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Unlocked phones and VoLTE , Wi-Fi calling...?

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Unlocked phones and VoLTE , Wi-Fi calling...?

Say I buy an unlocked phone (I.e. oneplus 7 pro) am i SOL as far as VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling are concerned? From what I googled only Telus "might" activate those functions.
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It depends if the carrier supports that handset, sometimes you can Google and find discussions of people's saying this phone has wifi calling etc.
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Rogers/Fido wil not allow WiFi calling on a device unless it was purchased from them.
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robertz wrote: Rogers/Fido wil not allow WiFi calling on a device unless it was purchased from them.
Just wanted to add my experiences. I have now been able to use a Samsung Galaxy A70 with Telus and Rogers that was not bought from either of them and was able to get VoLTE and VoWiFi on both. Same thing with a Huawei P30 Pro.

This previously did not happen last year any phones except Samsung and only after changing the CSC sales code.

So maybe things have changed this year with phones and carriers. I'm very surprised Rogers appears to be allowing unlocked phones with VoLTE and VoWiFi.
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robertz wrote: Rogers/Fido wil not allow WiFi calling on a device unless it was purchased from them.
Except iphones and some samsung phones?
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l69norm wrote: Except iphones and some samsung phones?
And Pixels I believe.
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robertz wrote: Rogers/Fido wil not allow WiFi calling on a device unless it was purchased from them.
What if you flash the firmware that is from the carrier you wish to use volte or wifi calling on?
For example, I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 from koodo but I just downloaded the latest Videotron firmware to flash.
Would this work?
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snyper81 wrote: What if you flash the firmware that is from the carrier you wish to use volte or wifi calling on?
For example, I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 from koodo but I just downloaded the latest Videotron firmware to flash.
Would this work?
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I have a Bell Note 9 on Fido. I tried changing the CSC, and flashing the "Fido" firmware, and am not able to register for wifi calling.
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2kfire wrote: I have a Bell Note 9 on Fido. I tried changing the CSC, and flashing the "Fido" firmware, and am not able to register for wifi calling.
Because Fido keeps an IMEI inventory database of the phones they sell. If you didn't buy a phone from them, they say over and over again in their forums that you cannot get VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling. Here is the forum thread specific to the Note 9: Fido Wi-Fi Calling on Note 9
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I just bought a Oneplus 7 Pro from their website 2 weeks ago and Wifi calling nor VOLTE doesn't work on either Virgin and TELUS (I'm using dual-sim). Cannot make it happen as the IMEI is not registered with them. I've tried to add the phone in the Virgin account but they said it doesn't exist in their database (for you reference, I did easily add iPhone XS to my account before bought directly from Apple Store and wifi calling was working fine).
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sokhangoo wrote: (for you reference, I did easily add iPhone XS to my account before bought directly from Apple Store and wifi calling was working fine).
Apple won’t allow this carrier nonsense. That is one big plus if you buy iPhone vs Android.
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soljah12 wrote: Just wanted to add my experiences. I have now been able to use a Samsung Galaxy A70 with Telus and Rogers that was not bought from either of them and was able to get VoLTE and VoWiFi on both. Same thing with a Huawei P30 Pro.

This previously did not happen last year any phones except Samsung and only after changing the CSC sales code.

So maybe things have changed this year with phones and carriers. I'm very surprised Rogers appears to be allowing unlocked phones with VoLTE and VoWiFi.
This is important to me. How di dyou get it to work? I'm buying a US Samsung Note 10+, did your A70 just work plug in play? Or did you have to flash that too? I'm using Rogers.
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MT1414 wrote: This is important to me. How di dyou get it to work? I'm buying a US Samsung Note 10+, did your A70 just work plug in play? Or did you have to flash that too? I'm using Rogers.
I actually didn't do anything, I simply put the Telus and Rogers sim card into them, IMS registration was successful, VoLTE and WiFi calling were selected and everything just worked! As mentioned, this previously NEVER happened with Rogers but did work with Telus/Koodo. Even our last year's Samsung's wouldn't work on Rogers and still didn't the last time I checked this year. So I think something has now changed with Rogers this year with 2019 phones.

As for you though, I don't think the same applies for international phones. I bought mine in Canada, although not from Rogers or Fido but they still worked. I guess time will tell for you though. Keep us updated please.
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TheNightOwl wrote: Because Fido keeps an IMEI inventory database of the phones they sell. If you didn't buy a phone from them, they say over and over again in their forums that you cannot get VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling. Here is the forum thread specific to the Note 9: Fido Wi-Fi Calling on Note 9
Why does a Note 9 bought from Telus work with those features on Rogers with their CSC then?
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l69norm wrote: Except iphones and some samsung phones?
I purchased a Galaxy S8 from Bell. I then switched to Rogers and they would not allow WiFi calling because, sd there top tier technic technical support rep said, the device wasn't purchased from them. I even changed the CSC code and that didn't help as they said the dice wasn't registered in their DB.

Perhaps if you purchase a device from Samsung and insert a Rogers SIM first it might work. And I don't know if they've changed their policies as I've since ported out.

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