There have been reports across the US that the new HD Voice feature Apple has included with its iPhone 5 will not be supported by the networks over there. In the UK, however, we don't have that problem as EE, the umbrella firm for Orange and T-Mobile, has confirmed that the wideband audio functionality works just fine.

EE's communications director, Stuart Jackson, revealed on Twitter that the iPhone 5's call quality is excellent. "iPhone 5 is a v.good phone," he posted. "Am using on EE network (obvs). Call quality crystal clear. 3G web feels faster. V.good network/phone integration."

Of course, he could have just been talking about the normal network call standard, possibly enhanced by the improved microphones on the new device. That's why Pocket-lint asked him to elaborate.

"HD Voice?" we asked him.

His reply revealed all. "Yes indeed. The best version of it I've tested. It's quite startling first time you use it - it's so clear!" he told us.

HD Voice is a wideband audio technology. When used on a supported network, it increases the frequency range allowed for audio signals, and therefore improves the quality significantly. "Crystal clear" is the phrase often bandied around when discussing the radio and telephone tech.

That's one to chalk up for the Brits. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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