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Everything you need to know about accessing the new 3500MHz spectrum [Update]

Rogers, Bell, and Telus are offering the spectrum through their 5G plans

The previous week saw a frenzy of activity from Canada’s leading telecom providers, as one after the other released details on giving customers access to the 3500MHz spectrum.

The spectrum assists the 5G network in providing improved network capacity, including faster speeds and download times. Rogers was the first to release details, followed by Bell and Telus. If you’re confused about how you can access the spectrum, we’ve outlined the specifics for comparison below.

Rogers

The 3500MHz spectrum is available on all Infinite Plans the company offers. This includes 25GB for $85/month, 45GB for $95/month, 50GB for $105/month, and 100GB for $175/month plans.

While these are all plans with unlimited data, the available GB refers to the amount of high-speed sharable data available to customers. Data is available at reduced speeds once this figure is reached.

The service is available for users with a 5G device supported by the n78 5G band, a Rogers spokesperson told MobileSyrup. Devices include iPhone 12 and above and the Galaxy S21 and above. Users must also have a multi-sim card and be in an area with 5G 3500MHz coverage, which currently includes Nanaimo, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Bell

Bell followed closely behind Rogers’ announcement with details about the new 5G advancement in their own release.

A Bell spokesperson told MobileSyrup the spectrum will be available to customers with the Ultimate 45 or Ultimate 50 plan.

Ultimate 45 offers 45GB of data for $85/month. Ultimate 50 offers 50GB for $95/month. Like Rogers, the initial speed is covered by high-speed internet, followed by data with reduced speeds afterwards. Bell will start rolling the service out in Toronto and will expand to other cities and plans, the spokesperson said. While a release date was not provided, the spokesperson said more information will be shared soon.

Compatible devices include:

  • Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 2021 (11”), iPad Pro 2021 (12.9”)
  • iPad Air (5th generation)

Telus

Telus said customers with compatible devices can use the spectrum in a location where it’s currently available. The company previously listed Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton and Victoria as the selected locations.

A spokesperson told MobileSyrup that the spectrum is available on all plans they offer. Telus’ plans start at $65/ month for 25GB. It’s worth noting that Telus’ website only shows this plan in Quebec, with 25GB plans costing $75/mo or $85/mo in other provinces.

Compatible devices include:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 2021 (11″)
  • iPad Pro 2021 (12.9″)
  • iPad Air (5th generation)

Updated 23/06/2022 01:53pm EST: The article has been updated with information from Telus and clarification about regional availability of the 25GB plan.

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