Best Cell Phone Coverage in Manitoba

10 January 2018

Smack dab in the middle of Canada you'll find Manitoba, home to some of the most stunningly beautiful terrain in the world. 

Nearly half of this still largely rural province is made up of forest; there's also over 100,00 lakes. In the northern part of the province sits unspoiled Hudson Bay, occupied by 25,000 beluga whales; even farther north lies Wapusk National Park, the world's largest denning site for polar bears. 

Given the vastness of Manitoba and how spread out its occupants are, getting an adequate cell phone signal can be a challenge. That's where our network coverage map comes in. Read on to learn how to use it and to find out more about the best cell phone coverage in Manitoba. 

Coverage in Manitoba Canada

Coverage in Manitoba is below average overall, earning a score of 4 out of 100. Keep in mind, though, that this reflects the entirety of the province, including the massive areas of wilderness to the north. Here's a guide to coverage in Winnipeg

What we love
  • Rogers, Bell and Telus provide the best coverage to the province
  • Expect solid coverage in and around Winnipeg
What could be improved
  • Freedom Mobile absent from the equation
  • Coverage still scant in much of Manitoba's wilderness

Carrier Network Coverage in Manitoba

If you live in Manitoba, the letters "MTS" are likely quite familiar to you. They used to stand for Manitoba Telecom Services, until the company's recent purchase by Bell Canada Enterprises (the company is now known as Bell MTS). Since it occupies the same network space as Bell, you can apply Bell's 19% province-wide coverage to Bell MTS as well. 

Bell (and Bell MTS) and Telus are tied for second in terms of coverage in Manitoba, while Rogers is tops in the province. Again, if these percentages seem low, keep in mind that it includes all of that untamed wilderness to the north. 

Best Coverage in Manitoba, Canada by Network
Network  Covered Area %
Bell 19.01%
Rogers 28.89%
Freedom 0.00%
Telus 19.01%

Cell Phone Coverage in Manitoba by Area

The Manitoba Province of Canada encompasses 251,276 square miles, and Rogers, Bell and Telus, cover the biggest portions of it: 

Geographic Area Covered in Manitoba, Canada per mi2
Network Percentage Geographic Area Covered
Bell 19.01% 47,766
Rogers 28.89% 72,583
Freedom 0.00% 0
Telus 19.01% 47,766
Coverage data generated November 11st 2017 from carrier maps

Manitoba 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 Manitoba, Canada (251,276 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
Bell Rogers Freedom Telus
3G 47,766 72,583 0 47,766
4G LTE 25,707 30,856 0

Manitoba 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 Rogers provides the most robust coverage in Manitoba, followed by Bell and Telus. 

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Manitoba

There are several cell phone providers that run off the top level carriers called MVNOs for short. These MVNOs purchase network service for discounted rates and resell them to customers.

For example, if you're interested in Rogers network, you should also check out 7-11 SpeakOut, Fido, Petro, Chatr and Cityfone. These carriers all run off of the Rogers network so you can get the same great service without the hefty price tag.

Getting the Best Plan & Coverage

Our new coverage check gives Manitobans an upper hand when purchasing a new cell phone plan. Use the map to see what carriers offer you the best service and then compare all the best plans from that carrier's network.

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

Don't forget to use the filtering options to narrow down your search and pick the perfect plan.



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