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Walmart SIM card purchase

Darryl69
Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

I’m being told I cannot purchase a SIM card from Walmart unless they do the activation. 
They flat out refused to sell me a card to activate myself. 
The reason they gave is that customers buy a card and activate it as if they live in another province to get better pricing. 

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For Walmart , it really depends on the Sales.

 

I have activated multiple lines with different Walmart stores in GTA area and all good experience and free SIMs.   I was lucky also that I usually manage to get the experience sales there and hence all done properly. 

 

I did have an issue when I activate my own lines with them.  The sales actually called PM and got the issues figured out and resolved.

I'm with you, @hTideGnow ,  the experience one has really depends on how one approaches it.  If you go into the store feeling you're 'too good' for it, just stay away.   I've activated a few services there over the years - quick service, free SIMs with ZERO connection or activation charges, no problems whatsoever.

 

Difficult to fully understand the Wally haters around here.  They frequently have what I need, when I need it, and at the best price.

 

So WHY would I shop elsewhere at a higher price - just because it's more classy?

 

Whatever...   shopping for essential, everyday items is not a fashion statement for me.   It's simply an in and out experience.   And truth be told, their staff go out of their way to help when they don't happen to have something - if you're kind and polite to them, they'll be kind and polite in return.

 

 

gpixel4
Mayor / Maire

@Darryl69 go to a London drugs or superstore. call ahead of time and call other mobile shops to see if they will sell you just the sim card. then you won't waste time going to a bunch of stores

LurganIeUk
Mayor / Maire

@Darryl69 wrote:

I’m being told I cannot purchase a SIM card from Walmart unless they do the activation. 
They flat out refused to sell me a card to activate myself. 
The reason they gave is that customers buy a card and activate it as if they live in another province to get better pricing. 


While I would not step into a Walmart I think you could have activated it in another province. Just say what province you want a number in. But the savings is not that significant...so why bother. And I would not show anyone my ID to buy a SIM card. Also keep in mind Walmart has profited many ways out our expense even if you don’t t shop there. Often they negotiate a property tax rate with the city before they build. 

darlicious
Mayor / Maire

While I am no fan of walmart and your experience at the mobile department can be very YMMV it does mostly depend on each individual business owner's way of operating their business...greedy, helpful, passionate etc....and how they set their policies and train their staff. The most effective way to purchase a sim card only is to explain its a replacement for an account with active service. But be forewarned that similar to koodo they can jack the price of a pm sim card up as high as $30. $20 more than the msrp.

 

I used to advocate for repercussions from pm to walmart in regards to their mobile department's sales tactics but the bottom line is walmart was pm's first major retail partner giving Canada wide access to public mobile sim cards, vouchers and activations. They are also often the only easily accessible retailer for pm purchases in smaller communities. Like it or not walmart will be a pm retail partner for a long time to come.

 

I don't think pm commissions are all that much lower than any other provider with exception that there is no chance of making a $0 subsidized device/phone sale. The discounted sim cards, bundles and plan discounts offered by CCS are evidence that a profit can still be made even when the retailer is willing to share some of their commission/profit thru extra discounts in order to gain your custom. Whereas koodo and Walmart along with other retailers can be driven soley by maximum profit and greed.

 

@Darryl69 

Very good experiences have been reported back from purchases and activations with CCS, London Drugs ( I can recommend both of these retailers) along with TMS (at Loblaws/RCSS), Mobilicity and many mom and pop cellphone repair shops offer excellent customer service that can be found using the store locator at the bottom of your screen. Go in educated on what pm plan, promo and purchase you want you will likely come out a satisfied customer.

KitharaC
Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

I don't know how urgently you need a new SIM card, but I ordered mine online for PM and had zero hassle. Perhaps that might be an option to consider if time is not an issue?

Also on Craigslist free and Ebay for 99 cents or less. 


@hTideGnow wrote:

For Walmart , it really depends on the Sales.

 

I have activated multiple lines with different Walmart stores in GTA area and all good experience and free SIMs.   I was lucky also that I usually manage to get the experience sales there and hence all done properly. 

 

I did have an issue when I activate my own lines with them.  The sales actually called PM and got the issues figured out and resolved.


Did you try buying a sim without activating?  Your experience and opinion could be much different.