Back in late January we first caught wind of a rumor suggesting that Sprint would soon be rolling out Wi-Fi calling support. Today Sprint officially confirmed the news, though it will initially offer the service for just two devices.
According to Sprint, an OTA update will enable Wi-Fi calling on Galaxy Mega and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini sometime in the “next few weeks”. While Wi-Fi calling will only be available for owners of the Mega and S4 Mini for now, Sprint says the feature will rollout to additional devices throughout the year.
So what’s the purpose of Wi-Fi calling? The most obvious benefit is that it allows you to call or text in areas where you have poor cellular reception, such as parts of your home or you office building. Another benefit for Wi-F calling is that it won’t take away from your normal minute text limits, though this isn’t a problem for those with unlimited call/text plans.
Bottom-line, Sprint’s new Wi-Fi calling could be perfect for those that live in areas with reasonably solid Sprint coverage but have problems in buildings and other areas where Wi-Fi can be used as a substitute. Any Sprint customers excited about Wi-Fi calling and texting, or is your voice coverage good enough as it is?
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Just wait for Forced wifi calling coming soon, that way sprint can get away with letting their network crumble again….
While a nice feature is only ok if it is always optional….
Got the update on my Mega last night. Of course I had no idea what it was for (until now). It took a half hour to download on my very fast Verizon FIOS wifi. Gobbled up a HUGE chunk of memory and came with no notice, instructions or details. Fumbled around until I discovered the menu to enable the damn thing. Sprint, like so many other monolithic corporations, is too big to really care or handle its customer base. Only because I’m a “relatively” intelligent geek by choice and am able to figure things out ( mostly by stumbling around on my own or using the forums) was I able to understand this latest OTA from Sprint. I can only imagine how the average joe out there has no clue about the smartphone they’re holding in their hands (other than the basic knowledge to call/text/surf. What a boondoggle!