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Signal with Mobile Discount Brands vs Main Providers (ie Chatr vs Rogers)

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Signal with Mobile Discount Brands vs Main Providers (ie Chatr vs Rogers)

I know there are 3 Main Providers: Rogers, Bell, and Telus. (Leave Wind out of this as they have no reseller).

Then there are smaller Discount Brands like Chatr, Fido, Koodoo, Virgin, Public Mobile, etc. that use the Main Providers' towers, but offer much better deals.

How is the Signal of Discount Brands compared to Main Providers? What are the drawbacks that allow a lower price?
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I got Fido and Public Mobile. [removed solicitation] ????
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They're not resellers. They are discount brands owned by the incumbents

A reseller would be Primus

To answer your question, the signal is just as good. I'm not sure if priority is given to the premium brand. But I've not experienced any problems. The discount brands offers no frills. Customer service is not as good and phone selection is more limited
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Example of a proper re-seller is Speakout on Rogers network.
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Ok I edited "Resellers" to "Discount Brands", so maybe its easier to understand the main question.

So it is only the customer service that is different?
I got Fido and Public Mobile. [removed solicitation] ????
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I'm not sure speakout/petrocan get the same Rogers extended coverage (ie bellus), particularly in SK and Northern ON
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Customer service is the main thing. The discount brands don't even offer a business account.

It's technologically possible to prioritize a session, especially data. Whether or not it is enacted in the network is unknown outside of the network engineers working within the company. Even if there is no prioritization today, there is no guarantee that it won't be quietly done tomorrow.

Rogers' extended coverage is available to post-paid subscribers, not to Pay-as-You-Go subscribers. Same policy for Fido's extended coverage.

As for reseller brands, they may be more limited with respect to international roaming.
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laihama wrote: Customer service is the main thing. The discount brands don't even offer a business account.

It's technologically possible to prioritize a session, especially data. Whether or not it is enacted in the network is unknown outside of the network engineers working within the company. Even if there is no prioritization today, there is no guarantee that it won't be quietly done tomorrow.

Rogers' extended coverage is available to post-paid subscribers, not to Pay-as-You-Go subscribers. Same policy for Fido's extended coverage.

As for reseller brands, they may be more limited with respect to international roaming.
It's very noticeable on Chatr/Mobilicity that the network treats their packets lower, or lowest compared with Rogers and Fido.

However, I don't think it can be said for Public/Koodo, or Virgin yet.
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EPcjay wrote:
laihama wrote: Customer service is the main thing. The discount brands don't even offer a business account.

It's technologically possible to prioritize a session, especially data. Whether or not it is enacted in the network is unknown outside of the network engineers working within the company. Even if there is no prioritization today, there is no guarantee that it won't be quietly done tomorrow.

Rogers' extended coverage is available to post-paid subscribers, not to Pay-as-You-Go subscribers. Same policy for Fido's extended coverage.

As for reseller brands, they may be more limited with respect to international roaming.
It's very noticeable on Chatr/Mobilicity that the network treats their packets lower, or lowest compared with Rogers and Fido.

However, I don't think it can be said for Public/Koodo, or Virgin yet.
Rogers applies throttling to Mobilicity/Chatr plans. I don't believe they even get full 3G speed. Other than that, I think all other carriers, brand name or rebranded don't do this kind of stuff.

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