Orange HD Voice service launches in the UK

Improved call quality for supported handsets

Businesses targeted as beneficiaries

Orange has launched its HD Voice service in the UK. Available free to Orange customers, the service provides higher quality, natural-sounding calls on the same bandwidth whilst dampening background noise.

At the moment only the Nokia 5230, Nokia X6, Nokia E5 and Samsung B7350 Omnia Pro support the function, and there are no plans to roll it out to other handsets, despite being a network, not software upgrade.

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The HD Voice system runs on the 3G network and uses a Wideband Adaptive Multi-Rate (WB-AMR) speech codec running at 50-7000Hz, compared to existing technology which runs at 300-3400Hz.

According to the Orange press release it will deliver calls of “significantly enhanced sound quality while utilising the same network resources.”

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Link: Orange Newsroom