Fido has announced today the availability of 4G LTE coverage in Canada today. Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and St John’s is what the company is starting out with. Expansions are planned later this year to include territories like Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kingston and Quebec City, along with a lot of other areas. Fido does not have any sort of LTE powered phones as of yet, but they do have a mobile hotspot available to start things off with. As far as I know, they haven’t even announced a LTE powered phone in the making yet, nor have their really been any rumors around that. That said, I don’t know when we’ll be seeing a Fido LTE powered phone. Fido’s speeds are currently averaging between 12 Mbps and 25 Mbps, sometimes the speeds will hit up to 40 Mbps. What you should know is that Fideo is essentially just tapping into the LTE network that was built by their parent company, Rogers. At least this means a few more high-speed options for users that prefer to go prepaid. The only thing is, since Rogers has priority as the parent company, Fido’s speeds will often be sort of random. Fido’s top data add-on will cost you $25 for 2GB or you can opt for 500MB as part of their top-tier $50 plan.
Mote LTE coverage is fantastic and all, but since Fido is sort of piggybacking off of Rogers, I’m not entirely sure how great it’ll be. I’d much rather see the guys like WIND and Moblicity get on this LTE coverage bandwagon. As you probably know, LTE is a pretty huge selling point when going with carriers like Rogers, Bell, TELUS. If you think about it, compared to Rogers, Fido is going to need some really nice speeds and compelling evidence that it’s actually worth going with Fido. I can imagine that it’s going to have some serious trouble “wowing” customers from Bell, TELUS, or Roger, it’s parent company. Even if Fido were to double up on their data allocations for their two lower tiers, I am really not entirely sure if Fido is the best guy to go with (although, their mobile hotspot sounds pretty fantastic). Hopefully Fido will end up doing really well with this new network.
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source: Android Central