Hesse: Sprint HD Voice to be available nationwide this coming July

Hesse: Sprint HD Voice to be available nationwide this coming July
Sprint is taking its enhanced audio feature, Sprint HD Voice, nationwide starting this coming July. This comes from the carrier's CEO, Dan Hesse, who was speaking Tuesday at the Oracle Industry Connect conference. Those with the service, and a handset that supports it, will notice the removal of background noise and a much improved experience on phone calls. While most cellular calls take place over four octaves, Sprint HD Voice uses seven octaves.

Some Sprint branded handsets are already compatible with Sprint HD Voice, and those that are not will receive a software update in order to support it. Last July, the Sprint variant of the HTC One received the update. The carrier will announce which phones will require an update in July, when the feature is expanded coast to coast.

Hesse also reiterated the comments made by the mobile operator's Chief Network Officer, John Saw. As we told you on Tuesday, Saw explained how the combination of the carrier's tri-band Sprint Spark and carrier aggregation, could lead to theoretical download speeds of up to 150Mbps. The CEO said that in the second half of 2015, carrier aggregation will give Sprint 120MHz of spectrum to play with, allowing for the 150Mbps speed that Saw mentioned. "That's two big channels of 60MHz," Hesse noted. "We're talking 18 months away." 

It would seem that Sprint subscribers certainly have a lot to look forward to, with a zippier network and improved audio on the way.

source: LightReading via Phandroid



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not bad. Keep it up, and you could potential gain customers if Network Vision and Spark rollout is available to more customers.

7. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Ten years of lip-service, still have nothing going for them...

13. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

The HD voice sounds very good, I called a friend that has sprint a HD voice phone and was very suprised at how good it sounded

2. gorkapr

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

In Puerto Rico Market, we have HD Voice running loud n clear...

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I have to test them out when I go this summer. I know AT&T and Verizon work well over there but T-Mobile isn't the best.

5. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

u got it the other way around verizon is the worse in PR it roams on claro and 3G evdo dont work u dont get lte AT all . u on 1X all over the island yes 1x ONLY works for calls and texts data dont work at all i know because i had verizon . Sprint gets 3G and lte att and tmobile have hspa and lte yes even tmobile works better over there cuz it at least gets 3G and in some parts lte .

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I have family over there right now with T-Mobile and Verizon and T-Mobile doesn't get great signal where Verizon is clear. Idk I'll have to test it for myself. What I do know is Claro is the best over there though. Everyone has it.

11. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

tru that claro is better than TMOBILE if u have a CLARO Phone because u get 3G N LTE IF U roaming on them w a verizon phone its frustrating u dont get 3g or lte only 1x . And same here my family members from over there all have claro haha.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I knew you were Puerto Rican lol. Can't wait to go in the summer though. Hopefully I'll be able to get 3G or LTE over there without a problem.

15. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Si haha we'll enjoy it I'm going there too in the summer to San Juan and bayamon.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Same here but heading all the way to the mountains and Caguas. Can't wait to go on vacation.

17. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Verizon does NOT operate in Puerto Rico, you are roaming on Sprint/Claro. Only AT&T, Sprint and TMO have native networks.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yup. Just found out today Verizon totally blows over there. Your comment is 100% true.

4. threeline

Posts: 316; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Yeah right Sprint! I bet it's spotty coverage at best. Just like all the other gimmicks. Just build a reliable network and stop with all games and gimmicks.

6. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Go away troll.

8. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

It's not trolling when it's the bitter truth, ogre....

9. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

With the spectrum that they are using for TDD-LTE in the 2600Mhz band, it does not have as good propagation characteristics as most other carriers are using... so blanket coverage will only be feasible in densely populated areas. But where there is coverage with this layer of the network, it will blow away anything else. This is because of the coverage characteristics I spoke of, they will have to have more sites than most other carriers, meaning they will be able to have more simultaneous connections per sq mi. Also, as long as they have sufficient backhaul, the speeds should not decrease by as much even with many people on the network (allowing them to keep unlimited available). Where someone is out of range of the 2600Mhz signal, they will still be able to connect to the 1900Mhz PCS LTE and when that is not available at the further distances from the tower (or in a bunker-like building) there is also going to be 800Mhz LTE. What people are seeing right now is just a network with 1 5x5Mhz 1900Mhz PCS LTE carrier, and in most places it is not yet on every tower. The 2600Mhz LTE will be one 20Mhz wide band, and the technology talked about here will allow new LTE-A phones to aggregate multiple of these channels together to allow even faster downloads. Sprint has historically had big plans and either by their fault, their partners fault, or just a lack of money and planning... have over promised and under-delivered. This plan will be seen through because of the new owner of sprint (Softbank/Son) who invested heavily here and will want to have their investment pay off.

12. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Great if you can even place a call on there network period lol. They are the only carrier here in Vegas now that does not work inside my house. An airrave is needed with them still. Pretty sad and according to there site im in the "best" coverage area.

18. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Every carrier has dead zones and every carrier overstates or incorrectly states coverage sometimes as the coverage maps are computer based estimations.

16. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Sprint always promises something but poorly or never delivers to hell with Sprint. Id never get a Sprint or sub carrier by Sprint again.

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