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Sprint expects to launch HD voice before the end of this year

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According to unnamed sources at Sprint, the carrier is expected to have HD voice services up and running for some HTC EVO 4G LTE users by the end of this year. However, availability will be extremely limited initially: both parties must have HD voice-capable handsets, and right now, only the newest EVO is compatible. Additionally, both parties must be connected to a tower that has been upgraded to support HD voice; again, those markets will be scarce in the beginning.

This limited availability is why Sprint has been so quiet about this exciting feature of the EVO 4G LTE. In fact, according to this Sprint source, the carrier doesn’t even expect HD voice to really become widespread until sometime in 2013, when a “critical mass” of Sprint markets have been upgraded to support the service. Sprint also needs to have more handsets available to consumers that support the service – this might not happen until 2014.

Therefore, I predict that initially, individuals who have shared family plans will benefit from this service. Most people who are on family plans live in the same general area, and oftentimes several members of the family have the same device. For most people, though, it will probably be at least another 12-18 months before this service really starts to become widespread.

On the one hand, this is disappointing news. HD voice has gotten rave reviews in various tests, and lots of people want to try it out. But on the other hand, the fact that we’re still a ways off from having widespread adoption means that the EVO is future-proofed for quite a long time. (See that? That’s me, trying to approach things with a glass-half-full attitude.)

In the meantime, don’t be surprised if you rarely or never have a call connect in HD for the next year or so. Sprint still needs a bit of time.

[Phone Scoop]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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8 thoughts on “Sprint expects to launch HD voice before the end of this year

  • As usual, a phone company with a name that suggests speed is moving forward at SNAILS PACE…thank God I have the phone, but by the time they roll it out I’ll probably be eligible for another upgrade.

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  • Avatar of Paul E King

    By the time the network is upgraded to LTE we’ll probably have the HTC EVO 3D 4G LTE 2 ;)

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    • LOL !!! Or EVO 4G LTE Phablet .

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  • Avatar of David Sheppard

    Ok is it just me or is everyone just not paying any attention to the fact that our phones here in Illinois is NOT RECEIVING calls 97% of the time?

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    • Avatar of Paul E King

      If you’ve ever incorporated your phone with Google voice it’s a known issue – IE you have to unbind it from the website, remove it from the phone, reboot the phone, update profile/prl, wait 20 minutes and then reincorporate it.

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  • Avatar of Anthony

    all i want for Christmas is some 4G love…

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  • It’s BS, anyways. It’s probably just a software codec with rom framework that can be ported to any phone and will work with a compatible carrier network that supports or can handle the voice data.

    Remember how the HTC EVO 4G had video with phonecall audio quality? A simple codec and supporting app gave videos high quality audio.

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    • Avatar of Paul E King

      As I understand it it uses the 2 microphones on the phone to cancel background noise, uses the LTE channel to push 96-128k audio as opposed to averaging 30.

      Should work on anything that can do 4G and voice at the same time (as when you roam out of data reach it goes right down to the cell standard)

      More than a codec, but not a lot more

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