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.


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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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

6. 3Cline

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

agree with you

9. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

12. UMAFan

Posts: 14; Member since: May 14, 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

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Spark is a joke in Chicago.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Spark is a joke period.

8. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

10. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

11. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

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

3. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

13. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 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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