Cablevision launches HD phone service for Optimum subs

Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) announced Monday that it's upgrading its Optimum Voice package to include HD phone services for subscribers with HD-cable phones at no extra charge.

The catch: Not only must Optimum subscribers have the right hardware, they must be speaking to other Optimum customers that also have the upgraded gear.

But it's a start: Cablevision said it will begin working with other providers as they begin rolling out their own HD calling networks.

"With HD calling, Optimum customers have access to the best available voice quality, allowing them to enjoy richer, fuller audio when on the phone," said Kevin Packingham, Cablevision's executive vice president of product management, who just joined the company in May. 

"Similar to the advancement from standard to high definition for television, HD calling is a remarkable innovation to our voice services, and we believe customers will be thrilled by the call quality that they will experience with this network upgrade," he added.

For more:
- read this press release
- read this Multichannel News story

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