2006-11-27, 10:41 PM
OK, to make a long story short, I needed a few things to happen for me to get a new phone, and shut up everybody who asks me "Why do you still have a StarTac?"
- Get Telus to give me money off my phone without going on a contract- check.
- Pick out a phone- check
But here's the thing. Most of the new phones do not have analog coverage. And the last time I was in Manitoba I couldn't get digital coverage outside of Winnipeg. I know according to their coverage map (http://www.telusmobility.com/mb/coverage/pcs_home.shtml) they show they do have digital outside of Winnipeg.
Now, I know I didn't have the roam list up to date the last time I was there, so I'm wondering if anybody who has Telus in Manitoba can confirm or deny digital coverage. I can't be without a phone for 300km of the trip to Winnipeg (Sask border to Headingley), or when I go up to the cabin.
Thanks in advance!
2007-01-09, 10:28 PM
Just in case I wasn't the only one wondering this, I decided to update the thread.
I just returned from a trip to Winnipeg and Brandon, and I can now confirm that there is 1X digital coverage from Winnipeg to Brandon. (And of course within both cities.) I flew into Winnipeg so I can't confirm anywhere else yet.
2007-01-09, 11:30 PM
As far as I know Telus uses MTS mobility towers outside of Winnpeg.
2010-11-27, 12:32 AM
I lived in Winnipeg for 32 years and have use both MTS and Telus for my addiction to stay connected. For the most part I was with MTS, when BlackBerry's and other phone like it came along I switched over to Telus.
I was very pleased with the services they provided. About a year ago I signed not one but 2, 3 year Data plan's and discontinued my lan line. After all I had everything a person could ever want as far as staying connected to the rest of the world (or so I thought).
In June of this year I made a decision to move out to Winnipeg Beach (67 km from Winnipeg NW). The thought never crossed my mind that I might not get the same coverage I so heartily depended on in Winnipeg. After all Telus coverage maps indicated they had coverage out this way.
Little did I know at the time, that Telus didn't have any of their own towers out this way and have a service agreement with MTS to allow their cellular phone customers service in this area. In the beginning I didn't even realize I was hitting MTS towers.
Wasn't long before I discovered I wasn't getting my e-mails and wasn't able to connect to the internet. As you can imagine I wasn't a happy camper, I was on the phone to tech support a dozen times trying to figure out why I wasn't connecting. Like most support lines Telus farms out their support so it was my misfortune to get people who didn't know Telus didn't have a service agreement with MTS for customers with Data plans.
Most people have heard "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink it" but I'm finding out that it's more like "you can't lead a horse to water and let him drink it". It's the old buyer beware problem Company's take advantage of, as they tell you they have the best coverage and lowest cost plans on the market.
:confused: Oh well!
2010-11-27, 12:44 AM
Forgot to mention what Telus came up with for a solution to my problems. Because they see that I am a heavy user of data and voice they felt they should allow me to downgrade me plans to not include Data. This was mainly because of all the B*****ing I was doing about paying for services I wasn't able to use.
Seems reasonable eh? Well once they came up with a plan that would give me all the other options I was entitled to excluding the data portion of my plans, I would be able to save a amazing $3.00 a month per plan.