AT&T Will Roll Out 'HD Voice' Support Later This Year

Attlogo375wideAT&T said today that it will begin supporting the iPhone 5's wideband audio -- or 'HD Voice' -- feature later this year, reports All Things D.

The technology provides for significantly better call quality, when the network and both devices support it. T-Mobile said it will be supporting it at launch on the iPhone 5, with AT&T the second U.S. carrier promising to support HD Voice.

Speaking on Monday, AT&T senior VP Kris Rinne said that the carrier will roll-out its own support for the technology later this year as it begins to route voice calling over its LTE network.

"HD Voice is part of our voice over LTE strategy," Rinne said, speaking at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit in Sausalito, Calif.

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When Gizmodo tested the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile at that carrier's launch event, it reported that HD Voice call quality was "a bit richer, and definitely fuller… a noticeable improvement." All Things D mentioned that Sprint was considering implementation of HD Voice at some point in the future as well.

(Image from The Verge)

Top Rated Comments

nutmac Avatar
142 months ago
AT&T later retracted, "April Fools! Who are we kidding? We can't even do low definition voice."
Score: 67 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DavidLeblond Avatar
142 months ago
Let me guess:

Available to all iPhone 5 customers!*





*with a tiered data plan
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gregwyattjr Avatar
142 months ago
God this will dramatically improve my phone sex life.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxgilxx Avatar
142 months ago
About time! I have been waiting years to dump my gf on HD voice...or order a pizza...
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dc5trust Avatar
142 months ago
all of sudden at&t is interest in HD voice ...

Something tells me that T mobile really sparked a nerve.

Hopefully they will also consider dropping their contracts too
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wongster41 Avatar
142 months ago
Folks, we are witnessing the power of competition and how it benefits the customers.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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