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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 with Spark, receives update to support International Wi-Fi Calling

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 with Spark, receives update to support International Wi-Fi Calling
On Thursday, Sprint sent out an update to its Samsung Galaxy S4 units that support Sprint Spark. The latter is the tri-band LTE network offered by the mobile operator, that offers zippy data speeds to enabled handsets. With Sprint Spark, the phone is able to figure out which of the three bands is best suited for a particular task, which allows for faster wireless service. Today's update allows Sprint Spark enabled Samsung Galaxy S4 users, to call or text using International Wi-Fi Calling.

With this feature, Sprint customers with the updated Galaxy S4 can use Wi-Fi Calling, even when outside of the U.S. While overseas in over 100 countries, these Sprint customers will be able to call or text anyone in the U.S., the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico without having to pay for the calls, or having them count against their monthly allowance of voice minutes. Over the course of the year, other Sprint models that support Wi-Fi calling will receive the update that allows them to use this feature internationally.

"We are excited to roll out International Wi-Fi Calling as part of our commitment to enhancing the customer experience and expanding the calling reach for our customers. As this international capability becomes available on more of our devices, Sprint customers won’t have to think twice about calling home while on vacation or away on business. This is one more tool we are giving our customers to stay easily connected with those who matter most."-Wayne Ward, vice president-Business & Product Development, Sprint

Right now, 11 Sprint branded handsets can use Wi-Fi Calling such as the HTC One max, HTC One (M8), HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon edition, LG G3, LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy S4 with Sprint Spark, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, Samsung Galaxy Mega, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sharp AQUOS Crystal (coming soon).

source: Sprint

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posted on 28 Aug 2014, 19:19 1

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8717; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Hopefully all phones here on out support WiFi calling like T-Mobile does.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 22:47

6. 3Cline (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)


agree with you

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:54 1

9. lsutigers (Posts: 748; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


The big difference, as mentioned in this article, is Sprint is offering international Wi-Fi calling which no other carrier currently supports and is a huge benefit to enterprise customers.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 12:35 1

12. UMAFan (Posts: 13; Member since: 14 May 2012)


T-mobile has supported international WiFi calls since 2007 and virtually their entire phone line up except nexus devices will support it when the iOS 8 update launches

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 19:30

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3774; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You'll need WiFi calling to do anything on Sprint.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 19:59

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8717; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Spark is a joke in Chicago.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:07

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3774; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Spark is a joke period.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 00:49 1

8. lsutigers (Posts: 748; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I find that hard to believe...Our company recently tested Spark hotspots against other networks throughout many of our nationwide offices, including Chicago and Spark was consistently the fastest along with Verizon XLTE.

Funny you mention that because particularly in Chicago, Sprint Spark performed very well.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 05:36

10. Slammer (Posts: 1083; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


How so? I travel to Chicago twice a year and while I don't have a Spark enabled device, I have heard that the speeds are excellent.

I seriously don't really know. I'd be interested in learning more. Can you provide some sort of documentation of your findings?

John B.

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 08:31

11. zinger69 (Posts: 39; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Works fine for me in the city and in the 'burbs.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 19:45 1

3. madmikepr (Posts: 121; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


They need to bring this update to HTC M8 bcuz Right Now Is Nkt Working on internacional -_-

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 22:34 1

5. tuminatr (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


Nice feature I used google voice over wifi on my proton in Budapest a few years ago.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 13:35

13. JEverettnow (Posts: 203; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


This update needed to include a fix for the touchwiz freezing and locking up because almost every single s4 on sprint does it and you have to pull the battery for it to work. The only way we have been able to avoid it is to switch to google experience launcher.

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