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Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile

So just for reference, I decided to add the following for anyone looking for this info. I have added tags to all the retailer announcements:

Where to Buy SIMS

Retailers

(they are located on the list of tags to this post, on the right-hand side). Just click the tag to pull up the list.

 

And the links to all announcements (so far) and related articles so far are:

July 17, 2017Public Mobile Retail Launch: SIM cards now at Walmart! *** click here for Walmart locations

July 31, 2017Public Mobile Retail Launch: SIM cards now at WOW! Mobile Boutique  click here for WOW! Mobile locations

Nov 21, 2017Public Mobile Launches in K Mobile  click here for K Mobile locations

July 7, 2018Public Mobile at London Drugs!  click here for London Drugs locations

Sep 19, 2018Public Mobile is now available at The Mobile Shop!  click here for The Mobile Shop locations

Nov 30, 2018Public Mobile vending machines (test run during 2018 Christmas season only)

Apr 16, 2019 - Public Mobile now has their own kiosks click here for Kiosk locations

You can also buy them via Koodo Mobile BUT be advised that they seem to charge more for them than anywhere else. click here for Koodo locations

July 2, 2019 - Public Mobile SIMs for sale on Amazon.ca. click here to order from Amazon.ca. Note that shipping is not free unless you use Prime or have a minimum $35 order. But third parties might sell for less.

 

Of course, you can always order from Public Mobile online. click here to order from PM with FREE shipping.

 

 

*** Unfortunately many Wal-marts are refusing to sell SIMS unless you activate them in store. For some promotions that require you to activate ONLINE ONLY, this will disqualify you!

 

Also note that MANY other stores do sell PM SIMs. Click the [Find a Store] button under step "2. Buy a Public Mobile SIM card" on the Get Started page.

 

You can also leave feedback of your store experience by clicking "Leave a review" under the store location once you find it, then fill out the requested information.

 

You can also ask SIMON the bot "Where to Buy SIMs" by clicking on the ? on the bottom right side of the screen on this forum, then click "Retail Locations" and it will give you a short list.

 

P.S. If you want to get notified of all new promos and announcements, read this post:

How to get notified of ANY New Promos, Announcements, System Outages, etc (& any others)

 

Mayor / Maire

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile


@pm-smayer97 wrote:

So just for reference, I decided to add the following for anyone looking for this info. I have added tags to all the retailer announcements:

Where to Buy SIMS

Retailers

@pm-smayer97This gives a little more to add about each store, and how to find the location closest to you by using the "store locator" from each business.

 

WalMart There are over 400 WalMart locations across Canada. Find the store closest to you by clicking here.

 

The Mobile Shop. There are nearly 200 The Mobile Shop locations across Canada, located in places like Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore. Find the store closest to you by clicking here.

 

Wow! Mobile boutique. Not very many but in a lot of major cities. Find the closest to you by clicking here.

 

London Drugs operates 80 locations across 35 major markets. Check here to see if there is a location close to you Click here

 

K Mobile has 21 stores, see if one is close to you Click Here!

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile

Just FYI--Walmart's standard practice seems to be that they will only sell you the SIM card if you activate in-store with them. A number of people have mentioned that they will not sell you the card separately, and in fact when I tried it the other day, they refused to sell it to me as well unless I activated in-store with them.

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile

@canadave, it's best to go in with documentation, detailing what you're looking to do, and remind them that Public Mobile is allowing the 3rd party within Walmart to activate plans when originally, they were only supposed to sell the SIM Cards.  

 

Stand up to them, know your rights, and refuse to activate in store, or go to a retailer that will sell it to you without issue.

 

In Ontario at least, there are far more stores selling PM SIMs combined, than Walmart alone.

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile

I wound up going immediately afterward to London Drugs and bought the SIM with no problem.

 

I don't think I would've had any luck trying to convince the guy at Walmart to sell me the SIM. He basically said they had a limited stock and were saving them for people coming in for in-store activations. That story is something others in the community have said they heard too.

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile

I started a thread for Public Mobile Vending Machines as well - it's apparently something new and I've only seen one report, where someone spotted it in Dufferin Mall in Toronto. If it makes sense, you could link to that thread and (I hope) that's where people will report other locations they've spotted vending machines:

 

https://productioncommunity.publicmobile.ca/t5/Getting-Started/Public-Mobile-vending-machines/m-p/30...

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile

If I happen to spot one or hear of any vending machines in B.C. i will be sure to say so. Thanks. That is a wonderful idea.  Isn't it bewildering how ppl are so creative. 

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Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile

Nice... I have added it above ;-)

Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile

Same experience here at Walmart South London. I was not able to buy a sim card for a friend that is visiting. The phone has to be activated.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Where to buy SIMS for Public Mobile


@jeantrot wrote:

Same experience here at Walmart South London. I was not able to buy a sim card for a friend that is visiting. The phone has to be activated.


Is there WOW boutique anywhere close by if you don't want to activate instore at Walmart?