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Sprint considering routing some calls over Wi-Fi

Sprint considering routing some calls over Wi-Fi
Leaked training materials used by Sprint, indicate that the nation's third largest carrier is planning to offer calling over Wi-Fi service. The carrier has two phones in its current lineup that would support calling over Wi-Fi following a maintenance update. The two handsets are the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Also included in the plan will be those new Android handsets launching with Android 4.2 or higher.

Calls made over Wi-Fi won't count against your minutes, but they cannot be handed off to a CDMA network. That means that once you leave the range of a Wi-Fi signal, your call is dropped faster than a smoking hot biscuit coming out of the oven.

Setting up the service would be a snap.You would need one of the phones supporting calls over Wi-Fi and activate the service through Sprint's online account management page. And then...you use it. Enabled phones will have a Sprint Wi-Fi calling toggle under "Settings" in the future.

There is a caveat that the more paranoid amongst us will probably object to. To use the Wi-Fi calling feature for Sprint, the phone's Android Location Services will have to be turned on. The service also will only work in areas where a CDMA signal exists. Sprint says that this is due to 911 calling capabilities.

source: AndroidCentral

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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 14:48 3

1. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Of course on two smartphones that aren't worth getting.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 07:29

13. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

If priced right the Galaxy S4 Mini is a good phone. Not everyone wants a large phone and the resolution isn't bad at all. The cameras are very decent as well as is call quality (though could be better).

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 15:45

18. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

of course, your intelligence is very low... move along idiot!

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:55 6

2. Libra1985 (Posts: 47; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

Sprint still struggling with indoor coverage....geez

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:16 2

3. palmguy (Posts: 661; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

The main reason I would think this is worthwhile would be if I could talk over Wi-Fi when I'm in an area with little to no native Sprint CDMA coverage. :-(

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:30 2

4. alouden (unregistered)

I thought the same thing. Isn't the point to allow coverage in areas where the network coverage was poor?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 21:30 1

8. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1290; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

I use Google Voice to make calls on WiFi for many years now. Give me a break....I made WiFi calls when at a McDonalds in the Bahamas, at the Hotel also...Right now my Nexus 5 makes Wifi calls for free anywhere in the USA that I like. I call Australia for 2 cents a minute with Google Voice WiFi.lol

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 06:04

10. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

and i could call Austrailia for FREE using google voice WITH Talktone...... haha!!! I win!!!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:31

21. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1290; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

I win too if it works, because now I will try that out. I know that when I use Google Voice no one can tell that I am calling over WiFi. The service is very clear, and really with that service you don't really need unlimited minutes and such.

Internet calling has been around for years. I used to be able to do this with ICQ in the 1990's, but sound quality was not as good as it is today.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:37 3

5. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Just go to republic wireless. It does the same thing, but its way way cheaper and still uses sprint network.

$25 a month with 3g unlimted everything, but hands off to wifi when available.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:36 7

6. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Yeah but the thing is that we can already do free wi-fi calls over apps like skype, kakaotalk, line, bbm, etc. Sprint is just doing all the wrong things instead of focusing on their main issue, NETWORK & COVERAGE.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 19:27 3

7. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 109; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

You said it best. I don't know why anyone is even using their phone on network anymore, especially when they are in the comfort of their home, on their unlimited WiFi. The future of calling is Voice Over Internet. The future of texting is Instant Messaging. All over internet. Why we even pay for minutes and text anymore is ridiculous. There should just be Data tiers for how much Data you consume. It's coming.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 21:45 2

9. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1290; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

I can make a WiFi call any where in the USA for free with my Nexus 5, and my GS3 using Google Voice.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 06:05

11. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

yea but the other user has to download the same Gay app in the first place. google voice sir......

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:24

19. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1290; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

No they don't what a foolish remark. I call land lines using Google voice and the other end has no GV app. You might want to research this and come back again! I have called Canada, and from other countries using Google Voice, and no one needed to download the app.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 14:49

14. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

another inappropriate sprint bash. The Wifi calling is a good idea for them, one they should have done about 2-3 years ago before they started rolling out the Network Vision, woudl have allieviated a lot of customer concerns, if they knew they could at least use their service reliably when around Wifi, instead fo being uncertain they would have reliable service anyway.

The idea is good, other than the fact that it is too late, and also the fact that it doesnt work unless you have a sprint signal, so those that have a network outage or something of that nature are screwed anyway.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 18:59

16. GeekMovement (unregistered)

You said it. They should have had this service available years ago if they weren't going to improve their coverage. You addressed the main concern too, Sprint's weak coverage = weak signal. I'm carrying around 1 bar and my family experiences drop calls when shopping or when running other errands. It seems that our viewpoint is somewhat similar so I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "another inappropriate Sprint bash." I am indeed a highly unsatisfied Sprint customer and I feel they do not address the concerns of their customers. The fact that we could have already been using free voice calls through apps have made this feature quite unnecessary. Better coverage would solve a ton and even since Softbanks purchased a large amount of Sprint, I haven't been seeing much progress other than the big cities such as Chicago and major cities in Texas.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:27

20. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1290; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Come on guys....really....you can make WiFi calls on Sprint with out a dedicated phone or service. You are applauding silly enhancements that have already been available to you for the last 4-5 years easily.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 02:02

22. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Not sure if you understood my comment I was saying exactly that.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 17:45

15. techaman (unregistered)

the sad thing is i have a rave unit from sprint but i have no signal because its gps never attaches and if it did it drops later wifi should have been a thing with them like with t mobile but its to late to apologize hahaha for getting on the band wagon late. still dropping you sprint for any other network in 2 months yeah.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 21:51

17. andynaija (Posts: 983; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

"The service also will only work in areas where a CDMA signal exists. Sprint says that this is due to 911 calling capabilities."

Sprint does not make any sense for this. If their signal exists why would you need to call over Wi-Fi? Isn't it supposed to be for places where signal isn't good? The only benefit I see is that it won't count against your minutes..

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