On April 30, 2019, Bell Mobility, Montreal-based national telecommunications service provider of Canada, is going to close its remaining CDMA networks across the country.
Starting on the given date of April 30 at carrier’s support website, CDMA networks will be replaced by 4G networks in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.
Beginning in British Columbia, excluding Fort Nelson and in Alberta, the carrier started shuttering its CDMA service on January 31, 2017.
Before ceasing its CDMA service in Saskatchewan on June 30, 2017, Bell came out ceasing its CDMA service in the Gaspe region in Quebec on March 3, 2017.
The next regions which saw the Bell ending its CDMA service were Yukon, Fort Nelson, Nunavut, Quebec City, Ontario, Kenora and Northwest Territories, where the company ended the service between May 31, 2018 and June 1, 2018.
Bell’s subscriber will no longer be able to make calls, using data or sending texts by using their CDMA devices once the CDMA network goes completely offline and they will also not able to call emergency services like 911 on their handsets.
The facility of topping up the accounts will not be available to prepaid subscribers and on June 14, 2019, balances of their accounts will also become expired.
According to Bell, prepaid subscriber will only be able to get their balance transferred and top-up blocks removed, when they upgrade to a 4G-enabled device and that too before the expiry date.
The support website also listed the CDMA devices which will no longer be working on carrier’s network and that included devices from LG, Palm, Sanyo, Motorola, Kyocera, Novatel, Sierra, Samsung, UTStarcom, Research In Motion (RIM) and HTC.
The Palm Pre, Motorola TAZR2 V9m, Sanyo Katana Eclipse, HTC Touch and almost all of RIM’s BlackBerry phones were included in the list.