Will this phone work with PM? I read somewhere that S7 has different models so I just want to make sure this model work on PM.
@Zappy the 930F is definitely compatible with PM, FYI. I didn't realize BB was selling them unlocked. I'm not sure fi there's a promo on still, but my friend got one unlocked contract free at a Samsung Experience store in September. It was regular 899, on for 799, and they had a $200 trade in deal on any old phone you had lying around, bringing it down to 600. It would be worth looking into that to see if they have anything similar going, if you happen to live near a Samsung store....
OR, go with @iSilenT's suggestion and pick up a OnePlus 3T. I have the slightoy older 3 (non-T) and love it to death. The only problem with the 3T right now is a very long lead time on the order (5 weeks last time I saw).
The S7 does have a $100 rebate in Costco but with a 2 year premium contract
The best Samsung promo available right now is over at our sister site Koodo
The Samsung S7 for $500 Canadian is by far best deal
Selling out quickly though since it is something like a $370 rebate off price!
I've started looking into Chinese phones...like Xiaomi. I'm pretty confident that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro International Edition should work with public mobile but the band naming conventions and resources can be pretty confusing though.
As far as I can tell, band 4 and to a lesser extent band 7 are the main LTE bands used by Telus/Koodo/PM. In my area (rural) the tower here is outputting band 4. The Xiaomi phone supports B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28 - so I should be good.
Other Chinese phones, like the Xiamoi Redmi Note 4 though wouldn't work so well out here due to their lack of support for band 4 lte. So its good to keep an eye out.
Just throwing this info out there for anyone interested in Chinese phones. They can be really cost competitive. The Note 3 can be had for $250 and offers some really good hardware and amazing battery life.
@Swordth I'm not sure about that specific model, but in addition to looking at LTE bands (to which your analysis looks about right), you need to look at the 3G HSPA/UMTS frequencies as well. For that, you want a phone that has both 850MHz and 1900MHz frequencies in order to get talk, texting, and 3G data (when LTE is not available).