If I’m in a weak coverage are I can no longer manually pick “Fido EXT” from the Carrier menu. That whole menu is gone after iOS 12 on an iPhone X.
Note about 3 weeks ago (pervious iOS 11) I did run into that bug where the phone will no longer connect to the network and you have to restore the phone completely from backup.
Hope its it’s not the same issue. At least this time I still have connectivity.
Thoughts? Was this a carrier update from Fido or iOS 12 issue?
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We have good news to share: the new iOS update (12.1.1) restored the carrier selection option. You just need to update your phone from iTunes or in your settings and you'll be able to manually select a network again!
@cody_w wrote:.... I was out in the sticks and only had 3G and knew Telus had LTE coverage but I couldn’t manually switch to “Fido EXT”....
Are you sure you are supposed to be able to switch providers as you suggest. I understand that you have always been able to switch providers as you wished previously. However, is it possible that was an iOS loophole they're trying to close?
The domestic roaming deals were originally signed between Rogers (including Fido), Bell, Telus and Videotron to extend coverage and offer seamless roaming between carrier partners in areas with poor or absent service. If you have 3G coverage, you have coverage.
With android, I have never been able to register on Fido-EXT if I have adequate Fido/Rogers coverage.
If I have poor or no Fido/Rogers coverage, I have been able to manually switch to Fido-EXT. However, if I do have home network coverage, the other providers simply refuse to register the device on their networks.
It's possible that Apple's Global database has been inadvertently allowing extended coverage use in situations where it was never intended.
As far as I am aware, the manual selection option is available when roaming outside of Canada. That further suggests that the issue has to do with the Canadian roaming agreements. I understand the option to manually select networks is available with the other providers. I'm not saying they shouldn't reinstate the functionality. There are certainly situations where it might be necessary to manually gain access to extended coverage. However, don't be surprised if the other providers find a way to restrict network registration if you have adequate home coverage. Don't you think Telus would prefer you pay them for using their services rather than Fido? After all, it is extended coverage, not alternative coverage.
I'm sure some people will disagree, but it is something to consider...
I doubt it would be a loophole for 3 years.
And with Fido, 3G is NOT coverage. Especially as Fido has said they will correct this by the end of the year.
I define coverage as the ability to browse the web and check my email. Fido 3G in many parts of BC doesn’t offer that. So to you 3G may mean coverage, to me it means switch to Fido-EXT.
or or I’ll switch to Telus or Bell permanently.
@cody_w wrote:...So to you 3G may mean coverage, to me it means switch to Fido-EXT....
And to Telus, that might mean breach of roaming agreement...
As previously mentioned, I don't think it's Fido or Rogers who do not wish you to use the other networks while within their coverage. It's more likely the other networks who would like to prevent unnecessary roaming. Just because Fido/Rogers say they will reinstate the manual selection functionality does not mean Telus (or Bell, or Videotron) won't find a way to restrict access on their networks if within Fido/Rogers coverage. They already do with android.
If you're in an area where we offer coverage then connecting to Extended coverage would not be an option as we offer service in that location. For info on where extended is offered we suggest checking out coverage map here
This said, 3G coverage does allow you to browse and use your phone just like you would on LTE; although speeds may be a little slower you're still well within coverage and this should not prevent you from using your services.
We'd really hate to see you go over this and we can look into why your 3G service was not working well. We'll send you a PM
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This doesn't seem to be an issue with Telus/Bell but rather with an interaction between iOS12 and the Rogers/Fido carrier settings. The functionality is still there on iPhones on the Telus and Bell networks and in fact on my iPad on the Fido network.
Additionally I might add that I have areas where I work where there is no Fido data connectivity at all, but that as long as there is a single bar of cell service the phones will not roam onto the available Telus network so it's definitly an issue for me.
I have heard rumours of a fix in the iOS 12.1.1 beta though I can’t confirm that personally. Here’s hoping though. I really don’t care where the fix comes from as long as it’s fixed 😏
Well after 20 years of Fido service I’m ready to leave for bell. Basically this issue is a deal breaker and honestly it should be a really easy fix. But yet again Fido proves unable or unwilling or just doesn’t give a about us the customer.
Good bye fido your poor service is driving a loyal customer of 20 years away.
The option to select the network is still available when you're roaming so you can still choose the roaming network you want to use. When you're on our network, the phone always prioritize our network and will automatically switch to the extended network when if you travel to an area where the Fido network is not available.