First of all, make sure you live in their service area. I live in Horseshoe Bay and was told that I lie outside the service areas of both Mobilicity and Wind. And that goes for a pretty bid chunk of West Van. I imagine there are other issues with those companies as well, but I didn't explore any deeper.Can't tell you much else beyond that though.
You do realize that coverage will be the biggest factor on both your quantity AND quality, right? Coverage is basically everything with a cell.
I hear constant horror stories from one of my best friends who's on Mobilicity. Reports have been so-so for Wind. I'd vote neither and go with Virgin if you wanna stick pay-as-you-go, I used them for a few years and their coverage was great, just be prepared for bottom of the barrel customer service.
Stay the eff away from Mobilicity. I can barely get any reception from them, I have had numberous call drops, and on top of that I receive Voicemails hours after they happen. Cracked my BB screen slamming it against a wall due to shotty coverage. Going back to Rogers next week.
I've been with Mobilicity for about 2 years now. Initially it was very bad, I would lose reception when I'm driving along SW Marine Dr., but now it's much better as they've built more towers.
If you ever travel to other metro areas in Canada, their reception still works. I remember using talk/data in Calgary and it's still considered as "local". Plus their data speed isn't too shabby, I'm still able to play SC2 with it with only minimal lag (hotspot tethering).
I remember when Fido used to be crap, but now they're decent (albeit bought out by Rogers). In a couple of years, Wind and Mobilicity will be fine, thus it's ideal to have a good deal with them now.
Wind doesn't have that great coverage but I think they're expanding so maybe go for them, can't really beat unlimited EVERYTHING for $40 a month
As others have mentioned, coverage isn't the same for a newer company as it is for the established ones. If they had the same service as the big 3, then they'd be able to charge more, and it's not just because their non-roaming areas are limited to certain areas.
You can get good services out of the Big 3 if you are good at persuading people or being patient to find good deals. I had Wind for a few months, even in Toronto it sucks.
I added a poll. Could you please vote? Thanks.