Is Koodoo LTE only in Quebec?

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Im using a 3G galaxy s4 (no LTE capability). im in quebec, canada and ive heard that Koodoo has no 3G coverage. I want to move on Koodoo since i get horrible signal coverage with Bell. Will my phone work on Koodoo if its 3G only?
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Posted 6 months ago

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Paul Deschamps, Mobile Master

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Koodo uses the same towers as bell so if you get bad coverage with Bell you will with koodo as well.
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If you get decent voice and text coverage on Bell, but the only issue is data speed, then consider upgrading your phone to LTE.

As Paul mentioned, your Koodo experience with the Bell handset will be 95% identical.

Before going thru a fruitless switch, check the local Bell/Telus tower where you have problems and see what they support. Band 4, 1700/2100 is LTE data. 850/1900 is 3G voice and data. No point in upgrading your phone if you don't have LTE from the providers to being with.

http://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html

The only reason to switch providers would be if Rogers, Videotron or someone else not in the Telus/Bell group has much better coverage.
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Koodo uses 3G coverage as its base coverage.  All talk and text is on 3G
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I'm starting to assume that my antenna is bad since 3G vs LTE has nothing to do with the signal strength and that the coverage here is for both. But I was wondering if it could. I'm not talking about speed but dBm. I was just saying that my phone doesn't support LTE, only 3G. Thanks for the replies.
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I was saying that Quebec has 3G coverage.
See the detailed coverage map here
http://choosehappy.koodomobile.com/network?CMP=KNCKDO0428Google_Koodo-ROI_Google_228362967315&ut...

If you are outside and in the coverage area, you should get decent signal strength
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You are normally tracking the closest tower with the best eligible signal. On a Koodo or Bell phone that would be a Telus or Bell tower. If there are none in your neck of the woods, then it might default to a Rogers tower on post-paid (CRTC mandated domestic roaming). You might/might not see a little R in your notification area on an older phone but no extra charges would apply. So it's unlikely changing Canadian suppliers will hugely improve your reception. 3G is better supported overall than LTE since it's the more mature technology.

In a marginal area, it's not unusual for my LG G3 to oscillate between LTE and 3G. You need at least -103 dBm (or less numerically) to get a workable signal. Anything less than -93 numerically is decent and  -60 is excellent. 3G is usually available when LTE is not. There are virtually no circumstances where LTE is available while 3G is not.

Coverage area maps are largely target wish lists. They don't take into account local construction and some local terrain features.

Try the Signal Strength app to get an idea of reception in your area.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cls.networkwidget
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If you have model number SGH-i337M (Galaxy S4), the phone is indeed LTE capable. The phone is equipped with 4 GSM bands, 4 UMTS bands, and 6 LTE bands. You should be able to find the model number in; Settings > About phone or device.

If the phone was purchased at or around time of launch (April 2013) and you're still using the original SIM card, it's possible the SIM card may be showing signs of age. A replacement micro-SIM may be needed.
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Interesting read on how SIM can affect reception and where it's going to look for connections. Bad, worn out or obsolete card could cause some issues:

http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/SIM_Cards