I have been with Mobi for about 3 months now and where I live and work are on the edge of the network. I get 0-1 band of service at home and work if anything at all. In fact, I move to Canadian roaming a LOT.
I have gone so far as to flash the radio on my Galaxy Nexus to the UGLC1 radio baseband with a bit better of a result 0-2 bands of service.
On my way home from work the other day (on Glenmore Trail), I had a call drop THREE times. It is unbelievably frustrating and I am wondering if it is me or are other people in Calgary having these issues.
I noticed that we have 50 towers in Calgary and they haven't increased in the last few months ... does Mobi have any plans on increasing coverage? I find it crazy that I have to have funds in MyWallet in order to make sure my phone calls are longer than 30 seconds in length.
Anyhow, I find the reception not too bad in Calgary myself. If I'm in the industrial area I find it isn't so hot but otherwise in my travels I find it pretty good. It even works at the top of the Calgary Tower I found out last month. Since you mention were on Glenmore Trail I think it's plausible you were referring to this area? Correct?
Anyhow, even if not, looking on Loxcel (http://www.loxcel.com/celltower) and then switching the dropdown to Mobilicity Carrier you can get an idea of where the Mobi towers are - there are only 50 of them in Calgary apparently. Almost 20 more than Edmonton or Ottawa for example. Then you can see for yourself if you're area is covered. Also, the particular phone you own can definitely play a factor in your reception. Some phones have better reception than others due to multiple antennas in them. Blackberries tend to do better on Mobi than others I hear.
They can definitely improve the network (and I hope they do over time) but all in all it's not bad. It's not perfect, but it's definitely usable and reflective of their cheap bill rates. You could always put money into your bank account on Mobi for roaming situations and it may still be cheaper for you than going to a contract on ROBELUS (especially now that Mobi includes roaming in the upper end plans). Just remember that one point though - you don't have a contract and can cancel at anytime or try out Wind too for it may be more suitable for your needs.
Last edited by chaosdivine; 04-13-2012 at 07:47 PM. Reason: Added roaming bit
My girlfriend uses wind in Calgary and compared to my mobi line it has more dropped calls and garbled speech. I was hoping that problem would resolve but it's still an issue months after I switched to mobi.
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For the OP though, if Mobi isn't working for you, then give Wind a shot. Easiest switch as the phone is compatible.
If Wind doesn't work out, well.. then it sucks, but that leaves the big 3...
Unfortunately, the truth is that both Wind and Mobi have areas in Calgary that just aren't well covered. My wife works in Britannia, and can't get a Wind signal inside work. I checked Mobilicity's coverage in the area, but their coverage sucks there too.
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Rome wasn't built in a day, but if Wind was the builder, it would still be under construction.
I think nuclearbroccoli makes a valid point here, maybe something that is being overlooked and not addressed. If service for Wind Mobile in a certain area is bad I can't see Mobilicity's service being any better in a majority of cases, I was told by many not to try Wind Mobile in Toronto because I would experience dropped calls/garbled voice quality/poor coverage including a lot more and so far absolutely nothing in the whole city. I tried Wind briefly a year ago and yes there were problems at that time and overall 90% have been fixed. The same thing does not apply to Mobilicity and quite honestly service has worsened considerably in numerous locations. I also think there's a huge difference between Wind users and some Mobilicity supporters, Wind users in general seem to give you an honest opinion of their service and a certain group of Mobilicity supporters basically will lie in hopes you'll join.
mobilicity has been pretty good so far for me in Calgary...i can stream google music everywhere
i live/work in beltline/bankview areas...also i use data/texts more than voice...
See, that's why I say go with what works for you. I spend the majority of my time on the northern edge of Calgary, and Wind just has better coverage there.
Now if only they would get Elbow Drive and the other half of Chinook mall covered....
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I find Mobi coverage quite useable in Calgary. That is, outdoors mostly. Indoors it is not the best. But when I'm in my car I can stream on-line radio pretty much anywhere in the city, even in the deep South-West. The signal also reaches almost all the way to Okotoks...