WiFi Calling for Samsung S9 Not purchased through Fido

WiFi Calling for Samsung S9 Not purchased through Fido

WiFi Calling for Samsung S9 Not purchased through Fido

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xbahamut
I'm a Participant Level 3

WiFi Calling for Samsung S9 Not purchased through Fido

I got my S9 from Samsung directly and it seems Fido does not enable WiFi calling for devices not purchased through Fido directly. Is there a way to enable the feature that the carrier locks specifically to the their own devices? Seems unreasonable that you can't use all your phone features because you didn't buy it from the carrier themselves.

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Re: WiFi Calling for Samsung S9 Not purchased through Fido

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Hey @pcdery1,

 

 

As of May 24, 2019, only Samsung Galaxy S8 and above, iPhone 6 and above and LG G8 thinQ are compatible.

 

 

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patrickchan
I'm Experienced Level 1

I have s9plus from west Edmonton mall Samsung store. all I had to be is post paid fido. get an new sim from fido store in wem 2018 March. get apn setting reset. and all good. so goto fido store get new simcard have the staff check ur apn settings. also have fido call centre reset ur settings to make sure call quality is good. 

@patrickchan no, in most cases doing what you said is not sufficient. Trust me.

 

Sometimes it requires the tech staff to open a ticket and look into your backend configuration and possibly have to fix it for the user.

 

So you just got lucky that that worked for you, stop providing that as a simple solution to everyone.

FidoKenny
Moderator

Hey @xbahamut

 

 

Your compatible device must have been purchased from Fido. If you have a non-Fido device and no conflicting services, Wi-Fi Calling may work, but we can’t assure that the feature will work properly. 



xbahamut
I'm a Participant Level 3

Is there a way to get wifi calling to work? Seems shady that fido doesn't allow built in device features to work because fido didn't make any money on the device..

Zxaz
I'm a Contributor Level 3

xbahamut......of course there is a way if you can read between the line!!!      fido/rogers are the only provider who block these feature when you buying your phone elsewhere....even if its a purely CANADIANS phone!!

 

they punishing their own costumer....they gonna told you that their phone are tested to their network and not your....dont accept that..its pure lie   any Canadians phone are compatible to their network if supported!! since they support around all the majority of new phone like your s9 it would work with any other provider except fido/rogers because they simply blocking your own phone....

 

hope it helped to resolve your problem...i lived this situation last years and resolved it in a wink of the eye!!

 

im a happy consumer now where i am.....

xbahamut
I'm a Participant Level 3

Thanks for the feedback, would be nice if there was a solution to this. I don't get any reception at home so i get all my missed calls and texts in the morning when I leave. Sucks when you can't use the services you pay for but consumers on all other carriers are able to. Seems like a stranglehold for no reason.

xbahamut
I'm a Participant Level 3

Just figured out a solution that should work for all devices. I put my SIM card into and iPhone X and enabled WiFi Calling that way. This triggers the account to activated WiFi Calling and I put it back into my Samsung S9 and it works now. Hope this helps for other people with the same issue. Should work with any iPhone from the SE and up that have WiFi Calling enabled.

danthemanx
I'm Helpful Level 1

Hey @xbahamut I've tried this numerous times before. You're right, that works but not completely unfortunately. When you put the SIM back in your S9, after a little bit it gets deprovisioned again. That's what keeps happening for me. So the first minutes, the device works and has IMS services showing as Registered in the Status settings.

After a little bit I lose VoLTE and Wifi Calling.

 

Does it work permanently for you or does it deprovision as well after minutes?

xbahamut
I'm a Participant Level 3

Hey @danthemanx , you are correct. I worked for me for about a day and it required the sign up again back on the S9. Seems like there is no solution to this. I ended up getting an S10 and it works flawlessly on the new device.

danthemanx
I'm Helpful Level 1

That's too bad honestly. When you reach Fido support they usually send you to Rogers I think which handles tech support for them and they always end up saying that since May 24 of this year they now support grey-market devices with VoLTE from Galaxy S8 and above. 

I wish a Fido rep here could elaborate on that and grey-market devices since obviously our S9 still isn't working.

Hey @danthemanx

 

While Fido does support VoLTE on grey market devices from the Samsung Galaxy S8 and above, we only support Wi-Fi calling on devices that are purchased through Fido. 

 

Just to make sure that you understand the difference between the 2 services, Wi-Fi calling is a service that allows you to connect to the Fido network to make phone calls through your Wi-Fi connection, let's say if you have reduced reception in your area. VoLTE is a service that let's you call over your LTE network instead of only on 3G to ensure a crystal clear audio quality. 

 

If ever changes are made to this matter, we'll update this thread.

 

Cheers. 

 



Hi @FidoAnthonyZ,

 

Yes thanks I fully understand the difference and how both VoLTE and Wifi calling are handled by IMS Registration. However, you're missing the point entirely. My point is that I and a lot of others have the S9 on Fido, which is newer than the S8 and still don't have working VoLTE (we're not even talking about wifi calling).

 

So really I'm not sure why its being said that grey-market S8 and above are supported for VoLTE when my Galaxy S9 still doesn't have VoLTE for some reason and support is not helpful to fix the problem. IMS registration says Not registered in my settings even though my VoLTE option is On. Calls drop back to 3G and it's really a pain.

Hey @danthemanx I get where you're coming from.

 

It should work since the S9 is newer than the S8. I'll send you a PM so we can take a look. 



Just a positive update on the matter: 

 

Thanks a lot to Fido Tech Support, they finally fixed VoLTE/Wifi calling on my Galaxy S9. First time it actually works.

It was a problem with my configuration on the backend, so if it doesn't work for you and you have an S8 and above, do raise a ticket with Fido!

pcdery1
I'm a Participant Level 1

Will it work only with Samsung S8 and above, or with any unlocked device? I have a Xiaomi MI 9 SE and VoLTE and Wifi Calling is not supported. 

Hey @pcdery1,

 

 

As of May 24, 2019, only Samsung Galaxy S8 and above, iPhone 6 and above and LG G8 thinQ are compatible.