CES 2013: T-Mobile Launches Nationwide HD Voice

T-MobileListen to this. T-Mobile just beat every other U.S. carrier bringing HD Voice to market, delivering a radical improvement in call quality for everyone carrying an HTC One S, Samsung Galaxy S III, or Nokia Astound phone. And wait, it gets better—it might work with iPhones. “It’s a very noticeable enhancement to the voice call,” said Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s CTO. He’s right. T-Mobile gave me a quick demo of the new system, and it’s definitely an improvement. The demo compared two calls from a noisy coffee-shop-like location. In the HD Voice call, the background noise receded, although it didn’t vanish. Very noticeably, though, the caller’s voice really jumped forward, and the caller’s tone became much richer and more well-rounded. Comparing it in my memory to AT&T’s HD Voice demo from yesterday, AT&T’s demo sounded even better in terms of noise cancellation. Of course, AT&T isn’t going to have HD Voice for at least eight more months, and neither demo was an actual live call.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).

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