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  • AT&T Will Enable HD Voice for the iPhone 5 Later This Year


    AT&T, one of the largest U.S. carriers to offer the iPhone, has announced Monday that they will be enabling HD voice later this year on their network. The news comes from AllThingsD about a week after T-Mobile announced that they would be getting the iPhone and supporting HD voice right out of the box starting April 12, 2013.

    HD voice promises to bring users clearer voice calls, something that iPhone users really could benefit from. The feature is better known as ‘wideband audio,' and Apple's Phil Schiller made sure to make note of it at the iPhone 5 event last year.

    According to AT&T, the company plans to enable voice calls over 4G LTE, which should help with the HD call quality. Currently, phone calls initiated or received on an AT&T iPhone 5 are performed on 4G HSPA+, which the iPhone 5 drops down to until the call is over – at this point, the iPhone 5 re-connects to the 4G LTE cellular network.

    With AT&T offering HD voice later this year and T-mobile offering HD voice right out of the box, these will be the first two major U.S. carriers to start supporting HD voice on the iPhone 5. Hopefully additional U.S. carriers will follow suit and start enabling the feature.

    Sources: AllThingsD
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Will Enable HD Voice for the iPhone 5 Later This Year started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Knowing AT&T, an extra charge for that...
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Can Sprint or Verizon call and check internet at the same time on any of the phones?
      If the answer is still no, I do not see how it would be possible.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Can Sprint or Verizon call and check internet at the same time on any of the phones?
      If the answer is still no, I do not see how it would be possible.
      AllThingsD says Sprint is looking into enabling HD voice.
    1. garfielgato2's Avatar
      garfielgato2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Knowing AT&T, an extra charge for that...
      Bastards
    1. MgNate's Avatar
      MgNate -
      The only ppl i call are grandma on her LAN line And to call into work. Grandma can't hear anyways and the worst I sound to my boss when I'm calling in the better off I am lol. This is definitely a feature I could live without. Sprint needs to focus on spreading LTE
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Why don't we all work on cell service than jumping the gun
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Can Sprint or Verizon call and check internet at the same time on any of the phones?
      If the answer is still no, I do not see how it would be possible.
      Phones that use the same radio wave for LTE and whichever tech is used for voice can and do simultaneous voice and data. The iPhone has separate chipsets for CDMA and LTE/gsm alas too much work for the Verizon and sprint iPhones also confusing as much more plays into this, but a software update cannot fix it. It's the hardware apple put into it to make it easier to manufacture for all Carriers.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      If T-Mobile brings LTE to my area before AT&T, I'm jumping ship. Even though I have an grandfathered unlimited data plan, and with my govt employee discount, I still have to pay for unlimited text messages. I pay around $80/month right now with only 450 mins which I never go over. In fact, I have thousands of roll over minutes every year. I can probably get away with T-mobile's lowest plan of $50/month unlimited.
    1. Ozdude's Avatar
      Ozdude -
      HD voice is old news for Telstra customers in Australia. It was implemented before the iPhone 5 was even launched. Guess we're doing pretty well with the phone provider features down-unda
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ozdude View Post
      HD voice is old news for Telstra customers in Australia. It was implemented before the iPhone 5 was even launched. Guess we're doing pretty well with the phone provider features down-unda
      How much do you pay for your plan?

      I doubt it'll be a charge for this. BUT...TBH I just wanna know when they will start enabling Facetime over LTE which i know they were Enabling on People iPhones; cause i know there was a petition sent to the FCC about this.
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      If T-Mobile brings LTE to my area before AT&T, I'm jumping ship. Even though I have an grandfathered unlimited data plan, and with my govt employee discount, I still have to pay for unlimited text messages. I pay around $80/month right now with only 450 mins which I never go over. In fact, I have thousands of roll over minutes every year. I can probably get away with T-mobile's lowest plan of $50/month unlimited.
      Tmobile needs 3G lol
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Were they waiting until everyone only texted before they did this?
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Of course and extra charge..you know how AT&T rolls. I mean look at the data plans..$50+ in some cases. I said it once and i'll say it again, data will one day cost more than voice..its fast approaching. Im wondering if you can call an AT&T iPHone 5 from a Tmo iPhone 5 and have it work eventually? As of press, looks like Tmo to Tmo and AT&T to AT&T...
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Be prepared for HD Audio Plans starting at $15/mo with AT&T, smh
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by MgNate View Post
      The only ppl i call are grandma on her LAN line And to call into work. Grandma can't hear anyways and the worst I sound to my boss when I'm calling in the better off I am lol. This is definitely a feature I could live without. Sprint needs to focus on spreading LTE
      Your Grandma uses VoIP on a LAN?

      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Of course and extra charge..you know how AT&T rolls. I mean look at the data plans..$50+ in some cases. I said it once and i'll say it again, data will one day cost more than voice..its fast approaching. Im wondering if you can call an AT&T iPHone 5 from a Tmo iPhone 5 and have it work eventually? As of press, looks like Tmo to Tmo and AT&T to AT&T...
      Voice will be universally IP-packetized soon enough, so it won't really matter. What they will be essentially doing is providing, at minimum, a two-class service, one for voice and one for non-voice (read: data). The VoIP traffic is going to get the preferential treatment and if you want any kind of guarantees for your non-voice (data) IP traffic, you're going to pay a premium for it. Essentially, we're all going to be on a kind of 'junior enterprise SLA' for voice and data. It makes their job a lot easier. As for Tmo-Tmo/ATT-ATT, I wouldn't worry about that as there currently is no carrier-carrier mobile connection in use: everything goes into their wired network, gets switched and sent over to other carriers through the traditional method. If ATT (GSM) mobile customers can call Verizon (CDMA) mobile customers today, it won't be any different when they move to LTE.
    1. tallnatt's Avatar
      tallnatt -
      Quote Originally Posted by eightyk88 View Post
      Phones that use the same radio wave for LTE and whichever tech is used for voice can and do simultaneous voice and data. The iPhone has separate chipsets for CDMA and LTE/gsm alas too much work for the Verizon and sprint iPhones also confusing as much more plays into this, but a software update cannot fix it. It's the hardware apple put into it to make it easier to manufacture for all Carriers.

      It is because how GSM and CDMA work that prevent CDMA networks from allowing data and voice simultaneously. With GSM the cellular spectrum in each region is split up into chunks and different data and voice channels are assigned to those chunks of spectrum. The users are then split up within those voice and data chunks using time division multiplexing. With CDMA the users all use the entire spectrum for the region and are assigned a code which the signal uses to encode itself. Because the users are using the entire spectrum there is no separate channels for voice and data. If a user wants to use data they have to end their voice "session".

      There are ways around this within the LTE standard that allow simultaneous voice and data, by using more or less VoIP over a data channel. This in affects changes everything to data instead of some voice and some data.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Knowing AT&T, an extra charge for that...
      +10
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Can Sprint or Verizon call and check internet at the same time on any of the phones?
      If the answer is still no, I do not see how it would be possible.
      Technically you can if your on wifi.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      More than likely, it will be available on shared data plans.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      The image for AT&T in the OP is very appropriate...