VoLTE - Please support Android Open Source Community

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Heyyo, I own a LeEco Le Max 2 (x829) and I am part of the Android Open Source community and work with the LineageOS team to bring support to LineageOS 15.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo) to the LeEco Le Max 2.

I am humbly requesting Koodo Mobile to provide APN settings for VoLTE to the Android Open Source community.

My device is VoLTE compatible and I see the option for VoLTE but my IMS shows it is not registered.

I know other VoLTE carriers throughout the world are friendly to the Android Open Source community such as Jio in India which does allow users running custom Android Operating Systems to use VoLTE.

So please Koodo, be the Jio of Canada when it comes to VoLTE.

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Koodo is just beginning to launch VoLTE and is beginning with more popular devices, eventually they may support outside devices but that's a ways away still as they only support iPhone 6 and newer as well as the LG V30.
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The main issue I am facing isn't my device isn't supported, the main issue I am facing is the lack of APN settings required for VoLTE. With those any device with VoLTE support would work on Koodo Mobile.

The current method they are using for VoLTE support is locking it down to Koodo-only purchased devices and only those they wish to support.

For example, they could opt to only support new Android devices, forcing anyone with an older Android device that does work for VoLTE to still require purchasing a new device in order to receive VoLTE support on Koodo Network.

There are a few carriers in the world who do this and so far it looks like Koodo may continue down this "paid walled-garden" approach which is worrisome to someone like me who prefers buying a device outright that is a lot more cost-effective than buying a larger brand name device at an inflated price.

For example, when I bought my LeEco Le Max 2 it was $285 CAD. It was less than half the price of a Samsung Galaxy S7 and has similar specifications for hardware.

So for someone like me I hope you understand why locking out non-Koodo purchased devices to a service would be unfortunate.

That's also why I mentioned Jio in India which has been very friendly to the Android Open Source community and allowing any device to use VoLTE on their nerwork and why I hope Koodo follows their example.
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I dont think Koodo has a lot of control over this.  It seems to be dictated from the parent company Telus as they have the same restriction to Telus purchased devices only
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@Marc you definitely have my support here.  Looking at the OnePlus community, I can see a ton of people using VoLTE on their OP5T's on the Jio network in India.  I know my phone is capable, and would love to be able to turn this feature on.  

(I know my phone isn't AOSP, but would fall under the same policy of opening up to other devices capable but not purchased from Telus or Koodo.)
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Being pro AOSP would bring in additional customers.  But I can see other providers matching.  Then everyone ends up being on equal footing again and Koodo will think that it was a useless exercise.  I would expect another provder to lead the way and for Koodo to follow eventually
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Heyyo, update... just looked at Fido.... they support VoLTE for ALL devices. They do not lock-out non-Fido phones... looks like Koodo needs to catch up to Fido.

https://www.fido.ca/consumer/content/fido-volte

What do I need to have in order to use VoLTE?

All Fido customers on postpaid plans with a VoLTE-compatible phone can take advantage of it anywhere on the Fido LTE network!

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Yes they do.
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"All Fido customers on postpaid plans with a VoLTE-compatible phone can take advantage of it anywhere on the Fido LTE network!"

...as they should be able to!  

C'mon, @Koodo!
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I must admit, after looking up Fido? I am extremely tempted to switch to them. VoLTE that isn't locked down to Fido-only purchased devices and their current deal for 3GB of free data on new activations? That means a 4GB data plan is $50 a month compared to the 4GB data plan on Koodo of $60 a month I'm paying for both my wife and I each?

That means $20 a month savings for my wife and I and VoLTE.... I'm not really seeing any downsides to switching as Koodo haven't commented on this nor my direct email...

My wife and I switched from Bell to Koodo for cheaper rates but it seems VoLTE-wise we are being punished for switching and not buying new devices directly from Koodo and now there's an option that I can get even better rates and get VoLTE...
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Looks like Rogers also supports VoLTE on any device. It is not locked down to Rogers-only purchased devices.

https://www.rogers.com/customer/suppo...

What do I need to have in order to use VoLTE?

All Rogers post-paid customers with a LTE SIM card, a VoLTE-compatible phone and updated device software can take advantage of this enhancement automatically.
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As a customer, you always have the choice to move to another carrier that meets your needs.  You just need to do your analysis and make your decision.  There are no contracts, no penalties, and phones are now unlocked for free.  The option to migrate is extremely easy
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Eastlink also does not lock down their VoLTE to Eastlink-only purchased devices. All they require is a free sim card upgrade.


https://www.eastlink.ca/volte.aspx

Now I wish I could edit my original post... Koodo needs to catch up to Fido, Rogers and Eastlink.... Right now they're in the waiting line for last place....
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Koodo is just rolling out VoLTE where as those other companies have had it for awhile so of course they support more devices they're past the initial rollout phase and testing. Nobody is saying certain phones or all phones won't be supported in the future but it's been literally a couple weeks since Koodo launched VoLTE give it some time ppl it's still in the testing phase to make sure things work properly. It's a staggered rollout to catch issues just like when manufacturers push updates to devices they don't push them to all devices at once they start with a small portion to see if ppl find bugs and issues so if anything goes wrong it only affects a small portion of users..... It's done for everyone's best intrest.
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@Paul Understandable, but very frustrating, especially when it's launching so far behind everyone else to begin with.