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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

Thanks Batts for reporting your experience.

That was my concern when I read the post of Bell. The word compatable. Rogers says the same thing but only branded phones are defined as compatable.

Thinking though. If you just got your plan and find this out and are within the trial period conditions you can port your number to another company. On principle is all you are doing.

It really is the only buyer power we have.

Maybe report contact your MP and describe it as another example of companies restricting access to choice of portability and where you buy your phone. That is the principle of why locking was banned.

Maybe a fair fee to set up the feature. Unfortunately this is a corporate level decision.

Just thinking out loud on what options people have who have been locked out of this feature because they bought the phone from the manufacturer. Same phone just not fully provisioned.

Bruce :-(
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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

For me it now puts my service on par with the likes of Koodo but with plans being more enticing.
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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

To me the concern is really that the service IS comptabile. With a Pixel 3, of all devices ; it does not require any effort on Roger's end to make this work, other than them allowing your device to IMS Register and use the functionality (provisioned natively for this phone) on their network. So saying you need a "compatible" device is not correct ; you really need a device with Wi-fi calling AND a Rogers registered IMEI.

The proof being ; for VoLTE, as per my previous post, if I put my SIM in a Rogers VoLTE compatible phone, let the network register the device (10-20 minutes) and then put it in my Pixel 3 ; VoLTE works perfectly without any efforts, natively for 10-15 minutes until the network un-registers me as it detects my non Rogers device. I don't have a Rogers Wi-Fi calling capable device handy now but have seen this in the past on a previous device ; same process. Wi-Fi calling on Device X was previously activated, address for e911 registerd and wifi calling therefore works ; put the SIM card in a non Rogers Samsung S8+, Wi-Fi calling works ... For 10-15 minutes, then devices gets un-registered ; no more VoLTE or Wi-Fi calling.

I really don't get how this is still a thing with all phones needing to be unlocked now. I absolutely get that Rogers cannot support all android devices that exist and have some implementation of wi-fi calling ; there are way too many android devices out there. But that they on purpose won't allow the functionality to stay turned on if they don't recognize your IMEI (but have no problem with you using data / voice with that same device) ; THAT, I don't get. 

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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

To clarify a bit. Compatable with their definition under their business and marketing decisions. Not the technical definition of how the product works. All providers pick and choose whether they want to support a feature and they clearly have chosen not to. Don't try to understand this stuff with too much logic. The logic is simple. It is a business decision and we are stuck with no way to fight it but keep asking or just walk away on principle. I am a customer just like you. I don't get the feature because I don't purchase data but theoretically it can work because it uses a non charged stream of data for vote and wifi calling doesn't need data.

No competition on this one unless one of the companies decides to step up.. Take care.
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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

I talked to Bell again, they don't actually support the Pixel 3 for WiFi calling yet, but are hoping to have it soon.

The agent reassured me that once the support is there, any Pixel 3 (not necessarily purchased from Bell) will have access to WiFi calling/VoLTE.

Hopefully that's not just lip service...Bell here I come!
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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

WOW!  I have 5 phones on Rogers, all unlocked, all contract free. $350 a month is leaving ASAP.

 

I have finally had enough of Rogers.

 

Unlocked is unlocked, I pay for the service, so the sis a breach of contract on Rogers side IMHO. 

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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

Notin in the T&C's says you have to buy the phone form Rogers.

 

http://www.rogers.com/cms/pdf/en/Wi-Fi-Calling-Terms-of-Service.pdf

 

2. Do I need a specific device or plan to use Wi-Fi Calling?

To use Wi-Fi Calling, you must have the Wi-Fi Calling feature enabled in your Settings on a compatible Rogers device with an LTE SIM. You must also subscribe to a Rogers postpaid wireless voice and LTE data plan.

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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

Does TELUS? 

 

I will switch today if someone can confirm TELUS supports it.

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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

Different question but if you have an unlocked iPhone does the same rules apply? I always thought they didn't but never tried.

Believe restrictions like this in their inception we're back in the days where a device like the Galaxy S4 had a handful of different SKUs based on which carrier they were for. But I digress. For those that bought through Rogers, is WiFi calling and VoLTE working for you now?
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Re: WiFi Calling for Pixel 3

Unlocked iPhones work as Apple has the "power" to impose their rules to carrier. Basically ; if you want to sell iPhones, all functionalities they define need to work (VVM, VoLTE, WiFi, etc.)... Not "Exactly" how this works but you get the idea and so yes ; it will work regardless of where your iPhone 6 (or more recent) comes from. 

And yes, the SKU/model/software version/hardware differences between devices could still apply in some cases I guess (example ; I could understand if Exynos vs Snapdragon version of some Samsung phones might actually be problematic to both support if the carrier only has one setup to work with their network), however for Pixel devices this is where the irony is. A Google Store Pixel 3 is identical to a T-Mobile Pixel 3, to a Rogers Pixel 3, a Videotron Pixel 3 with the difference being ; when you stick your (Company XYZ) SIM card in it, a few carrier specific things might get installed (Carrier services, My Rogers app, etc.). I think there is one Korean (or other asia country) variant but rest of the world as the same Pixel and has a "pure" software OS that should be the same and get the same updates at a few days interval worlwide.