T-Mobile has been catching a lot of publicity lately, from the news about their fourth phase of the Uncarrier strategy, right down to the CEO John Legere getting thrown out of an At&t sponsored event last week during CES where he states that “he just wanted to see Macklemore perform”. While they say any publicity is good publicity, T-Mobile might get some good recognition for a change as it seems Sprint will begin to offer a Wifi calling feature of its own, much like the one that T-Mobile has been offering for years. As reported by Androidcentral, Sprint will be introducing the feature on two currently offered Samsung phones, which will be the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and the Samsung Galaxy Mega.
The feature will be added through updates that Sprint will be sending out to users of those two devices, so if you currently use one of them on Sprint’s network you’ll soon be getting a nice new capability. Although the Wifi calling feature will be debuting on the S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega, it looks like Sprint will be rolling it out to other devices as well down the line as long as they’re already Android 4.2+. To take advantage of this feature when it’s launched you’ll need a few things. You’ll have to of course have a compatible device as mentioned above, and it will have to be running Android 4.2+. Besides that you’ll need to spend some time turning the feature on by going to Sprint’s website and logging into your account at mysprint.sprint.com. While Wifi calling won’t be usable virtually every time you need to make a call, the great thing about it is that when you make a call over Wifi, just like T-Mobile’s feature it won’t eat up your package minutes. This only matters of course if you’re someone who doesn’t already have unlimited minutes anyway, but the feature can still come in handy when there is no coverage available.
As expected, Sprint isn’t going to be charging for this feature, once again just like T-Mobile, and all you have to do is have the feature turned on. Perhaps this will help Sprint gain back some subscribers. Some other things worth noting about the new Wifi calling feature to come is that it will only be usable within the US, US virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, so if you reside outside those regions, you won’t be able to partake. Lastly, it seems that calls made over a Wifi network won’t be able to switch over to Sprint’s CDMA network. This isn’t so much a drawback, but considering T-Mobile’s Wifi calls can be handed off between Wifi and their GSM network regardless of where they originated, to compete you would think that Sprint would want their feature to act the same way. What do you think about Sprint adding Wifi calling to their list of features? If you subscribe to Sprint would you be using this feature and if so how often? Let us know in the comments.