Sprint adds Wi-Fi calling to improve voice coverage

sprintSprint is offering a new Wi-Fi calling and messaging service that it says will help improve network coverage for its subscribers, the company announced Friday.

For now, the service, which allows users to make voice calls, as well as, send and receive text messages via a Wi-Fi network when these customers are not in range of Sprint’s cellular network, will be available on two Google Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. These devices will receive over-the-air software updates to enable the service in the coming weeks. Sprint said it plans to expand the service to additional devices throughout 2014.

Domestic phone calls and text messaging are free using the Wi-Fi service, whereas under certain Sprint plans voice minutes and text messages are counted toward a monthly allotment of activity.  More