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    TELUS launching extended coverage March 13th

    Not 100% sure if this is national, but I heard Telus is launching extended coverage (specifically in Manitoba) on March 13th. Is somebody able to confirm if this is national? This will likely be the same type of deal that Bell has in the province of MB.

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    What is it?

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    All big 3 providers are offering extended coverage across Canada by means of domestic roaming agreements as mandated by the CRTC. No idea if it will be available "everywhere" or just in key locations as advertised by some of the providers.

    Bell: http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...dvanced-Feb-18

    Rogers: http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...Telus-amp-Bell

    Rogers extended coverage map (available from http://mobilesyrup.com/2015/02/27/ro...overage-map/):

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    What does Belus actually gain from this? They always had coverage that was better than Rogers.
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    ^^I'm guessing not much at all Rogers customers will probably be the ones to gain the most...pretty evident by how busy and vocal the Rogers forum is about this compared to the Bell and Telus forums.

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    In Quebec there are alot places that don't have coverage like Gaspe which is a tourist attraction but with a small population. So Rogers never put up a tower there. Now Rogers will piggy back on Bell. Much cheaper than building a tower for them. Precisely what Rogers said Wind would do with low domestic roaming rates.

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    But Rogers isn't Wind, so they can do whatever they want.

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    Any idea if Koodo will also offer this extended coverage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokia8390fan View Post
    Any idea if Koodo will also offer this extended coverage?
    If Telus is getting it, Koodo (postpaid at least) will likely get it as well.

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    Update!! My sister in law was in WINKLER MB the other day and she was able to send/receive SMS and call. TELUS as far as I know has no towers anywhere near Winkler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fruvous View Post
    They always had coverage that was better than Rogers.
    Not in Manitoba. Telus coverage in MB is Winnipeg, Brandon and #1 highway from Winnipeg to Saskatchewan. Nothing anywhere else.

    Last year they announced that they were building towers, they actually wanted to build on our land. When I called the guy back the project was shelved. Figures.

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    Update!!! I picked up a Telus prepaid SIM and I am able to make calls if I select the Rogers network manually in the phone settings. I tested in from inside Winnipeg. It doesn't say Telus-EXT or anything like that, just Rogers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Positive Climb View Post
    Update!!! I picked up a Telus prepaid SIM and I am able to make calls if I select the Rogers network manually in the phone settings. I tested in from inside Winnipeg. It doesn't say Telus-EXT or anything like that, just Rogers.
    I guess it only works in Manitoba. When I select Rogers I get no service. That sucks


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    Quote Originally Posted by fruvous View Post
    What does Belus actually gain from this? They always had coverage that was better than Rogers.
    Speaking from experience driving from BC to Ontario last May with Bell, Telus and Rogers devices in the car -

    - In MB Belus had no-service zones for about 30-60 minutes from each border with SK and Ontario, and Rogers/MTS worked in those regions. Where service is available, though, it beat the pants off the Rogers/MTS service. Looks like they've now filled in the western no-service zone a bit more.
    - In ON a significant stretch from Thunder Bay to Sault had no service on Belus minus a little blip of service in Wawa. Looks like again they've filled in part of it but not all. Rogers/TBayTel had service along the whole way, but again wherever Belus worked it was much better than Rogers. I don't actually see the TBayTel zone showing up though on Bell's extended map so I wonder if Telus will get access or not.

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    I'm in Toronto and I just did a manual scan of networks with my GS4. Rogers has now been replaced with EXT in the network
    list. It only shows Telus, Bell and Ext. I can't connect to Ext though.

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