France Télécom / Orange First Mobile Operator to Offer HD Audio on 3G Phones

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  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/technology/17voicehd.html?ref=technology

    In an era when time spent doing calls vs. all other activities on phones is going successively down, it's an interesting gambit, but it sounds like it will deliver nice functionality for users. Certainly even compared to landlines, the sort of average call quality on cell phones is still lacking. Now maybe you can sing over the phone and have someone really enjoy it. :)
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    So technically France Telekom is trying to replicate Graham Bell's same sound quality?

    When Bell invented the telephone:

    "Mr. Watson I need you in my office please" Loud and clear.

    Today:

    "Can you say that again?" Accompanied with static, grabble and low volume.

    Mobile phones today:

    "yes.... *static* ... and ma....... *drop*" Pathetic.

    I applaud the decision to make the quality better. At least we can finally feel what Graham Bell heard for the first time using a phone.
     
  3. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    That's probably being at least a little cynical. :p If the promise literally came true, though -- and the call quality on phones was comparable to an audio CD... that would be quite the difference.

    P.S. Are landline calls where you live really that bad? Unless VOIP is involved, mine aren't anything generally like that. They sound pretty good.
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    My landlines are not that great. I work at the Chem Stockroom in college and I hate to have to place an order simply because either:

    1. Call is static ridden
    2. If there is no static, then I barely can hear the other person
    3. The other person speaks Engrish and the phone transmission is delayed by a 1-1.3 second lag.

    That can be frustrating enough to throw the phone to the wall.

    Skype when I call home on the other hand beats a landline by far....
     
  5. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    That can be really annoying... but it's probably because of the internet telephony tech at the call center and not because of the actual phone system....
     

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