According to Pocket Lint, the mobile provider will vastly improve the quality of voice calls using the Adaptive Multi Rate-WideBand (AMR-WB) codec.
It’ll bring calls to “near hi-fi” quality, or “FM-radio quality” and on first impressions, Pocket Lint’s Chris Hall reckons it’s the real deal. “It did seem much more life-like,” he says.
But the bad news is you’ll need a mobile handset that’s capable of translating the new codec, as well as talking to someone who also has a HD-capable phone to get the very best results, although you should see a slight improvement if only one person has a HD blower.
Orange says it’ll launch HD voice in Q3 2009, and the best news is it’ll come to the UK first.