Today, StarHub announces HD (High Definition) Voice for StarHub Mobile customers. They will be the first to experience clearer voice calls with HD Voice. HD Voice will be switched on from 7th March 2013. So, if you are a StarHub Mobile customers, be sure to check the differences (note that both parties must be StarHub customers with phones equipped with HD Voice)
StarHub Mobile customers first to experience clearer voice calls with HD Voice
Singapore, 3 March 2013 – StarHub today announced that it is the first mobile operator in Singapore to complete the upgrade of its 3G mobile network with High Definition (HD) Voice, offering its mobile customers significantly better sound quality for local voice calls. HD Voice is a wideband audio technology which allows more speech information to be sent over the air, resulting in clearer mobile voice calls with reduced background noise.
“We pay close attention to the quality of our mobile network and continually find ways to enhance the voice, SMS and data services for customers. Today, voice service continues to be an important communication mode with our customers making millions of voice calls daily on our 3G network. In our ongoing efforts to enhance our mobile network, we are very pleased to bring HD Voice to our customers,” said Mr Chan Kin Hung, Senior Vice President of Personal Solutions, StarHub. “Our mobile customers will be the first in Singapore to enjoy natural sounding and clearer voice calls with considerably lesser background noise. Just like how HD video technology presents consumers with an immersive visual experience with sharper images and vibrant colours, HD Voice will significantly enhance our customers’ voice call experience, especially in noisy environments.”
StarHub will switch on HD Voice this Thursday (7 March 2013), widening the speech bandwidth across all its 3G mobile base stations. HD Voice is available at no additional charge and does not utilise any mobile data.
To enjoy the benefits of HD Voice calls at launch, both the calling and receiving parties need to be subscribers of StarHub’s new SmartSurf plans – SmartSurf Lite, SmartSurf Value, SmartSurf Premium and SmartSurf Elite – and use HD Voice capable handsets. The HD Voice feature will be progressively enabled for customers on other mobile price plans by the third quarter of 2013.
StarHub currently carries 19 HD Voice handset models including Apple iPhone 5, BlackBerry Z10, LG Optimus G, Samsung GALAXY Note II LTE, Samsung GALAXY S III LTE and Sony Xperia Z. Handsets that support HD Voice are equipped with superior microphones and speakers, further improving voice call quality and reducing background noise. As HD Voice is now appearing as a standard feature in new smartphone models, customers can look forward to selecting from a wider range of handset models that StarHub will soon carry.
With a growing number of mobile operators committed to rolling out HD Voice commercially, StarHub customers will be able to make high-quality international mobile calls on their HD Voice handset in the near future.
For more information, please visit www.starhub.com/mobile.
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StarHub is Singapore’s fully-integrated info-communications company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub operates a HSPA+ mobile network that delivers up to 42Mbps for downlink to complement its nationwide GSM network, and an LTE network that provides connection speeds of up to 75Mbps in key business areas. It also manages an island-wide HFC network that delivers multi-channel pay TV services (including HDTV, Internet TV and on-demand services) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub operates an extensive fixed business network that provides a wide range of data, voice and wholesale services. Over Singapore’s fibre-based Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network, StarHub offers a broad range of home and business broadband plans along with a host of advanced media-rich value-added services.
Launched in 2000, StarHub has become one of Singapore’s most innovative info-communications providers, and the pioneer in ‘hubbing’ – the ability to deliver unique integrated and converged services to all its customers. StarHub, listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange since October 2004, is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and the MSCI Singapore Free Index. Visit www.starhub.com for more information.