Android Central has obtained documents indicating Sprint is preparing to offer users free Wi-Fi calling on at least two handsets (initially). According to the docs, the calls won't count against your voice minutes, but there will not be Wi-Fi to cellular call handoffs, and there will need to be a cellular signal present to make calls over Wi-Fi (something Sprint claims is due to 911 requirements). There's no information on when Sprint plans to launch the new feature, though the information comes on the heels of leaks disclosing several big changes Sprint has planned for early this year, including the resurrection of the Nextel brand as a premium business offering, and the fusion of the Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile brands.
T-Mobile forces you to go to their website (which can be done on your phone, over WiFi) to set up 911 information before you can turn on WiFi calling. Except that this address is fixed, rather than based on GPS, so 911 responders will be getting the wrong idea if you're doing WiFi calling over at your friend's house :/
My guess is that Sprint wanted to do something similar, but didn't get the exemption that T-Mobile did to have lousy e911 while on WiFi, or wasn't able to handle the phone firmware and network customization quite enough.
Too bad I won't be able to take advantage of this though, since my Nexus 5 is missing a number of nice-to-have Sprint features (e.g. visual voicemail).
Weird. Last November, when T-Mobile's network flat-out didn't work at COTA near Austin, a friend wasn't allowed to turn on WiFi Calling on his One S until he put in his 911 address (I had turned my iPad into a hotspot because VZW LTE still worked there).
There are areas where I have an almost dead phone, but not quite, signal-wise. This would allow me to have good voice quality in those areas, and keep my phone from burning up its battery holding onto an iffy cell signal nonstop.
Cell signal in order to have a Wifi call?... That defeats the whole purpose of Wifi calling to begin with.
I wonder if the article meant to say GPS signal instead of CDMA signal. If it needs to check in via CDMA now and then..i wonder how often it needs to do this. -- Usenet Block Accounts | Unlimited Accounts
2014-Jan-17 6:32 pm: ·
KrK Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy Premium join:2000-01-17 Tulsa, OK
Wow. Had that on T-Mobile for years.
2014-Jan-17 5:36 pm: ·
Edrick I aspire to tell the story of a lifetime Premium join:2004-09-11 Woburn, MA
What are those, are the rest of you living in metered minutes land? Unlimited is where it's at. Next up what a gimmiky service that wont ever get used cause of poor implementation, then they'll just claim no one wanted it.
Sprint- TMO beat you to it in 2010, and Republic on a much larger scale this year. It's pretty much time to give up your effort on being an actual wireless company- MVNOE is much better option for you especially since it seems that is what you are best at doing.
Feature they're adding? LOL. They should have done that under Dan instead of their POS AiRave devices that they thought were better than WiFi Calling. The fact is this is an old technology that has been done and still is. Sprint needs to get with the times and move on to something better instead of being stuck in 2000.
I first got wifi calling on a T-Mobile back in 2005 (I think) with a Motorola flip-fone. (and later, a Nokia). And those minutes didn't (at the time) count against my limit. -- It's all true! Even the lies...
Sometimes just because you have dots or bars doesnt mean you can make a call
as with anyone with sprint struggles knows just because you have cell service doesn't mean your going to be able to complete a call. Tons of times especially in the lower depths of my house my 4S will drop into 1X and either the call wont get past a fast busy or the quality of the call will be absolutely horrid. No excuse for a poor network but i can at least benefit from this.