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.