With the most recent iOS update, Sprint iPhone users will be able to make phone calls over Wi-Fi.
Over the next week or so, Sprint users with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5s who upgrade to iOS 8.3 will have the option of using Wi-Fi calling. That means they can take advantage of the many Wi-Fi networks in the U.S. and abroad to not only use data but also talk on the phone when cellular coverage may be limited — for free.
Sprint said Wi-Fi calling is “as easy to use as Bluetooth — it is a simple setting to turn it on and off.”
Best of all, this should cut down on roaming fees when traveling internationally, since communications over a Wi-Fi network do not count against the minute or data limits on your rate plan. Sprint said the feature will work in more than 200 countries, letting you make calls back to the U.S. for free as long as you can find a Wi-Fi connection.
You won’t incur any additional changes when calling over Wi-Fi to a number in the U.S., the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico. Wi-Fi calling is not supported, however, in certain countries, including Australia, China, Cuba, North Korea, India, Iran, Singapore, Sudan, Syria, and anywhere else it’s prohibited by law.
Rival carrier T-Mobile also offers the Wi-Fi calling on several phones, including the iPhone, and Verizon has tentative plans to introduce it this year, as does AT&T.
“Wi-Fi calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get coverage anywhere they have Wi-Fi connectivity,” David Owens, senior vice president of product development for Sprint, said in a statement. “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.”