How is this a good thing? The $5 fee for the online order sim was only to cover shipping. No one will need to wait for a SIM anymore because no one will be coming to Public. Simple as that.
The best thing about PM though is if you aren't happy or find a better deal, you can leave after 30/90 days depending on your plan with no penalty or buy out. I am not sure of the way things are going with the pricing but will be watching closely. PM has saved me a lot of money and believe it will in the future as well. The retail thing I am ok with as I can get a SIM card quickly if I need to it is the online cost rising as well. But Oh well I still support PM with my plan and in the community here as I do believe this is still a great model for service and want to see it spread to other services as well.
That's just the thing, though. You have to wait 30 or 90 days without losing your balance. If you wait, chances are the good promo deal will be history.
I see that as a negative, not a positive.
@jshmeek, what the cost per month breaks down to with rewards and referrals and autopay for myself I would make a jump if it would make financial sense for my future mobile needs. Right now it is going to be very hard for anything to beat the fall promo I am on and the rewards offered here. I was just stating that you aren't tied into a 2 year contract and a subsidized phone keeping you tied to a provider long term.
You're right (though it's kind of the point with a prepaid provider). Nothing will ever come to touch that plan though, especially at this point. Unless another service provider (maybe Freedom) has a great back to school rate, maybe then Public will need to provide a good rate again (hopefully not targetted like the last one).
All of these rate hikes and SIM card hikes scream "dead in the water" to me.
I think it's a little too late for selling the sim at the retail stores.
Quiet honestly wirh with the new lame 3G plans and pricing plus the new price increase for LTE plans, no one in their right mind would want to join PM and I don't think any of the current members would feel comfortable recommending anyone this service.
I guess we we can all safely say good bye to referrals.
Argh. Public Mobile had a good thing going with the ultra disruptive business model. Now this really sullies the experiment, which I assume is done. Package a SIM with a voucher perhaps, but not sell it separately. It won't be long when the folks at Walmart will be able to active that SIM as well.
@torontokris your numbers are way off
Fido's absolute cheapest barebones BYOD plan is $55 for 1GB of data
$65 to get an el cheapo garbage phone for $0
Plus Fido has activation fees on many plans ($15) & of course requires a credit check even for BYOD
Public is catering to a way different crowd with the 3G plans (really Chatr or Freedom) as prices show
I cant see NEW users signing up to the "MORE ($$) for LESS" PM plans.
Take this scenario..
Customer : hi wal-mart (cell department) do you have public mobile sims?
Wal-mart : Yes $10, however the plan is $50 for 3G service, no phone, no phone support.. however I can get you onto Fido or xyz company with canada wide LTE for around the same price and potentially a free phone as well.
Customer : Forget PM, Ill go with xyz
@kav2001c don't forget zoomer
2 year term + device