We reported on rumors that Sprint would soon offer WiFi calling on some of its existing handsets back in January, and now it looks as if those rumors have been confirmed. Sprint announced earlier today that WiFi calling would be a free feature for users of select devices, with more device support coming in 2014.
The feature will initially be available after an OTA update for the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini over the next few weeks. After installing the update, customers will be able to activate WiFi calling through a new app in their app drawer.
Sprint hasn’t said which other devices should get this feature, but I’d imagine that most of the major phones in Sprint’s lineup – like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – should get it soon. There’s also no mention in this press release about whether or not some of the rumored restrictions would be in place, like the requirement for the phone to detect a CDMA signal before making a WiFi call (kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?).
Hopefully we’ll be able to get clarification on that soon.[Sprint]