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Sprint introduces its own Wi-Fi calling, but only for two Samsung models

Sprint introduces its own Wi-Fi calling, but only for two Samsung models
The nation's third largest carrier, Sprint, has introduced Wi-Fi calling, enabling customers using selected Android phones from going over their voice minutes. With Wi-Fi calling, users can make unlimited calls as long as they are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Sprint is not the first carrier to offer this, T-Mobile has offered the service since May 2011.

Right now, Sprint is allowing Wi-Fi calling on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. These are certainly not two of the carrier's big-time sellers. That means it will be some time before we get an idea on how often Wi-Fi calling will be in use by Sprint customers, affecting the carrier's revenue. If you don't have either phone, don't worry. Sprint says it will add additional Android models throughout this year.

It should be noted that Sprint's Wi-Fi calling allows you to make free domestic calls and texts, but there still remains a fee for international calls.

via: Engadget

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posted on 22 Feb 2014, 00:09

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Sprint is trying too hard to play the role of T-Mobile...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 16:18

15. jbo5112 (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

Sprint has their little features that truly set them apart from the competition: giving me a broken login box on every page; logging me out before I shop for a new device, so I can't see if I'm still being charged $100 for being a loyal customer; a web store that doesn't have pricing for their latest and greatest service/phone bundle; and announcing to the world "Engrish is hrard, join a framily plan".

Seriously? You're wanting me to buy Internet service and you can't write a functioning web site, write a finance calculator or use decent English?

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 01:14

2. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Isn't all the plans now unlimited... Who still goes over their minutes...

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 02:33

4. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

That's while on the "Sprint Network", so if you're in an area where they don't have towers of their own but their partners do it doesn't count. Also good for areas where they have crappy coverage.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 01:41

3. GeekMovement (unregistered)

lol fee for international wifi calls? No thanks I'll stick with my apps.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 03:56

5. Cicero (Posts: 924; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

VIBER app. Wi-fi calling anywhere for free. You just need the people you call to be on Viber and to be in your agenda. Enjoy! Or Sprint do not allow you to install Viber?

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 13:27

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

They do, but:

1) Some people are unwilling to download this or similar apps.

2) Some are on feature phones, so they cant use these apps.

3) Sometimes you need to call landlines

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 07:41

6. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 229; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)

thats cool but whats up with sprint only having a few phones when they have sumthing new...SDC (sprint direct connect) was one theres another feature but cant remember but now we got wifi calling on only 2 phones? why does sprint do this type of crap?

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 09:27 1

7. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

If you're in an area with really lousy cell coverage (as at my home), this would let you use your wifi for calls, instead of having a femtocell.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 13:59

9. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Outdated technology that T-Mo has been offering since 2011 to ALL of their smartphones.
And they wanna buy T-Mobile? LOL

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 14:22 1

10. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

Great idea, release a new feature that a lot of people could/would use on devices that no one has. I'm sure that in a few months Sprint will discontinue offering Wifi calling because "no one was using it". I know that I would use it in some places go if it were offered on the Note 3.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:42

13. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)

Exactly This is why Sprint looses customers.
Release it to all for a test run or at least in a selected market. Its the only way to aquire correct market results.

This is a ploy to push bad inventory. Softbank is probably flipping out.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 14:58

11. profperez1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 May 2012)

Sprint seems to be in the Verizon camp. They don't really want to make any changes but they want marketing tricks to have that appearance.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:47

14. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)

Huh Vz seems to be on a good path & has a definite plan. They just brought themselves out & are restructuring now.

No company is as retarded as Sprint at the moment

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 19:50

12. techaman (unregistered)

Yeah another thing not to work from sprint.

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