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amace wrote:
Dec 7th, 2012 4:36 pm

tbaytel broadcasts HSPA on 850 and CDMA on 1900
This information is only partially correct. Tbaytel's primary CDMA signal is 800, the only sites broadcasting 1900 CDMA are in the Kenora district. The 1.9 towers are located as follows - Shoal Lake (West of Kenora Hwy 17), Hilly Lake (East of Kenora Hwy 17), 9th Street North (Kenora/Rabbit Lake), Tunnel Island (downtown Kenora), Hwy 71 (Junction Hwy 17 and 71), Hwy 17 (halfway between Vermillion Bay and Kenora), Dryden Downtown and Dryden South. The other 130+ CDMA sites are 800.

When it comes to HSPA, tbaytel has 160+ sites, all but 2 are running 850. Tbaytel has 4 HSPA sites broadcasting 1900 - Vickers and Shuniah in Thunder Bay (also 850 sites) and 1 site each in Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst.
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loxcel wrote:
Dec 19th, 2012 7:46 pm
According to this map, Telus coverage around Thunder Bay looks pretty good:

http://www.loxcel.com/celltower?lat=48. ... lter=Telus

Thanks
Reality and perception are 2 different things.

I wouldn't put a lot of faith in the accuracy of loxcel's website, it only lists tbaytel's CDMA sites. Not sure why they haven't mapped tbaytel's HSPA sites.
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piperzoe wrote:
Dec 19th, 2012 11:05 pm
Reality and perception are 2 different things.

I wouldn't put a lot of faith in the accuracy of loxcel's website, it only lists tbaytel's CDMA sites. Not sure why they haven't mapped tbaytel's HSPA sites.
that's because tbaytel is in the middle of a major network overhaul, and have not registered all their towers yet, so they won't appear. Once that is done, they'll show up.
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amace wrote:
Dec 20th, 2012 1:48 am
that's because tbaytel is in the middle of a major network overhaul, and have not registered all their towers yet, so they won't appear. Once that is done, they'll show up.
None of tbaytel's HSPA sites are listed, including the HSPA only sites they put up, some of which date back to early 2011. In order to put up a site, you need approval from Industry Canada, so the HSPA sites have been "registered", but for some reason loxcel has not listed them.
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You made a wise choice, tbaytel's coverage and prepaid options blow the Big 3 out of the water.
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Does anyone know if Rogers' 2G coverage in Thunder Bay actually went dark on Dec 31 as was warned on the Tbaytel website?
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Surprised you didn't sign up with Bell or Virgin's 50$ unlimited nationwide w/ 6gb plan. Is the coverage that bad?
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mc_molineux wrote:
Jan 16th, 2013 4:26 pm
Does anyone know if Rogers' 2G coverage in Thunder Bay actually went dark on Dec 31 as was warned on the Tbaytel website?
No.

Rogers no longer supports 807 pay as you go numbers, but the towers are still active. If you're on Rogers, you can't activate minutes on your account. tbaytel offers you $100 bonus airtime credit for porting, you just need an HSPA compatible phone, if it's an existing Rogers phone, that works fine.
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amace wrote:
Jan 19th, 2013 1:28 am
No.

Rogers no longer supports 807 pay as you go numbers, but the towers are still active.
Thanks for the info. It will be interesting to see how long they keep them active for.
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mc_molineux wrote:
Jan 19th, 2013 1:30 am
Thanks for the info. It will be interesting to see how long they keep them active for.
I don't expect they'll decommission them anytime soon. They're still used for roaming purposes, and for their existing 2G customers. (There are still a lot) Hell, Rogers still sells some 2G-only phones. It would make sense for tbaytel to absorb them as their own, but that won't happen. Rogers also has EDGE service active in Kenora still which is a big cottage area for people who live in Winnipeg (retired people with old phones). I don't see them deactivating those towers anytime soon either.

But if Rogers was serious about putting companies like Wind or MObi out of business, they'd think about phasing out GSM
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