Sprint’s iPhone Customers Can Use a Single Number for Wi-Fi Calling on All Apple Devices

by Istvan Fekete on October 26, 2015

Sprint has taken a huge step toward iPhone customers: Thanks to the latest iOS software update to version 9.1, iPhone customers running its network will be able to access enhanced Wi-Fi calling features allowing them to place and receive calls from multiple Apple devices with a single number.

Apple users already know that making a call from an Apple Watch, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac is not news, as long as the iPhone and the other devices are using the same Apple ID and are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Oh, and the iPhone must be on, otherwise it won’t work.

“Customers already enjoy seamlessly responding to texts and email from a variety of great Apple devices,” said David Owens, senior vice president, Product Development at Sprint. “Now they can bring that flexibility to the primary phone number their friends, family and colleagues know best. This great feature puts the power of device choice in our customers’ hands.”

What Sprint has enabled alongside iOS 9.1 is that Apple users can make or receive a call even if the iPhone is not nearby, or even off. The feature is called Wi-Fi calling and is available in the US on T-Mobile and Sprint networks only, although AT&T offers limited Wi-Fi calling. In this case, it simply means that you can place or receive a call even without cellular coverage. In Canada, similar features are provided by Bell and Rogers.

However, you’ll need a compatible iPhone to make this happen. It won’t be much of an investment, as the iPhone 5c is already capable of Wi-Fi calling.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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