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Fido announced today the availability of LTE coverage in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and St. John's. Expansions later this year are planned for Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kingston, Quebec City, and lots of other areas. They don't have any LTE phones just yet, but they do have a a mobile hotspot available to kick things off. Speeds average between 12 Mbps and 25 Mbps, and sometimes hitting 40 Mbps. Of course, Fido is really just tapping into the LTE network built by their parent company, Rogers, but at least means a few more high-speed options for those that prefer to go prepaid. Fido's top data add-on is $25 for 2 GB, or you can opt for 500 MB as part of their top-tier $50 plan. 

More LTE is great and all, but I'd really like to see the little guys like WIND and Mobilicity get on the bandwagon. LTE is a big selling point for going with Rogers, Bell, or TELUS, even if the smaller carriers can beat them on plan prices. Fido would need some pretty compelling plans in order to pull away customers from Bell, TELUS, or even its big brother Rogers, but even though they've doubled up the data allocations on the two lower tiers, I'm still not entirely sold. 

In any case,  more info on Fido's LTE roll-out is available here. Anyone on Fido hankering for LTE and not willing to go to the Big Three to get it?


Reader comments

Fido kicks off LTE network across Canada


Wow! A company that actually opened LTE in major markets without even having an actual LTE device, as opposed to a company with many LTE devices but no LTE service in the largest markets. Take a page out of this book Sprint!

I guess I'm just different, but the $10/month 100MB data add-on that I have with Fido is plenty... in fact more than plenty! I used 28MB this month and 32MB last month. I'm in wifi at home and at work, and the pubs and grocery store I go to have free wifi as well.

I like my $43 (including tax and everything, but wish that their plans at least had call display in them rather than as an add-on!) bill with Fido. And their 3G speeds are just fine by me. It's nice that they have access to Rogers' LTE network, but I don't need it.

And until the data caps are as high as Shaws, I'm not dropping my home Internet connection for LTE either.

Even I have trouble breaking 500 MB most months. For me, it's just nice to not have to think about how much data I'm using. Then there's the multi-year commitment, and how much of a pain it is to get anything changed without re-upping for another 3 years... On the other hand, if you're outside of Mobilicity or WIND coverage, then they aren't even an option, no matter how nice their promotional rates are. 

I don't really think about it much, the 3G watchdog app just tells me. I bought my device outright on Fido just to save over the long run -- the extra $15/month x 36 months = $540.. which is way more than my Xperia Pro cost in the first place ($350 at the time, minus tons of promos and fido dollars).

So.. no contract, and a reasonable cell phone bill. Now -- when's another qwerty Android device with better spec's coming out?? The Xperia Pro needs more memory and at least a dual-core processor! But NoooOOo.. Sony doesn't want to make any more qwerty Android's. Sometimes being in the minority sucks!