Canadian Cell Supplies
An official pm retail partner that offers additional discounts on activation bundles, occasionally on vouchers and SIM cards are usually $5 or less.
Phone wise swiftronics currently has a dual sim Samsung A32 on for $299. But your Google Pixel 3a xl still has a lot of life in it yet. Wait out a couple years and get a Pixel 6 discounted. The 5 isn't much of an improvement over your current one to justify the expense.
Even our resident antagonist @barndoor bumped himself up to a $5 community reward this past month!😃
Antagonist ?? Ouch 😞 ... It just goes to show that you don't have to help people here to get a buck or two . Just running your post count up discussing and learning about anything relating to the site works .
I think some here need to find better dog trainers ... we have an account with the mama dog that suits its purpose for cheaper than anything here ...well without doing a bunch of extra work to get it free here . And we get along fine with them but its prepaid .
I don't envy anyone the challenge of trying to find more data at a good price due to all the variables like different speeds, different payments , phone purchase plans , rewards , variability in activation fees, fine print BS, etc . Sometimes better the devil you know for a little more money than having to learn the tricks of a new one .
My local Fido offering 10 GB per month for $5 more than I'm paying now. Sad to say I'll probably move.
Unfortunate as I've acquired an affinity for PM.
..but Fido won't give you Community Reward or Friend's referral, there is no chance to make it $0 monthly fee like many here 🙂
@hTideGnow , Just curious , what percentage of those here have a $0 monthly fee ? And at what cost to them in time and effort ?
edited to add , @rossputin , what plan you on here ?
There is no way in heck that I'll ever be able to get even close to a zero dollar bill. I don't know how anyone is able to do it. I have a whole whopping 3 people - my wife, son, & dad. I think my brother-in-law had joined & then quit after a month. I have not been able to convince anyone else to join PM. So if I see the right offer at another provider, I'm jumping ship. But it seems like that will happen when hell freezes over. PM is easily the best of a bad lot.
@bluejaywpg Agreed, It's hard to convince some people because they look at you like "WHO?" then they don't bother switching, because they don't trust it or they feel it's a bit skeptical. Also, it a lot harder to convince someone when they have been with the carrier for 10+ years, and they are content to pay $80+/mo.
@LeePublic I was with Telus 15 years (ish). I was very leary of switching and PM but pleased with the outcome.
I saw Telus has a $80 BYOD plan. I'm like "WTF".
Better options out there for sure.
There is no way in heck that I'll ever be able to get even close to a zero dollar bill. I don't know how anyone is able to do it.
I would guess that those getting it free here are likely using a $15 plan ... not a high data $35 plus plan . Darlicious might be able to swing it with a more expensive plan with all the strategies she seems to have for cost cutting but I can't imagine the average person that just wants a phone with data to use ever coming even close to free.
PM does seem to have a more obvious and fair loyalty program than other carriers ...but when talking to other family members .. the other carriers all seem willing to offer as good as or better perks but they just need to be pushed a little harder sometimes . As I've said before I have an inlaw that uses Fido and loves them ,been with them a long time and they offer him deals that he can't find anywhere else.
Unfortunately there seems to be no predictability as to when or why situations go bad . .. in my past experience it can be as simple as getting the right CSA that can make all the difference .
Geez ...that Fido bus is an ugly piece of engineering .
I was with telus for 20 years (first 3 w/clearnet after telling telus where to go....)and like many I was brand loyal and their loyalty department gave me what I wanted when called upon. But after a series of slight plan adjustments that turned into huge billing errors the final straw was being turned down by the loyalty department for a $5/12 month bill credit.
Loyalty was out the window and I ported out the next day to pm. Two bills from freedom and telus went from $75+tax to $36+tax at PM to $28 ($40 plan on a promo)and $0 to a steady decline in billing til the promo ended and I switched to the $15 plan=$0 at 1 year and $0 account fluctuating between +$5 and +$13.
Loyalty is a hard thing to break especially when trying to switch someone to a provider they have never heard of...or if they have it's not good things. But first I tell them it's on the telus network and owned by Telus and the reason that they have heard only negative comments is because all the customer service is online and people who don't understand that are the reason that pm gets a bad name. I offer to walk them thru the process and help them if needed. The ones who balk because they don't understand technology (despite having smartphones?!!) I offer to help manage their accounts.
I have only lost 2 referrals....a visiting American couple. All my other referrals are extremely happy. Other than a few having a hitch or two during activation they have all had perfect service since switching providers. 4 of them I actively manage ( as in they have never logged into their account) and 3 that I oversee and help if they have questions. The rest manage their own accounts.
Other than the bf none of my immediate family are with pm. All my referrals are friends, acquaintances and a few community members and one mystery referral. I have either gained them from helping them out on the community, worked on them til they are free of a contract like the one who will be activating at the beginning of October or I have them marched down to London Drugs kicking and screaming that they like fido despite constantly getting cut off service because he couldn't afford $80 per month and the $35 reconnection fees who is now happily kicking himself each month when he pays his $9 pm phone bill.
All you have to do is start the conversation....find out who someone's provider is and if they have a prepaid account. Then you ask how much data they use and how much they pay. If they have a large data plan, a post paid account and/or talk about how awesome their fancy phone is they are not your demographic.
Anyone with an older phone who uses very little data or only WiFi and pays between $25 and $45 a month is your target audience. They are all overpaying for their service but are worried they can't keep their phone number, they need to have the porting process explained and done for them either by you or a retail location with you accompanying them. And they need the assurance they can call on you if they have a problem. You become the call centre (but they rarely have a problem.)
However as in my referrals like this I keep a copy of their account info and keep them aprised of free gifts and load them if necessary or tell them to reply YES to a text or sit down with them to help type out their contest entry. Just like the community the $1 monthly reward is peanuts to the smile on their faces as they save money or learn one tiny new thing about how their phone works.
Those peanuts 🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜do eventually add up to a $0 bill.
Normally my data is fine because I use wi-fi as much as possible. However in the coming months I'll be in situations where wi-fi won't be available. So the 10 gigs for $5 more is attractive.
One other consideration ... with PM they apparently don't mind you changing plans ,since you can do it yourself . If the need for more data is temporary you could up the plan for now and then when back to better wifi availability drop the plan back down and still keep loyalty and rewards . It seems to be a selling point of prepaid plans that I don't see mentioned much ...I certainly can't imagine postpaid letting you adapt your plan to your consumption unless it is a more expensive plan .