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which provider still uses GSM network in Ontario?

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which provider still uses GSM network in Ontario?

Does anyone know which provider still uses GSM network in Ontario? I know Rogers still has some towers, but any other?
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Just Rogers/Fido. Telus & Bell fell back on CDMA before they built their HSPA network.
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Randy6560 wrote:
May 16th, 2018 2:52 pm
Rogers is shutting down 2G GSM at end of 2020 and stopping new activations this july as per,
https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/05/04/roge ... mber-2020/
Oh no! I won't be able to use my tiniest phone in a couple of years.

Having a 2G backup phone in my watch pocket has turned out to be very handy a couple of times, as the lack of others using it gives a clear channel in crowded areas, when 3G and LTE are a bit clogged.
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IanBrantford wrote:
May 16th, 2018 4:54 pm
Oh no! I won't be able to use my tiniest phone in a couple of years.

Having a 2G backup phone in my watch pocket has turned out to be very handy a couple of times, as the lack of others using it gives a clear channel in crowded areas, when 3G and LTE are a bit clogged.
And it may be unusable even sooner than that - since that article makes it pretty clear that Rogers has no interest in investing too much in it - sorry, I mean "it may be hard to get replacement parts" :P
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wearysky wrote:
May 17th, 2018 11:11 am
And it may be unusable even sooner than that - since that article makes it pretty clear that Rogers has no interest in investing too much in it - sorry, I mean "it may be hard to get replacement parts" :P
Then I'll have to go back to my next-tiniest phone, which has 3G. :-)
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Randy6560 wrote:
May 16th, 2018 2:52 pm
Rogers is shutting down 2G GSM at end of 2020 and stopping new activations this july as per,
https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/05/04/roge ... mber-2020/
Finally! 🤣
IanBrantford wrote:
May 16th, 2018 4:54 pm
Oh no! I won't be able to use my tiniest phone in a couple of years.

Having a 2G backup phone in my watch pocket has turned out to be very handy a couple of times, as the lack of others using it gives a clear channel in crowded areas, when 3G and LTE are a bit clogged.
How often is 3G / LTE overcrowded? I get the odd garbage voice connection where I must hang up and redial, but doubt 2G GSM would really be worth the hassle the odd time that happens.
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titaniumtux wrote:
May 17th, 2018 8:48 pm
How often is 3G / LTE overcrowded? I get the odd garbage voice connection where I must hang up and redial, but doubt 2G GSM would really be worth the hassle the odd time that happens.
It happened at a busy OnRoute stop a couple of months ago (remote location with likely limited total bandwidth, and a couple hundred people), and there are spotty problems at big events like last weekend's ComicCon.

It has less to do with the frequency with which it happens and more to do with the importance of establishing a call. I avoided many hours of stress for a fretful family member when I called to reassure them that the forecast storm hadn't hit yet, and I was getting back onto a still-safe road. I'd have turned on location sharing, but then any traffic issue like congestion might give the impression that I had been in a horrible accident.

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