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Sprint Intros Free Wi-Fi Calling for Some Smartphones

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Feb 21, 2014, 11:37 AM
I see a time where eventually all phones will have this option, to help off load more stress off of carrier's networks.

I see this as a double edge sword:
1. Data, text, calling can be offloaded of carriers networks in big cities where congestion can be an issue.
Although they lose out on selling you a microCell for your home or business.//Still a pro for consumers

2. Businesses' can use their wifi network in their buildings if cell service is spotty

3. If your out of cell coverage (or out of country but I'm not sure?) but have wifi you can still use your phone.

1. This could give them less incentive to build out in rural areas, because if you have wifi at home why would you need to them to build out coverage to ...

Feb 21, 2014, 1:41 PM
Your #2 and #3 Con:

#2 can be easily remedied by paying for higher speed ISP. Remember a router has capabilities to handle 250 devices (computers, printers, phones, tablets)
The company I work for has a 15 story building with over 2000 employees in the company. We have wifi all over the place and have never run into problems.

3. I don't think that will be a problem because people already abuse those free hotspots with downloading torrents and using Netflix. I don't think that much would change.

Feb 21, 2014, 2:53 PM
Well in rural areas stuck with ~1.5Mbps DSL, you cannot pay for higher speed but a 30kbps phone call should not saturate the line that quickly.

Feb 21, 2014, 2:54 PM
Just make sure no one is using youtube... LOL

Feb 21, 2014, 4:43 PM
Interesting thought. For your pro point #3... Sprints intention with this feature is to provide you better coverage for domestic use.

With Sprint they block your international roaming on your phone to help you avoid unwanted international rates. You must explicitly contact Sprint directly to activate that feature on your phone while you travel. At that time the WiFi feature would work but there will be additional international Roaming rates you must agree to.

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