It was just yesterday that we learned how Sprint has decided to entice travelers with something that is worth checking out – especially if you happen to be one who lives out from a suitcase. I am referring to Sprint offering them free texting as well as international 2G roaming, now how about that? Well, it seems that Sprint has a whole lot more up their sleeves, where iPhone customers on the network can also initiate high-quality calls over Wi-Fi with their very own phone number.
This is made possible through a software update that will be delivered, and such a capability will then enable Sprint to dramatically expand not only coverage, but also connectivity options for customers via a simple and easy Wi-Fi Calling experience for the following handsets from Apple – the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.
David Owens, senior vice president of product development for Sprint, shared, “Wi-Fi Calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get coverage anywhere they have Wi-Fi connectivity. Traditional wireless technology has some limitations in places like basements and high-rise office buildings. Wi-Fi expands our customer’s connectivity in a big way. The addition of Wi-Fi Calling for iPhone customers is just one more example of how Sprint is getting better every day.” [Press Release]
Boingo Wireless And Sprint Offer Connectivity In US Airports
Both Boingo Wireless as well as Sprint has just announced a multi-year Wi-Fi agreement. In other words, this particular agreement will deliver access to seamless and secure Boingo Wi-Fi networks across 35 major airports ver in the U.S. This will make use of Boingo’s industry-leading network technology, where connecting to Wi-Fi will soon be a snap, and is as safe as cellular.
Basically, all Sprint devices that are within proximity of a Boingo hotspot can connect automatically to the Wi-Fi network without missing a beat, offering service at the fastest speeds available, regardless of whether that cellular is from Sprint or Wi-Fi from Boingo. Thanks to the auto-authenticating Wi-Fi connections, they are available at no extra charge to all Sprint customers who happen to have capable devices, while usage when connected to Wi-Fi will not eventually count towards a customer’s monthly service plan.
Sprint and Boingo has already conducted successful market trials through millions of Sprint handsets, and it has clearly shown the consumer benefits of effortless authentication onto Boingo’s network. [Press Release]
Uber To Arrive Pre-loaded On Selected New Sprint Android Handsets
It seems that Uber has gotten itself into some bad press lately, but this certainly does not detract from the popularity of this particular service that allows you to get from point A to point B in a safer manner as opposed to seasoned taxi drivers. It is said that there will be an Uber app which will be pre-loaded onto Sprint’s new Android-powered smartphones, although this particular promotion is said to run until the end of the year. Majority of the new Android-powered handsets on Sprint will feature the Uber app, although not all.
In addition, as an added incentive, Sprint is willing to fork out $20 toward your first Uber ride, assuming that happens sometime this month. How do you take advantage of this offer? Well, when you are about to register with Uber, just enter the coupon code SPRINT, and the carrier will then go ahead to lower your very first Uber bill to the tune of $20. Sounds like a pretty good start to your Uber experience, don’t you think so? [Press Release]
Sprint’s Galaxy S5 Receives Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update At Long Last
If you happen to be working in Samsung’s mobile division, chances are you would have been pretty busy trying to port over the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update to your major updates, but do be mindful that there are other smartphones out there that have yet to pick up this particular update, including the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 on Sprint. Having said that, Sprint will be the second US carrier to deliver the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update over to the Samsung Galaxy S5, with Verizon beating them to the punch a couple of months prior.
The Android 4.4.4 KitKat update will bring with it the usual slew of bug fixes and added stability, not to mention the fact that there will be international Wi-Fi calling support to be part of the mix, in addition to introducing an icon for HD Voice. Carrying the build number G900PVPU1ANK4, those who have yet to receive this update ought to see a notification in due time. Good things, after all, come to those who wait.