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Phil_Britt 4/30/2014 | 7:04:56 PM
Re: HD voice quality? No, not teenagers, or many "help desk" people who seem to want to get you off the phone as quickly as possible. I often have to tell both to slow down because I don't hear that fast.
Mitch Wagner 4/30/2014 | 2:39:42 PM
Re: So? sam masud - " ... did Sprint's market research show that this would give them a competitive advantage?"

Good question. Common wisdom is that voice usage is declining. People prefer to text. Is the common wisdom wrong here?
Mitch Wagner 4/30/2014 | 2:38:26 PM
Re: HD voice quality? Phil_Britt - "People who are more interested in talking than in really communicating or who race through there messages won't be understood on either the landline or HD voice."

So this won't be helpful for teenagers then. :) 
DanJones 4/30/2014 | 2:29:46 PM
Re: So? T-Mobile has nationwide HD Voice too. They just don't seem to talk about it much. My guess is that Sprint saw how the industry is going and wanted a HD answer even if it is tied to 3G and just a few devices.
sam masud 4/30/2014 | 2:10:17 PM
So? Is this about bragging rights--or did Sprint's market research show that this would give them a competitive advantage?
Phil_Britt 4/30/2014 | 1:41:37 PM
Re: HD voice quality? As long as the connection is relatively good, the voice quality would likely be indistinguishable from landlines for most -- even most landlines can have issues. Peeople who speak clearly with concerns that the speaker understand their messages will do fine. People who are more interested in talking than in really communicating or who race through there messages won't be understood on either the landline or HD voice.
kq4ym 4/30/2014 | 11:17:40 AM
Re: HD voice quality? I would think the HD quality will depend greatly on the codec used to convert analog to digital. The human speaking voice doesn't need "7 octaves" or anything near that. The human voice is in a pretty small range of frequencies. But, if you want to send music over a digitial line, that's a different matter altogether. So, will the Spring HD carry sound with large frequency ranges like music successfully? I suspect not so well, but haven't been able to test that theory.
RafiMTL 4/30/2014 | 9:47:23 AM
Re: HD voice quality? @FakeMitchWagner

HD voice quality surpasses that of landline. The best landline is still limited to a bandwidth of about 3.4kHz, whereas HD voice transmits voice spectrum in a range of close to 7kHz. It makes a big difference in intelligibility (e.g. much easier to distinguish between the "s" and "f" sounds), and it makes the speaker sound closer. Much easier to conduct a conversation in a noisy environment.
year2525 4/29/2014 | 9:11:18 PM
Re: HD voice quality? Hard to say as I'd be doing it from distant memory...
Mitch Wagner 4/29/2014 | 7:09:36 PM
Re: HD voice quality? How does HD quality compare with a good landline?
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