cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Lumia 950

Xanman
I've Been Here Awhile

Hi, 

 

when is the Microsoft Lumia 950 availible for preorder at Rogers? 

 

I am very interested in this phone. 

 

 

***Edited Labels***

221 REPLIES 221

Re: Lumia 950

Yes that's all you do. I just took the Sim from my 830 and put it in the 950XL. Make sure you do that before you start it up. I've read that there have been some issues with LTE in a few cases if you put the sim in after the initial boot-up.

 

Second thing you do is firmware and app updates. I would suggest not using the backup. It's cleaner to just install the apps from scratch.

 

Third thing is apply for the free continuum dock. I ordered mine and got it next day. I'm hearing that up to 2 weeks is more typical.

 

Fourth, enjoy your phone,

 

Fifth find a cometitive deal now that you have an unlocked. I'm still mad that Rogers isn't carrying it.

Re: Lumia 950

So what you guys are saying, is that 950XL is great? I kind went iffy at it after looking at the dpi. It's the same as the 950. Wouldn't that make it look blurry? (I do image editing on my phone, so that actually matters to me lol)

and Hey @brandonjbarnard - I missed ya lol
The thread got too long to read back all of the comments, but did you end up getting the phone?

Also, still haven't jumped into Windows phone yet... is Continuum useful or just a gimmick? Opinions anyone?

Re: Lumia 950

thomasb
I Plan to Stick Around

I have a 950XL (ordered through Microsoft Canada, and got the extended warranty through the Microsoft Store in Mississauga).

 

Flawless continuation of the phone service I had with the Lumia 1020 on Rogers. No service differences at all. I had them put in a nano SIM, and did a fresh install (no recovery from the 1020, as it's best to do clean install). Great call quality, full LTE speeds, and AC wifi speeds at home. Bluetooth is good for me, although I've heard of some issues others have had. It's cool that one can use a mouse and see the mouse cursor on the screen.

 

There were a lot of OS updates and one firmware update since I got it in November. I jumped ahead as well and got the latest preview build which is all bug fixes and performance. As of today, it's a very stable and very powerful daily driver. The early issues are generally gone (tons of app updates at first, etc., but things are so calm now, usually one or two app updates a day on average).

 

Big pluses include fantastic camera and 4K video recording (to which I complemented with a high-speed SD card). The flexibility with the SD card, replaceable battery, dual SIM, replaceable cover (I put on a thin case though), and USB C connector is great. I got a dashmount for GPS, and I love plugging in the USB C to the charger with no fiddling. Charging at home is super fast with the USB C charger.

 

While the number of apps is an issue, I'm really impressed by the number of new universal Windows apps that are being churned out. Continuum is really the icing on the cake, and gives me flexibility to work in more scenarios. At work, the discussion in IT is to have people do PowerPoint from phones to Miracast receivers and projectors. The Lumia 950XL is way ahead of the game, although it's still early. I can see myself carrying the phone, a foldable Bluetooth keyboard, and the Microsoft Miracast adapter when traveling.

 

The list of remaining issues is really short. I'm waiting for a driver update for the Tap-To-Wake feature. There are just so many features that work so well, that I barely notice the small remaining issues. Edge browser performance could be tweaked, some menus could be better arranged, etc.

 

I have voice navigation for Maps (had to download the UK speech pack which was a nuisance, but that seems to be a Canada thing). The latest fimware enables "Hey Cortana" in Canada (requires Canada speech pack also).

 

Maybe the phone is too thin. I felt more comfortable putting it in a case (with a little kickstand!), as the phone is designed to come apart fairly easily and I didn't like the idea of dropping it. It's not a hockey puck like the Lumia 1020. But maybe that's the point-- the phone can have a case or a replacement cover (the Mozo ones come with new buttons and house the wireless charging). It's designed to be souped up and customized, and used in many scenarios.

 

Re: Lumia 950

Thank you for that amazing review @thomasb you sold me on it. haha.
Now to start budgeting for cost, as I would probably want to buy it out right since I got a Note 5 on term.

But very impressed with your detail info from the user-end POV rather than spec-based. If I can give you more likes I would lol

Re: Lumia 950

I love to see positive review microoft phones, for anyone looking for the best bang for the buck, as well as a top of the line phone look no further, if you ever used windows on your computer, its very similar to the windows phone. I know using windows 10 its flawless look and feel almost identical to the phone version. The cool feature of windows phone 10 on a tablet is you can enable or disable tablet mode which makes surfing with your tablet easy. Or if you use a transformer like i use the Samsung Ativ running windows 10, you can dock it and have it switch from tablet mode to PC mode with 1 click.

