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Urban users of Bell Mobility GSM / HSPA+ phones find Black Holes (in service areas)!

Bell Mobility GSM Users Encounter Local Area's with No Service

Bell Mobility GSM Users Encounter Local Area

Urban users of Bell Mobility GSM / HSPA+ phones find Black Holes (in service areas)!

It sucks, to buy a new cell phone and not be able to use it anywhere you want.

This is a problem that many new users of Bell Mobility’s GSM (HSPA+) phones are currently experiencing. Although most users of Bell’s GSM phones (like the iPhone) get superb service in their home service areas, many users lose their service when they leave their local area.


The problem is due to the fact that Bell has rolled our their HSPA+ network to urban areas, leaving entire provinces like Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the dark. (We reported this in our last article).

But recently I have been receiving more general outages (what I call black holes) from urban users who are losing cellular service on their Bell GSM phones in areas where cellular service is expected. For example, in the Greater Toronto Area, your HSPA+ will work until you pass King City (20 minutes North of the city).

We expect Bell to increase their HSPA+/GSM network coverage over the next year but in the mean time you may suddenly find yourself without service.

Help others… Take a Small Action!

Are you currently using Bell Mobility’s new HSPA+ network and have noticed dead zones in areas around you? Please share your dead zones with us and other Bell GSM users…

Simply complete the form at the bottom of this page and tell us where you have no service.

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By A. Thompson

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17 Responses to “Urban users of Bell Mobility GSM / HSPA+ phones find Black Holes (in service areas)!”

  1. janaw Says:

    In Ontario (Greater Toronto Area). No service in the Town of Newmarket.

  2. Alex B Says:

    As your article states, I get excellent service at home, but shoddy service at work (404/Highway 7 area)

  3. Jeff Jacon Says:

    No coverage at the ACC at all!!!
    In and out coverage near the US Buffalo boarder.

  4. Sarah Says:

    i get ALOT of dropped calls in the GTA, on the 401, 410 and where I live in Brampton

  5. Cynthia Says:

    no network on Bryna Ave in Hamilton, ontario special for a blackberry 8530 Curve, I get a LOT of dropped calls its so fustrating. I just got the phone a month a ago.

  6. Raymond Says:

    Toronto, Upper Beaches. Can’t make a call from my home without it dropping. That’s if it has any tiny shred of a signal and lets me make the call in the first place.

  7. Steve Says:

    The real problem is that Bell doesn’t actually have a GSM network they only have a UMTS network (HSPA is just data on UMTS). This wouldn’t be a problem if their UMTS network had been built ionizer the years like Rogers GSM network. Instead, Bell had made the decision to use WCDMA and since that’s not compatible with UMTS, new users can only use the smaller, newer network. If you’re on Rogers, at least when you lose UMTS, you can still use their GSM network.

  8. Paul Says:

    Brampton Civic Hospital, McMaster University, sections of Hwy 407

  9. J Says:

    Hwy 11 just off of Hwy 64…all the way to New Liskard.

  10. Mike Says:

    King City, and some areas of York University

  11. Keith Rispin Says:

    Lynn Valley in North Vancouver. Spotty at best

  12. Heather Says:

    Sadly my new Samsung Ace “Smartphone” doesn’t even work in my own house! and a lot of other parts of the Aldershot Burlington,Ont. area where I live. Guess I’ll be going over to Rogers which is what another member of my household has and he has great service even in the basement. Bye bye Bell.

  13. Cellarama Blogger Says:

    @Heather – Thanks for the post

    We are sorry to learn about your service issues… Have you tried using the Rogers SIM in the Samsung Ace? This quick check will let you know if the Rogers network offers better service with the same device. Hope this helps!

  14. Oleg Says:

    Dorset, Ontario and Lake Kawagama cottages. Service was fine in 2011 and all years prior, horrible this year.

  15. Elias Cuervo Says:

    No service at the bottom of Chilliwack Mountain Cilliwack B.C.

  16. pam Says:

    There is no coverage in Owen sound area. No bars at all

  17. Paul Morris Says:

    No service in my home or surrounding area. Ocean Park, South Surrey, B.C.

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