Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Fredericton, NB
Well, when you piece all the info from that Reddit post and the whacked out claims from the manager, it makes sense...
They are working with the handset makers to PATCH the hardware to cover for Eastlink's braindead decisions. It has NOTHING to do with custom hardware...
And yes, if it is a deliberate ploy it is stupid. Especially stupid given that really, if they have a true BYOD policy, then the test I will be doing with this non Eastlink provided A5 2017 could be the lock for a serious complaint to the CRTC and here is why... If they have made a bad choice and didn't fix it, then they should be providing the patch for any model of phone that they DO carry that people bring over to use as a BYOD. It would ALSO be their job to provide the necessary info regarding the issue to companies such as OnePlus so that if OnePlus feels adequate pressure from their customers to provide a patch for this, then they can. But the most important part is that where Samsung is clearly putting a patch in the firmware for hardware that goes to Eastlink, then the patch is indeed available and could simply be provided. Flashing a small update file is NOT hard and for all that it matters, they could even charge $25 to do it as really, everyone wins even with a $25 charge.
The one thing that DOES suck in all this is that where there is rarely easy access or ability to flash a Kaios flip phone, my father was indeed hooped and had to get an Alcatel Go Flip from Eastlink. Which fortunately, was dirt cheap. The frustration is on the principle of it all.
More news tomorrow once I am back in the city and can reliably test the flashed phone.