interweb (wiki mostly). Dual-Cell and MIMO used simultaneously will actually get you 168Mbps down and 22Mbps up although they are completely pie in the sky theoretical peak limits. You probably have a better chance of flying by flapping your arms. Bell claims HSPA+ will get you 42Mbps and I do not believe they are using MIMO or DC-HSDPA. I could be wrong of course.
woo hspa+.. (still on UMTS near my house..with 20kb upload speed lol)
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It's also almost the end of the summer (to which that was the ETA for the upgrade) with no signs of info for the HSPA+ upgrade. I personally stopped listening to Mobi's claims since the "densification" scam that brought just a handful of towers in all 5 zones in all of 2011. I believe the densification, HSPA+ upgrade, and future expansion claims are largely just a way to buy time enough time to secure customers to eventually sell out. Also, Mobi is waiting till the absolute last second to possibly do good on those claims as we can see in that the zones are the same since they launched and clearly are over-selling the network.
The only thing Mobi's got going for it is price. If a customer is fine with the current coverage and isn't a heavy data user, Mobi's price is unbeatable.
However, mobilicity ops will be able to answe the question about HSPA+ upgrade. All I knew was that it was coming "end summer".
Being a Mobilicity customer since April of this year, I think it is time for me to switch to another carrier, perhaps the Big 3, particularly Koodo. There are many places that promised improvements but never materialized.
I too expected a better expansion plan for Vancouver, but that never happened. I haven't seen a tower being built, posted on Stewart Lyon's twitter since the end of June for all 5 existing markets. Meaning that the expansion plan for the summer never really happened.
I really wonder if Mobilicity will lose the remaining 5 of the 10 AWS licenses they have bought for not fulfilling the implementation timeframe. That would be interesting to see... several millions of dollars wasted due to that. Either they break their promise and piss off their existing customers, or give up their spectrum in the other places they have bought. Both are equally as bad.
Personally, what good is a network upgrade if they can't guarantee service in the first place? I've had complete service loss at home (and at work) now on several occasions over the past few months for as long as 45 minutes. This has been extremely frustrating when I use my cell phone as a means to get into my own building and can't call myself because there's no signal available.
I've been with Mobi now since October 2010 after leaving Telus (of which I'd used for 11 of the previous 13 years). I'd signed up on the original F&F and have the extra $2 credit on my account. While I realize that $37.55 for "unlimited" (slow) data, CONUS/Canada calling, texting, etc. is a "value," it has become less important to me. I have an old Telus contract that just ended in July and they've offered me the Student 50 plan (500 anytime minutes, unlimited EW 5pm, 10 Favourite National numbers, etc and 5GB/month). To me, if I can be guaranteed service and have access to LTE speeds, it might just be worth the extra $20/month.
Sorry to say that Mobilicity just isn't doing enough to hold on to existing customers that have been with them from the earlier days. I'm not saying that the Big 3 are better but at least their service is consistent. And the extra money is likely worth that.
HSPA+ enhances capacity as well as speed, so we just might see a marked improvement.
(no provider "guarantees service")
In the AWS/cellular context, TAFL is Industry Canada's list of all base stations in operation, as submitted by the spectrum licensee the month prior.
The underlying database is Industry Canada's Assignment and Licensing System (ALS)
A subset of the ALS is published monthly as the Technical and Administrative Frequency Lists (TAFL)
Real-time access to the AWS/cellular data of ALS is provided by Spectrum Direct's (SD) Geographical Area Search