Sprint to launch HD Voice service before 2012's end
posted by Nick T. / Aug 07, 2012, 7:48 AM
Today's top-of-the-line smartphones sport high-resolution displays, powerful multi-core processors, capable digital cameras, and blazing-fast 4G connectivity – all features that a decade ago would have seemed like alien technology. One thing that has not evolved as much over the years, however, is in-call audio quality. Thankfully, the technology that can make plain old voice calls sound better already exists, and one U.S. carrier is working on blessing its subscribers with it.
Sprint, which will be launching its HD Voice service before the end of 2012. Sure, it might not be available to subscribers in all markets initially, but the nationwide rollout of the technology should be complete by some time in 2013 or 2014. We must also point out that in order to enjoy HD Voice, users will have to own a device that supports the feature. The first one on Sprint's lineup is the HTC EVO 4G LTE, but others should follow suit in the not-so-distant future.We are talking about
Back in April, Sprint touted HD Voice as the “next-generation evolution of voice quality and the future of voice communications for mobile phones.” Since the new technology allows sounds across a broader frequency spectrum to be transmitted, voices should sound clearer and more natural. Interested in hearing the difference for yourself? then here is a demo of HD voice that we posted earlier this year, in case you've missed it.
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Coooool, they need to do something; I have a few friends on Sprint and all, except one, sound muffled. And, they swear they have great service. I guess that's what happens when there is no basis for comparison.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 8:29 AM 0
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This could be bigger then it initially seems. Data always gets the attention in terms of innovation, but it seems like actual call sound quality has always been "good enough." If we can start to get VoIP sound quality in a cell phone, that to me is just as huge as any data innovation.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 9:23 AM 0
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BULL! VOIP is not better, just as BAD! - Analog (such as land line) has been and always will be the best!, just because its 'DIGITAL' doesnt mean its going to be the BEST! VOIP is just as NASTY as a cell phone, garbled talk quality at times, choppy, and thensome... there are just something that should not be digital..
posted on Aug 09, 2012, 4:13 PM 0
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Hey Sprint, how about instead of rolling out new technology to you network that no one can use, you work on improving your coverage first. Its sad when most people I know on sprint say they have to go outside to make calls. And your coverage maps are a joke. According to the map my gf's address has great coverage, but in reality she gets one bar on a good day and cant talk on the phone because it drops call as soon as she puts it to her head. She has to rely on text and very slow 3g speed. And no its not her phone because her sisters have sprint and they get the same crappy service at her house. So instead of rolling out HD voice (which is a joke because 99% of your customer base cant use it) you take that money and invest in new towers and speeding up the Nextel to Sprint conversion tho better increase your coverage. Its funny, you expected to gain a ton of customers from this supposed Verizon debacle, and in reality you didn't. In fact you lost customers. Why? Because even with unlimited data, if you cant use it and its slow when you can, ther is no point in switching. Americans are not afraid to pay for better service.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 9:26 AM 1
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Sorry you must have dumb friends that like to pay for something that's not in their area. It's not hard to check a coverage map or return something if it doesn't work. I guess price trumps reality. Where is this you live? It's a big freaking country, there's going to be bad spots for any carrier. I've had Sprint/Verizon/Tmobile in STL and there's not much difference in VZ and Sprint in my opinion(other than speed/lte). Maybe you should actually look up what Sprint in trying do. There's no Nextel/Sprint conversion. It take time to deploy LTE and a nationwide upgrade to most/all of it's towers. Google: Network Vision and learn a thing or 2
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 12:15 PM 3
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I couldn't agree more. I get horrible coverage in my area. Makes you wonder if Sprint is jumping out to HD Voice what's the rest of the industry going to? Because the last time they jumped with an industry first technology (WiMax) everyone else went with LTE and now Sprint is way behind. So I'm gonna wait this one out to see what the rest of the industry does because Sprint has not showing itself to be a industry leader. Plus it gonna probably take them way to long to get a decent coverage area. They just need to focus on fixing their issues now and they have tons of them and stop selling services you can't provide.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 11:10 AM 0
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Yeah bout sick of sprint, all this new technogolgy and we can even use it until 2013. Can't use the LTE yet, now this BS!!! by the time this stuff is available it will be time for a contract renew and by the way they do things i will be jumping ship to Verizon. Have this EVO 4G LTE, and cant fully enjoy it. Really sucks. Why lauch something that is not even there to use, the dumbiest s**t, it probably make me dumb as well for buy the s**t.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 11:20 AM 0
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this should be good cuz of all the carriers i had sprint and metro were the worse ones in voice quality. Heck i had better voice quality on t-mobile which i admit i dnt like a lot . Right now i have att and on many multiple phones i had great call quality with the xperia ion being the best so far even better than the galaxy note i had before. On the xperia ion i have awesome loud, clear , no static call quality so i dnt need hd voice calling cuz so far its been great. Same with verizon which my man has im not a huge verizon fan but i admit its call quality is also great i borrowed his droid razr and enjoyed the natural sounding voices and no static. When i had sprint i had many different phones evo 3d, epic touch they all had garbled call quality and sometimes the person sounded like they were underwater it was pretty bad. No wonder sprint wants to be the first to rollout HD voice quality cuz im sure they know how much it sucks when compared to other carriers maybe thats why the other carriers havent announced it cuz they all have better call quality .
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 3:12 PM 0
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