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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Is lack of 2G network a problem?

I'm thinking to port my number from Rogers, and they seem to be the only carrier with 2G network.  I find myself sometimes fall onto the 2G (or E) on my phone in certain areas of poor signal, like if I'm underground, or away from the city.

 

What would happen in this situation if on Public Mobile, since there is no 2G network to fall back on, do you just get no signal?  What happens if you hapen to travel into an area covered mostly by 2G network and your phone supports it.  Would you still be able to make calls?  

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?

I don't think it's really a problem. Public Mobile has a full 3G as well as 4G LTE network. If you can't get LTE for some reason then it should fall back to 3G no problem. If there's no 3G signal available then you won't be able to do anything.

 

If you do run into an area that has no 3G or LTE coverage then you're SOL and won't be able to make phone calls, text, or data. Generally speaking I doubt this will really be a problem though as long as you're within the areas indicated on the coverage map here: https://publicmobile.ca/en/on/coverage

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?

Hi @erotavlas

 

  You don't need to worry about this. Every carrier will make sure the coverage of 2G also got covered by 3G/4G,then they will shut down the 2G network. And the frequencies which 2G used will recycle and will use in 3G/4G in order to improve the coverage and services provided by 3G/4G. The reasons why Rogers still keep the 2G network. In my opinion, the GSM still used around the world, and Rogers need to consider the roaming agreement with other carriers outside the country. The another reason is considering the customers which still using only 2G devices.  Sooner or later, Rogers will shut down the 2G network, it is a market trend. Thanks

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?

AFAIK Telus' 3G coverage matches their old CDMA coverage. 

 

Telus actually plans to shut down their old CDMA network on Jan 31st. So Telus users wont' be able to access it anymore either. 

 

http://www.telus.com/en/bc/support/article/mobility-service-updates

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?

Rogers falls back to 2g because in many places, the 2g signal is stronger than the 3g signal.  Eventually, that will change if Rogers stops investing in 2g equipment and towers. 

 

 

Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?

This is all dandy but I have a boat with a GPS tracker on it (its like brains for it and a safety feature). Well, 2 days ago I went to Walmart and bought PM SIM card. Activated it on cellphone but it would not badge on my boat. I tried to call GPS, textmessage, set APN for PM network, reset all passwords, change master number. Anyways you got it. I tried. GPS manual says supports 850/900 1800/1900 Mhz. It works just fine with Rogers SIM card. I am so angry and upset because I already bought PM SIM for it. Now I read this thread and assume this is all because incompatibility. What should I do?

Mayor / Maire

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?

@Ruslan1394The easiest get a new tracker? Even you get Rogers 2G the network will be turned off at the end of next year, so it is a stop gap at best.

 

https://www.rogers.com/customer/support/article/2G

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?


@Ruslan1394 wrote:

This is all dandy but I have a boat with a GPS tracker on it (its like brains for it and a safety feature). Well, 2 days ago I went to Walmart and bought PM SIM card. Activated it on cellphone but it would not badge on my boat. I tried to call GPS, textmessage, set APN for PM network, reset all passwords, change master number. Anyways you got it. I tried. GPS manual says supports 850/900 1800/1900 Mhz. It works just fine with Rogers SIM card. I am so angry and upset because I already bought PM SIM for it. Now I read this thread and assume this is all because incompatibility. What should I do?


You can't do anything except get a compatible GPS.  There are no refunds, especially for this kind of thing that Public Mobile has no control over.

 

In case it could be Public Mobile account issue, check again if the GPS supports 3g 850 and 1900MHz.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?


@Ruslan1394 wrote:

GPS manual says supports 850/900 1800/1900 Mhz. It works just fine with Rogers SIM card. I am so angry and upset because I already bought PM SIM for it. Now I read this thread and assume this is all because incompatibility. What should I do?


@Ruslan1394 does it say if those are GSM frequencies or any one of "UMTS", "W-CDMA", "HSPA", "HSDPA"?  If those are GSM frequencies, then yes your only option would be Rogers (or Fido or Chatr which Rogers owns and operates on its network--though I'm not 100% sure that Chatr customers have access to the GSM network).  As @GinYVR pointed out, that network will no longer be available in about 13.5 months, but you could use it in the meantime.  

 

As for the "what should I do" question, I would unfortunately say chalk it up to a learning experience to verify compatibility before activating a new service with a bring-your-own-device device.  [Doubly so for something that isn't a conventional mobile phone/smart phone.]

 

EDIT: looks like @cellphoneuser1 types faster than I do!  


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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Is lack of 2G network a problem?


@GinYVR wrote:

@Ruslan1394The easiest get a new tracker? Even you get Rogers 2G the network will be turned off at the end of next year, so it is a stop gap at best.

 

https://www.rogers.com/customer/support/article/2G


Even most Rogers sites built in the last few years don't have gsm on them at all.