Another day, another HD Voice enabled device on the Orange UK network. The carrier has just confirmed that not only will the Nokia N8 arrive in their stores this coming weekend, it will also be the latest handset to support the higher-quality audio system promising improved voice calls.
Having heard Orange's news that the Samsung Omnia 7 would be HD Voice compatible on their UK network, we chased up HTC to see whether the same was in store for the HTC 7 Mozart. Unfortunately, it seems Mozart owners will have to make do with regular audio quality; HTC has told us the company has "no plans" to add in HD Voice support to their Windows Phone 7 smartphone.
Orange has confirmed that the Samsung Omnia 7 will be HD Voice enabled in the UK, allowing the Windows Phone 7 handset to make higher quality audio calls on their network. "High Definition Voice" had previously been limited to a handful of Nokia devices, along with the Samsung Omnia Pro; calls between compatible phones promise much reduced background noise, hiss and crackle.
Orange UK has confirmed its pair of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, offering the HTC 7 Mozart as an exclusive, together with the Samsung Omnia 7. The two devices will drop on October 21 2010, with the HTC 7 Mozart being the cheaper model: free with a new, two-year agreement on a £35 contract.
T-Mobile and Orange users in the UK might find they have a few extra bars of signal from today, since the two carriers are now offering free roaming as part of their ongoing Everything Everywhere merger. The network sharing includes calls, SMS and data, though you may need to turn on "data roaming" on your device in order to get it to accept the other carrier.
Blue skies, lax morals and plenty of hills; we're not sure which of those Orange UK is hoping to channel by naming its latest Android smartphone the San Francsico, but at £99 on the carrier's "Dolphin" pay-as-you-go tariff we guess it's not too great an investment in order to find out. The Android 2.1 handset has a 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G+, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1, along with GPS and a microSD card slot (a 2GB card is included), and will go on sale later this week.
Update: Orange tells us the San Francisco has a 3.5-inch 480 x 800 OLED capacitive touchscreen, which makes it a whole lot more interesting at £99.
Carriers have begun throwing their wireless hats into the HTC ring, after the smartphone company confirmed that the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z would have broad availability across most of the UK networks. T-Mobile UK has announced that their Desire HD will be priced from free on a £40 24-month agreement, while Vodafone will only say that they are indeed planning to offer the HD.
Orange UK has officially launched High Definition Voice, a new voice technology that claims to dramatically reduce background noise and increase audio quality. Available only on select handsets - initially updated versions of the Nokia 5230, Nokia X6, Nokia E5 and Samsung Omnia Pro - the carrier is hoping that more manufacturers jump on board with their own compatible hardware.
Orange France are apparently planning to launch a self-branded iPad rival, as part of a three-pronged tablet attack in time for the holiday shopping season. According to Les Echos, France Telecom are preparing an Android based 3G slate with a €250 ($318) unsubsidized price, which could drop to under €100 ($127) with a data plan commitment. Orange are also supposedly looking to a brand-name rival to the iPad, though the identity of the tablet is unknown.
Having heard yesterday that Vodafone UK would be offering the new BlackBerry Torch 9800, rival Orange UK has now thrown its own hat into the cellular ring. The company has tweeted that it too will be offering the new sliding touchscreen BlackBerry, though as with Vodafone there's no sign of a release date at present.