Can You Hear Me Now? Why Mobile Audio Still Lags

10:57 minutes

Mobile phones can stream videos and even pay for your dinner bill, so why is it still so hard to hear the person on the other line? Science and technology writer Jeff Hecht discusses the connectivity issues—from poorly designed handset hardware to bandwidth bottlenecks—and whether services like HD Voice and VoLTE could clear up the muddled voice lines.

Segment Guests

Jeff Hecht

Jeff Hecht is a freelance science and technology writer based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.