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Currently, only one smartphone is supported

A “new” Sprint is emerging under the leadership of CEO Marcelo Claure. After announcing budget-friendly family share plans early last week, the company upped the ante with a new $60 unlimited plan.
This week, Sprint is offering up some new perks for its customers that regularly travel overseas. Sprint will allow customers to place Wi-Fi calls (and send text messages) while overseas to family, friends, and colleagues back in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico free of charge.
“As this international capability becomes available on more of our devices, Sprint customers won’t have to think twice about calling home while on vacation or away on business,” said Wayne Ward, Sprint’s VP of Business and Product Development. “This is one more tool we are giving our customers to stay easily connected with those who matter most.”
 Samsung Galaxy S4
There are, however, quite a few restrictions for those that plan to take advantage of this new feature. First of all, international Wi-Fi calling is only supported in roughly 100 countries at this point. And while Wi-Fi calling within the U.S. is currently supported on 11 Android-based smartphones, only one smartphone, the Galaxy S4, supports international Wi-Fi calling.
Sprint Galaxy S4 users are already being pushed an over-the-air (OTA) to support the functionality, while the rest of the Sprint portfolio (Android-only) will receive the update “throughout 2014.”

Source: Sprint

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By Shadowself on 8/29/2014 12:17:47 PM , Rating: 2
I was able to use WiFi for voice calls from the UAE to the U.S. over five years ago on AT&T. I just used the hotel's WiFi service and the WiFi service at some of the businesses I visited there. (The local cellular rates plus AT&T's add ons in the UAE for calls back to the U.S. at the time were astronomical!) At the time, I thought it was pretty standard. I guess I was wrong. Why has it taken Sprint so long to catch up?

RE: Odd
By glowingghoul on 8/29/2014 12:31:46 PM , Rating: 3
AT&T removed the international calls over wifi feature years ago. Only T-Mobile offered it until this move by Sprint.

Why aren't you educating yourself about what you're commenting on or is the desire to bash Sprint to great to ignore?

RE: Odd
By glowingghoul on 8/29/2014 12:58:59 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Odd
By Samus on 8/30/2014 12:50:57 AM , Rating: 2
Bashing Sprint is such a popular trend that blindly do it all the time. T-mobile constantly attacking Sprint doesn't help, but I get it; they want Sprint's customer since Sprint is the only other budget carrier. It isn't like T-mobile could actually compete with AT&T or Verizon on anything other than price...

Facts are facts, Sprint is a necessary evil, and still FAR less evil than AT&T and Verizon.

But it's also obvious that Sprint is, and has been, getting better lately. We've used Ting, an MVNO of Sprint, for years and have been VERY happy with the coverage in Chicago, but admit it can be iffy when traveling (and non-existent when overseas, hence the Wifi calling announcement here.)

Too little too late
By Solandri on 8/29/2014 6:35:30 PM , Rating: 3
I gave up waiting and signed up with a VoIP service (Anveo). $2.80/mo for a number + mandatory 911 service, incoming calls are free, calls to the U.S. are a half cent a minute.

I just configure it with one of the many free SIP phone apps. If I'm going overseas, I forward my cellular number to my VoIP number so I can receive calls. Calls I make can go out my VoIP number.

Within the U.S., I'd like to use my cellular number the same way and have it work seamlessly with my phone's regular dialer. But at a half cent a minute, my highest monthly VoIP bill so far has been less than 10% my cellular bill. So in terms of total costs to me, it just doesn't matter. If anything it would also allow most customers to drop down to a plan with fewer minutes since cellular minutes are more expensive, and probably done mostly within range of a wifi net. (I get free mobile to mobile minutes so I rarely use more than 200 plan minutes/mo.)

wfi calling?
By jmerk on 8/30/2014 3:35:30 PM , Rating: 2
I've been doing wifi calling for years overseas with skype. why is is this something new? And when did any of the US carriers make anything easy or cheap for us.

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