ISED approves transfer of Videotron spectrum licenses to Freedom Mobile

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  • Andrew Goldenberg

    Good now start using some so we can get reception indoors!

    • Ian

      Yes, I hope for the same.

    • Brandon Arneson

      I want to be able to get service in big stores like Walmart that block freedoms signals. Other than that there’s no other areas I have issues with in Edmonton Alberta

    • Techguru86

      Walmart is just bad for service altogether, I couldnt get service with Bell until 700 mhz came to deployment

    • Brandon Arneson

      ok then i will look forward to 700Mhz and hope its for 3G and LTE

    • somebody else

      Likely just for LTE. Voice/3G for 2500.

    • Brandon Arneson

      how far does 2500mhz go? wouldnt it have the same penetration issues as 1700/2100mhz do?

    • somebody else

      Don’t even know myself, it could go pretty far, or have a shorter distance. You never know what a frequency will do anyways, when faced with different building materials.

    • Brandon Arneson

      thats true we will have to wait and see, it makes me excited to see what happens

    • John Lofwire

      Its would be worst in fact unless they put much much more tower.

    • I highly doubt that big stores are actively blocking the signal of any carrier. What’s more likely is that you’re just experiencing the natural effects of Freedom running on a frequency that has poor building penetration.

    • Brandon Arneson

      yea thats more than likely whats happening. Rogers is bad in these walmart stores as well. Its only the walmart stores on the north side of Edmonton that have this problem. Theres the abbotsfield mall walmart that i can seem to get service in just fine, its weak but it will be good enough and when my Galaxy A5 gets WiFi Calls Texts&MMS sent to it as a software update i will be able to use my phone on wifi. then the clareview walmart is the worst for signal the further back into the store u go the quicker signal is lost. I hope 2500Mhz can do something to fix this, some of this spectrum needs to be used for 3G, i care about getting LTE in more places on the north side than i do now as well but 3G runs the calls and Texts so Im hoping 2500mhz can be used for it and that it helps. Im wondering if any of the big3 use 2500 or 2600mhz for 3G and how it works

    • Unfortunately, 2500mhz will worsen all these issues. It’s a higher wavelength and by definition has worse penetration.

    • airknights

      It’s actually lower wavelength. Frequency is inverse of the wavelength. Longer the wavelength lower the frequency.

    • John Lofwire

      lower mhz always end up giving better signal strength.

      10 years in cellphone industry and i know that a fact.
      Now all the technical about lower or higher wavelength is irrelevant to me.

    • John Lofwire

      No one block your signal.

      big store usually have booster wich boost most common signal.
      As freedom use AWS they are not boosted.

      When you are near a booster not made to boost your signal you actually get interference lol.

    • somebody else

      Indoors depends on the buildings, or houses, one lives in. Some filter or bounce it away, others let it in flawlessly. Some buildings even have their own boosters too.

    • Lower frequencies penetrate through things. There’s no arguing that. it’s basic physics. A signal’s penetration is going to be relative to its wavelength

    • John Lofwire

      Yep thats why AWS frequency are such crap..

  • Techguru86

    We may finally see Freedom bring much needed competition against the Big 3.

    • somebody else

      Definitely. Then robelus can’t send their drones to make fake complaints if it works like theirs does. Hehehe.

    • John Lofwire

      Having spectrum in 3 to 4 regions wont make you competitive.

    • somebody else

      It will however, to the next wave of MVNO’s or new regional entrants.

  • Sam

    it seems now Freedom actually trying to move from Wind mobile era to Freedom era.

    • somebody else

      Every carrier has to grow.

    • Sam

      i agree with you and this will help consumer to have good service everywhere.

    • Brandon Arneson

      Shaw is the one dedicated to improving freedoms networks across Canada. Before shaw bought them and got all this spectrum who knows how long it would have taken for freedom to improve on their own with their limited cash flow that mainly comes from their customers

    • Hunter Miller

      They were committed but like you said they had a limited amount of cash

    • Techguru86

      Freedom has the only legit excuse for network costs unlike the Big 3 who own every corner of the home services market. And if you have LTE, nobody can come close to matching the Everywhere 59 plan

    • Sam

      i know even I have the same $59 plan with freedom but there were some limitations when you move closer to a stronger bandwidth it was still dropping some signals that is why I said they are trying to move from wind era to freedom era, I’m really happy with this news as well.

    • John Lofwire

      Depend on many factors for pricing.
      If you work for a big corporation ( governement , hydro quebec , bank ect you can get easily up to 50% off monthly price at Rogers ,Bell and Telus.

      I seen unlimited Canada and 8 gb for 50$ on those type of deal.

      Having LTE in 3 region dont make you unbeatable btw…

    • Sam

      i know even I have the same $59 plan with freedom but there were some limitations when you move closer to a stronger bandwidth it was still dropping some signals that is why I said they are trying to move from wind era to freedom era, I’m really happy with this news as well.

  • LarryD

    Yeah! The sooner that they put the frequencies to use, the sooner I can switch from Rogers, I think. Had to switch to Rogers for awhile to get my Keyone…

    • Techguru86

      Keyone still doesn’t support LTE with Freedom

    • LarryD

      That’s my point as once the new frequencies are implemented, it will be. Bands 4 and 13, I believe.

    • RoboBonobo

      The only place Freedom uses band 4 for LTE will be Eastern Ontario, Everywhere else they only use the band 4 frequencies (1700/2100) for HSPA+. not LTE.

      Although hopefully when they roll out the 700MHz maybe you can use it.

    • somebody else

      All we can do is wait until it is put to work.

  • Theo

    Now Freedom’s monthly rates are going to increase to recoup the cost

    • Techguru86

      they have legitimate excuses for price increases, what’s the big 3’s excuses ? They already own the market and have a well established wide network.

    • somebody else

      Not really, I haven’t had my plan’s $59 price raised at all. New plans? Don’t know about that, just ask the CEO.

    • Brandon Arneson

      I haven’t had my Everywhere59 plan price increased either.

  • Alright, let’s put those nice spectrum into work now…

    • Techguru86

      Maybe they are testing it, maybe why the network had outages across canada few weeks ago

    • somebody else

      Precisely. If it works for LTE on a common band, I will be able to take advantage of it without buying another device.

  • somebody else

    All I need to do is wait and eventually I shall receive LTE. My two devices support those LTE bands, just not the new LTE band 66.

  • Rob Morris

    Make Freedom national coverage with no roaming and maybe I will go back.

    • specialk2000

      They currently have 3 plans that offer that, 2 of them have US coverage with no roaming included as well.

    • Garrett Cooper

      The plan wasn’t the reason I returned mine, it was the network coverage. Really hope this new spectrum helps.

  • Jimmy

    Switched to public mobile. Couldn’t be happier. I had a great plan but too many missed calls and slow internet. Promises promises