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Thread: Rogers coverage in Newfoundland

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    Rogers coverage in Newfoundland

    Just switched to Rogers back in May here in Newfoundland. I have noticed that the coverage area is nowhere near as large as Bell or Telus, which is a shame because in my opinion Rogers has a much more solid LTE network than Bell when coverage is available (such as here in St. John's). Just wondering if anyone has any idea if Rogers has anything planned in terms of expansion across the province?

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    Likely not....Bell (Aliant) and TELUS pretty much have the east-coast saturated. There'd be no real return on investment for Rogers to expand in those areas.

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    I'm not so sure about that. There are a few decently populated towns that have little or no Rogers coverage whatsoever e.g. Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Conception Bay South. Surely there would be some return on investment in these places seeing as how Rogers also has cable, home phone and Internet services in these areas as well (bundling for existing customers would become an option). I'm originally from a small community on the Bonavista Peninsula where the entire area is filled with tourists in the summer and early fall every year. Many of these are also Rogers customers as well but yet there is no coverage past the airport in Clarenville. Definitely a lot of business being lost here! Especially since most Newfoundlanders are beginning to despise Aliant after the 100% takeover by Bell.

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    Rogers coverage in Newfoundland

    Well they now have EXT (roaming on the Bellus network). Maybe they'll start investing in some Nfld upgrades as they're currently doing in Saskatchewan?


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    Newfoundland was upgraded from 2G to 3G a couple of years ago; Saskatchewan (outside of Regina and Saskatoon) is only getting this upgrade right now. So Newfoundland has already gotten "the upgrade" from Rogers.

    Rogers will roam on BellAliant, as long as your BellAliant usage isn't over 50% of your total usage. That having been said, if you go outside the Clarenville-to-St. John's corridor much, you'd be far better off going with Bell.
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    True. The Sask upgrade is an HSPA/LTE overlay on top of their existing 2G footprint so no "new" coverage I guess.


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    Rogers EXT roaming is great, one of the big reasons I switched from Bell. The only thing that I don't like about it is that when roaming on Bell I seem to be throttled down to EDGE speeds for data (which is the main reason I'd like to see Rogers expand their core network here instead). It becomes a real annoyance when I leave town and do not have WiFi coverage. I will give Rogers some credit though. They are undergoing a major expansion in the St. John's Metro it seems. A couple of new towers have gone live in the past couple of months and about 10 more have been approved by St. John's city council recently. Let's just hope they decide to build outside of the metro once these new towers are built!

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    You say one of the big reasons for switching from Bell to Rogers is because of EXT...why wouldn't you just stay with Bell and enjoy an un-throttled native coverage experience? Is Rogers giving you a better rate?


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    Was a Bell customer for 7 years. Horrible customer service and at the end of it was getting charged almost every month for data overages I didn't use, US roaming which I never did and long distance calls I never made (neither of which Bell was able to explain). My home services are already with Rogers and I already own my phone so I was able to bundle and get a cheaper rate with the same plan I had previously with Bell. Overall I have been having a good experience with Rogers thus far and don't plan on switching back to Bell anytime soon. Just wondered if there were any talks of Rogers expanding but even if they don't, the existing coverage and extended roaming agreement suffice for me.

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    Make sure you don't go over 50% on EXT, or you'll lose it for good. You have to spend more than half the time on Rogers service. That includes both voice, and data.
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    Gotcha. So it was a combo of customer service and monthly rate that drove you to switch. Fair enough. It's a shame that EXT speed is throttled so much. It's supposed to be slower but didn't know it was that bad. Perhaps it's just in certain areas because some people have reported fairly decent EXT speeds.


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    Thanks for the heads up. Have there been any reports of anyone being completely blocked from EXT yet? I have yet to encounter anyone who has but I'm a new customer so I don't know how long it typically takes a customer to get "blocked" if their monthly usage is continuously over 50% EXT

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    Yes @toolcube I did have good EXT speeds in the beginning. Only this past month have they decreased when I've been out of the city on the weekends. I'm starting to wonder if I'm being throttled for using the network a bit too often!

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    I haven't seen anyone here report being cut off yet, but always good to keep a mental note of where you're on EXT. IIRC, it's a 3 month average.

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    Thanks! I'll definitely have to keep an eye on my usage.

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