Best Cell Phone Coverage in Prince Edward Island

10 January 2018

Life tends to move a bit more slowly on Prince Edward Island, or PEI as locals refer to it.

While bustling with visitors in the summer months, the island province reverts to its quieter self come fall, and an economy driven by agriculture (potatoes) and fishing rather than tourism.

PEI can be likened to one big community during these times of the year, with Charlottetown serving as city center and the outlying towns acting like neighborhoods. Everyone seems to know each other on the island, and even if they don’t, they probably know who your mother, father or sibling is.

In many ways, PEI has made the jump into the present state of technology, and this extends to cell phones. Locals wield their smartphones as readily as Quebec or Montreal residents and, accordingly, expect strong cell phone coverage. Carriers have recognized this, and provide excellent coverage to the province.

Coverage in Price Edward Island At-a-Glance

Coverage in Price Edward Island is generally outstanding, earning a score of 86 out of 100. 

What we love
  • Telus, Bell and Rogers all blanket PEI with great coverage
  • Coverage is most reliable in and around Charlottetown
What could be improved
  • Freedom Mobile does not offer service to Price Edward Island
  • Coverage can be a bit spottier in remote areas, like the northern tip of the island

Carrier Network Coverage in Prince Edward Island

Three of the four top carriers provide excellent coverage to Price Edward Island. 

Best Coverage in Prince Edward Island, Canada by Network
Network  Covered Area %
Bell 99.95%
Rogers 97.31%
Freedom 0.00%
Telus 99.95%

Cell Phone Coverage in Prince Edward Island by Area

Prince Edward Island encompasses 2,275 square miles, with Bell, Telus and Rogers covering almost all of it: 

Geographic Area Covered in Prince Edward Island, Canada per mi2
Network Percentage Geographic Area Covered
Bell 99.95% 2,274
Rogers 97.31% 2,214
Freedom 0.00% 0
Telus 99.95% 2,274
Coverage data generated November 11st 2017 from carrier maps

Prince Edward Island is covered by both 3G and 4G LTE technology. 3G is the network that some older phones run on, and the one newer 4G LTE-capable devices fall back to when unable to reach a primary network. Here's how much territory the top carriers cover:

Coverage in Prince Edward Island, Canada (2,275 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
Bell Rogers Freedom Telus
3G 2,274 2,214 0 2,274
4G LTE 272 2,058 0

Prince Edward Island Network Coverage Maps

Numbers on a page are one thing, but the coverage maps tell the full story. Fortunately, you don't have to go to all of the carriers' websites to get this information--you can see what the coverage is like from the four majors below: 

The maps confirm that Telus, Bell and Rogers provide the most robust coverage to Prince Edward Island. Freedom Mobile's coverage, unfortunately, is non-existent.

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Price Edward Island

Did you know that there are dozens of small carriers that run on the major networks, but charge a fraction of the price for service? These companies are known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators, MVNOs for short. MVNOs purchase network service from the major providers at wholesale prices, then pass the savings on to consumers. 

If you're interested in Telus's coverage, for example, but are looking for a better deal, PC Mobile, Koodo, Public Mobile, and PhoneBox are just a few of the smaller providers you'll want to check out. 

Getting the Best Plan & Coverage

WhistleOut's new coverage check feature supercharges an already robust comparison engine by allowing you to instantly see what coverage is like at your location. All you have to do is punch in your address and we do the rest. This feature is the first of its kind, and empowers consumers to make better decisions when it comes to wireless. If you need help figuring out how to use it, the GIF below should help: 

Coverage Map Comparison
Checking coverage at an address in Encinitas across Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and ATT networks

In addition to showing you a map of your area with the coverage from all four major carriers, we filter through the available cell phone plans and present only those from carriers who provide good reception to you.  

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