2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 19, 2010 10:10 PM by eelw
thebug Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, I'm looking to buy an iphone 4 when it is released in Canada this week. Wondering if anyone can offer any advice on the carrier I should go with (looking for advice on the quality of the network as opposed to customer service). Will I notice any significant difference in the quality of the network (i.e. speed, coverage, reliability) as between Rogers/Fido and Telus/Bell (I am new to this but I understand that Telus and Bell share a network). I am inclined to go with Bell because it provides me with the best plan for the $ but if I am not going to be happy with the speed, coverage etc. then I may consider one of the other providers. I will be using the phone in the Vancouver area for the most part.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

imac 2.66 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • imagine engine Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
    Rogers has more experience with 3G technology and the iPhone since they were the first carrier to offer it Nationwide in Canada and were the first carrier to launch the iPhone in Canada. With Telus and Bell you will need to leave on "Enable 3G" as the HSPA (3G) chip used in the iPhone doesn't support EVDO (Telus and Bell use EVDO instead of EDGE for the slower data network). This is unlike Rogers and Fido (owned by Rogers and uses their towers) in Canada that have a HSPA+ network that is backwards compatible with HSPA and EDGE.

    Rogers History: GSM (GPRS > EDGE > EDGE+ > HSPA > HSPA+).
    Telus/Bell History: CDMA (GPRS > EVDO) then several years later to GSM (HSPA+).

    Reference:

    http://www.apple.com/ca/iphone/specs.html

    UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

    Speed Test:
    Test Location: Vancouver, Canada
    Model: iPhone 4 32 GB
    Network: Rogers HSPA+ (3.5G 21 Mbps)
    Download: 6256 Kbps
    Upload: 2156 Kbps
    3G Signal: 5 bars
    Issues: None
  • eelw Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    I'm on Telus in the Toronto area

    Speedtest
    Download 5985
    Upload 4156