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5G Network Not Available to Koodo Customers

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Oct 10, 2011
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5G Network Not Available to Koodo Customers

Thinking about switching from Rogers to Koodo to lower my bill. I used to be a Telus customer so I understand that Koodo LTE coverage is very good. Based on this post (below quote) it does not appear that Koodo customers will get 5G coverage at least not at the same time frame as other Telus customers.
Want to connect to a 5G network? Consider switching to TELUS – we’re part of the same team.
A Telus telemarketer (third party) which I confirmed legitimate insisted that Koodo will get 5G but it may be a few months after Telus customers! I asked him to confirm what he means by a few months and he says around 3 months.

Can anybody confirm the above or know when or if Koodo customers would get 5G coverage anytime soon?
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Apr 13, 2005
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I doubt Koodo gets 5G coverage until TELUS expands its 5G coverage outside just the big cities.
So it may be years.
Or if Rogers or Bell decide to launch 5G on FIDO or Virgin, then TELUS will be forced to launch it on Koodo.
FIDO, Koodo, Public Mobile, TELUS customer.
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What's the point of 5G anyway with 10, 20GB of data? You'll use your monthly limit within minutes and be throttled for the rest of the month

5G in its current form is purely a gimmick IMO.
FIDO, Koodo, Public Mobile, TELUS customer.
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Go with Koodo and don't look back. 5G won't change anything if you are only browsing, streaming and use GPS.
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at87on wrote: What's the point of 5G anyway with 10, 20GB of data? You'll use your monthly limit within minutes and be throttled for the rest of the month
5G in its current form is purely a gimmick IMO.
Not so fast: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technolo ... 8/5g-speed
After all, 5G is 95 percent marketing hype and 5 percent marketing hype.
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at87on wrote: 5G in its current form is purely a gimmick IMO.
5G is like every other new wireless technology - for the first 3-5 years or so, completely useless, has bad coverage, and the bad coverage and the constant flipping in and out between the new technology and the older mature one destroys your battery life. Then at some point, people will develop things that can be done better with the new technology, the coverage will improve, the battery life issues will improve, and one day you'll be like "wait, this is actually really good"
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Same shit when LTE came out.

I would be surprised if the Big Three doesn't use 5G to their advantage. Why make it available to Fido, Koodo and Virgin?

I don't see myself switching back, very happy with Koodo and Freedom. I don't give two shits about 5G, at least not yet. lol
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There some contradictions down here...
arasaca wrote: Thinking about switching from Rogers to Koodo to lower my bill...

... Can anybody confirm the above or know when or if Koodo customers would get 5G coverage anytime soon?
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Maybe they'll just throttle depending who you're with.
Telus 5G speed
Koodo 4G speed
Public Mobile 3G speed

It would be great for the high data consumers to move onto 5G network, free up some 4G bandwidth so they can increase PM's 3mbps limit to like 10...
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Koodo LTE Advance is fast enough

On the Koodo detailed coverage Map https://choosehappy.koodomobile.com/network/
they show
LTE Advanced — Ultra-Fast
LTE — Super-Fast
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Koodo usually gets new features later than Telus, that's the norm. I fully expect 5g to be the same. But frankly, it really doesn't matter that much
Lucky Koodo $40/6GB (with $15/10GB add-on) recipient
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Honestly with how tiny Canada's data plans are, even LTE is overkill.

Until recently, most Tier-2 plans were 4GB/$50. At an average LTE Speed of 15Mbps, you can theoretically blow through it in less than an hour. Even if you're an RFD God and have the 15GB/$50, you can technically go through your data in less than 3 hours.

This is obviously a bit of a stretch since even watching Netflix at 4k won't consume all of that data, but it can get pretty close, and it proves to show that choosing your carrier on 5G prospects is a stupid idea.
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MrBear2019 wrote: Honestly with how tiny Canada's data plans are, even LTE is overkill.

Until recently, most Tier-2 plans were 4GB/$50. At an average LTE Speed of 15Mbps, you can theoretically blow through it in less than an hour. Even if you're an RFD God and have the 15GB/$50, you can technically go through your data in less than 3 hours.

This is obviously a bit of a stretch since even watching Netflix at 4k won't consume all of that data, but it can get pretty close, and it proves to show that choosing your carrier on 5G prospects is a stupid idea.
Word!

Plus there was a huge difference between 3G and LTE in terms of user experience, LTE made the mobile browsing experience to be almost on par with wifi, I don't expect any huge leap for 5G.
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Would much rather have support for smartwatches. This coming as I type on a 5GB capable phone.

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