Sprint nixes fees on int’l Wi-Fi calling to P.R., U.S., USVI

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Wi-Fi Calling lets Sprint customers use voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks.(Credit: © Mauricio Pascual)

Wi-Fi Calling lets Sprint customers use voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks.(Credit: © Mauricio Pascual)

Sprint 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, the company announced Thursday.

The new feature allows those traveling abroad with Wi-Fi Calling-enabled phones to make and receive calls 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.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 networks in more than 100 countries outside the U.S. mainland back to the U.S., USVI, and Puerto Rico phone numbers without being charged or using monthly plan minutes.

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.

2 Comments on "Sprint nixes fees on int’l Wi-Fi calling to P.R., U.S., USVI"

  1. Kenneth McClintock August 29, 2014 at 5:18 AM · Reply

    Someday, there should no longer be prohibitive fees for communications abroad that do not reflect, in any way, the true costs of providing telecom services. Sprint’s decision is a step in the right direction.

    • Jpgonrei September 12, 2014 at 6:57 AM · Reply

      T-mobile has been doing this for years, I do not see any innovation here but a necessary move to Sprint to avoid lagging to far away.

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