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Public Mobile vs Freedom mobile

  • Last Updated:
  • Feb 21st, 2019 2:40 pm

Poll: Which Carrier?

  • Total votes: 36. You have voted on this poll.
Public Mobile
 
19
53%
Freedom Mobile
 
12
33%
Koodo Mobile
 
5
14%
[OP]
Member
Jan 13, 2016
276 posts
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Vancouver, BC

Public Mobile vs Freedom mobile

I'm interested in a phone plan with a small amount of data. Public mobile has a $30 plan with 1 gb and freedom has a plan for $25 for 500mb both unlimited phoning. Is there a reason to go with one over the other or do you have any other recommendations?
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Deal Guru
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Sep 21, 2005
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I may be bias. I like a plan with Canada wide service. I don't want to pay roaming charge while I am on highway where I may use data for Google map or phone ahead to make arrangement before arriving etc. PM will meet my requirement. Freedom cannot meet my requirement ATM.
Have too many phones... This is how I limit my monthly phone payment.
Koodo $30 plan, PM $38 5GB plan, PM $8 plan to replace Speakout,
Zoomer loyalty family plan for 4 lines $117/6GB, $0 FPL home phone
Deal Expert
Aug 22, 2006
21231 posts
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Doesn't Public Mobile use Telus?

If so, that.

Unless you never leave the tiny service area of Freedom, it's not worth being locked in.
[OP]
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Jan 13, 2016
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Vancouver, BC
I just saw freedom mobile isn't available on all the stops on the skytrain so thats out. I would assume public mobile being telus would be available anywhere you are on skytrain? I know rogers is.
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Aug 22, 2006
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Latebuyer wrote:
Jan 28th, 2019 10:23 pm
I just saw freedom mobile isn't available on all the stops on the skytrain so thats out. I would assume public mobile being telus would be available anywhere you are on skytrain? I know rogers is.
Oh hey I missed Vancouver.

Stadium to DT (plus a few random spots like Edmonds) were out with Freedom.
Although I hear that they finally upgraded service to work from Stadium on. I haven't been that way in a while so I can't confirm.
No comment on Canada Line or Millennium.
Deal Addict
Aug 30, 2011
1230 posts
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Edmonton
Public Mobile. Way better coverage and speeds unless your plan is 3G speeds (3mbps throttled)
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Nov 28, 2013
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Oakville
tablo13 wrote:
Jan 28th, 2019 11:29 pm
Public Mobile. Way better coverage and speeds unless your plan is 3G speeds (3mbps throttled)
99% of people (in particular, a low data user like the OP) won't notice the difference between PM's throttled "3G" plan, and full speed LTE from a different carrier. If I didn't already have an insane plan with Koodo, I'd be switching back to a PM 3G plan too. $48 (with autopay) a month for 8gb of "3G" data? That's pretty solid.
Lucky Koodo $40/6GB (with $15/10GB add-on) recipient
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Nov 14, 2006
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GTA
Wife has Public and I have freedom (last 6 years) I'm fine with it as I live and work in the GTA so no problems with reliability. Wife works at times out of the freedom zone so I got her with Public and she is happy with it.

I think it depends on your areas of usage but i'm happy with freedom for my $45 tax in 10 gig plan unlimited everything else, wife is good on her $38 tax in 4 gig 3G plan.
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Dec 12, 2009
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Toronto
lilmikey wrote:
Jan 29th, 2019 10:07 am
Wife has Public and I have freedom (last 6 years) I'm fine with it as I live and work in the GTA so no problems with reliability. Wife works at times out of the freedom zone so I got her with Public and she is happy with it.

I think it depends on your areas of usage but i'm happy with freedom for my $45 tax in 10 gig plan unlimited everything else, wife is good on her $38 tax in 4 gig 3G plan.
If your wife is still sporting the $40/4GB plan, why not upgrade to the $40/5GB plan. Same price, get 1GB more. Making plan changes does not affect anything else, so long as you apply the change on the next renewal.
Koodo $40/6GB
Public Mobile 2016 fall promo, $23/1GB, $38/5GB
Fido $0.00/3GB+tablet
Tangerine Bank
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Dec 12, 2009
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Toronto
OP, for $3 more each month, it is a no brainer, go with the better network.
Koodo $40/6GB
Public Mobile 2016 fall promo, $23/1GB, $38/5GB
Fido $0.00/3GB+tablet
Tangerine Bank
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Nov 24, 2016
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can't comment about freedom now since I stopped using them back in 2017. Service was usable but calls dropped and pages were slow to load. When I was in Vancouver it was more or less the same as Toronto coverage. Public mobile is better than freedom for sure. The freedom lte vs public mobile 3g shouldn't be a deciding factor if you are planning on only having 1gb of data. Its enough for the occasional whatsapp, wechat and checking email. In every case 3g is fine.
Jr. Member
Mar 4, 2015
194 posts
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Vancouver
If you're going to the states often, Freedom's new US prices have increased something like 4x because they want to sell you their new "2 days of usage in the states with 150mb of data, sorry but you can't get single day passes for cheaper, sucker" add on.
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Aug 18, 2018
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SFO <==> YYZ
If you go the states often, obtain a Google Voice number while there, then sign up for T-Mobile's $10/2GB data-only plan (they let you roam in Canada free of charge no less). To hell with all those "roam like home" fees.
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May 17, 2005
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in GTA I would choose Public Mobile for sure , I remember when changed from wind to public mobile a few years ago , and when for the 1st time did not lose the signal in moving elevator - it was like WOW ! in elevator ! the door is closed ! and the elevator is moving ! wow ! Face With Tears Of Joy
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arkane wrote:
Feb 1st, 2019 12:33 am
If you go the states often, obtain a Google Voice number while there, then sign up for T-Mobile's $10/2GB data-only plan (they let you roam in Canada free of charge no less). To hell with all those "roam like home" fees.
Many people are willing to pay the convenience fee as if the SIM card was welded in place.
Koodo $40/6GB
Public Mobile 2016 fall promo, $23/1GB, $38/5GB
Fido $0.00/3GB+tablet
Tangerine Bank

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