Today, Sprint announced a new international WiFi calling option that lets its customers place calls to the US from over 100 countries at no additional charge. The new feature is now available to Samsung Galaxy S4 owners via an over-the-air software update, however Sprint says that support will come to other devices (we’re assuming the iPhone) throughout the year.
In addition to calls over home and public WiFi networks while abroad, this service ships with a messaging option, which makes it easier to make contact with people back home who might not be available for a voice call right away. Not a bad option for people who often find themselves abroad, but support for just one device (an older one at that) is somewhat frustrating. Hopefully Sprint will bring this option to iOS devices soon, especially since T-Mobile has already confirmed WiFi calling support with iOS 8.
Traveling Overseas with Sprint Has Never Been Easier with International Wi-Fi Calling to the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico at No Additional Cost
Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark first device from Sprint to get International Wi-Fi Calling update
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 28, 2014 – Sprint (NYSE: S) will begin offering International Wi-Fi Calling back to the United States at no additional cost starting with an over-the-air software update to Samsung Galaxy S® 4 with Sprint Spark™ rolling out now. This new feature allows those traveling abroad with Wi-Fi Calling enabled phones to make and receive calls to friends and family in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico at no additional charge while connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Wi-Fi Calling lets Sprint customers use voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks.1 Available at no additional charge to Sprint customers with a compatible Android™ smartphone, it offers improved voice, data and messaging services in locations that previously had limited or no mobile network coverage.
International Wi-Fi Calling adds the ability for Sprint customers to use voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks1 in more than 100 countries outside the United States back to the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico phone numbers without being charged or using monthly plan minutes.2
Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark will be the first smartphone from Sprint to get the International Wi-Fi Calling update. Sprint plans to expand Wi-Fi Calling with international calling capabilities to additional devices throughout 2014.“We are excited to roll out International Wi-Fi Calling as part of our commitment to enhancing the customer experience and expanding the calling reach for our customers,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Business & Product Development, Sprint. “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. This is one more tool we are giving our customers to stay easily connected with those who matter most.”
Currently, Wi-Fi Calling is available on 11 smartphones from Sprint: HTC One® max, HTC One® (M8), HTC One® (M8) Harman/Kardon edition, LG G3, LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini, Samsung Galaxy S® 5, Samsung Galaxy S® 5 Sport, Samsung Galaxy Mega™, Samsung Galaxy Note® 3 and SHARP AQUOS Crystal (coming soon).