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Sprint rolled out support for Wi-Fi calls to a couple of handsets this February, but all other devices that don't already have the feature require a dedicated software update. Fortunately for Galaxy S5 owners, the carrier has announced plans to bring support over to this flagship device. The S5 will be able to make calls and send text messages over registered Wi-Fi networks following an over-the-air update (version G900PVPU1ANE5) that's scheduled to start rolling out today.

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The changelog for this release is decidedly short, as Wi-Fi calling is the only item to make the list. But who cares? It's a nice feature, and we're happy to see it arrive. The update is going out in waves starting today, so if it doesn't appear right away, don't fret. Sometimes these things just take time.

Source: Sprint

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Hugh Johnson

    Good thing you will certainly need WiFi calling if you excpect to make any phone calls with Sprint!

    • Steve Barry

      Actually, the one thing Sprint has normally been good at is voice service. Their data...not so much, but voice has never been an issue. It's always been really, really clear for me.

      • Jeff Ferrell

        Exactly. Voice service and calls going through was top notch, however, data was like a 56k modem, seriously..so I had to leave based on that.

        This is still interesting, depending on how locked down the "approved wifi networks" are.

        • anson

          Approved is the incorrect word, registered, what that means is that you register the AP with the wifi calling app by putting in the physical address, and your are good to go. Any wifi network can be used. Ive been using this feature on my rooted sgs5 for weeks thanks to a talented developer who pulled the wifi calling from another rom and built a sgs5 rom.

  • Irinel Loghin

    Sprint customers can actually make a call now!!!

    • http://www.daewootech.net Daewootech

      seriously.... we even had that femtocell thing in our house for a while and it was still shotty at best for calls.

  • Nes

    And here I am, still waiting for the update to come for my S4. Have no reception at home, come on sprint!

  • ProductFRED

    Too bad it doesn't work out of the country like T-Mobile's. That's a carrier decision, not a technical limitation.

    • Cory

      Wrong again. You can use Sprint phones outside the country. They are world phones.

      • ProductFRED

        Dude. I'm talking about the Wifi Calling. The Wifi Calling doesn't work outside of the country. I'm not saying you can't pop an international SIM in there.

  • Tom Knuckles

    What does 'registered Wi-Fi networks' mean? Can all home networks be 'registered'?

  • TimmyTwo2

    Anyone get the update yet and can post a link to the zip?

  • Anthony Johnson

    Even, I can’t understand this registered wifi
    as I have internet connection at my store with Cisco wi-fi router. Well, Galaxy
    S5 is breaking records in all fields whether I consider about its specs and
    features or its record of selling 10 million devices in just initial 25 years. I
    am using it from last 2 months and impressed with its battery performance that
    after fully charged on wireless charging pad, runs throughout the day with
    normal use.