 

To get back to the 950 its a fantastic phone, a bit expendsive, but if you want to see the top phone in the world for best performance/Best Price. Check them out! You will not be disappointed.

 

My favtorite thing about windows phone is no Bloat ware that you cannot delete. Anything built in can be removed. That is a huge plus over some phones with a ton of bloatware. (except things like Microsoft Native Apps)

Re: Lumia 950

Just remember if your a heavy user enable the battery saving mode, that way it turns off un-used things in the background, also dimms the screen, but its customizable i get 2 full days longer in this mode. It also scales CPU perfomance but its there  if you need it as the Battery saver mode is made to optimize your standby time.

 

Check it out. I can say from experience of my phone lasting over 6 days without battery saver and a full 8 days with Battery saver enabled.

 

No phone in the world can say it lasts 8 days with normal use, but my 640XL does

Re: Lumia 950

Agreeed @EhmTeeEhf. No Bloatware is something I do like about Microsoft's new perspective.

 

Even at their store - If you buy a PC/Laptop at their store, regardless of the manufacture, there will be no 3rd party applications.

 

I enjoyed that with the tester-tablet I bought. ^__^

Re: Lumia 950

Just a question to the Rogers Employee's... Does anyone know if Rogers has any plans to enable VoLTE and VoWifi anytime soon?

 

I've got the new 950XL and would kill for this feature...

Re: Lumia 950

VoLTE on Windows phone. It actually is active on Rogers network as far as I understand how VoLTE works. (I could be horribly wrong).

 

With my understanding, VoLTE works for all compatible devices with the software updated for VoLTE support by the manufacture not the carrier. (i.e. My Samsung Note 3 doesn't support it but Note 5 does)

Re: Lumia 950


@ShakTib wrote:

VoLTE on Windows phone. It actually is active on Rogers network as far as I understand how VoLTE works. (I could be horribly wrong).

 

With my understanding, VoLTE works for all compatible devices with the software updated for VoLTE support by the manufacture not the carrier. (i.e. Samsung Note 3 doesn't support it but Note 5 does)


 

Right now Rogers only has VoLTE enabled for iPhones, and one specific Android device (can't remember which one it was), as for Wifi Calling they only have it enabled for the iPhone.

 

With my Lumia 1020, there was a couple weeks sometime last year where VoLTE kicked in and worked, it was awesome. I'm assuming they implemented the hardware and software, and then they shut it off (which is when I'm assuming it stopped working on my 1020).

 

The 950XL supports both (VoLTE, and VoWifi), however after numerous calls to Corporate support (I'm a corporate customer), they said they are only enabling it on those specific devices.

 

I got close one day with Rogers Twitter support, where they mentioned they just had to enable it for my device, but corporate support wouldn't budge or try, just kept saying they only support it on the iPhone. The Twitter Rogers rep actually mentioned they should be able to help me get it going, until they saw I was corporate and told me they don't have access to my account. They said it's just a provisioning push that needs to be done...

 

It's too bad. I have no reception at my home office, and it drives me insane having to call-forward my cell constantly to a landline...

Re: Lumia 950

As far as i am aware we fully support it but if your using a company sim you have to make sure the sim and your account are updated to have the VoLTE support. The sim needs to support it, and additionally VoLTE had to be supported in your company plan. I have not tried this on my company phone as VoLTE is not that important for me I am using a BBZ10 but if you are using a 950 its worth a shot to check.

 

Regards

 

EhmTeeEhf

Re: Lumia 950

StephenWagner7
I Plan to Stick Around

I confirmed with support that Rogers only has VoLTE and Wifi Calling turned on for select devices...

 

One of my users has it on their iPhone... I actually called a couple times trying to convince different reps to turn it on for my device, but they told me they have controls in place that only allow it to function on iPhones and a couple Android devices...

 

I'm dying for these features, specifically Wifi-Calling since I have barely any reception where I am, lol.

Re: Lumia 950

Hi @StephenWagner7, thank you for your patience. 

 

I would just like to shed a little more light on what is required to make the VoLTE or Wi-Fi Calling work on most devices. There are other factors besides the carrier that come to play, please check the following:

• SIM card is LTE-ready.
• Plan is LTE / Wi-Fi Calling compatible (privisioned).

• Latest device software version and carrier settings.
• VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling features are enabled on the plan.

• Device have the firmware that supports LTE on most major carriers.
• VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling settings in the device are enabled / turned on.

