People still make calls on these things? Well, if you are one of those people and you’re on the Optus network, your call quality should be much improved, with Optus announcing they’ve enabled High Definition (HD) Voice on their 3G network.
According to Optus, HD Voice will give users an improved call experience, with sharper, clearer quality of calls with less background noise. The difference will be noticeable with Optus-to-Optus mobile calls only, but there’s no special updates or activation required to enable the feature, it will just work.
To use the feature you’ll need a compatible handset, with Optus providing a list of handsets which will support the feature. Optus did note that all new 3G/4G handsets will now support the feature moving forward. Is your handset on the list?
Optus is the last of the three major Australian carriers to add HD Voice to their 3G network, with Telstra adding the feature in 2012, while Vodafone added it in 2013. HD Voice on 3G is cool and all, but with carriers moving towards LTE voice calls, or VoLTE within the next year, it’s surprising that they’ve enabled it now. Still, if you’re used to making calls and have had issues with call quality, this could be a big bonus.