Best Cell Phone Coverage In Montreal

10 January 2018

Anyone who’s had a beer at Peel Pub, situated a couple blocks away from the Canadiens’ home arena, knows Montreal is a lively place. 

There’s a lot to do on a Friday in Canada’s second-largest city (Toronto’s first), much of it involving drinking. Hey, Montreal’s productive, and its residents need to kick back after a busy week. 

Montreal is home to a variety of industries, including aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, software engineering, telecommunications, film and television production and video games. It also boasts Canada’s oldest stock exchange and the headquarters of two of the country’s biggest banks, Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank of Canada. 

All of which is to say, Montreal is a bustling, 21st century city, with correspondingly high-tech demands. One of those demands is adequate mobile coverage. 

Fortunately, they can rest easy knowing their city mostly has good coverage from Canada's major carriers. Read on to learn about the ins and outs of cell phone coverage in Montreal. 

Coverage in Montreal At-a-Glance

Montreal skates in with a strong coverage score of 86 out of 100. Here's a guide to coverage for the entire province of Quebec

What we love
  • Rogers, Bell and Telus offer great coverage
  • MVNOs that run on Rogers and Telus provide similarly excellent coverage
  • 4G LTE widely available
What could be improved
  • Freedom completely absent from the party
  • Coverage less reliable the further you travel from the city

Carrier Network Coverage in Montreal

If you're from Quebec, you're no doubt familiar with Videotron. They are one of the biggest TV, internet and wireless providers in the province, and operate their own network that competes with the four you see below. 

Putting aside the Videotron, three of the major networks perform excellently throughout Montreal. This means you can join any of these to get great coverage--or the multitude of smaller carriers that run on their networks. 

Best Coverage in Montreal by Network
Network  Covered Area %
Bell 99.99%
Rogers 99.99%
Freedom 0.00%
Telus 99.99%

Cell Phone Coverage in Montreal by Area

Montreal encompasses 137.92 square miles, and the most robust local carriers, Rogers, Bell and Telus, cover nearly every bit of it. 

Geographic Area Covered in Montreal per mi2
Network Percentage Geographic Area Covered
Bell 99.99% 137.92
Rogers 99.99% 137.92
Freedom 0.00% 0.00
Telus 99.99% 137.92
Coverage data generated November 11st 2017 from carrier maps

Montreal is broadly 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 Montreal (137.92 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
Bell Rogers Freedom Telus
3G 137.92 137.92 0.00 137.92
4G LTE 137.92 137.92 0.00 137.92

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Montreal

When choosing a cell phone providers, there's no need to limit yourself to the big companies. There are dozens of smaller carriers that run on the major networks, but charge a fraction of the price for service. Known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs for short), these carriers purchase network service from the major providers at wholesale prices, then pass the savings on to consumers. 

Getting the Best Plan & Coverage

WhistleOut's industry-leading coverage check feature supercharges an already robust comparison engine by allowing you to instantly see what coverage is like at your location. Just  punch in your address, and we'll do the rest. 

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.  

Cell Phone Carriers in Montreal

Here's the list of wireless carriers big and small in Montreal, and the network that each belongs to. Note that the smaller carriers—PhoneBox, Fido, etc.—utilize the networks of the major carriers.

Carrier Network Available in Montreal
Bell MobilityBellYes
Chatr WirelessRogersYes
Freedom MobileFreedomNo
Koodo MobileTelusYes
PC MobileBell/Telus Yes
Petro Canada RogersYes
Public Mobile TelusYes
Rogers RogersYes
Videotron VideotronYes
Virgin Mobile BellYes
7-11 SpeakOutRogers Yes

One More Thing: Using Public WiFi in Montreal

Montreal is an extremely mobile friendly city, with free public wifi ("MTLWiFi") covering a good portion of downtown. That becomes extremely useful when you either need a stronger connection or want to avoid draining your cellular data. 

Here's a map of the covered area. You can expect this area to grow in the coming months, as the city has announced plans to both bolster the power of existing hotspots and expand overall coverage area. 

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