You are right, not many options in the Montreal area as compared to Toronto.
And I have reviewed the Videotron options, but I find no deal unless you bundle services with them. That really places you in a hostage situation. No thanks.
As for dropped calls with Public Mobile. So far, none. How are they compared with my other carrier that I'm still on contract with for another two months? Well, it's basically the same thing. The only thing I can say is that their signal meter on their phone seems stronger. But, I haven't had any dropped calls from Public Mobile. So, should I care?
I think over all, Public Mobile offers a great $ deal for the service. At least here in Montreal. And if anything starts to get crazy with them, I can always walk away since there is no contract. So, in that sense I feel much better.
And, they even gave a 7 day (30 minutes of air time) return policy when I picked up the phone. If I had problems they would take it back. So, free month, plus the above mentioned return policy, if I had bad reception or something, they would take back the phone. I figured, I would test it out. So far, I'm okay with it.