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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15 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

15. jbo5112

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 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?

2. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 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.

3. GeekMovement unregistered

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

5. Cicero

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 22, 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?

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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

6. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 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?

7. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

9. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Outdated technology that T-Mo has been offering since 2011 to ALL of their smartphones.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

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

13. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

11. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 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.

14. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 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

12. techaman unregistered

Yeah another thing not to work from sprint.

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