Back in the spring of 2015, Rogers introduced Extended Coverage nationwide, which allowed customers and those on Fido to take advantage of partnered roaming from Telus and Bell, to fill in spotty network areas.
Last late month, users on Howard Forums (via MobileSyrup) noticed Extended Coverage had started showing up in areas they never saw it before, with some noting parts of Metro Vancouver, Victoria, and Edmonton, which is beyond their original outlying regional areas designated for Rogers-EXT or Fido-EXT, listed below from 2015:
- The Coquihalla Summit Pass starting at Hope B.C.;
- Rogers Pass between Revelstoke and Golden;
- Caribou Highway 97 from Cache Creek to Prince George;
- Fraser Canyon, connecting travellers from Vancouver all the way to northern B.C. and;
- The Malahat from Victoria to Courtenay.
- work camps in the oil sands surrounding Fort McMurray, around Lake Louise and Grand Prairie and in and around Alberta landmarks including the Cowboy Trail at Chain Lakes; Elk Island National Park and William Switzer Park.
- Meadow Lake; Emma Lake; Humbolt; La Ronge; Waskesiu; Moose Mountain and Lake Diefenbaker. Customers travelling along the highway from Saskatoon to Prince Albert and the areas between Regina, Yorkton and Medicine Hat will also benefit from Extended Coverage.
- Customers can stay connected while travelling along northern Ontario’s major routes including Highway 144 between Sudbury and Timmins; Highway 11 from north of Cochrane through Kapuskasing; Highway 65 east of Englehart and Highway 101 west of Timmins.
- Rocher Percé; La Tuque; Mont- Mégantic; La Sarre and portions of Mont-Valin National Park. Highway 117 will also now be covered from Mont-Laurier to Val-d’Or.
- Newfoundland – Highway 1 between St. John’s, Clarenville, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Corner Brook, for skiers on Marble Mountain, in Labrador City, Happy Valley – Goose Bay, and Port Aux Basques
- New Brunswick – Fundy National Park, along the Acadian Peninsula, Kouchibouguac Park, Highway 17 between Kedgwick and Saint-Quentin, Grand Manan Island, and St. Martin’s
- Nova Scotia – along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Kejimjujik National Park, Sheet Harbour, Ingonish Beach, and Inverness
- Prince Edward Island – Wood Islands, Stanhope, Cavendish, Alberton and Tyne Valley
How to access Rogers/Fido Extended Coverage? On iPhone, you need to enable roaming data by going to:
Settings > Cellular > Data Roaming > ON (don’t forget to turn this off if you travel outside Canada!)
Here’s how Rogers explains the limitations of Extended Coverage:
Extended Coverage is meant to provide additional coverage, outside of the Rogers network. It’s available for most Rogers postpaid wireless customers (excluding Wireless Home Phone, Wireless Business Phone, Rocket Hub, prepaid and zone-based or calling circle plans such as My5/10 and MY1/2/5 enterprise business plans) in areas they sometimes travel to. It’s intended for occasional use; the majority of your monthly usage (talk, text and data) must occur on the Rogers network. If the majority of your monthly usage occurs within Extended Coverage areas, we may restrict or limit your access to Extended Coverage on an ongoing basis.
Rogers no longer allows customers to check Extended Coverage on their network maps like before, so it’s hard to get an official answer on the feature’s expansion. We’ve reached out to Rogers for clarification and will update this post when we hear back.
Update: The Rogers coverage map doesn’t show Extended as a drop down menu option anymore, but rather coverage is denoted by yellow gradient lines. So check your area.