I went to my local dealer to try out service with a loaner phone ($50 deposit). Reception was not great at my house - 2/3 bars main floor, and zero to 1 bar in basement. He didn't seem interested in swinging a better deal.
I then called R's, who gave me the run around, so I decided to try out the service using the Panache handset. Got two units and ported numbers from R's, and will see how service is for a few day before deciding on keeping or not. I'm not sure if it is the Panache handset or not, but I have 2 to 3 bars service everywhere in the house now, including a portion of the basement that has concrete walls on 3 &1/2 walls. I'm very relieved.
I got the $40 B2S plan and price on the phones from the Bridlewood mall (Finch/Warden in Scarborough) dealer - Kiosk in the middle of the mall lower level for $250 each but had to buy the SIM cards for $20 extra/each. This is $30 lower (net) than the official advertised Mobi price. If you are in Toronto and considering this deal, be sure to printoff their Kijiji or Craigslist ad from August 28th and bring it with you to get the deal. The only crappy part was the dealer didn't have enough in stock, so I had to buy the actual phone from their main store at Steeles and Markham Rd. The dealer in Bridlewood called to secure the phones and price for me, and I verified that when I arrived. I was a little suspicious at first about having to drive to another dealer to get the phones, but at least it was on the way home.
Still trying to set up my phone (then Mrs 99gecko's). I can still make outgoing calls on both my R and Mobi phones using the same number! When I call my phone number, from my landline, only my R phone rings and it is my R voicemail that picks up, so the port is incomplete - already called R twice, now I have to call Mobi to figure out what is going on.
My R contract is up on Sept 7th, so once I figure if we are keeping mobi as a service, I will have to cancel R's. I think I read I still have to pay for 30 days service even if my contract is up!