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Wireless service on the Sunshine Coast

Wireless service on the Sunshine Coast

Starting May 4, British Columbians will be getting a new area code, bringing the provincial total to five. Get ready to start seeing phone numbers that start with 672.

Back in 2001, 10-digit dialing was introduced to Metro Vancouver and then, seven years later, in 2008, the rest of the province followed suit. That meant that whether you were calling across town or across the country, you needed to include the area code of the number you were dialing.

Each area code has the capacity to service nearly eight million new customers, but this begs the question: why do we need so many phone numbers? Thanks to the mass adoption of wireless devices over the past 20 years, we go through phone numbers quicker than ever.

The Canadian Numbering Administrator predicts that Canadians will run out of phone numbers by 2040. When that happens, it’s anticipated the CRTC will introduce four-digit area codes.

Seventy per cent of Canadians have a smart phone, which explains why we go through so many numbers.  If you own a cell phone and are reading this, you probably want to know how you can make sure you’re getting the best cell service on the Sunshine Coast.

A Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services (CCTS) report shows that Bell received the most customer complaints followed by Rogers. Of the Big Three, Telus had the fewest.

According to the Canadian Cellular Towers Map, Rogers has five towers on the Sunshine Coast. Bell has no towers however; Bell and Telus have a history of sharing infrastructure. Lastly, Telus is shown to have dozens of towers.

Prices change so frequently, it’s impossible to say who provides the best deal. One tip is to include Virgin, Koodo, and Fido in your comparison shopping. They’re owned by the Big Three and provide identical service, often at substantial discounts.

While it’s difficult to say who provides the best cell service, Rogers’ high number of complaints and low number of cell towers puts them on the bottom of my list.

My opinion would be, if you’re moving from Vancouver and have a Rogers cell phone, change to Telus before you make the move.

Or, if like me, you have held off making the switch from Rogers, don’t wait any longer. It’s easy and it makes a huge difference.

Tony Browton is an award-winning Realtor who lives and works on BC’s Sunshine Coast. 

His weekly blog can be found here

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