Vodafone aims to push its HD Voice calling into the mainstream with a low-end $99 smartphone that puts the technology in reach of most customers.
The Vodafone Smart 4 mini is a modest specification Android device. In addition to supporting HD Voice calling it has a 3.2 megapixel camera and a four-inch screen. Otherwise it’s a basic smartphone that won’t set geek hearts aflutter but delivers the essentials.
The $99 price is for a network-locked phone with a $19 prepay Sim card. A non-locked version is available for $129.
In my experience HD Voice delivers dramatically clearer calls. It’s the difference between listening to music on AM and FM radio which makes it a big deal for a journalist trying to get down quotes while on the move. It’s a noticeable quality improvement for everyday users .
Vodafone says it now has 400,000 customers using HD Voice in New Zealand.