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What towers/phone providers does Koodo use in the United States?


Wondering how the coverage is in the US?

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Koodo has multiple agreements with multiple carriers in the usa. Your coverage is great in the usa. Basically if there is service in the area, you'll get it.
Chad Burr wrote:

Koodo has multiple agreements with multiple carriers in the usa. Your coverage is great in the us...

In east Arizona, Koodo phone unaccepted by Commnet - incompatible, and will only connect emergency calls to CellularOne. These are only 2 networks which show up here. So both my wife and I were without phone service. Paul
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Chad Burr wrote:

Koodo has multiple agreements with multiple carriers in the usa. Your coverage is great in the us...

That's unfortunate that there's an area that doesn't work. You can get a local prepaid sim from one of the carriers that do have service so you can have something at least.
Chad Burr wrote:

Koodo has multiple agreements with multiple carriers in the usa. Your coverage is great in the us...

Subsequently, I discovered that Verizon had by far the best coverage of the Show Low area. I am not sure why it did not show up on my networks scan (by Galaxy Note 4). Locals confirmed Verizon available. Should I have changed my phone's Network Mode to see it? If no other solution, next trip there we will buy a prepaid Verizon SIM.
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Chad Burr wrote:

Koodo has multiple agreements with multiple carriers in the usa. Your coverage is great in the us...

I don't believe Verizon is one of Koodo's roaming partners. That would most likely explain why you couldnt see it in your list of networks.
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Chad Burr wrote:

Koodo has multiple agreements with multiple carriers in the usa. Your coverage is great in the us...

Generally it's AT&T and T-Mobile as explained below in this thread.

Your best bet then is to get a Verizon SIM or a MVNO that uses Verizon's network. They might be cheaper.
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Chad Burr wrote:

Koodo has multiple agreements with multiple carriers in the usa. Your coverage is great in the us...

Arizona, Utah, Nevada rural areas coverage is sparse on all networks, even US ones, since there is a legacy of independent carriers there. Verizon is fundamentally incompatible with Koodo due to network frequencies and technology. Only valid roaming partners I have seen in USA are AT&T and T-Mobile. Coverage is as good as native providers, even on Koodo prepaid.

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In the US you'll be roaming, generally with AT&T or T-Mobile. Coverage will be pretty much what they can offer. If you're planning a trip to the US might I suggest a https://shop.koodomobile.com/plans/add-ons/index.html
That's excellent news! Thanks guys!
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Talking by experience, you'll get service almost everywhere you go in the USA except maybe some small rural areas
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Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wireless-xlte.html ... will the new 700 MHz phones and / or an unlocked Wind / Mobilicity phone work on Verizon while roaming? Realizing that Verizon doesn't have HSPA+ coverage <(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolved_HSPA>, so the current Koodo phones won't work except on T-Mobile and AT+T, but given that Verizon has a much better footprint in the States than these two companies, the newer phones working would be a plus!
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

Verizon has never been a roaming partner anyways. Verizon is quite irrelevant to this conversation.
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

Did you read the article? Where did you come up with the "Verizon has never been a roaming partner anyways" statement? Verizon had been a roaming partner during the CDMA days (I know, as I roamed with them in my Telus days pre-Koodo). They can't be now as they don't have HSPA+ Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolved_HSPA In fact, up until 2004, Verizon used to own part of Telus, so of course they had a roaming agreement: https://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20041203/122936.shtml This conversation is about Telus (Koodo) network providers in the US, so yes, it is relevant.
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

While verizon and Telus had roaming agreements in the past, the technology differences mean that the two networks are currently incompatible and therefore Koodo devices wouldn't be able to piggy back a Verizon tower. Although it would seem Verizon is building out their LTE network (using the same bands as Koodo) and moving away from its older network so that's something to look forward to in the future. The rest of the world seems happy to build / use GSM HSDPA+ devices. Mainly because outside of North America, people frequently travel between countries and provinces, so SIM cards become a very easy way to switch providers on the fly. Wow that was a lot of editing.
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

^ ^ ^ I believe that's what I said and referenced! Thanks for backing me up!
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

Not exactly but okay.
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

hmmm.... looks like one of my links was missing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolved_HSPA ("In the United States, it is commonly available under AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US.") What was different besides the rest of the world part?
G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

I added minutes, texts and data to my prepaid boosters before I left but now that I'm in Michigan I have no service? Did I miss a step? Help!! I should add my husband has LTE service for his Telus phone so there is definitely service in the area.
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

I did add roaming boosters.- carrier is set to automatic but it can't find any. Iphone5 if that helps.
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

Also try restarting your phone. Press and hold the power and home keys. Set carrier to manual and choose AT&T or T-Mobile

When you return to canada set this back to automatic.
G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

Got it!! Thanks
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G R wrote:

Given this news from Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2014/05/verizon-wire...

What worked for you Sandra?
OK
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SharonBaltus wrote:

OK

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