iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers

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Today's iOS 8.3 update expands iOS 8's WiFi calling feature to two new carriers: Sprint in the United States and EE in the United Kingdom.

WiFi calling is a feature that was first introduced in iOS 8, letting users make phone calls using WiFi instead of a cellular network when connected to a WiFi network. T-Mobile has thus far been one of the only carriers to support Wi-Fi calling in the United States, until today.

Following the iOS 8.3 update, Sprint users can toggle on Wi-Fi calling in the "Phone" section of the Settings app, which will let them make calls over Wi-Fi when a Wi-Fi network is available. Wi-Fi calling can be useful when cellular signal is low, and calls also have improved sound over Wi-Fi.

According to Sprint's website, users will need to install the iOS 8.3 update and download Carrier Version 19.1. Sprint says the carrier update can be triggered by going to Settings --> General --> About after installing iOS 8.3, but the company's announcement suggests it may take a few days to roll out to everyone.

Enabling Wi-Fi calling is a similar process for EE subscribers in the United Kingdom. According to Engadget, EE users will need to update to iOS 8.3 and then enable WiFi calling in the Settings app, after which the feature will be activated in a few hours. EE's limiting the number of iPhones able to register for WiFi calling to 100,000 per day, so there may be a waiting period for some users.

WiFi calling is available for iPhone 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus users with Sprint and EE service.

Article Link: iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers
 

TMRJIJ

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Warning:
Wi-Fi Calling does not support the iOS & OSX feature of Continuity. Wi-Fi Calling will need to be turned off to use this feature.

Other devices will no longer be able to make or receive calls through your iPhone
 

mateytate

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Difference between this and facetime audio?
FaceTime audio only works to other iOS devices. Wifi calling works to any phone number in the world. Instead of using a cell tower it uses your wifi router. I've had this on T-Mobile for a while and it's a great feature, especially if you have patchy coverage at home.

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Wonder why? T-mobile allow texting.
 

cloudsurfer1733

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I'm actually amazed that this wasn't enabled much sooner since we all know how bad Sprint's service is.
The service is quite usable now. Is it blazing fast? No. Is it as ubiquitous as Verizon? No. However, Sprint offers a lot of value for the price and is pro Net Neutrality. It works for me, but understandably not all.
 

ozziegn

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The service is quite usable now. Is it blazing fast? No. Is it ubiquitous as Verizon? No. However, Sprint offers a lot of value for the price and is pro Net Neutrality. It works for me, but understandably not all.
Their service in our area (central FL) is on the same level as Tmobile which is anything but good. Guess that's the reason why both companies can offer their services dirt cheap.
 

aajeevlin

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The paragraph caught my attention "when you join a Wi-Fi network, information about taht network will be sent to your carrier to establish billing details like the originating country for calls."

Does that mean wifi calling originating from foreign country to the states will be counted as international calling? I recall Tmobile used to count wifi calling to/from foreign country back to the states as national calls, and won't charge extra.

I wonder if the rules are different now. The last time I used wifi calling was the Tmobile UMA and I loved that service.
 

JM

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Supporting that latest government net neutrality bill, and now WIFI calling?

You go Sprint-co-co.
 

Anonymous Freak

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Good job Sprint...your up Verizon. :mad:
Seconded - hurry up, Verizon! I'm sick of one-bar-requiring-my-phone-to-sit-on-the-windowsill-in-my-home-office signal! (I fairly regularly yank my phone off the window sill down on to my desk with my headphones.)

Edit: When WiFi calling was first announced, Verizon's CFO blasted it as "unnecessary" with Verizon's "great network", essentially saying that T-Mobile's embrace of it was because their network sucks.

Well, guess what, Verizon - ALL the networks suck in some places. In my home office, my work-provided Verizon phone gets a worse signal than my (not WiFi-calling-enabled) personal T-Mobile phone! So, ironically, the carrier that supported WiFi calling first is the one I need it least on.
 

pittpanthersfan

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The paragraph caught my attention "when you join a Wi-Fi network, information about taht network will be sent to your carrier to establish billing details like the originating country for calls."

Does that mean wifi calling originating from foreign country to the states will be counted as international calling?
Yes. Think of wi-fi calling as your normal 'phone call plan,' but with potentially better reception.

For international to be treated the same as domestic, you would want a VOIP call such as FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.
 

tmiw

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The service is quite usable now. Is it blazing fast? No. Is it as ubiquitous as Verizon? No. However, Sprint offers a lot of value for the price and is pro Net Neutrality. It works for me, but understandably not all.
This. I think LTE + no longer emphasizing "unlimited" in their marketing (and trying to get people to change over to capped plans) helped significantly.
 

aajeevlin

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Yes. Think of wi-fi calling as your normal 'phone call plan,' but with potentially better reception.

For international to be treated the same as domestic, you would want a VOIP call such as FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.
Yea I suppose that would make sense, but if I recalled correctly the Tmobile UMA (this is 5-6 years ago?) would allow you to make/receive calls back to the states without charging your extra. I might have to do some digging.
 

JosephAW

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The only reason I switched to sprint from verizon was for unlimited data. Now we get the icing on the cake.
 
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