High-definition voice calls could encourage trade-in of old mobile phone

11 January 2010 — 11:14 AM

Orange has announced it will begin trialling high-definition mobile phone voice calls across the UK, with plans for the service to be introduced nationwide by late 2010.

The news may encourage consumers to trade-in their old mobile phone for cash to fund an upgrade to a new handset on the network.

Orange is currently in the process of merging with France's T-Mobile, which when complete could benefit 37 per cent of UK mobile subscribers.

Thomas Newton, staff writer for Recombu.com, said: "Despite the fact that modern handsets can do almost everything, at the end of the day people still want their phones to be phones."

He added that nobody likes having to repeat themselves in a conversation due to a poor connection, "whether it's two friends catching up with each other or business colleagues discussing a contract".

Orange currently provides high-speed 3G coverage to more than 93 per cent of the UK's population

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