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    The service is absolutely horrific in some small towns. People who live in these towns should be getting better service but clearly the towers aren't set up to handle the load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Positive Climb View Post
    The service is absolutely horrific in some small towns. People who live in these towns should be getting better service but clearly the towers aren't set up to handle the load.
    It's really a product of rural living more than anything - MTS has, at the very least, given service to these communities. Where are the competitors? Non-existent in those areas. So you have a choice between slow service or no service. Or, I guess, moving to the big city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Positive Climb View Post
    The service is absolutely horrific in some small towns. People who live in these towns should be getting better service but clearly the towers aren't set up to handle the load.
    Ok, this is probably the third time in this topic alone you've said this. You haven't really said anything else, you just keep coming back and stating the same thing.

    Got it. You hate the network. You think it's congested and slow. What's the point of repeating yourself over and over? The other thing is you answer your own questions. You ask why the network is slow, then you complain that it's congested. Well, that's why it's slow.

    Are you actually trying to accomplish something with your griping? I mean, even when we point out that the network works fine you just ignore that and make another statement that the network can't handle it, it's congested, it's horrible, it's terrible, etc...

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    When HSPA service was new the speeds were fantastic in Moosehorn/Ashern now they are dismal, they have over sold the network now they have a congestion problem, they need to fix it its that simple. The more people that ***** about it the better the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    And for the record 15 miles out of Winnipeg is not rural, and the HSPA speeds in Winnipeg are terrible too most of the time, sure it might work fine some times and depending on which tower you are connected to. Try using HSPA anywhere near either of the Casinos at any time of day its terrible even at 4am after they are closed.

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    Congestion and capacity are very tower specific. The rate at which our infrastructure is upgraded is ridiculously slow to non existent. LTE has been around for years already and we are still struggling to provide coverage for Winnipeg!

    Many existing locations have been grossly congested for years already, with little sign of improvement any time soon, or likely ever will!
    Attempts to add additional capacity are often again overwhelmed in short order by a symbolic, lack lustre effort. New networks are established long before previous ones are finished being built out. Sharing towers and roaming agreements with other carriers adds additional stress to an already oversold network. There is no incentive or obligation to properly fix/ upgrade infrastructure when you can keep sucking every penny out of an oversold network. Government grants given to carriers to upgrade substandard infrastructure have been unaccounted for.

    Another problem is the current monopoly that we are under and the lack of competition! In an attempt to encourage competition and stop the gouging, even the slow moving CRCT is now in the process of capping wholesale rates that larger providers can charge to smaller competing providers, similar to their recent move to cap the overage fees that a provider can charge their customers to $50/ month.

    I do not know of anyone that would find it reasonable to continue paying a premium price for a substandard or non existent service that they cannot use or only works sometimes. If any provider cannot supply this service, at a reasonable minimum speed, then they should volunteer discounts. Some providers are already doing this! Even the CCTS has successfully negotiated refunds for numerous such cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lirwin4 View Post
    I do not know of anyone that would find it reasonable to continue paying a premium price for a substandard or non existent service that they cannot use or only works sometimes.
    I agree. So cancel your service. Then you're not paying for it anymore.

    Nobody needs a cell phone to live. There are lots of alternatives and if MTS/Rogers cell service is making you this miserable, you should probably do without.

    Quote Originally Posted by Idzy View Post
    The more people that ***** about it the better the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
    Not always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcalder View Post
    I agree. So cancel your service. Then you're not paying for it anymore.

    Nobody needs a cell phone to live. There are lots of alternatives and if MTS/Rogers cell service is making you this miserable, you should probably do without.
    Like I said - it's a product of living in a rural setting. I have absolutely no issues with MTS service inside of city limits, and beyond honestly. Friends with Telus or Bell get little to no signal at all in Birds Hill, and I'm pulling down solid LTE speeds. Independent publications have said the same thing about MTS - rating them the fastest in Manitoba 2 years running.

    Complaining about cell service/speeds in rural areas of the province would be like complaining about well water - and wanting the City of Winnipeg to extend their pipes 150km beyond the perimeter to service the village.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfel View Post
    Complaining about cell service/speeds in rural areas of the province would be like complaining about well water - and wanting the City of Winnipeg to extend their pipes 150km beyond the perimeter to service the village.
    Normally I agree with you but I don't here, MTS/Rogers claim to provide service to these rural areas, City of Winnipeg doesn't claim to provide water...

    Fact is MTS/Rogers do provide service. It's just slower and in some rural areas I'd even dispute that, look at my previous speed tests and that was on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere 7 miles north of the US border which is a far cry from the perimeter highway.

    And yes, as I travel east further from the towers, the signal gets worse. Some places it's not usable. I'm not about to get my shorts in a knot over that though because while it may not be perfect it's a heck of a lot better than nothing.

    That being said I'm not one of those people who walks around with my nose stuck to my phone, never mind someone who lives in the 'test mode' section of their phone running speed tests so they can go on the internet and start crying about how their lives are being ruined by slow internet service.

    Poor guys.

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    I dunno, I bought a $150 dollar repeater and I have 5 bars in my house and great data speeds.

    Until LTE is here that is the way it is.

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    I have a Wilson booster in my house, I use wifi for data and phone calls work just fine. Good enough for me.

    I actually have a Wilson booster in my tractor too, makes voice work and that's what I need the most when I'm out in the field so I'm happy. I have Sirius for radio so when streaming doesn't work, that's fine too. Emails come through so I can take care of my business that way and everything else is just garbage like Twitter that just kills time anyway.
    Last edited by jcalder; 06-18-2015 at 09:33 PM.

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