Does anyone have any experience using a phone on Telus or Bell that only supports 3G on the 850mhz band. If so, how is the reception in the Toronto area?
you can see what towers are.avail if your area. in Scarborough there are only 1900 towers near me. no 850s.
there's another site I'm trying to find
Thanks for posting that!
i can't find... it might have been the same arc site i posted above, although I recall before, i can click on each site and it will tell me whose tower it is and what frequencies it operated on. I noticed all the BELLUS towers in my neck of Scarborough were 1900Mhz only.
anyway, even if this is true, it doesn't definitively answer your original question as to how well it will work. Since 850Mhz has better distance, maybe they don't need so many towers...
good luck trying and if it doesn't work, get a proper phone for canada.
SGS3 has huge buttons for dialing. lol
There are a few basic dumbphone Nokias with 850/1900 3G such as 3120 classic, 3710 fold, C2-01, 6555.
Go to GSMArena's phone finder and select:
UMTS 850 and 1900
Operating System: Feature phones
QWERTY keyboard: Without QWERTY
Touchscreen: No touchscreen
I get 63 results. Some of them must be available used cheap.
Future Shop is selling the C2-01 for $55 prepaid, locked to Bell but should be unlockable. Telus is selling the Samsung C414 and LG A341 on prepaid at FS for cheap.
(On a mostly unrelated note WOW FS is selling the Xperia Ray for $150 prepaid on Telus? And it's been upgrade to ICS too.)