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Wireless Carriers and Calling Plans: Canada

The following list of wireless service providers (carriers, operators and resellers) operate in national or regional markets.

A Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) is a company that does not own or operate a wireless (mobile phone) network, but resells wireless services under their own brand name, using the network of a wireless network operator.

National size rankings are by number of mobile subscribers. National coverage might mean that 80% of the population area has service. Check with each service provider about specific areas of coverage and calling plans before you sign up.

All carriers operate an analog network (AMPS, TACS) in addition to any digital networks mentioned, unless noted. Although many carriers are retiring their analog networks and service.

Coverage maps show primary service areas, secondary service areas and/or roaming areas.

For more information about wireless carriers and calling plans, including guides, reviews and promotions, see our Wireless Carriers and Calling Plans main page.

Caveat About Coverage Maps

Coverage maps help you find areas where you can and can not get service. But most maps do not show dead zones (local places where your phone doesn't work) that affect your ability to use a cell phone service. The actual service you get may be different from the areas shown on the map.

Before buying a new service, and possibly being locked into a plan with poor coverage, ask for a trial period and check for dead zones along your regular routes.

Be sure to use the phone handset model you plan to buy, because the RF performance (radio frequency signal sensitivity) of a handset affects its dead zones and on-road (in motion) performance.

Canada

Company Overview
Bell Aliant Mobility Service in four maritime provinces. Formerly Aliant Mobility. Full ownership by Bell Canada in 2014.
Bell Mobility #3 national carrier. LTE/HSPA+/CDMA network. Owned by Bell Canada (BCE) which owns Virgin Mobile Canada, Solo, Northwestel, Telebec, NorthernTel. Coverage map.
Chatr Discount wireless brand targeted at urban users with unlimited voice and text plans. Owned by Rogers Communications. Launched July 2010. Coverage map.
cityfone Owned by Rogers Communications. Coverage map.
eastlink Wireless service in Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, ON, Saint John, Moncton, NB, St. John's, NL. Owned by Bragg Communications. Founded in Nova Scotia in 1971.
Fido Billing by the second. Owned by Rogers Communications. Launched by Microcell in 1996.
ICE Wireless 850/1900 MHz network serving Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Privately owned. Coverage map.
Koodo Mobile MVNO discount mobile brand targets youth market. Owned by Telus.
KORE Wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and voice service provider. Owned by KORE Telematics. Coverage map.
Mike Walkie-talkie (2-way radio), digital cellphone, pager and wireless data service. Owned by Telus Mobility. Feb. 2015 no longer available. Telus now offers Telus Link push-to-talk service.
Mobilicity HSPA+ network in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa. Shares Bell Mobility cell-sites. Roaming on Rogers GSM network. Owned by Obelysk, and Quadrangle Capital Partners. Filed for bankruptcy in Sep. 2013. May 2015 still operating. Formerly Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless (DAVE Wireless). Coverage map.
MTS Mobility Service in Manitoba. Coverage map.
PC Mobile MVNO. Prepaid calling plans. President's Choice owned by Loblaws Inc. Operates on Bell Mobility (prepaid) or Telus Mobility (postpaid) network. Coverage map.
Primus Canada Wireless MVNO. Owned by Primus Telecommunications, Inc. Service over Rogers network. Coverage map.
Public Mobile Unlimited talk and text for a flat rate. Bought by Telus in 2013.
Rogers Wireless #1 national carrier. 2G, 4G, LTE networks. Acquired Microcell (Fido). Acquired Cantel. Owned by Rogers Communications. Coverage map.
SaskTel Mobility Service in Saskatchewan. Coverage map.
Solo Mobile Owned by Bell Canada. Ceased new activations May 2012.Coverage map.
7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless Services MVNO uses Rogers network. Prepaid plans. Owned by 7-Eleven, Inc.
Telus Mobility #2 national carrier. 4G LTE network. Acquired Clearnet. Owned by Telus (merger of Telus and BCTel). Coverage map.
Videotron Mobile 3G and 4G (Rogers) network service in Quebec and Ottawa. Owned by Quebecor Media Inc. and Capital d'Amerique CDPQ Inc. Coverage map.
Virgin Mobile Canada Prepaid service in four provinces. MVNO uses Bell Mobility network. Owned by Canada-based Bell Mobility. Coverage map.
WIND Mobile HSPA network in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton. Operated by Globalive Wireless Management Corp. Coverage map. Service launched 2009.

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