I made a pre-order with Fido for S20 Ultra on Feb 11, the same day the phone was announced. My position in line is number 3.
The phone officially launched in Canada and Fido on March 6.
I haven't received any emails or calls from Fido since making a reservation 1 month ago.
I called the store where the device was supposed to be delivered on March 6 and they initially told me that Ultra was not yet available at the store and should arrive on the following week. They only had regular S20.
Fast forward to this week, I called the Support line and the store again. Now they were saying that the phone is being delayed by Samsung itself and they don't have any ETA when the phone will arrive and I just should wait for whenever this happens.
My understanding was that by pre-ordering the day the phone was announced would give me a high enough priority to get the phone on the release date, since it's shipped to the store so no Samsung restrictions apply in terms of when the device can be shipped (it still should've been at least March 6).
I found some posts on Reddit of people who also reserved S20 Ultra through Fido and contacted stores and support receiving no explanation of what happened and no ETA.
My order status still says Open today and I don't see any official statement from Fido. This is very upsetting and disturbing to me since clearly everyone who pre-ordered S20 Ultra is impacted.
Could I get some clarity on what's going on and when I should expect my phone?
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Hey everyone! Just wanted to provide an update on this
Anyone who reserved the S20 and the store is since closed due to Covid19 should have gotten a phone call from us to manually process the order. You'll also still be getting your gift with purchase (Samsung Galaxy Buds+) as long as you had reserved while the promo was on. Keep in mind these will be sent in a separate package.
Hope that helps out!
I get the delays. But few points here:
1) If there is a delay from Samsung for S20 Ultra Specifically( S20 and S20+ are available at store), why there isn't an announcement by Fido?
2) I know for a fact that S20 Ultra is available in Canada. I played with one on Monday at Samsung store and they had it available for purchase there. Was it a failure of Fido to secure the devices from Samsung? If so, where is any communication from Fido regarding this and ETA for the phones?
Considering I ordered on Feb 11 and that the supply exists in Canada, it looks to me like Fido did something wrong here and the very least they could do is to communicate when the devices are expected.
Instead, when I call the store they point fingers to Customer Support as they don't have access to Tracking of Reservations. Customer Service tells me to call the store and ask when they are getting the phones.
No one is taking any responsibility and that is just not acceptable after being a loyal custom for 5 years.
Welcome to the community!
I understand people are eager to get their new devices.
1) If there is a delay from Samsung for S20 Ultra Specifically( S20 and S20+ are available at store), why there isn't an announcement by Fido?..
On Fido's webpage, they do indicate that there are shipping delays for those devices: S20 (1-2 weeks), S20+ (2-3 weeks), S20 Ultra (3+ weeks).
2) I know for a fact that S20 Ultra is available in Canada. I played with one on Monday at Samsung store and they had it available for purchase there. Was it a failure of Fido to secure the devices from Samsung? ...
You should note that the mobile providers don't necessarily have the same supplier for devices as Samsung Canada. That can mean that some of the providers might not receive the devices at the same time as Samsung Canada. It also means that the prices for devices can vary between Samsung Canada and the providers.
I understand it's frustrating not knowing when your device might ship. However, it's likely their supplier hasn't provided them with a strict timeline as to when they can expect shipment. The best they can offer at the moment is the estimated shipping delay times on the website.
Hope this helps 😀
I just talked to a customer service supervisor in a chat with the following results:
-Based on his check, he didn't find any delay advisory for this phone at Fido
- Customer service or the store don't have any visibility into the Reservation system and can't tell me when the phones will be available
- They can't (or won't) escalate to anyone or give me contact details to find out why my order hasn't shipped yet.
This is considering that they don't officially acknowledge any delay and are saying this is order specific.
- No one can help me
Other stores at least acknowledged the supply issue for Ultra and apologized to their customers. Some even provided gift cards.
Fido tells me it's my problem and not a Fido problem. No one has any access and no one will help you.
In their books, the phones are available. Even though, there are multiple posts online about people not getting any updates on their pre-orders from Fido. Every fido store in Toronto Downtown area I called doesn't have the phone and doesn't know when they will get the shipment.
What a great reservation and communication system. I guess this is how you treat a loyal client of 5+ years with 2 lines who purchased several phones from you.
What a shame.
Sorry to hear your experience contacting customer service was not a positive one. Unfortunately, they can't provide information they do not have. I understand part of your concern is that they didn't officially acknowledge the delay. However, customer service likely does not have access to up-to-date supply chain information. They might not have been aware of the posting on the website for those devices. If it's posted on the website, that's official acknowledgement that there is a delay with those devices.
Hope this helps 😀
There was nothing posted regarding delays for the pre-orders. That information is only related to buying a new phone as of this moment.
It's really amazing how Rogers, Bell, Telus stores have the devices in-store right now. I spoke to a guy at Fido store today and he told me that he can go to a Rogers store and get the device there for sale, but it wouldn't be considered a pre-order. Which doesn't work for me as I want free pair of Galaxy Buds+ for my pre-order. So there is supply but only for sales, not pre-orders.
How crazy is the fact that someone can go to a store and buy a phone right now and I have to wait for god knows what reason and he only knows for how long?
Lesson learned. Never ever pre-order a phone with Fido. Ever.
No one cares what a pre-order means and their idea is that you will just sit and wait for however long they want you to wait.
I think barring all the shipping issues and delays, the biggest failure here is the lack of direct communication from Fido. I get the fact they state they've posted the delay information on their website, but when you sign up for a reservation it states "We’ll send you regular emails with a status on your place in line and shipment details." which clearly hasn't happened as I've also received zero updates since placing the reservation.
My reserved store had no idea as they weren't told anything, and chat support couldn't give me any clear dates either, but said not to expect anything for at least 2-3 weeks.
Again, I understand the delays the caused by bigger problems in the world currently than some smartphone, it's just that Fido dropped the ball on communication.
The more I read in other forum posts about what reservation actually means to Fido, the less I'm likely to do this in the future as well. If it wasn't for the Galaxy Buds+ with reservation bonus, I would've never bothered.
Thank you for your feedback on this, we appreciate it.
The Fido Reservation System is a self-serve tool that allows you to reserve a phone before the official launch date and have it sent to a store of your choice once launched. We definitely understand the importance of knowing where your phone is at and for that you can check the status directly through the FRS via your fido.ca account.
On our end, we communicate with our customers when the phone is ready to be shipped/when it is ready for pick-up.
The S20 ULTRA 5G was launched in the market on March 6th for Fido. Have you still not received it?
Looks like you haven't read the posts. I haven't received my phone and I pre-ordered it on the day the phone was announced, February 11.
I also haven't received any communication/updates from Fido at all since that day. I wonder why.
That's a major communication failure.
My position in line is 3, which means based on your interpretation of the reservation system, I should've received it right after launch.
I've been following some other forums online and it looks like people who are with Rogers started getting their S20 ultra delivered this week. Nothing from Fido yet. Looks like Rogers decided to use the phone stock for their own clients and Fido just doesn't have the phone at all.
I've seen the phone itself in several Rogers stores myself, nothing at Fido stores and they don't even know when they will get the shipment.
My worst experience with Fido in 5+ years. Just awful service.