I ordered a SIM card for $5 (plus tax) and am so far happy with this phone plan. However, the shipping took awhile, so I figured that for my brother who wanted to switch I’d swing by Walmart, the Source or some other place that’d have one... my experience was not great to say the very least.
I started off by phoning Walmart and talking to their Electronics associate. Besides the fact that she was rude, she didn’t even ask the correct question to the phone kiosk associate. She said I could just go to Dollarama and get one for $4.
So I phoned Dollarama and then was told they only sell Bell and it’s subsidiaries (Bell, Virgin, Lucky Mobile).
I decided to phone The Source next (I later found out they’re owned by Bell) and was told they have the same SIM card selection as Dollarama.
I phoned Shoppers Drug Mart next and they don’t carry SIM cards. The Rogers store obviously wouldn’t have Telus (or it’s subsidiaries SIM cards).
So I looked into The Phone Experts next, not only where they closed but I’ve heard Telus won’t sell Public Mobile SIM cards despite literally owning them. I phoned a truck stop next and they didn’t carry SIM cards.
The map that shows availability for SIM cards literally only showed two locations in Alberta, and in an area like Ontario it wasn’t much better.
So either: Walmart’s employees were incorrect (wouldn’t be surprised) or it’s literally impossible to get a SIM card where I live. Really didn’t want to wait two weeks to get one delivered, but that’s looking like my only option.
CCS $5 and free delivery
Craigslist $0 and free delivery
eBay 99 cents and free delivery.
Wal-Mart is basically the last place you should go to for Public Mobile needs. They really are quite dismissive about prepaid phone carriers in general. If you have Amazon, you can get it with Prime Shipping really fast. Most Telus Stores also have them.
Where are you located in Alberta? I used the store locator at the bottom of the page and found dozens of retail locations in Calgary and Edmonton. Grande Prairie had eight. There were a couple or more in Hinton and Red Deer. Cold Lake only had Walmart....the most listed retailer and probably the community's least favourite and I'm no fan of koodo either for several reasons......
TMS found at Loblaws and RCSS locations is a good source and they will give you 1000 pc optimum points if you stop by and discuss your cellular needs. They occasionally offer a spend $50 get 25,000 points ($25 worth of points) and will usually price match other retailers pm offers such as a free sim card w/in store activation..
I have had great experiences both purchasing just sim cards and activating in store at London Drugs. They have excellent customer service and usually very knowledgable employees who respect your privacy when activating and I have even had staff insist I open the self serve account in store in case any issues popped up and would make sure all your services were working with a new or a ported phone number.
They guarantee customer satisfaction, price match and price adjust. If you sign up for the LD extras program you earn a $5 coupon/voucher per 10 store "visits" w/ a $10+ purchase. These can be both earned and redeemed not only on sim cards but on pm vouchers as well. Most loyalty rewards programs exclude vouchers and prepaid phone cards/credits. You also get a free $5 "coupon" on your birthday. London drugs pm vouchers are immediately valid and loadable onto your account via 611 or your self serve account.
I have also dealt with Canadian Cell Supplies purchasing sim cards, vouchers and most recently a free sim activation bundle. Its better to allow enough time for an unactivated free sim to arrive and activate with the possibility of stacking a CCS and a pm promotional offer and use the full 30 days of service. Otherwise shipping via canada post is pretty consistently 5 business days (from Toronto to Vancouver at least...)
Vouchers arrive via email in 1 to 3 days. Pm sim cards are currently $5 including shipping or free with activation and save up to 50% on your first month. (ie. $50 plan=50% off or $25+tax to activate the $50:plan or $25 plan=25% off or $18.75+tax to activate the $25 plan.)
There are many small business mobile/cellular shops that sell phones and offer repairs as well as sell sim cards, vouchers and may even do activations as well. Pm is unique in making inroads with small businesses to become retail partners and offering individual marketing agreements as evidenced by the discounts that CCS has been able to offer pm customers.
Also...I'm sure @popping can offer some insight as he is a fellow albertan.
Yeah, that kind of is too bad. When we want a SIM, it is not too easy to get one quickly in some areas of Canada, I have noticed that.
Some Walmart locations have been known to be 'difficult' or deter customers away from Public Mobile at times.
If you want to share your city, it is possible someone may have a spare SIM to provide/sell from the Community members.
I have used this company before: https://canadiancellsupplies.com/collections/sim-cards/products/public-sim-card
and have been happy with them. Currently SIM's are $5 on their site.
Hello all , I have recently observed that you can pickup SIM Card from CCS in few minutes , one of my friend just picked up this morning and great things its 100% FREE SIM
plus up-to $25 saving on first month bill, its a great deal to start by Canadian Cell Supplies
Make sure you order a Bundle to get this deal, they also have Freedom and Chatr FREE SIM
I am very pleased with the services I have recieved from CCS. If you live in the Toronto area having pick up service as well is very convenient.
I've had a good experience with London Drugs if that's in your area.
London Drugs aren't in a lot of the country. In your other post, you got a free sim because you activated. The problem is finding sims but getting the store to sell the sim if you don't want activation. The experience can be different when no activation is wanted.