Sprint announces free Wi-Fi calling for iPhone customers

Sprint announces free Wi-Fi calling for iPhone customers
iPhone users on Sprint will be able to make Wi-Fi calls using their phone number. Over the next week, a software update will be rolling out to owners of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Sprint is enabling the feature as a way to augment coverage, particularly in situations where a traditional cellular signal cannot reach, like basements or densely built areas. This affords Sprint customers to maintain connectivity with the carrier’s services.

In addition to that feature being free (Wi-Fi usage does not count against minutes or data limits), iPhone customers on Sprint will also be able to bring Wi-Fi calling with them internationally, with free calls to the United States from more than 200 countries.

This enabling of unlicensed mobile access does not have the “hand-off” to or from the mobile network. The feature will be activated for iPhone users that are up-to-date with iOS 8.3, which was just released today. No word at this time as to if or when Sprint will bring the feature to other mobile platforms.

source: Sprint


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9 Comments

1. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Only iPhones? Sprint s*cks...

2. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

It's already available on many of the Android models, so then why does Sprint suck?

3. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Article says only iPhones ...

6. Makkari

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

The article is wrong or just poorly researched. Sprint has supported this feature on many Android phones. It was announced sometime ago, but given the red-headed stepchild status that Sprint has in the industry, it wasn't major news. T-Mobile is the only other major carrier that supports Wi-Fi calling anyway and they support this feature on just about every phone they sell (Android, iPhone, or otherwise). Moreover, Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone was not supported until iOS 8 It's been supported (at least on T-Mobile) on every other platform.

7. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

So PhoneArena s*cks...

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1519; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I think Sprint still has a large # of iphones to sell beofre it can get out of that contract with Apple in selling so a certain #. They will promote the iphone more than any other.

5. Makkari

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Not sure what that has to do with this annoucment or if it's even related. Sprint has announced and supported Wi-Fi calling on several Android phones. It's just that they didn't yet support the feature on the iPhone, which is why this annoucement is being made now. T-Mobile has had this feature enabled on the iPhone since iOS 8 debuted. It's a feature that many Sprint iPhone users have been waiting for; hence, the annoucement. It's not a promotion.

8. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Umm, ok... All the carriers have large contracts with Apple, what does this have to do with anything?

9. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

There are too many reasons as to why Sprint sucks.

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