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#2375 28-Sep-2004 16:46
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I just wanted to know if 3G will give mobile users who have non-3G phones better voice quality? because I'm on vodafone and sometimes when you call you hear a bit of a wind kind of sound(not static). So when Vodafone has a 3G network will mobile phone calling be clear quality like when calling from a landline phone or better?

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  #8963 28-Sep-2004 16:52
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Yes it does improve greatly but will only be when you are working in 3G mode

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  #8975 28-Sep-2004 21:58
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Is that because Vodafone are changing to CDMA ?
The Telecom CDMA phones seem to cut out a lot of the background noise.


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#8978 28-Sep-2004 23:18
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Vodafone is not changing to CDMA. WCDMA is a name for a 3G technology but it's not the same as CDMA 1xRTT or CDMA EV-DO (the other technology, used by Telecom NZ).

To avoid this confusion some publications are now using 3GSM instead of WCDMA.



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#9287 12-Oct-2004 22:27
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is is the almost "whoosh" or "wave crash" type sound just after you stop talking?

This I believe is the actual network's compressors and noise gates adjusting and there is also a small carrrier noise so you dont think the line is dead.

Short answer to your question, 3g will not make your voice calls clearer for non 3g customers.
EFR did that back in the day. it was a HUGE improvement over the old GSM. but only capable phones can use EFR. (anything after about 1997) You will find most voice quality problems are phone specicic, some have a fantastic quality, some sound diabolical. CDMA is even worse, some handsets are superb, some are unusable..

one if the better I have found is the Sharp Gx10. The Sony ericssons cut out too much low end for my linking but are very "crisp". The Nokia 3200 is probably the worst phone I have heard to date. the 3315 is one of the best surprisingly.

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  #10928 10-Dec-2004 20:17
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Can you say more about the Nokia 3200 voice quality?
My wife and I each have these phones (GSM on attwireless) and
we have been very unhappy with them. About every 10 seconds
we get a garbeled word, often we have to ask the other person to
repeat what they've said. I did a warantee exchange ($15) with
ATT but the replacement phone has the same problem.

I'm trying to figure out if it is the ATT service or my phone. I
would purchase new phones if I thought it would fix the problems.

The phone has great features, (camera, FM Radio, flashlight) but
those don't mean much if the voice quality isn't good.

I searched the web and it seems most people are happy with their
Nokia 3200s so I'm puzzled. Yours was one of the few negative
comments so I'm curious about what you know or your own
experience with this phone.


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