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Anyone have any experience with Chatr's data network?

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  • May 13th, 2019 9:43 am
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Anyone have any experience with Chatr's data network?

I bought a SIM card online on Amazon for $8 tax in. Is Chatr good? I know it's Rogers HSPA+ network. Even though I am very tech savvy, my data habits are fairly low, I don't stream video or audio very often on data because I have a Spotify premium account that allows me to download music to my phone and typically wait until WiFi to do anything heavy or streaming videos. I try to use Lite versions of social media apps to burn less data. I browse the web on Opera browser to save data and check emails when I'm out and about. I also play games when I'm on the bus. Is this good enough for the Chatr's data network? Thinking of signing up at the end of May/beginning of June as I plan to pay off my phone contract. Might get the $40 2.5 GB unless Chatr comes up with a promo by then.
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LeifS39303 wrote: I bought a SIM card online on Amazon for $8 tax in. Is Chatr good? I know it's Rogers HSPA+ network. Even though I am very tech savvy, my data habits are fairly low, I don't stream video or audio very often on data because I have a Spotify premium account that allows me to download music to my phone and typically wait until WiFi to do anything heavy or streaming videos. I try to use Lite versions of social media apps to burn less data. I browse the web on Opera browser to save data and check emails when I'm out and about. I also play games when I'm on the bus. Is this good enough for the Chatr's data network? Thinking of signing up at the end of May/beginning of June as I plan to pay off my phone contract. Might get the $40 2.5 GB unless Chatr comes up with a promo by then.
I'm on Chatr. Yeah, it's OK. Yes, Chatr is on Rogers 3G (bands 2 and 5) -- not the best if you're in a basement (and no Wi-Fi Calling if you're in a high-rise condo). My typical Speedtest results in the eastern GTA are 2.8 Mbps download, 1.5 Mbps upload, 37 ms ping. For your use case it sounds like a good fit to me. I'm not sure about your requirement for playing games on the bus though -- if you need data really quickly with low latency then Chatr is not for you.

Why don't you try Chatr with a temporary number and see how it works for you? If you are happy with Chatr's service, port your regular number in after you pay off your phone contract.
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Regarding games, I play simple games that don't take up much data (Other than the annoying pop up ads that appear every other level.)
I'm not sure how getting a temporary number would work if I don't have a 2nd phone? Might as well port over in the beginning to avoid the hassle of call center porting over to Chatr. I have been limiting my S8 to Virgin's 3G HSPA+ network so I could get used to the 3G instead of LTE in preparation for Chatr.
I don't really care about latency though 37 ms ping is pretty good based on your speedtest result and whether the webpage takes 2 seconds longer to load.
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LeifS39303 wrote: Regarding games, I play simple games that don't take up much data (Other than the annoying pop up ads that appear every other level.)
I'm not sure how getting a temporary number would work if I don't have a 2nd phone? Might as well port over in the beginning to avoid the hassle of call center porting over to Chatr. I have been limiting my S8 to Virgin's 3G HSPA+ network so I could get used to the 3G instead of LTE in preparation for Chatr.
I don't really care about latency though 37 ms ping is pretty good based on your speedtest result and whether the webpage takes 2 seconds longer to load.
Is there a particular reason you haven’t looked at Public Mobile? Prices are the same but you get access to the LTE network (with capped speeds). The latency over 3G makes a big difference.
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Chatr offers the worst mobile data experience, and they're overpriced compared to their "competition." Instead, go to Lucky Mobile for snail speeds on LTE. $35 for 2.5 GB, or $40 for 5 GB. You should get a migration offer to go back to Virgin Mobile real LTE later. Or go to Public Mobile if you want to save $2 in exchange for giving up reliability and customer service.
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I know about Public Mobile, but they don't have unlimited throttled data after you reach the cap..... If for some reason I don't like Chatr, I can port over to Public or Lucky anytime. I just want to try Chatr's (Rogers) 3G network because I never had any type of Rogers service so would like to experience Rogers network. (I have been with Telus, Bell, and currently Virgin.)
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