List of Canadian mobile phone companies
As of March 2021, there are over 33 million wireless subscriptions in Canada. Approximately 90% of Canadian mobile phone users subscribe to one of the four largest national telecommunication companies (Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, Freedom Mobile and Telus Mobility) or one of their subsidiary brands. These four mobile network operators own and operate transmission facilities that cover most of the country, though they sometimes share each other's networks in certain geographical regions in order to reduce costs and reach more customers.
The remaining 10% of subscribers are served by smaller, regional providers, mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), and resellers. Regional providers own and operate transmission facilities that cover a limited area and rely on partnerships with national service providers to connect their customers across Canada. In contrast, MVNOs and resellers do not own spectrum or network infrastructure and are required to lease network capacity from other providers at wholesale rates. While MVNOs have their own facilities to package and support their mobile services, resellers rely on the host network provider to package, market, bill, and deliver mobile services.
All wireless service providers in Canada are regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which has been blamed by some for the concentration of wireless service subscribers to only three large national carriers. Though measures have been taken to encourage more competition, critics suggest that more should be done to address the issue, e.g. by mandating wholesale network access for MVNOs.
Mobile network operators
This is a list of mobile network operators, which includes national and regional service providers. Where applicable, this list will also include any subsidiary "extension" brands associated with a mobile service provider. While primary brands, such as Rogers Wireless or Bell Mobility, account for roughly 82% of wireless revenue, extension brands allow wireless service providers to differentiate service offerings and reach broader market segments.
This list is ordered from largest to smallest by the number of current subscriptions.
- Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility have a multiple operator core network agreement to provide a common radio network to the customer (distinct from a roaming arrangement, where the radio networks are separate). Bell builds most of its towers in Eastern Canada, while most of Telus' towers are in Western Canada.
- Telus numbers include those of recently acquired of Public and may be different from CWTA-reported.
- Figure includes roaming coverage. Freedom Mobile operates its own network in parts of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
- Lynx Mobility is defunct. Google Search results page says it has shut down permanently.
|A Bell has already shut down their CDMA network|
Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) and resellers
|Operator||Ownership||Network provider||SIM cost, $|
|7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless||Ztar Mobile||Rogers||10|
|dotmobile||Data On Tap Inc.||Iristel||10|
|Cansel Connect||Cansel||Rogers (M2M)||25|
|DCI Wireless||DCI Telecom||Telus||30|
|Execulink Mobility||Execulink Telecom||Bell|
|good2go Mobile Canada||Ztar Mobile||Rogers||--|
|KORE Wireless||KORE Telematics||Rogers (M2M)||--|
|OnStar||General Motors||Bell (M2M)|
|PC Mobile||Loblaws||Bell (prepaid)||10|
|Petro-Canada Mobility||Ztar Mobile||Rogers||10|
|Wundle Mobile||Fabricate INC||Telus||-|
|Airtel Wireless||Airtel Wireless Ltd.||Calgary||iDEN||SMR||Active|
Former mobile networks
This list includes legacy network terminations as well as defunct network operators.
