Best Cell Phone Coverage in Québec


WhistleOut
31 May 2017

Canada’s largest largest province by area, Québec is deceptively massive, nearly three times the size of France or Texas.

This can be easy to forget since the vast majority of the province’s population live in or between Montreal and Québec City in the southeastern portion. These two cities are true beacons of modernity, industry, and culture; both have a feel not dissimilar from European cities.

Beyond this southern metropolitan region, though, lie wide swaths of rural wilderness. From the Nord-du-Québec region and its thousands of lakes and rivers to the Canadian Shield and its millions of acres of boreal forest, there’s a whole lot of country and not a whole lot of people.

Keep this in mind when you consider the cell phone coverage scores below. They are reflective of the province as a whole; in reality, the coverage you get in Montreal will likely be far better than you’ll get in Micoua.

Coverage in Québec At-a-Glance

Coverage in Québec earns a score of 15 out of 100. 

What we love
  • Telus and Bell have fair to decent coverage
  • Rogers follows closely behind with some fair coverage
What could be improved
  • Rogers needs to add a few more towers to hang with the big dogs
  • Freedom once again brings up the rear with no coverage

Three out four of the top carriers offer service in Québec, while one does not. Telus, Bell, and Rogers will provide the best service throughout the province. 

Coverage by Network in Québec
Network Percentage of Québec Covered
Telus 22%
Rogers 18%
Freedom Mobile 0%
Bell 22%
Coverage Summary 15%

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 in Quebec. Freedom Mobile, meanwhile, is completely absent. 

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Québec

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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