Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 update enables Wi-Fi calling

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Mike Homnick

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While T-Mobile USA customers have been enjoying Wi-Fi calling for years now, Sprint is attempting to do the same with a few of its own smartphone offerings, though at a much slower pace. Starting today, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has now been added to the small portfolio of smartphones that support the handy feature. 

The update that's set to begin its roll out today brings Galaxy S5 users to software version G900PVPU1ANE5. According to the official update page on Sprint's website, Wi-Fi calling is the only change within the update, which will be good enough for most.

While the feature is pretty self-explanatory, those unaware of what Wi-Fi calling is just need to know that it enables someone to make calls over Wi-Fi. This is especially useful when your carrier's coverage is spotty (like deep inside a large building). There are other ways, via third-party applications, to give your phone Wi-Fi calling powers, but they often require the other party to have the same app or service, or they give you a different phone number than the one associated with your phone.

The Galaxy S5 joins the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Mega, and Galaxy Note 3 on the network. Here's to hoping Sprint can fast track the device support for Wi-Fi calling. Now we're just waiting to see how long it will take Verizon and AT&T to catch on. 

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