|Operator||Type||Ownership||Purchased by||Ceased operations||Fate|
|Bell Mobility||CDMA||Bell||N/A||April 30, 2019|
|CityWest||CityWest||December 13, 2013||Wireless services discontinued; mobile customers will be transitioned to Telus|
|Clearnet||CDMA||Clearnet Communications||Telus Mobility||2000||Network merged with Telus|
|Dryden Municipal Telephone Service||GSM, CDMA||Dryden Municipal Telephone Service||Wireless sold to Tbaytel, Wireline to Bell Aliant||December 21, 2012||Wireless customers migrated to Tbaytel|
|Fido||GSM||Microcell||Rogers Communications||November 8, 2004||Network merged with Rogers; Fido operates as MVNO|
|Kenora Municipal Telephone Service||CDMA||Kenora Municipal Telephone Service||Wireless sold to Bell Aliant||February 2008 & July 19, 2015||Wireless customers sold to Bell Aliant. KMTS wireless subscribers moved to Bell Mobility.|
|Lynx Mobile||CDMA||Lynx Mobile||N/A||December 31, 2015||CDMA network replaced by GSM Network|
|Mobilicity||AWS, HSPA+||DAVE Wireless||Rogers Communications||2015||Rogers transitioned some Mobilicity retail locations and all its customers to Rogers sub-brand Chatr Mobile. As of August 16, 2016, Rogers stopped activating new Mobilicity lines.|
|MTS Mobility||HSPA+||Manitoba Telecom Services||Bell Mobility||2016|
|NorthernTel Mobility||NorthernTel Mobility||Bell Aliant||July 19, 2015||NorthernTel Mobility wireless subscribers moved to Bell Mobility.|
|Northwestel||Northwestel||Bell Mobility||June 19, 2014||Wireless services discontinued, sold to Bell Mobility.|
|Public Mobile||CDMA with Ev-DO||Public Mobile||Telus Mobility||August 8, 2014||Telus MVNO|
|SaskTel||CDMA||SaskTel||N/A||July 5, 2017||CDMA network's EVDO support ended on September 30, 2014|
|Superior Wireless||CDMA||Superior Wireless||TBayTel||August 2006||Merged with TBayTel|
|Tbaytel||CDMA||Tbaytel||N/A||December 31, 2014.|
|Télébec Mobilité||Télébec Mobilité||Bell Aliant||July 19, 2015||Télébec Mobilité wireless subscribers moved to Bell Mobility.|
|Telus Mobility||CDMA||Telus||N/A||May 31, 2017|
|Telus Mobility||iDEN||Telus||N/A||January 29, 2016|
|Mike||iDEN over SMR||Telus||N/A||January 29, 2016|
|Solo Mobile||Bell Mobility||Bell||Discontinued for new customers, but still active for current ones.|
|Clearnet (Telus Mobility)||Telus||Telus||Discontinued as of June 2, 2012. Started on April 5th, 2011 by Telus.|
Travel SIM cards and specialty services
|Flexiroam||Flexiroam||Bell, Telus, Sasktel, Videotron||Apple supported eSIM Worldwide Service providerOutbound VoIP calling with your own caller ID. Flexishare Data Gifting. Microchip SIM sticker placed on an existing SIM card.|
|iRoam||Adya||Rogers||DEFUNCT - International SIM, offered Canadian and American numbers.|
|KnowRoaming||Telna Inc.||Various||A global SIM sticker placed on an existing SIM card. International travel SIM and eSIM available also. US numbers are provided.|
|OneSIM||OneSIM||Various||US based company that provides international SIM cards and eSIMs. Canadian numbers are available.|
|PhoneBox||PhoneBox||Rogers (postpaid) / Telus (postpaid)||Offers Canadian numbers. SIMs expire after usage.|
|Rasamobile||Rasa Mobile||Bell, Telus, Rogers||SIM Card, 4G Data in 150 countries using 547 Networks. SIM has no expiry. Pick a US./Canada number. Prepaid Data/Talk Plans available by visiting www.rasamobile.com
, Self care Account. Global Data Plans offer NO Expiry & Unlimited minutes. Outbound VoIP calling with your own caller ID.|. Additional services: Fax Out, International Mobile TopUp, 2nd mobile number and Long distance Calling.
|WrapTel||WrapTel||Various||Offers Canadian numbers with internation travel SIM cards.|
Former Travel SIM cards and specialty services
|AlwaysOnline Wireless||Otono||Various||A global data network for travelers. AlwaysOnline Wireless is an on-demand 4G LTE service in over 45 countries with plans by the hour, by the day, or by the megabyte. They sell physical SIM cards, in addition to supporting eSIM and Apple SIM for the iPad.|
|ZIP SIM||Otono||T-Mobile USA||Offers American numbers. Top-Ups are allowed within 72 hours of plan expiry.|
|Roam Mobility||Otono||T-Mobile USA||Offers Canadian numbers for roaming in Canada. SIMs expire after usage. Stop service on June 30, 2020|
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