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Orange starts HD calling


orangeNot sure what is more important, call quality or just being able to make a call. Anyhoo, Orange seems to think people want to be able to talk to people as if they were in the same room, it is has launched its HD trials.

Called Orange HD Voice, the mobile phone operator will be rolling out the tests in the next few months across the UK.

According to Orange, the service will bring about “a new era for mobile communications and a new standard for the telecoms industry”.

The trials have already started in Bristol, Reading and Southampton and only a select few customers can use the new crystal-clear service.

Orange previously ran the service in Moldova (the technology is based on the WB-AMR (Wideband Adaptive Multi-Rate) speech codec), presumably the locals were in awe of the magic bar that talked and some wondered if their family members were trapped in the cursed item.

Orange reckons this new technology doesn’t require significant upgrades to its network, just extending the bandwidth from 300-3400Hz to 50-7000Hz.

Whether or not the service will only work between Orange customers or when appropriate handsets are available in large quantity is anyone’s guess, but a spokesmen said that handsets should be available later in the year.

More about the service can be found in this video below.