Public Mobile is certainly more "friendly" and attractive than the other providers in certain ways - cheap plans and prices, no service charges, Rewards/discounts, free gifts, etc.
But in the end they're a business. Owned by a bigger business. They're not going to put too much enthusiasm into rushing their own customers to pay even less.
@Korth true... But with their main brand starting at like $80+ and enough people still paying that, they could probably provide PM services completely free except the sim card and still be profiting lol
Until the second week after PM becomes free and all the $80/month Telus customers have become $0/month PM customers.
@AE_Collector you do make a great point! Lol... But I wonder, could we all still skate by on the $80+ people who never check around for other deals?
I just did a calculation for my sister. and purchasing a new phone and plan is cheaper than buying a new phone and going with a third tier provider. I did this with an s21 5g. and Koodo wins by over $200 in savings. I think it was the $45/3gb vs $33/3gb.
factoring all the glitches, slow internet, etc. Koodo wins by a long shot
True. PM is not that cheapest in all situation. PM is strong (competitive) on only low cost plans and people would save a lot if you need very little data and only need an entry to mid level phones, or if you have already paid off a nice new phone
If you use a lot of data, need to buy great phone, I dun think PM is a place for you.
Of course, PM is good as this is prepaid, no contract, you don't have to worry about breaking the contract. No surprise billing. (The Big 3 actually earn a lot from overage, late fee etc)
Also keep in mind, many of the active members here are paying $0 to only half their monthly fee because of all the rewards maybe that makes up 5% of PM users ??
But I wonder, could we all still skate by on the $80+ people who never check around for other deals?
A lot of people do buy the high-end plans. Because it's a flat expense which "guarantees" maximum reliability with minimum hassles. Not worth paying a few dollars less if that buys a whole bunch of hidden issues or tradeoffs. Government mentality. Corporate mentality. Business-owner mentality.
I don't think Public Mobile has as many customers as it used to.
But regardless of the numbers ... the carrier (Telus) makes money from user telemetry and tracking and datamining. For invading and selling their customers' "privacy". The data brokers pay big bucks for reliable, accurate, recent information. I suspect that the carriers could indeed offer "free" mobile service to everyone and still make profit - if we're not at that point yet then we will be soon.
@gpixel4 wow, so actually in koodos case at least right now, they're getting the device for free... I don't know if it's a sale? But I feel like you at least used to have to add $10 on top of the base plan price to get even the cheapest tab, making her cost actually 45, normally, for the first however many months then 35 or byod prices after that
In this case, if it's not just a sale, they might want to lower their "bring your own device" prices... The whole point of doing that vs getting new device is saving money per month, or at least it used to be 🤷🤷 they're likely losing customers to places like here as a result lol
yeah, I think many customers have been moving to these third tier brands and this is their way of trying fight it.
I'm wondering if this will give the customer the ability to move up and down plans, instead of being locked into the contract plan for the whole term?
the offer I was comparing was a $0 tab(Koodo pays $600) then I think it was $30+/- monthly plus your plan amount. this offer has been discontinued now.
if we compare the Koodo tab plus option. we pay $608 upfront then $792 for the tab. for a total of $1400. without the promo saving $600 public becomes the cheaper option again!
$979.99+12.5%tax=$1102.50 (s21 on sale Samsung website)
=$432.00(12 renewals/1yr loyalty)
buying from Samsung and using Koodo
$2790.00 - $2317.50 = $472.50
Yes there are sooo many variables in doing a comparison like this. Sometimes you can find a scenario that looks good for the unexpected provider and as long as it is still available AND it is the perfect plan for the person...grab it! I know the PM $35 plan has seen some improvements lately but until recently it was arguably “the worst deal” that PM offered.