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Old 07-24-2017, 08:09 AM   #601
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2.) Spotty internet downtown, or in a mall. Or sometimes even a Costco. Why? is this a ####ing issue, Shaw?
They only operate at higher frequencies, so the ability to penetrate large amounts of concrete is nil.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:06 AM   #602
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Koodo, Virgin and Fido are good alternatives. Same coverage as their parent companies for less money.
Koodo = Telus
Virgin = Bell
Fido = Rogers

Your money is still going into one of the big 3's pockets. But yeah I get what you're saying. I'm with Koodo myself, and really I don't see any reason people who just want regular call, text and internet service shouldn't be with them.

But after travelling to Europe last month and getting a 45 GB phone plan for $9....it's frustrating to see the alternatives still end up at the big 3's doorstep. It's just disappointing to see a true alternatives pop up like Freedom/Wind, yet so many problems with them that's it's not even worth it and we end up back with the big 3.

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Old 07-25-2017, 03:50 PM   #603
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Well a few more months and the 700Mhz will pretty much take care of some of the spotty network issues. Sale's been approved by the ISED now so we are good to go
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:23 AM   #604
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Was with WIND/Freedom for about 7 days before cancelling. The unlimited data plan that i got was unusable. This was last year though and maybe they improved. It was funny cuz when i went back to the store for a refund they tried to prove me wrong by trying the service on their own phone and say their own data plan was unusable. Maybe its my city or just the zones i roam. Strangely, i have never had such unusable service (specifically, for data) with anyone else. I currently am using Virgin and Fido.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:58 PM   #605
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Thanks for your year old anecdote.

Super helpful.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:38 PM   #606
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Was planning on switching from Telus to Freedom, not so sure after reading the last few pages of this thread.

One concern. I`m out at MacLean Creek a lot dirtbiking and can send texts from up on the ridges, basically right above Elbow Falls.

Will this be possible with Freedom?
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:15 PM   #607
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I'm not sure if DoubleK will approve of me replying, as we haven't been with Wind/Freedom for several months. However your question is one of the reasons we moved away. There were just too many times when outside of the city that we didn't have access. Not even on the roaming options. We had a $33 plan for my son, and the extra $15 we spend per month to go with Koodo (or any of the other secondary providers) is well worth it.

Just 2 weeks ago we were going hiking, and the trail we wanted to go on was closed due to bears. The people in our group on Freedom didn't get the text until 45 minutes later.
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Was planning on switching from Telus to Freedom, not so sure after reading the last few pages of this thread.

One concern. I`m out at MacLean Creek a lot dirtbiking and can send texts from up on the ridges, basically right above Elbow Falls.

Will this be possible with Freedom?
I'm not exactly sure what part of EF you were near, but I was hiking around there last Sunday and my buddy on Freedom lost his reception pretty quick, while the rest of us still had it.
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That's enough for me, not going to consider Freedom.

Stopped by the Telus store after work, complete waste of time. They were trying to tell me I was lucky to have the old plan and only paying $75/mo. Basically made 2 calls some months and that went up to $95/mo.

Koodoo can do ~$40/mo for double the data and unlimited Canada calling which I do not have now. They use the Telus network, any downside with bandwidth, etc?
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Just 2 weeks ago we were going hiking, and the trail we wanted to go on was closed due to bears. The people in our group on Freedom didn't get the text until 45 minutes later.
Depends on what plan you are on. Every plan they offer over $40 has unlimited Canada wide text. You don't have to be on their network to use that.

Maybe they don't have their phones set up correctly as it does take some fanagling to get it to work properly.

I'm fully supportive of people crapping on Wind/Freedom. Means better speeds for me. Even with adding the off network data charges I'm still way ahead of a big Telco plan. Plus unlimited data in the US for $15/month, there isn't anything remotely comparable that I've seen in the market.
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Koodoo can do ~$40/mo for double the data and unlimited Canada calling which I do not have now. They use the Telus network, any downside with bandwidth, etc?
We switched my son over to Koodo last August, and my wife and I early this spring. I have not seen any difference from when I was on Bell previously. (Which also uses the same towers.)

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Maybe they don't have their phones set up correctly as it does take some fanagling to get it to work properly.
I know we brought my SIL's phone into a Freedom store to have them check the settings once she started traveling out of town more often. She finally gave up and switched over to Fido a couple of months ago. The one thing I've heard is that if you only use SMS messaging it works better; so people on Android phones have fewer issues than people on iPhones. For me- I don't want to have to do any fanagling- I just want it to work.

I will give you that the US data plan is sweet.
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:44 PM   #612
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Finally switched back to Telus from Freedom. Reception is significantly better for the areas that I visit and I didn't have any issues with my G5+ getting LTE coverage.

Still wasn't able to get that LTE issue solved with Freedom after multiple calls to tech support. I'm concerned they might be whitelisting their own devices right now.
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Freedom totally revamped their plans and took the opportunity to jack up their rates.
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