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Orange launches HD Voice in the UK

It’s been on the cards for a good few months, but the trials are finally over and Orange is all set to provide HD voice transmissions to its UK customers.

Calling it “the first major advancement in UK mobile voice calling for 20 years”, the colourful network operator is offering the high quality voice service at no extra cost to Orange customers who buy an HD voice enabled handset. These include the likes of the Nokia 5230, Nokia X6, Nokia E5 and Samsung Omnia Pro at launch with more to follow. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like existing Orange customers with these particular handsets will be able to use HD Voice, you’ll have to invest in a whole new handset to benefit.

HD Voice works by reducing background noise and the little hisses, crackles, pops and general impurities that you probably don’t even notice any more. Orange also reckons it’s perfect for noisy places where it can provide louder, clearer, sharper voices and lower background noise.

We’re hoping to cut through the press release’s hyperbole and put it through its paces ourselves soon. Stay tuned!

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