The word 'Pentaband' means '5 Bands', from the Greek word 'pente' meaning '5'. For a phone to be pentaband it has to support 5 bands. If the phone has AWS support, it doesn't automatically mean that it is pentaband. The reason Wind and Mobilicity users like pentaband phones is because the reverse is true. We're not the only ones who like pentaband phones though, so please stop referring to phones that work on Wind and Mobilicity as pentaband. It causes unnecessary cofusion.
I agree Mobi network is way too congested. Many times I've got full signal & the call drops or data speeds are unusable. They have too few towers for the amount of traffic they have. Talking about expanded coverage & upgrading to HSPA+ does nothing to solve their real issues, & is just a way for them to try and deflect attention away from their real problems IMO. In the GTA Mobi is a joke & Wind is far more usable.
Downtown is mostly all covered but you might not be able to get fast data speeds because many people are using the network and it is a bit congested at times. But that has only happened to me once or twice.
Pacific center has no reception but Wind does I believe.
Gastown has weak signal as you go further down.
North Van has okay coverage.
Surrey reception is average but has holes.
Langley coverage is bad only has reception around Willowbrook Mall.
Burnaby SFU no coverage, the rest can't say.
Richmond has good coverage overall.
Skytrains all have coverage except particular stations such as any underground station and patterson have no coverage.
Rule of thumb is usually any area where population will be dense such as malls, skytrains, downtown etc.. will have mobi coverage.
EDIT: I have never really had a dropped call before even when my bars are at 0. Only time when I lose a call is when I go underground or where mobi has absolutely no coverage at all.
I just got back from shopping at Pricemart near Grandview and Rupert and took my Galaxy S3 on Bell instead of my Nokia E7 on Mobilicity.
Halfway into the store I had no service amd walked out to the sidewalk. The phone picked up HSPA with 5 bars (instead of LTE with 2 bars - so I went back into the store.
Just inside - it was 1 bar which it held until near the back and then no service.
My Nokia does the same except 3 bars inside and 1 bar at the back - then deeper into the store it loses its signal.
So Nokia on Mobi is better than Galaxy S3 on Bell in this particular instance.
LTE for Bell is on AWS, so they should have the same signal penetration assuming they are on the same tower (very unlikely).
"Bars" can't be compared, you need to get the signal in dBm and compare it in that if the above is true.
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Very true. My nokia 5800 reports -87 dBm as "5 / 5 bars". The nexus one reports 87 dBm as 4/5 bars."Bars" can't be compared, you need to get the signal in dBm and compare it in that if the above is true.
I'm very happy with my service and I live in langley.
There was no signal at all the last time I was at Fort Langley.
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Sorry, what I left unsaid because I (silly, I know) thought it would be obvious to those who care, is that there aren't that many towers in langley area and I still manage to get pretty decent service. Even when I'm going west not in the coverage area there's only a few places I don't get signal. South is good far out into non coverage area, North I'm not so sure about, my feeling is, not as good that way.