02-02-13 08:47 PM
- Hi everyone. This could have been posted in any other carier forum but I chose Rogers because I'm leaning towards them. Here's my situation in point form:
- I have a business account with Rogers at work and I'm the administrator of the account. Unfortunately, with all the downsizing that we've had over the last few years the account has one user left on it, and it is not me. There are 4 other users that are with other carriers or with a Rogers personal account. My intention is to consolidate everyone under one account.
- My own cell phone account is with Telus, however my contract expired 2 years ago. Didn't renew it because I was waiting for the Z10.
- I travel to the USA about 6-10 times a year for business. Also travel to Mexico and the Caribbean although not as often.
- I live in a major metropolitan area - Montreal - and don't stray too often to rural areas. I've been with Rogers before and found their coverage decent (2g & 3g). I've had some issues wth Telus but I don't know if it's related to coverage or just isolated incidents. I will need good LTE coverage and I know I can get that here and Toronto with any local carrier but need that in the US as well. About half the destinations I travel to are in major cities, the rest are a couple of hours out.
- Keeping my current phone number is a MUST.
1. Is LTE coverage and quality the same between the big three in Canada? What about the US?
2. How do I go about transferring my phone number if I decide to go with Rogers? Must I call Telus first, cancel, and ask them to tranfer my number to Rogers? Or is that all handled by Rogers? Remember that I am off-contract with Telus.
3. When I was on 3g, I understood that the Rogers service being GSM permitted simultaneous data and voice transmission but not with Telus since it was CDMA. Does this still apply on LTE?
I know what plan to get as I analyzed my usgae pattern over the past year. I'm pretty sure cost-wise Rogers, Telus, and Bell are competitive and ther won't be much difference so it'll all come down to signal coverage.
Thanks for any advice you can give me.02-01-13 07:20 AMLike 0
- Voice is always on 3G, only data is LTE but you can do both at the same time unlike CDMA technology. I actually have a 1Gb $55 account that I am trying to get rid off with aroudn 1.5 yrs left which is a pretty sweet deal (Compared to the rip off of 'plans' they have right now) if you're interesterd let me know!02-02-13 04:49 PMLike 1
- Being honest, I'm a Rogers employee, but I have a SIM card for every provider in Canada and openly offer my business to whomever I feel has the best deal/coverage/plans, etc at the time.
On Telus' CDMA network, you would be able to do data OR voice, not both at the same time. Telus' HSPA (SIM card phones) network would allow simultaneous voice and data at the same time.
With Rogers, there are basically 3 networks:
2G (available most places and is only really used when 3G isn't present) would allow voice or (very, very slow data), but similar to CDMA, only one at a time. If you made a call, data wouldn't work.
3G (HSPA) allows simultaneous voice and data.
LTE, currently, is a data only channel. When you make a phone call, the phone will step down to the 3G network and connect the call. No voice actually travels over the LTE network. So in this case, you would have voice and data at the same time regardless.
No network is perfect though - I've been in areas where I have a TELUS signal, but no Rogers signal. There's no science to it. Just who has towers where.
I'd recommend checking out this tool, I've found it to be pretty accurate:
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions!02-02-13 08:47 PMLike 1
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