I am thinking of going hiking in Gaspésie, QC, Canada. While I do not expect to rely on good/any GSM coverage, I will take my phone in case of emergency and I am trying to figure if some provider is better for the coverage of the area. I checked the two main Canadian network, Rogers and Bell, and I do not exactly understand their coverage.
Rogers coverage map seems clear : there is no coverage at all.
Bell coverage map is not so clear. It shows mostly 3G and 4G (my phone does not have 4G), but the 3G is apparently called "3G EVDO / 1xRTT", and some more explanation brings the term "CDMA" which, I think, is a different standard than GSM, which means it would not work with my phone. Does it mean that Bell does not have any coverage with plain old GSM?
I don't really know any other mobile phone network in Canada or locally in Gaspésie. What are the phone providers that would allow me to have a tiny chance that my text would go through ?
On top of that, I have already heard there are multiple standards handled by different providers in Canada, but all this confused me as it is not often clearly specified which phone is compatible with which standard and which operator has which standard.
So ideally, will my phone bought in France, compatible with 3G UMTS and 2G GSM be usable there with some provider? Otherwise, what networks (if there are any other than Bell) cover the Gaspésie?