Best Cell Phone Coverage in Québec

17 January 2018

Canada’s largest largest province by area, Québec is deceptively massive, nearly three times the size of France or Texas.

This can be easy to forget since the vast majority of the province’s population live in or between Montreal and Québec City in the southeastern portion. These two cities are true beacons of modernity, industry, and culture; both have a feel not dissimilar from European cities.

Beyond this southern metropolitan region, though, lie wide swaths of rural wilderness. From the Nord-du-Québec region and its thousands of lakes and rivers to the Canadian Shield and its millions of acres of boreal forest, there’s a whole lot of country and not a whole lot of people.

Keep this in mind when you consider the cell phone coverage scores below. They are reflective of the province as a whole; in reality, the coverage you get in Montreal will likely be far better than you’ll get in Micoua.

Coverage in Québec At-a-Glance

For a province that includes two big cities, coverage in Québec earns a surprisingly low score of 5 out of 100. However, keep in mind that this score reflects the entirety of the province, which, as you're no doubt aware, includes massive amounts of wilderness. Here's a guide to coverage in Quebec City and Montreal

What we love
  • Telus and Bell provide the best coverage in the province
  • Coverage most reliable in and around Montreal and Québec City
What could be improved
  • Freedom Mobile's network largely absent in Québec
  • Coverage north of Québec City is still pretty difficult to come by

Carrier Network Coverage in Quebec

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 other major carriers you see below. 

Telus and Bell provide the best service to Québec, followed by Videotron. See how the networks stack up below: 

Best Coverage in Quebec, Canada by Network
Network  Covered Area %
Bell 11.86%
Rogers 7.44%
Freedom 0.03%
Telus 11.86%
Videotron 8.79%

Cell Phone Coverage in Quebec by Area

Quebec encompasses 584,031 square miles, with Telus and Bell covering the largest portion of it (though just a bit over 10%). Videotron is the next closest competitor with 8.79% coverage: 

Geographic Area Covered in Quebec, Canada per mi2
Network Percentage Geographic Area Covered
Bell 11.86% 69,284
Rogers 7.44% 43,441
Freedom 0.03% 170
Telus 11.86% 69,284
Videotron 8.79% 56,605
Coverage data generated November 11st 2017 from carrier maps

Quebec 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 Quebec, Canada (584,031 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
Bell Rogers Freedom Telus Videotron
3G 69,284 43,441 170 69,284 56,605
4G LTE 64,141 32,367 71
64,141 56,605

Quebec 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 Telus, Bell and Rogers provide the most robust coverage in Quebec. Freedom Mobile, meanwhile, is completely absent. 

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Québec

Did you know that there are dozens of small carriers that run on the major networks, but charge a fraction of the price for service? These companies are known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators, MVNOs for short. MVNOs purchase network service from the major providers at wholesale prices, then pass the savings on to consumers. 

If you're interested in Telus's coverage, for example, but are looking for a better deal, PC Mobile, Koodo, Public Mobile, and PhoneBox are just a few of the smaller providers you'll want to check out. 

Getting the Best Plan & Coverage

WhistleOut's new coverage check feature supercharges an already robust comparison engine by allowing you to instantly see what coverage is like at your location. All you have to do is punch in your address and we do the rest. This feature is the first of its kind, and empowers consumers to make better decisions when it comes to wireless. If you need help figuring out how to use it, the GIF below should help: 

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 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.  



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