When I saw this plan I was not even surprised.
I mean the only reason this plan exists is just to make the 40$ plan look very good.
It is like the new features stripped plastic Samsung Note 20 compared to it's Ultra brother. Why pay 1399 CAD for a lesser note while you can get the super uber duper galactic Ultra Note 5G for ONLY 1899CA.
This is nothing but upselling you to the next tier to increase their Average revenue per user (ARPU), or straight up push you out to Koodo /Telus.
PM is like any other company that is looking for profit, which perfectly fine, but offering these plans would be perfectly fine if we were still in 2014. Not in 2020 and during a pandemic.
Instead of receiving e-mails from Telus about how to keep exercising and tips on how to spend time during isolation, I rather have a reduction in my plan's price or at the very least have more data so that it could be used in case Wifi is not working or available. Data cost companies pennies after all.
Unfortunately since Telus is the big boss, PM cannot be very competitive if at all. It is really sad to see PM just keep going downhill (promo and plan wise) for years now, while you can see that the online model they are made for is working perfectly fine (overlooking the few glitches from year to year) and you can see that the mods are very helpful and best at what they do... Unfortunately we are in the Canadian market.
Yes sadly the elimination of the $30/2gb limited time plan instead of its installation as a permanent plan was a step backward leaving a big hole between the $25/1gb and the $40/5gb. But the new activation promotions, occasional bonus referral credits,, free gifts are still enticing but they have not abandoned the rewards program and it still makes public mobile stand out if you are a DIYer....a little hard work eventually pays great dividends. It took me one year of hard work to not only go from neophyte flip phone user to a knowledgeable public mobile customer but I'm a poster child of their favourite advertising tag line....lower your bill to $0 per/ month (two actually!)
Bought a sim card today but think I'm gonna wait to activate it until another deal comes up - that $30/2gb seemed nice. Hopefully something comes up for holidays.
I’m a big Public Mobile fan but with Freedom currently offering 7GB plans (1GB + 6GB bonus) for the same $35, it’s really hard to recommend this to people. Yes I know about the reception differences, I used to be with WIND/Freedom.
How is reception? I've been with Koodo for 10+ years with no problems, but their plans are garbage. My understanding is public is the same telus network so that would be nice. But the public prices are still not good enough.
"Pretty much same" actually means "exactly identical" in this case.
The same is also true with Bell-owned and SaskTel-owned towers. Doesn't matter which of them or which of their lesser brands you subscribe to. Or so @sheytoon and other experts (who had or still have a tech career in this field) have explained in other threads.
(I still harbour doubts about it, I still suspect that a carrier can somehow prefer or prioritize some network traffic over other network traffic. But my doubts are apparently contraindicated by the network engineering. And they're unimportant here anyhow.)
You are correct, I am corrected.
Although VoLTE is only available on select Telus-contract plans with premium Telus-purchased smartphones. So it's already unavailable (even on Telus itself) if you're only paying the sorts of prices which PM and the other third-tiers charge for monthly service.