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Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Freedom's New Plans

Freedom Mobile came out with a few cheap prepaid plans. $9 for texting, $19 for talk and text, and $24 for talk, text and 1.5 gb of LTE.

 

Tempting. Though I doubt I'll switch, as I'm not sure how reliable their network is where I live.

 

I'm mostly bringing this up to voice my hope that Public will feel the need to compete. All three of these plans are better than the equivalent Public Mobile offerings, but I hope this won't be true for long.

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Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Freedom's New Plans

You can check if they have any towers near you.

 

https://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html

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Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Re: Freedom's New Plans

It's apples and oranges at this point with the different coverage. In some of the main city centres, Freedom is no doubt an option, but if you move out of the "home" zones or whatever they're called, the coverage decreases significantly.

 

PM at least has the same coverage as Telus and Koodo (same networks) and the plans are quite competitive. To each their own, of course, but would definitely make sure you're comfortable with the coverage on Freedom before jumping ship.

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Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Freedom's New Plans

Not planning to switch and as a matter of fact will add a family member to PM once her Speakout balance is done.

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Oracle

Re: Freedom's New Plans


@zxcvbnm wrote:

Freedom Mobile came out with a few cheap prepaid plans. $9 for texting, $19 for talk and text, and $24 for talk, text and 1.5 gb of LTE.

 

Tempting. Though I doubt I'll switch, as I'm not sure how reliable their network is where I live.

 

I'm mostly bringing this up to voice my hope that Public will feel the need to compete. All three of these plans are better than the equivalent Public Mobile offerings, but I hope this won't be true for long.


The big 3 do not treat Freedom as serious competition.  The Public Mobile brand competes with the Chatr and Lucky brands.  TBH, I would rather pay $23 for talk, text, 1GB of data on a nation wide network than to pay $1 more to be on small swiss cheese network.  Also, it seems not so clear what the roaming charges are when not in the home network in Canada. 

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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Freedom's New Plans

I think it really depends on where you live and where you travel for work, school, and on your free time.  As the coverage isn't the best in rural areas, it could be factor for some. In my case, my family member was roaming on the first floor of our residence.  While the plans could look enticing, if they can't provide the basic service to call and text, the price isn't really worth it in the end.

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Mayor / Maire

Re: Freedom's New Plans

Yeah they're pretty useless for me. Freedom roams with Rogers. Rogers isn't great where I am. And where I am would be Freedom roaming. Not suitable for me. No thanks.

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Retired Oracle / Oracle Retraité

Re: Freedom's New Plans


@zxcvbnm wrote:

Freedom Mobile came out with a few cheap prepaid plans. $9 for texting, $19 for talk and text, and $24 for talk, text and 1.5 gb of LTE.

 

Tempting. Though I doubt I'll switch, as I'm not sure how reliable their network is where I live.

 

I'm mostly bringing this up to voice my hope that Public will feel the need to compete. All three of these plans are better than the equivalent Public Mobile offerings, but I hope this won't be true for long.


The problem with Freedom is no longer the Home zone restriction since these plans include roaming on the other Canadian networks. The problem is the coverage/signal quality/network within the Freedom covered areas.

 

I can see Public Mobile possibly matching that $24 (with Digital Discount) plan from Freedom by offering it at $25 which would get reduced to $23 with Autopay.  This is purely speculation of course, and I very much doubt that Public Mobile's version would include full speed LTE.