Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark first device from Sprint to get International Wi-Fi Calling update
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 28, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE: S) will begin offering International Wi-Fi Calling back to the United States at no additional cost starting with an over-the-air software update to Samsung Galaxy S® 4 with Sprint Spark™ rolling out now. This new feature allows those traveling abroad with Wi-Fi Calling enabled phones to make and receive calls to friends and family in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico at no additional charge while connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Wi-Fi Calling lets Sprint customers use voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks.1 Available at no additional charge to Sprint customers with a compatible Android™ smartphone, it offers improved voice, data and messaging services in locations that previously had limited or no mobile network coverage.
International Wi-Fi Calling adds the ability for Sprint customers to use voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks1 in more than 100 countries outside the United States back to the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico phone numbers without being charged or using monthly plan minutes.2
|Call/Message Type||Charges||Monthly Plan Minutes|
|Wi-Fi Calls Originating and|
|Terminating in the U.S., U.S. Virgin||
|Islands and Puerto Rico||
|Wi-Fi Calls Originating from the U.S.||Subject to International||Varies by International|
|to International Numbers||Calling Plan Rates||Calling Plan|
|Wi-Fi Calls Originating from an|
|International Location to the U.S.,||
|U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico||
|International Originating Wi-Fi Calls||Subject to International||Varies by International|
|to International Numbers||Calling Plan Rates; Not||Calling Plan|
|Charged for Roaming|
“We are excited to roll out International Wi-Fi Calling as part of our commitment to enhancing the customer experience and expanding the calling reach for our customers,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Business & Product Development, Sprint. “As this international capability becomes available on more of our devices, Sprint customers won’t have to think twice about calling home while on vacation or away on business. This is one more tool we are giving our customers to stay easily connected with those who matter most.”
Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark will be the first smartphone from Sprint to get the International Wi-Fi Calling update. Sprint plans to expand Wi-Fi Calling with international calling capabilities to additional devices throughout 2014.
Currently, Wi-Fi Calling is available on 11 smartphones from Sprint: HTC One® max, HTC One® (M8), HTC One® (M8) Harman/Kardon edition, LG G3, LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini, Samsung Galaxy S® 5, Samsung Galaxy S® 5 Sport, Samsung Galaxy Mega™, Samsung Galaxy Note® 3 and SHARP AQUOS Crystal (coming soon).
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 54 million customers as of June 30, 2014, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved U.S. company in customer satisfaction, across all 43 industries, over the last six years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1Check with your Wi-Fi provider to see if data charges may apply.
2Standard or discounted pricing for international calling applicable to Wi-Fi can be found at www.sprint.com/international.
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Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511