I have to say, for all the moaning and complaining that we do here in Canada about our abnormally high cell data/voice rates (and the complaints about our lack of any sort of “unlimited” option), I can’t imagine what most Canadians would think if we had to live on a network as bad as AT&T or T-Mobile. The networks in Canada are rock solid and the idea that a provider might claim to work in a certain area, but then have things like call drops and poor throughput is unheard of here. You either have coverage or you don’t. When you do have coverage it is solid. There are always exceptions of course, but as a general rule a provider will never say “yes, we service your city” if their coverage in that area is not excellent.
At this point, and after having spent much of the last year in the US experiencing AT&Ts service, I am happy to pay ~10$ or ~20$ more a month to get rock solid service, whether it is from Bell, Telus or Rogers. (New entrants left out for obvious reasons) The hyper-competitive environment in the US seems to have led to a lower overall QoS. Perhaps that is what the market wants and demands there, but I am happy to have some choice here.