Orange launches HD Voice service


Operator becomes the first in the UK to offer the service, which reduces background noise to improve the quality of calls

Orange has launched mobile High Definition (HD) Voice, becoming the first UK operator to make such a service available.

Orange claimed the service reduces background noise and decreases perceived distance between callers by improving the sound quality on calls.

Orange HD Voice is available at no extra cost to all Orange mobile customers who take a HD Voice enabled handset. From launch, new variants of the Nokia 5230, Nokia X6, Nokia E5 and Samsung Omnia Pro will be HD Voice enabled with further manufacturers expected to offer HD handsets in the coming months.

All HD Voice enabled handsets will be labelled with the Orange HD Voice logo, with demonstration units also available in Orange shops.

Everything Everywhere chief executive Tom Alexander said: “Although what we use our mobile handsets for has evolved significantly in the past few years, the way we make mobile calls hasn’t changed a great deal since the 1990s. So we’re proud to be the first telecommunications brand in the UK to change this and offer customers a revolutionary new calling experience.”