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Old 07-28-2005, 09:24 PM   #1
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Ok guys I know this has been asked before, but I am NOT in the U.*.. So my options are not the same. I need to know from most likely Canadians which company is better than others.

My choices are
1. Rogers ( been with them for the last 15 years, yes 15), they are using the GSM technology

2. Bell, they use the CDMA technology. I just found out today that the CDMA technology, once you connect a phone call, runs through actual land lines so you can capitalize on the fiber optics and whatnot.

3. Telus, they also use the CDMA technology. They actually share the same towers as Bell.


I found about abut the CDMA using landlines today from a person that works ( or manages) a Telus store. She used to be a Rogers dealer, and I have spoken to her before when she worked at either a Radio shack or computer store in the city I am in. She is and has admitted to being a geek( tech wise), but she is actually pretty hot, lol. Anyhow, NO I HAVE NO PICS OF HER SO DON'T ASK.

Have any of you heard anything about either company, as in cell phone reception, what phone works best, etc....


I have ALWAYS stuck with Nokia phones. BUT there are more choices these days and I may look at getting a flip phone ( clam shell, as they call it in places).

One bonus if I go with bell is that since I have Internet with them I can "bundle" it with my cell phone and save 10$ a month on the total bill ( Internet + cell phone).

Oh yeah another thing is that CDMA can handle more calls/people at a time than GSM can. I have also seen the new phones running on CDMA have GPS in them so they can locate you if you call 911.


Long story I know but I am just looking for a bit of help here. I have till December to decide, since that is when my current contract ends.
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*shrug*

My dad'* phone is on Bell, prepaid.

Brother'* phone is on Fido, also prepaid.



That'* about all I know. I don't have a phone myself
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Don't know about Canadian providers, but LG makes good phones....
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Without knowing your coverage areas, you really can't decide between CDMA and GSM, but if they're equal, or the GSM network is growing, go GSM. CDMA and TDMA are old technologies.

I used to be a Nokia fan, but lately have found alot more satisfaction and reliability in Motorola phones.
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Don't know about Canadian providers, but LG makes good phones....
My old LG seems to be better than my current Motorola. I thought I was upgrading but I have a horrible time trying to get a signal inside my own house. The night I talked with Bill I was standing out on my deck at 11:30 at night.

My motorola has just a few minor features like the camera part but as MOS knows I can't seem to send pics. lol (I know, I know - I gotta get that cable. lol)
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I used to be a Nokia fan, but lately have found alot more satisfaction and reliability in Motorola phones.
I agree. I'm very happy with my new Motorola phone-it'* much better then my old Nokia.
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The only Motorola phone I've ever used is my company cell phone (yeah, I'm that important now). Unfortunately, I can't give an unbiased opinion on it because it'* old, and has been handed down from person to person so many times that it'* kinda scarey....
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Coverage area IS the same, between the GSM and CDMA. I know that the GSM network is expanding.

I read on one of the cell phone forums that if GSM is so great then why is Japan or Hong Kong ( I think) using CDMA over GSM. Plus I still can't get over the sound quality difference between talking to Renee who is on GSM like I am , and my Father who is on the CDMA.

Here are a couple of articles that explain the difference. One thing nice about GSM is that you can usually get longer talk time since it transmits intermittent.

http://www.naavi.org/cl_editorial_04...c_04_04_01.htm

http://www.mrvfone.com.au/vfone/techtop/gsm_cdma.htm
this link may not load, so I may have to save it on one of my servers.
Here is one thing that caught my eye on that last link.

Maximum talk range from a tower
GSM:35KM (stock cell) 70KM ER , EER 105KM possible with special towers
CDMA: Approx 110KM

Nice to see that 110km since I travel so much, there is a better chance of getting reception on the road.

I will have to keep searching from now till December to make my final decision, since that is when my contract is up.
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