HD Voice calling coming to more phones on 3 network

UK network 3 has announced that crystal-clear HD Voice technology will be made available on more handsets later this year.

At present, customers can benefit from HD Voice calling if they have the HTC Desire S, Nokia C7, Nokia E7, Nokia N8 and Samsung Omnia 7. Three say that come this autumn, the “majority” of smartphones on their network will have HD Voice capabilities, by means of an update.

The software update (presumably over-the-air), will bring HD Voice to the following handsets:

  • HTC: Desire HD
  • Nokia: C6, C3, X6, X3, E52, E72, 5230, 6720, E5, E5
  • Sony Ericsson: Elm, X10 Mini, Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, X8, Xperia Pro

What exactly is HD Voice? We hear you ask. HD Voice is a technology originally released by Orange last year, which filters out any background noises and interference on the line, meaning you’ll get crystal clear voice with little to no disturbance on your calls. Perfect if you’re on the phone walking through a bustling city area!

At present, HD Voice calling on the 3 network only works when you’re calling another 3 mobile, though we know that the network is currently working on cross-network HD Voice calling.

With the Orange network already having HD Voice calling technologies in place for its customers, we would expect 3 to Orange HD Voice calling to be one of the first cross-network partnerships for this technology.

Are you a 3 customer with one of the phones mentioned above that already has HD Voice? If so, tell us what you think of it by leaving a comment below, or tweet us @Gadget_Helpline