As we enter the final month of the year (and decade!) I wanted to take the time to reflect on what a year it’s been. I also wanted to thank you all for another great year. Public Mobile could not be where it is today without you, our customers.
We kicked off the year focused on your wishlist from 2018:
Since last year, we’ve beefed up our Community support and brought response times down from days to minutes, getting you connected to Moderators faster. Our virtual assistant SIMon is also now better equipped to support you: SIMon has resolved 70% of all issues without needing a Moderator, and houses our new streamlined ticketing process, which helps you get better and faster support. All this progress wouldn’t be possible without you, our passionate Community. Thank you to those who have helped us identify these issues, test our systems, and provide feedback. While this progress is good, our journey is far from over. I encourage you to continue to provide feedback to help us build a better service for you.
We recognize that you are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we’ve refocused our brand promise. Our new motto “we’re for you” isn’t just for looks, we want to make sure you’re at the center of our systems, promotions, and even campaigns. We’ve been putting that into action, from free data giveaways to our #PublicMobilePDA campaign, where we broadcast the things you love on billboards across Canada!
But 2019 wasn’t all rosy. Earlier this year many of you experienced issues with your service because, frankly, our systems just weren’t good enough. In August, we made significant improvements to ensure that this didn’t happen again. Part of this required removing our Build Your Own Plan Calculator. This wasn’t an easy decision, and we know that many of you enjoyed the flexibility of the calculator. We’ve heard that feedback and are planning to introduce some enhancements to our plans in the coming year because of it. At the end of the day, having reliable service is just table stakes, and we want to make Public Mobile the best it can be for you. We have made improvements over the last year, but we’re not done yet.
As we continue to focus on our customers and what you want, in 2020 we’re focusing on a wishlist of things you have asked for:
As we work on this wishlist in the new year, we want to do so with more transparency. Our goal is to keep you more informed on the decisions we make and why we make them.
But, before we kick of 2020, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you for being a loyal Public Mobile customers and a valued member of the Community. Last year, we were #LessForLess, but now we’re for you. As December is the season of giving, we wanted to show you (in addition to telling you) how much we appreciate all you do. Make sure to check back on the Community this coming Wednesday, December 4th for a special announcement about some free gifts coming your way.
I wonder if "simpler and mobile-friendly self serve experience" means mobile app? "Promotions and programs that benefit you, our valued customers" must include existing customers more often than in the past. Things like augmented data, allowing existing accounts to get some of the deals that new activations get (free SIM card excepted) would be a great show of inclusiveness in the "our valued customers" adjective. On enhanced community, what can I say, "we're here for you Public Mobile".
@Dave_M great write up. I love to hear these updates as sometimes I feel lost in the process. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Looking forward to the thank you promos too.
I have one thing for you to consider. I wonder if you could set up an ideas forum of some type. Seeing the same concerns over and over is not productive in my opinion. If there was a place where people could send their concerns, like maybe @Ideas_Team and a thread where they could be posted, we could all see the ideas that were being floated and perhaps weigh in.
Sure unlimited plans would be great, and an app and the use of prepaid credit cards for auto-pay and many other things, but unless it's something PM can reasonably provide, there's not much sense talking about it.
Anyway, just an idea for more productive communication between PM and the PM community.
Unlimited data plan(s) ?
Never for me! These always seem to involve brutally restricted speeds, so more "regular" data is better.
BTW: Here's Dave navigating some of the rough seas we experienced last year.
Thanks for the update, Dave. I would say the best and most noticeable improvement this year has been support response times, and I for one appreciate it, since I had to avail myself of moderator assistance a few times this year. Keep working at those improvements, PM.
Looking forward to the announcement coming later this week.
@chuck_grady : You can use prepaid credit card gift cards to satisfy the autopay reward. (although I still haven't done an actual autopay from it due to balances)
Other payment options would be good ie. Paypal. They can take Paypal for the SIM, why not service?
Before my time here (maybe yours) there used to a Lab ideas suggestions kinda category.
@smp99 : And maybe $5 for 500 texts in/out kinda like the minutes add-on. Although with the demise of the $10 plan...that's kinda moot now. But there are likely still many on the $10 plan.
Severely throttled data doesn't interest me.
You can count me in as a member who would like to see the return of a Build Your Own Plan Calculator. I have been less than happy about finding out after using Build Your Own Plan for opening an account, that less than a week later the option to do so again for another one had just magically disappeared.
So to see an enhanced version of such a plan and some improved transparency when making these kind of changes is something we can all look forward to. I hope it happens.