OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 08, 2015 - Starting today, iPhone customers on a Sprint service plan can initiate high-quality calls over Wi-Fi using their own phone number1through a software update coming over the next week. This new capability will allow Sprint to dramatically expand coverage and connectivity options for customers through a simple and easy Wi-Fi Calling experience for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.
“Wi-Fi Calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get coverage anywhere they have Wi-Fi connectivity,” said David Owens, senior vice president of product development for Sprint. “Traditional wireless technology has some limitations in places like basements and high-rise office buildings. Wi-Fi expands our customer’s connectivity in a big way. The addition of Wi-Fi Calling for iPhone customers is just one more example of how Sprint is getting better every day.”
There are millions of Wi-Fi hot spots in the U.S. today. Wi-Fi is virtually everywhere – coffee shops, bookstores, airports, restaurants, hair salons, sporting venues and schools. Best of all, communications over a Wi-Fi network doesn’t count against minute or data limits on rate plans – it’s FREE.
With Sprint’s Wi-Fi Calling, customers can access these Wi-Fi networks to talk and use data even when cellular service may be limited. The experience is easy to use and similar to adding thousands of new towers overnight to improve coverage for Sprint customers.
Free Calling when Traveling Internationally
Customers traveling internationally with Wi-Fi access can use Wi-Fi Calling to enjoy free calls from over 200 countries back to the U.S.2 Wi-Fi Calling is available at no additional charge when calling to a U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico phone number.
For more information, please visit: https://community.sprint.com/baw/thread/194593
Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served nearly 56 million connections as of Dec. 31, 2014, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1 Requires iOS 8.3 and update to carrier settings. Carrier settings will update for customers over the course of a few days. Base service plan charges apply.
2 Wi-Fi Calling supports calling from 200+ countries / territories. Wi-Fi Calling is not supported in select countries including: Australia, China, Cuba, North Korea, India, Iran, Singapore, Sudan and Syria. Sprint Subscribers are not authorized to use the service in countries where Wi-Fi Calling is prohibited by law. Please update your device software to the latest version to get the most current version of the Wi-Fi Calling software.
Michelle Leff Mermelstein, 703-592-8357