Koodo LTE Service To Launch On September 21st

Well, according to the official Twitter of Koodo, it appears the carrier has plans to launch their LTE network beginning on September 21st. The Toronto area will receive the treatment initially, as a tweet reads:

“We’re launching LTE on Sept 21st”

When the iPhone 5 was announced on September 12th, Apple listed Koodo as a compatible carrier. They haven’t taken pre-orders for the device and lack any type of advertisements for the iPhone 5 on their website. This may be a result of bare-minimum LTE coverage thus far. Knowledge on Koodo LTE coverage expansion is currently unknown, we’ll just have to wait for additional announcements.

How many of our readers use Koodo as their carrier?

[via MobileSyrup]

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  • Cole

    Hey Ryan whatever happened to Wi-Fi plus on iOS 6? I can’t find it anywhere.

  • I find it strange that they are not on the same roll-out plan as Telus since they are a subsidiary company.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    it was removed from the GM for reasons unknown

  • RyanStOnge

    Yeah, crosseyed it right. Apple always seems to add features to the beta/GM versions that don’t come stock on the final release.

  • Blang

    I’ve been with Koodo for a year. I moved to them when they released their unlimited nationwide plan. At the time, they were the only company to have such a plan and it was saving me A LOT of money per month on talk. Since then, other companies have brought out unlimited nationwide talk plans. So I’m starting to contemplate moving my unlocked iPhone 5 to a different carrier. If Koodo’s LTE coverage is weak, then I will most likely be moving to Virgin. Virgin has great LTE coverage in my area. They just announced a 6GB/$30 data plan, and they also have Visual Voicemail which Koodo doesn’t have (and I don’t understand why as Telus does). Not to mention saving 10% on my bill each month because I own my phone outright… Yeah, I think I just made my decision. But I’ll wait to see what Koodo does tomorrow.

  • DonatelloNinjaTurtle

    It is the same coverage as Telus.

  • If coverage is the same why does Telus have LTE outside of Toronto while Koodo does not? It appears like Telus and Koodo have different plans on rolling out LTE, which is strange unless there is evidence of the contrary.

  • That’s the response to my Tweet! I’m famous!

  • DonatelloNinjaTurtle

    I dunno, Koodo really is just the Telus network.

    Koodo hasn’t officially enabled LTE yet, and I haven’t seen a coverage map for them – how do you know they don’t have LTE outside of Toronto? I’ve even connected on Koodo LTE in Hamilton.

  • Just going by what this story and the the story this links to says. I just would have assumed it was all the same, but a comment on the other story says LTE is treated differently: “Bell/Telus don’t share LTE frequencies but neither operate networks that overlap each other. They don’t call it ‘Sharing’ they call it ‘Roaming’ but either way ns.dev is right Telus/Koodo are operating on the Bell LTE network.”

    Definitely confusing and needs more clarification, especially since LTE is new to everybody.

  • DonatelloNinjaTurtle

    Yes, the UMTS/HSPA/3G network was built jointly between Bell and Telus, and in terms of the LTE network I was never quite sure – their coverage looks almost identical but they may be slightly different networks.

    Koodo though is just a brand within Telus and uses the Telus network. Same MNC, and sometimes in iOS you can see TELUS show up instead of Koodo. Whatever Telus does with LTE (or HSPA for that matter) will be what Koodo uses.

  • RyanStOnge

    Oh it was? Thanks for asking the question 🙂