 

Some of Resident Experts have mentioned at least a few above or will let us know if I've missed any.
Hope this helps,

RogersArthur

 

Re: Lumia 950


@RogersArthur wrote:

Hi @StephenWagner7, thank you for your patience. 

 

I would just like to shed a little more light on what is required to make the VoLTE or Wi-Fi Calling work on most devices. There are other factors besides the carrier that come to play, please check the following:

• SIM card is LTE-ready.
• Plan is LTE / Wi-Fi Calling compatible (provisioned).

• Latest device software version and carrier settings.
• VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling features are enabled on the plan.

• Device have the firmware that supports LTE on most major carriers.
• VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling settings in the device are enabled / turned on.

 

Some of Resident Experts have mentioned at least a few above or will let us know if I've missed any.
Hope this helps,

RogersArthur

 


Yes, my device and SIM support Wifi-Calling and VoLTE.

 

Back on my Lumia 1020 a year or so ago, I actually got VoLTE for about 2 weeks until Rogers disabled it. I think this is when they first kicked it off on the network (whatever software/hardware upgrades on the towers and core infrastructure), and then they disabled it.

 

My corporate plan supports VoLTE and Wifi-Calling.

 

As mentioned, even though my device fully supports it, SIM is ready, and technically it should be working, as mentioned, 3 corporate support reps told me Rogers locks this down via IMEIs to ONLY iPhones and a couple android devices. They told me it's Rogers disabling VoLTE and WiFi Calling on my device. And they told me I'd have to wait until it's launched globally across the network, or they add it for my specific device.

Re: Lumia 950

kw1
I Plan to Stick Around

I helped family move over to the 950 today from a lumia 900 (WP7 phone). Using a new MS Canada store unlocked 950 and it was fairly painless. It was  my first unlocked phone set up experience too. Got a rogers suretap nano sim, activated it on the account at the same time. Inserted the activated sim card before I turned the phone on for the first time, went through first startup input screens, and that was it. The phone/sim took care of all the relevant rogers settings. Definitely a recommended option imo for the Rogers network. 

 

The MS account ports the contacts and calendar, but the older Win 7 900 can't port the MMS texts so I can't transfer old text messages. Manually copied and pasted the music and photos. Reinput Wifi connections.

 

MMS text pictures did not work at first, then I used Rogers MMS APN Windows 10 settings I found with google searches. No luck, even with reboots. On a whim after more reading I deleted the added MMS settings I put in again, restarted the phone again, and MMS pictures worked. 

 

Love the dual sim option on the phone. 

Re: Lumia 950

kw1
I Plan to Stick Around

Thought I'd update the experience now for those interested.

 

The unlocked dual sim Lumia 950 has been working flawlessly with Rogers. 

 

I also personally switched over to an unlocked dual sim Lumia 950 XL a few days later from the Nokia Lumia 920. Both were clean installs, which is recommended, and were relatively painless Coming from the 920 I was happy to see my historical texts transfer over, as well as the expected seamless transfer of contact and calendar. 

 

As I noted earlier, these are unlocked phones with no Rogers firmware. I love the ability to get unimpeded OS updates now.  And it was great to see the Rogers 'My Account' app is available for the phone.  I'm happy to report that this Rogers app to track usage works flawlessly with both unlocked phones. It took a bit of time to work, maybe a day; may be due to Roger's account database updates that took some time. 

 

Lots of appreciated improvements to Windows 10 mobile over Windows Phone 8. I really enjoy the enhanced tiles and screen setup options. Love the improved camera. Making one of the best even better. The living images are really cool. Some high end video recording options too. The improved screen resolution and colour profile is noticible and usable. Improved standard news and weather apps are great. Updated Calendar interface. Better handling of privacy settings, etc, etc, etc.

Re: Lumia 950

Glen_B
I Plan to Stick Around

@kw1 wrote:

Thought I'd update the experience now for those interested.

 

The unlocked dual sim Lumia 950 has been working flawlessly with Rogers. 

 

I also personally switched over to an unlocked dual sim Lumia 950 XL a few days later from the Nokia Lumia 920. Both were clean installs, which is recommended, and were relatively painless Coming from the 920 I was happy to see my historical texts transfer over, as well as the expected seamless transfer of contact and calendar. 

 

As I noted earlier, these are unlocked phones with no Rogers firmware. I love the ability to get unimpeded OS updates now.  And it was great to see the Rogers 'My Account' app is available for the phone.  I'm happy to report that this Rogers app to track usage works flawlessly with both unlocked phones. It took a bit of time to work, maybe a day; may be due to Roger's account database updates that took some time. 

