It's official: AT&T will have HD Voice this year

It's official: AT&T will have HD Voice this year
AT&T has hinted at it before, but today the company officially confirmed that HD Voice is on the way, and will begin rolling out to users later this year. So far, T-Mobile is the only wireless carrier in the US that offers nation-wide HD Voice (Sprint's is only available on its limited LTE network), but there aren't really any handsets that support the feature yet. Though the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S 4, and HTC One are all planned to offer HD Voice on T-Mobile.

AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne speaking at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit in Sausalito, CA said that HD Voice would be rolled out on AT&T later this year ad "part of [the company's] voice over LTE strategy." As the network transitions voice calls from traditional connections to VoLTE, there will be plenty of bandwidth to offer HD Voice.

Rinne also says that AT&T is working on "advanced LTE" which works to to reduce interference and bond together traffic from various frequencies. And, most interestingly, when asked if AT&T would become a "dumb pipe", Rinne said that there’s a good business in being a pipe, but that she would “leave the dumb part off.”

Verizon has gone on record admitting that the carrier will likely lag behind in the race for HD Voice, and likely won't offer the feature until next year.

source: AllThingsD

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14 Comments

1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

The SG3 and HTC one S already support HD voice on Tmob PA "And, most interestingly, when asked if AT&T would become a "dumb pipe", Rinne said that there’s a good business in being a pipe, but that she would “leave the dumb part off.” In other words, "We are Att. We screw you. And you know you can do jack shit about it."

5. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

"Here at At&t we believe all our customers should be treated in the worst ways possible." They will probably try to pull some crap with this like tethering and be like oh it uses your data plan or charge extra for it.

13. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Tmobile is the best we already have HD voice. at&t is copy cat

2. YaBoiDre10

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

What do Ya Know Verizon is last again.....

3. cdgm2509

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Xperia T is HD Voice Certified

4. MpowerSkills

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 19, 2011

I wonder why VZ would lag on this? Other priorities?

6. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

"Sprint's is only available on its limited LTE network" ...and I suppose Tmo's is available on their "Non Existant" LTE network? BTW: The HTC One has had this since launch and allows calling and web browsing simultaneously on Sprint

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Verizon is busy thinking of a way to charge extra for this

8. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

April Fools! They aren't!

9. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Hmm im already getting good call quality on my att s3 no static n loud n clear i wonder how hd calls will sound.

10. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

It will sound like tmobile to tmobile calling. Very clear, makes a huge difference.

11. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

who cares no body use the service

14. goojman

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

At&t has the worse customer service ever!!! I've never seen it where a company can break a contract & make YOU pay if you try to go somewhere else!!

15. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Why is Verizon going to lag behind? They have the biggest LTE network, as their commercials won't let us forget. They should be ahead of the curve on HD voice not behind.

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