STOCKHOLM, Sweden-L.M. Ericsson is enhancing its Global System for Mobile communications digital cellular phones with Enhanced Full Rate technology. The technology will be installed in the CH388 digital flip phone soon to debut in the United States.
EFR allows faster data throughput from the analog to digital codec found in its digital phones, the company said. EFR-equipped phones can have enhanced audio telephony without a faster bit-rate on the GSM network.
Ericsson said the technology is compatible with the GSM 1900 MHz networks in the United States and the GSM 900 and 1800 networks in the rest of the world.
“Our vision of wireless is that it will soon offer the same, or even better, quality as that of many landline telephony networks,” said Stig Rune Johansson, Ericsson’s general manager of product systems.