 

Lots of appreciated improvements to Windows 10 mobile over Windows Phone 8. I really enjoy the enhanced tiles and screen setup options. Love the improved camera. Making one of the best even better. The living images are really cool. Some high end video recording options too. The improved screen resolution and colour profile is noticible and usable. Improved standard news and weather apps are great. Updated Calendar interface. Better handling of privacy settings, etc, etc, etc.


How have you found the 950 for battery useage and heat.  My 920 gets very hot and that takes a lot of power so it runs down fast.  It could run empty in a couple of hours without difficulty.   I'd like to stay with MS but even Microsoft seems to be rejecting it.   What a way to run a company.

Re: Lumia 950

kw1
I Plan to Stick Around

I find battery life of the 950 fairly equivalent to my 920. Though I have no issues with heat and battery power on my 920. The 950 lasts well and will go a day quite easily in my typical use. Even more so with the lighter use of my family, who charge it every two or so days. 

 

More specifically, the 950 gets light use and loses about 12.5 percent in a day, so it gets charged every second day or so.  My 950 XL loses about 15% in a day with light use, and it can double to triple the battery loss with moderate use. 

 

No significant heat issues with either. I've felt a bit of heat with big updates or heavy camera/video use, but not much to this point.  

 

I wouldn't worry about MS support. Search and read the recent news for windows mobile 10. MS strategies have been hinted for a while, and confirmed as well. Lumia appears to be going away as a brand name for phones with MS, and MS is expected to hitch some new phones to the Surface name/success and premium brand image/price. MS has also notably and repeatedly published their efforts and commitment to Windows Mobile 10 as part of the whole Windows 10 ecosystem, which is to build a consistent base for operating systems across all platforms from mobile to tablet to computer.

Re: Lumia 950

Glen_B
I Plan to Stick Around

Thanks for the quick replay Kw1.   It's anybody's guess what Microsoft will do next but sales are falling at a rapid rate now.  They want other hardware manufacturers to supply the product but I don't see that happening the way the sales are going.   I like my phone and would prefer to stay with the system.   My 920 is a fine phone but for the overheading and battery problems.   It seems to be something that happened to some phones and not others.  the 950 is the natural move up phone so I'm keeping an eye on it.  I still can't believe the asking price given how small the market is though.

Re: Lumia 950

kw1
I Plan to Stick Around

Hope it helps.

 

I really enjoyed the 920. Best phone I've owned with my old school N95 being second best. Both still work great. I too wanted to stay with the system. I really really like the interface, my computers are on windows 10 and when I saw the recent MS news reaffirming their commitment to Windows 10 mobile as part of the ecosystem I was comfortable with continuing. When the 950 XL BOGO sale came on it was too ridiculously good to pass up. 

 

I didn't mind the asking price at all for what one gets. Price will only get better too. It blows Iphone out of the water. An Iphone 6S with 64 gb is over $1000, has inferior screen resolution, lower spec camera, no SD memory expansion slot, only single sim, no wireless charging, etc. The 950 compares well to the Galaxy S7 and that is pricey. I didn't really know how well the 950 and 950 XL specs out until after I bought it and read it up more. The specs fly under the radar, and much of that imo is because of the press bias out there that didn't bother noting it.

 

One can wait for the surface phone. I'd expect it to be great, but I'd also expect a premium phone at an even more premium price, a'la apple levels. 

 

I've read about the odd phone heat/battery use issue from all makers and models. It happens out there almost universally, though many complaints come from users who are employing developer code. Too bad you had some heat/battery issues. I remember a lot of early complaints on forums with the 920. Then it went away. Me and a friend with the phone had no issues. And our phones were the very first Rogers release phones. My 920 is the ultra rare initial release from Rogers that came with all the Rogers software but was left unlocked because of an oversight by Rogers. 

 

You could wait for the Windows 10 mobile OS update for the 920. It was supposed to be coming. Or you could unlock the phone and move straight to the MS W10 mobile update option. It will save you money, but phone technology has improved notably in the last years, so there is merit to new hardware as well. Lots of considerations.

Re: Lumia 950

Glen_B
I Plan to Stick Around

There won't be a Windows 10 upgrade for my 920 and I'm good with that.  They originally were going to upgrade it but decided later that these older models are not up to the new system.   Interestingly there are much cheaper phones that they did upgrade.  

 

I'll look again at the new 950 and perhaps with the $200 trade in credit I can justify it.

Topic Stats