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MTS has announced that by the end of 2016 there will be no more CDMA service in Manitoba.

First site to shut down in June 2015 will be in the area of Portage Ave and Westwood Dr. in Winnipeg

Here is the MTS web page announcing the shutdown and I am guessing that they will be updating the locations of CDMA towers going dark.

https://www.mts.ca/mts/support/service+bulletins/cdma+network+changes+in+canada
 

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I wonder how many people this will actually affect? MTS's HSPA coverage seems to mirror their CDMA coverage, I don't think they've offered CDMA plans for a while, and they only carry one CDMA device, an old Blackberry.

Anybody who's bought into the "latest phone" craze, uses a lot of data, travels outside Manitoba, switches carriers or has had to replace their phone will likely have switched over to HSPA+ or LTE by now.
 

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I suspect this will affect quite a few people that signed up with the original free cell service bundle which was CDMA-only. A lot of people don't have smart phones and just continue with the same plan and phone. I realize quite a few of those original subscribers have migrated to smartphones and HSPA+ or LTE, but some people just need voice and texting.
 

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It will also effect anybody that has CDMA GM Onstar service in pre 2015 vehicles

There is supposedly an upgrade that OnStar is putting out in a staggered basis across Canada as all the providers have different terminations for CDMA. Also it sound like there will be a new telephone number assigned to you if you take the upgrade.

Details from what I have seen online are still being worked out.
 

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The link for MTS CDMA shutdown has been removed by MTS so I am not sure what there schedule is now.
 

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Noted here as well. Maybe they are backing off on cutting CDMA service for the time being. A lot of devices require the service for things such as remote monitoring etc, and many of those devices are operated by the Province...
 

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www.mts.ca/cdma
Will I still be able to use the CDMA network inside Manitoba?
Yes, you will still be able to use the CDMA network inside of Manitoba in most areas. To ensure the best wireless service, we encourage you to upgrade your phone to the HSPA/LTE network.
CDMA roaming shutdown
January 31, 2017 - Alberta and British Columbia, Gaspé Peninsula and some regions of Eastern Quebec
May 1, 2017 - Saskatchewan
 

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EVDO Network Changes
Effective May 1, 2017 we will be shutting down a portion of our CDMA data service, also known as our EVDO Wireless Network, in order to make enhancements to our LTE Network.

These changes will only affect you if you use the EVDO network to access wireless data.

You will still have access to wireless data, but may experience slower data speeds while browsing. Your voice and text messaging services will not be impacted.
More info: https://www3.mts.ca/mts/support/service+bulletins/evdo+network+changes
 

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Good point. I copied the link from post 8 and forgot about the "bell" part. I didn't copy the browser address like I usually do because it redirected to a convoluted link similar to post 9.
 

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MTS has updated the CDMA page. All CDMA service will end April 30, 2019.

Some areas have degraded service now and several communities outside Winnipeg will experience "degraded service for voice (including 911), text and data for CDMA customers" beginning April 1.

Roaming outside of Manitoba will also end on April 30.

How do I know if my current device is CDMA?
One of the easiest ways to determine what network your phone is currently using is to check the top corner of the screen next to the wireless network coverage bars. If you have a CDMA device it will display either 1XEV or 1X depending on the data coverage. If you have a SIM card, you do not have a CDMA device.
This will affect people who took advantage of the free cell phone service in a bundle with home phone, TV and internet around 2010. Those phones were CDMA and I know people are still using the same phones. My understanding is that the grandfathered plans aren't transferable once your replace the CDMA phone, but we'll have to see if Bell MTS offers any special retention offers to those customers.

Bell Canada also announced they will be ending CDMA service in the rest of Canada on April 30. See related thread:
https://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/28-internet-landline-wireless-phone/286287-bell-cdma-shutdown-soon.html
 

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cool, I would have thought people started calling it Bell MTS by now I guess people still like to refer to it as MTS
 

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Strange enough this Sub forum should also be renamed and merged with the Bell Forum, just like how the Bell Aliant is. Oh well. Guess that will never happen
 

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Honestly I find it easier to refer to it as “MTS” while sometimes I will say Bell MTS, Pretty much everyone in Manitoba knows it as MTS or BellMTS so it really doesn’t matter what you call it.


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I feel it should not only be renamed to Bell MTS but grouped with the other Bell sub forums such as Bell Alient and Bell Alarm force too. Why have it a separate forum? its related now by ownership so join them together, makes sense, maybe the person whos job is it to organize this forum has been away or on extended vacation and has not noticed the forum can use a re-org
 

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Although it's not a difficult job to rearrange the forums here (or rename them, etc) this adversely affects search engines like Google (Altering the forum title alters the URL of every single thread within, which Google hates.), therefore VS keeps the changes to a minimum and only when absolutely necessary.

Perhaps someone from VS will provide additional information, but that's the gist of why minor changes are not made.
 

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Bell is mailing out replacement cellphones and SIM cards at no charge for those people still using CDMA. If you've held out this long, you can probably keep your existing grandfathered postpaid plan at the same price (contrary to what they've said in the past.) If you want to upgrade anything, you will probably have to choose from one of the current Bell plans. I'm not sure about prepaid.

BTW I don't know of anyone that says Bell MTS in casual conversation - everyone says MTS. Just like people in Ontario just say "Bell," they don't say "Bell Canada."
 

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That is great news, please hurry up and dismantle old technologies like CDMA ASAP.
On another note, Everyone in Ontario who talks about Bell MTS calls it Bell MTS and not MTS. Everyone in Ontario who talks about Bell Aliant, calls it Bell Aliant, and not Aliant. Thanks for sharing the views of a Manitoban.
 
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