News by Andrew Kameka on Friday February 21, 2014.
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Sprint today announced that customers can now get enhanced voice calling options with a new Wi-Fi calling feature available on a pair of Android devices. The free service makes it possible to log onto a home or public Wi-Fi network and then place voice calls. An over-the-air update makes it possible o make the calls on a Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini or a Samsung Galaxy Mega. Sprint says it will push the service to more devices throughout the year.
The introduction of Wi-Fi calling should provide a welcome boost for people in areas where Sprint's coverage is subpar. I'm a former Sprint customer who left the network behind because I received poor coverage at my old job and my house, the two places that I needed coverage the most. By offering customers a chance to get improved coverage without needing an Airave signal booster, the most common remedy for poor coverage on Sprint, customers now have a much easier and more flexible fix for weak signals.
Domestic calls are free when using Wi-Fi, but international calls will still cost the same standard rates as they would if the call were routed through the wireless network.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.