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[Blog Post] Navigating the Mobile Maze: A Back to School Guide

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It's that time of year again - back to school. As you check off school supplies, new clothes, and those last-minute summer assignments, it's also the perfect time to consider mobile needs for both students and parents. Whether you're a parent looking out for your child's connectivity or a post-secondary student in need of a plan that suits your lifestyle, selecting the right mobile plan can feel like homework. We’ve pulled together the following guide to help. 

Connecting to the School Year Needs

Is the phone strictly for essential calls and texts, or will it be used for apps, virtual learning and more? Consider the following:

  1. What is the phone's primary purpose? If it's strictly for emergencies or keeping in touch during travel to and from school or campus, a basic plan with calling and texting services should be enough. 

  2. Accessing educational apps, online assignments, or research? Data becomes a vital part of the learning experience. A data package of 30GB, for example, provides ample bandwidth to explore interactive lessons, complete homework online, and access resources without worrying about running out. It’s about having enough of the right kind of data to support you or your child’s educational journey, all backed by 5G speeds where needed. Browse 5G Subscriptions here.

  3. Using social media or streaming platforms? From watching lectures to catching up on favorite shows, a plan with substantial data becomes crucial. Opting for something like 50GB at 5G speeds ensures a smooth, buffer-free experience, whether they’re watching educational videos or chatting with family and friends. 
  4. Need connectivity on campus? Busy wifi networks and inconsistent data demands can be a challenge. Opting for 5G speeds ensures smooth access, while add-ons offer flexibility to tailor your plan according to varying needs. 
  5. What is your budget? Consider what you're willing to spend over time. Factor in potential unexpected costs like overages and roaming when you consider the total package, especially if you're a student managing a budget.

Evaluate the Carriers

Once you have a clear idea of what you need, it's time to consider the carriers. 

Look at the coverage maps to ensure they have good service in your area and at you or your child’s school. Some things to consider:

  1. Reliability and coverage: Nothing is more important than being able to reach your child when needed. Make sure the carrier has strong, reliable coverage in your area.

  2. Cost: Compare the prices of plans between carriers. Remember, the most expensive or cheapest plan is not always the best.You want to get the most value for your needs. For cost certainty, consider our subscription plans: pay the same every time, no surprises. 

  3. Data allowances: Look at the data allowances and what happens if you go over. Some carriers slow down data speeds once you've reached your limit, while others may charge extra. If you’re looking for more control, our 90 day subscriptions provide all your data upfront, so you can spread the usage according to your needs. Data add-ons are also a great way to stick to the plan you want and purchase additional data as needed. You can use Public Points to purchase add-ons for $0. 

  4. Perks/Benefits: Consider carriers that offer rewards or perks for their customers, as this can provide added value to your plan. For example, one of the standout features of Public Mobile is its rewards program. From the loyalty rewards, where you can earn points and save on your bill, to the referral program where both you and a friend can earn rewards, Public Mobile offers savings that add up over time.

  5. Ease of Use: Over are the days of waiting on hold or in lines. Make sure the carrier prioritizes making your life easy. How much control do you have over your account? Can you make changes yourself through an app? Do you need to go into a store or can you activate your service in minutes with eSIM? How about 5G connectivity to keep you ahead of the game?
  6. Commitment: Long term vs short term. Consider how long you want to commit and what that commitment gets you - for example, you can save more with Public Mobile’s 90 day subscription plans. 

Selecting for your child? Education is key

Once you've chosen a plan, make sure to have a conversation with your child about responsible phone usage. Discuss the limits of their plan, the importance of not sharing personal information online, and the need for balance between screen time and other activities. Consider how you can monitor your child’s usage - if you haven’t already downloaded the Public Mobile app, it’s a great way to track and manage usage and make fast changes. 

Review and Adjust

Lastly, don't be afraid to re-evaluate your choice after a few months. If the plan isn't working as expected, many carriers allow adjustments or changes to your plan.

As you prepare for the back-to-school season, consider the benefits of choosing Public Mobile for you or your child's mobile needs. From customizable plans to reliable coverage, including 5G, and a supportive community, it's a decision that makes sense for both students and parents.

Wishing you all the luck!

- The Public Mobile Team



New in Town / Nouveau en Ville

It's somewhat strange seeing how much thought is put into selecting a student mobile plan when it wasn't that long ago when many students didn't carry around cell phones.

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

nice guide @J_PM 

and next you have to tell us you have student plan for schools start



Excellent article and useful information.  As a parent which went through these stages from junior high to university, there are many helpful tips. 

I find that Public mobile plans are ideal for children, teenagers and students. Especially the no overages,  surprise charges and no contract.  

$15 or $25 plans are excellent choices for beginner plans for older children and teenagers.  Get the basics with talk and text. Good for basic communication and emergency usage. Limited Data helps them learn to monitor their data usage.  If data runs out, it just stops working for that cycle.  Often hear about horror stories about parents getting a huge cell phone bill because their children overused their plans. 

As teenagers get older and need more data, then parents can slowly increase the data usage.  I started with the $15 plans when my kids were younger and now moved up to the $40 plans.  

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Nice, thanks for this. I think the ideal student plan would be a 4GB plan for $30. Can you make that happen?  

New in Town / Nouveau en Ville

Great post! Thanks

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

This post has a lot of helpful information - thank you

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

I hope this helps someone. Been lookinv for the right carrier for an organisation. It's not easy to gey everyghing you need.

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