Horrible coverage on the east coast. Heading back to Rogers

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Currently visiting PEI and was excited since Koodos coverage map shows that they cover the entire island etc, well I can tell you it's sporty at best. Just like Rogers. I was excited when I ported over to have coverage when travelling but it's not the case. Still have to drive to a main road and then a few kms either way to get anything more than one or two bars and a solid data signal. Was hoping for more from the company that claims to have Canada's best network.
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David, Mobile Master

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Rogers depends on Bell / Telus for coverage in a lot of areas. Have a look at this map to see where towers are actually located. If you travel to Newfoundland, you will find almost no Rogers coverage.
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Unfortunately there are limits to rural coverage. Being the best doesn't necessarily mean 100% coverage. It means being the best of the options.
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For a while, until coverage improved in our area, I had a prepaid SIM with both Rogers and Telus. Luckily it improved and now I'm just using Koodo... still prepaid, but perfect coverage in most places around town.

Let's hope PEI will improve its coverage soon as well, in the meantime, you can keep your current plan and just use Rogers prepaid during your travels. Depending on how long you'll be visiting there of course!
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Unless you are on prepaid, you should be able to automatically roam domestically at no charge to you according to the CRTC. If you are a Koodo client, and Rogers has the only tower in your current area, you should automatically connect to the Rogers signal. So switching providers may be a shell game at best. The real issue is that in certain areas that don't provide a big revenue stream, nobody is supplying broad service.

Any carrier's coverage maps are a best guess according to the planners. I live in rural QC 800 meters from a local Bell tower that supplies Koodo and reception is iffy outside, non-existent inside the house unless your nose is pressed up against a window due to hills, trees, etc. If I drive 200 meters up a hill on the road next door, I'm good.

Before jumping ship needlessly, download a signal measuring app to your phone and investigate actual signal strength without regard to the bars on your screen. They are almost a meaningless decoration. My LG G3 shows 2 bars inside the house while the V20 shows no service. Both measure as -103 (poor/marginal signal), and that is the actual service I can count on.