Originally Posted by JohnnyG
Well that was exactly my point. You can say that, in your experience, Fido has better sound quality, but you can't say it's because they use GSM. The downside to Fido is that their phones (at least most of them)work ONLY on the Fido network, so no roaming capability.
It's not only "my experience", this observation can be found from any unbiased source that has ever dealt with the issue. It's an undisputable fact. Maybe I didn't make myself clear in my previous statement - although Telus and Bell could use a better codec (higher bandwith), they have decided NOT to use such. Therefore, their sound quality is ALWAYS inferior Fido and Rogers.
As for "roaming", I'm not sure what exactly you mean. "Roaming" by definition is an agreement between wireless providers, which allows customers from one of them to use the network of the other - usually when the home provider does not have coverage in that area. AFAIK
, Bell still use Telus' network in the West, so it's not really roaming - they just don't have a network of their own. I don't know what the situation is in the East.
As for roamimg - Bell and Telus only have international roaming in the US. At very high rates. Fido - seamless roaming in the US at 20c/minute and complete worldwide roaming. Bell/Telus - miserable selection of bulky phones, all very expensive because of their limited production quantities. You lose or break your phone - you pay at least $400 for replacement. With Fido/Rogers you can choose between at least 20 times more handsets for all tastes, not only the ones listed on the Rogers/Fido websites. Fed up with your 1 year old phone - go online and buy a shiny new handset for $200. With Bell/Telus you are stuck with at least 3 year old technology and the highest rates becuse of the contract.
I know people don't realize those disadvantages or don't really care - especially when they hear the magical words "biggest coverage" and automatically assume they will be travelling everywhere within that coverage all the time. As an advice - if you hear a salesrep point out even one more advantage of Bell/Telus over the competition - know that he's lying. There aren't any other. And phone salesmen of these 2 particular companies are notorious for lying to the public.
But, of course, if you have a good deal through an employer, arguing is irrelevant.