Best Cell Phone Coverage in Newfoundland

10 January 2018

Newfoundland and Labrador has always marched to the beat of its own drum, due in no small part to the days when it served as a self-governing state of the British Commonwealth, separate from the rest of Canada. 

N&L residents know that it's hard to put into words the strangeness and beauty of their province's landscape; it's kind of just one of those things you have to experience. It's a bit easier to come up with adjectives for the province's citizenry: pragmatic, friendly, and fiercely independent. 

So how's the cell phone coverage in Newfoundland and Labrador? On the whole, not amazing. That said, coverage depends largely on which carrier you're with, and where you are located in the province. Read on to learn more. 

Coverage in Newfoundland At-a-Glance

Given how remote Newfoundland is, it's perhaps not surprising that the diminutive province earns a low coverage score, clocking in at 6 out of 100. 

What we love
  • Telus and Bell give you the best chance for coverage in Newfoundland 
  • Coverage is most reliable in and around towns
What could be improved
  • Rogers' network barely shows up to the party and Freedom's is completely absent
  • Coverage always tough along shorelines

Carrier Network Coverage in Newfoundland

Telus and Bell generally provide the best coverage in Newfoundland, Rogers barely registers, and Freedom is absent from the equation. 

Best Coverage in Newfoundland, Canada by Network
Network  Covered Area %
Bell 17.45%
Rogers 1.36%
Freedom 0.00%
Telus 17.45%

Cell Phone Coverage in Newfoundland and Labrador by Area

The Newfoundland Province of Canada encompasses 157,233 square miles, with Bell and Telus covering the biggest portions of it:

Geographic Area Covered in Newfoundland, Canada per mi2
Network Percentage Geographic Area Covered
Bell 17.45% 27,435
Rogers 1.36% 2,133
Freedom 0.00% 0
Telus 17.45% 27,435
Coverage data generated November 11st 2017 from carrier maps

Newfoundland 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 Newfoundland, Canada (157,233 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
Bell Rogers Freedom Telus
3G 27,435 2,133 0 27,435
4G LTE 23,859 1,480 0

Newfoundland 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 map is pretty clear on who has the best coverage, although the winner is not clear. If you are hoping to get the best coverage in Newfoundland, we suggest taking a closer look at Telus or Bell. You'll be glad you did.

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Newfoundland

Can you believe there are dozens of small carriers that run on the major networks? If you can believe that, you should check out some of these MVNOs, or Mobile Virtual Network Operators. MVNOs purchase service from top dogs in the industry and resell them a much cheaper monthly rates.

For example, if you're interested in Rogers's coverage, you should also check out the other carriers who run off the Rogers network such as 7-11 SpeakOut, Fido, Petro, Chatr, and Cityfone

Getting the Best Plan & Coverage

WhistleOut's blazing coverage check feature allows you to see what carrier will give you the best coverage at your home. It's almost too easy. Lob in your address, run the search results, view the coverage map, compare the best plans, buy happy.

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, don't forget to use the super smart filtering options so you can narrow down your search to what you really need.



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