Apple pushed iOS 8.3 with diverse Emoji collection and a host of bug fixes and performance improvements. The new software update also expands WiFi calling feature, which was first introduced in iOS 8, to two new carriers: Sprint in the US and EE in the UK.
With iOS 8, apple introduced the WiFi calling feature, allowing users to make calls over WiFi instead of using the Cellular network. Since then T-Mobile has been the first and only carrier to support WiFi calling feature of iOS 8 in the United States, until today.
After installing iOS 8.3 on their devices, Sprint and EE subscribers will now be able to enable WiFi calling feature in the “Phone” section of the Settings app. Then Sprint and EE users will be able to make phone calls over a WiFi network without using their Cellular connection. WiFi calling feature comes in handy when cellular signals are weak, and call quality over WiFi is also better.
Sprint users need to install iOS 8.3 software update and also download Carrier Version 19.1. According to Sprint, users can trigger the carrier update by going in to Settings > General > About after installing iOS 8.3. However, the company’s announcement also suggests that update may take a few days to roll out to everyone.
Just like Sprint, EE users in the United Kingdom will have to install iOS 8.3 and then enable WiFi calling in the Settings > Phone section, and then wait for a few hours to get the feature activated. However, for EE users, there may be a waiting period for some users because the carrier is limiting user registrations to 100,000 users per day.
Note: WiFi calling feature is available on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c for users with T-Mobile, Sprint, or EE service.