updated 12:40 pm EST, Fri February 21, 2014
Two Android devices work with Sprint Wi-Fi service, more expected later in 2014
Sprint is following in the footsteps of T-Mobile, by allowing customers to make calls over Wi-Fi. The service will let users make and receive calls and texts through their registered Sprint number through the network connection when the device is not able to connect to the Sprint cellular network itself, allowing customers to use their phones at home and at work in signal blackspots.
The extra connection option is free to subscribers, reports CNET, though any usage will count towards an account's voice minutes and text message allocation. Customers will have to wait for an over-the-air software update that will roll out over the next few weeks, though it will only work with two Android phones: the Samsung Galaxy Mega, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Sprint hopes to add more devices to the Wi-Fi calling and messaging roster later this year.
While the Wi-Fi calling is a stop-gap measure to help increase smartphone usage, it is not the only thing Sprint is doing to improve coverage. In its most recent quarterly report, Sprint claimed to cover more than 200 million people in the US with its 4G LTE network, and hopes to expand it to more than 250 million by mid-2014.