iPhone 8 Supports Enhanced Voice Services Codec for Better Quality Audio on Some Carriers

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    The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus include support for the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) audio codec that offers improved voice quality and better call reliability, KDDI president Takashi Tanaka told Engadget Japan in a recent interview.

    EVS is the first codec that offers up to 20 kHz audio bandwidth for higher quality audio, higher frame/packet error resilience, and higher compression efficiency than other speech codecs for a better user experience.

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    In the United States, T-Mobile supports Enhanced Voice Services and has offered EVS since early 2016. According to T-Mobile, EVS on its network offers improved voice call reliability in areas of weaker signal for fewer dropped calls and higher-fidelity calls for more realistic voice audio.

    AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have not yet announced support for EVS.

    Apple does not mention support for the feature in its iPhone 8 documentation, but UK carrier EE also recently confirmed that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus work with EVS in a press release announcing EVS support on its network.

    Along with T-Mobile and EE, several other carriers in Europe and Asia also support EVS, including Vodafone Germany and NTT DoCoMo.

    Article Link: iPhone 8 Supports Enhanced Voice Services Codec for Better Quality Audio on Some Carriers
     
  2. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

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    T-Mobile, nice. Keep Sprint and its owner the heck away from them, ownership and a merger.
     
  3. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

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    T-Mobile will absorb Sprint and not the other way around as reported in the previous years. T-Mo is actually doing better now.
     
  4. DentonB macrumors newbie

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    Certainly the iPhone 7 has the needed hardware and horsepower for EVS.
     
  5. 0098386 Suspended

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    Gosh, I remember when o2 in the U.K. supported Apple, now it’s EE. And nobody uses EE. Wonder if Apple let networks bid on this, and the highest one gets the deal? I’ve seem something similar like that in one creative industry involving major companies, so maybe Apple does that too.
     
  6. splogue macrumors 6502

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    True. The CEO of T-Mobile will run the merged companies, which is business-speak for Sprint will be absorbed.

    Still, I agree with the original poster. T-Mobile has impressed me repeatedly since I moved to them early this year, and I don't want anything to derail or distract them.
     
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    T-Mobile is a good competitive carrier. Sprint is a bottom of the barrel carrier. If they merge, absorbing Sprint's mediocrity will bring down T-Mobile a few notches.
     
  8. canadianreader macrumors 6502a

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    One day phones calls and phone numbers will be thing of the past
     
  9. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

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    I think they have the common sense to keep good business practices and just do away with mediocrity. We'll see towards the end of the year and forward.
     
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    Because it's easy to blame something when you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.
     
  13. Broken Hope macrumors 6502a

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    The Intel modem in the 7 didn't support it so it was disabled on the other variants so that all devices were equal.
     
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    EE leading the way again. They seem to be the only network in the UK willing to invest in new developments.
     
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    More important, still it offers no support for the only HQ BT audio standard on the market – the QComm aptX! Of course, it still lacks headphone jack.
     
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    20khz sound? For when I want to stream music to people via a phone call. Still not good enough for calls to my dog’s 60khz capable ears however.
     
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    The added static is a feature and also in higher quality! :D
     
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    That's not how Wall Street or the business world sees it. Lemme guess, you're a T-Mobile user.:rolleyes:
     
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    What happens if you use T-Mobile with a Google Voice number, for example? Does Google Voice negate the benefit of codecs like EVS and HD Voice?
     
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    It's amazing that the default voice codec in nearly every phone is some garbage codec from 1989.

    Anyway, how does this relate to VoLTE? Or is it a lower level carrier thing?
     
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    Apparently, you've no idea of what the digital sound quality "composed" of. You'd better consult with your dog, though )))
     
  23. acarney macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know how this is added at the carrier level? Is this a rather "simple" upgrade in their software package, or does it require hardware sites to all be upgraded and compatible before roll out?

    Also, is this a fully end to end transparent thing? Or is the higher quality only when going from supported device to supported device. I know I'm not going to get amazing quality out of 1950's era phone lines in an old building, but will it improve everything up to the ability possible?
     
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    The number quoted in the article is the high frequency spec not the bit rate of the audio codec. I do not see how the 14 to 20khz frequency range will make a massive difference to the clarity of a human voice. Given that human voices peak out at about 3khz.

    In other words, tell us the audio codec bit rate. Who cares about a 20khz frequency capability for a voice based system?
     

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