Best Cell Phone Coverage In Toronto

10 January 2018

Ah, Toronto. Canada’s largest city, North America’s fourth-largest metropolis, and home to 25% of Canada’s population within a 160 km radius. 

You’d expect a city this massive to be pretty globally connected, and indeed it is. Over 180 languages are spoken in Toronto, and that diversity is evident when walking through Chinatown, Little Italy or Little Portugal. 

This worldliness extends to Toronto’s economy as well. The city is an international centre for business and finance, serving as home to major companies like Sun Life Financial and Hudson’s Bay Company. 

And this is to say nothing of the city’s creative scene. Toronto is home to an incredible 70 film festivals, including of course, the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival. This makes sense given that around 25% of Hollywood movies are actually filmed in the city. 

All of which is to say, Toronto is a bustling 21st century city—with 21st century technology demands. One of those demands is adequate cell phone coverage, and fortunately the major carriers deliver. Read on to learn the ins and outs of coverage in Toronto. 

Coverage in Toronto At-a-Glance

Toronto is a city with a lot to offer, and that includes cell phone coverage. Read on to learn more about coverage in Toronto, and why Hogtown earns a score of 99 out of 100. Here's a guide to coverage for the entirety of Ontario

What we love
  • Bell, Rogers, Freedom and Telus all provide spectacular coverage to Toronto
  • Competitive market with lots of choice
  • 4G LTE widely available
What could be improved
  • Coverage less reliable the further you travel from the city
  • Coverage can be tricky in crowded areas or between buildings

Carrier Network Coverage in Toronto

All four of the major networks perform well throughout Toronto. This means you can join any of them to get great coverage--or the multitude of smaller carriers that run on their networks. 

Best Coverage in Toronto by Network
Network  Covered Area %
Bell 100.00%
Rogers 100.00%
Freedom 100.00%
Telus 100.00%

Cell Phone Coverage in Toronto by Area

The Toronto region encompasses 238.67 square miles, and all four of major Canadian networks completely cover it: 

Geographic Area Covered in Toronto per mi2
Network Percentage Geographic Area Covered
Bell 100.00% 238.67
Rogers 100.00% 238.67
Freedom 100.00% 238.67
Telus 100.00% 238.67
Coverage data generated November 11st 2017 from carrier maps

Toronto 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 Toronto (238.67 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
Bell Rogers Freedom Telus
3G 238.67 238.67 237.63 238.67
4G LTE 238.67 238.67 238.67 238.67

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Toronto

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 Toronto

Here's the full list of wireless carriers (big and small) in Toronto, 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 Toronto
Bell MobilityBellYes
Chatr WirelessRogersYes
Freedom MobileFreedomYes
Koodo MobileTelusYes
PC MobileBell/Telus Yes
Petro Canada RogersYes
Public Mobile TelusYes
Rogers RogersYes
Videotron VideotronNo (roaming network only)
Virgin Mobile BellYes
7-11 SpeakOutRogers Yes

One More Thing: Using Public WiFi in Toronto

Toronto offers free WiFi in a variety of public spaces. Check out a few of the places offering free WiFi below. This is handy when you want to save your cellular data. 

  • Toronto Pearson Airport
  • Billy Bishop Airport
  • Toronto Public Libraries
  • All Subway Stations
  • Savoury Grounds
  • Starbucks locations
  • Tim Hortons locations
  • Full Stop Coffee Shop
  • The Good Neighbor Coffee Shop
  • FIKA
  • Soho Metropolitan Hotel
  • Balzac's Market Street
  • Boxcar Social
  • House On Parliament

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