I just heard recently lots of network outages. Network outages are in reverse these days for O2 so they are improving whilst Orange seem to be getting worse. Most of my family are on Orange & they keep telling me internet is always down & constant texts problems Nice call quality is not enough I moved away from Orange to save money they are just so expensive.
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Phone?? What phone??
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Posted: 2010-09-08 21:29
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They are literally such a rip off for what you get, and like you said Indian call centers, you won't get HD calls to them. Not as bad as 3 though, I had to threaten with ofcom and trading standards for my bloody PAC code?
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