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get 3GB of data for $0* when you join Public Mobile

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For a limited time, get 3GB of data for $0* when you join Public Mobile.
Use promo code FREE3GB when you activate on the $25, $40 or $50 plans.

* Activate on $25, $40 or $50 plan and get a free 3GB one-time data bonus for a limited time. For a limited time only. Offer available to new customers who activate online. 3GB one-time data bonus will automatically be applied to activations on $25, $40 and $50 rate plans or more. Bonus data will expire if the account becomes inactive or the rate plan is changed. Please note it may take up to 2 business days for bonus data to be applied. This promotion is not stackable with other in-market offers. This offer is subject to change without notice.
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So it’s just a one time use , not a monthly bonus
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I just spoke to the agent and yes, confirmed, it's only 1 time use, no monthly benefits of 3 GB extra.
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Poutinesauce wrote: I remember in Hong Kong I got a sim card for $17 with unlimited data for a month. And here we thank our telco overlords when they throw us some scraps. How pathetic.
Mostly has to do with population density . Same applies to many European countries.
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stephroll wrote: Mostly has to do with population density . Same applies to many European countries.
The usual argument of greedy Canadian corporations without a proper government oversight, which does not hold water. $12 for unlimited data in Russia.
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stephroll wrote: Mostly has to do with population density . Same applies to many European countries.
Exactly.

Thats why India has 2 GB PER DAY with unlimited nationwide talk and text for only CAD 5 per month (18% Taxes Included)
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No idea why PM does these promotions. Sure, if you're on the fence between a plan of theirs and another provider, I guess it could be the deciding factor as something is better than nothing... but there is no way a one time bonus of 3 gb is going to entice users, or at least me, to switch. A bit misleading at a quick glance.
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It probably won't change anyone's mind, but it is better than some others that offer no additional incentive. And If I am not mistaken, even though it is a 1 time bonus, it does not expire unless you change plans or let account expire. Too bad it is only for $25+ plans. My son has the basic $15 plan ($13 with prepay) which only comes with 250MB bonus data. For him it is plenty to occasionally chat with friends when he is on public transit. He has Wifi at home, and at school, so data was not critical. But last year he got a 1GB data bonus, which got added to his account. That is a nice buffer for those who will "occasionally" go over their allotted monthly data. For him, he still has over 800MB left from that bonus, and the only reason he even went over a few times, was because he had forgotten and left an pp running in background.

For a $13 plan, with unlimited incoming calls, unlimited text and 100 minute outgoing, with some bonus data, it is pretty good for someone who needs something basic. And he had also gotten a 400 canadawide minute bonus, which he has never used. Outgoing calls, he has pretty much never gone past 5 minutes a month anyhow :) Kids nowadays don't typically call, they just text.
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Yeah, as someone who has lived in Europe, I can realize the absurdly high rates here. I remember paying about $15 (converted) monthly for unlimited calling, plus 3 GB of LTE data.

Both Europe & India have a higher population density then Canada. Canada is a much bigger country, with a miniscule population. There are no economies of scale here, hence the absurdly high prices charged. I do understand the prices being higher here, maybe not as much as current levels, but they can never be priced competitively as India or Europe or Brazil (e.g.) or HongKong, unless....

(So the easy/obvious solution) ... time to go make many Canadians :)
(just joking, but seriously)
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I agree such a blah offer and pointless.
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Vasyllaw wrote: The usual argument of greedy Canadian corporations without a proper government oversight, which does not hold water. $12 for unlimited data in Russia.
there is no offer without demand; it'll rain upon us with one-time-deals as long as there will be people to get them; same applies to credit card companies; it's amazing how many people are buying into their limited time crap promotions. The change has to happen in the mentality of the consumer. Chisel yourself to go for quality deals. And I am not talking about the free coffee Tuesday at the burger franchise.
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selinis wrote: there is no offer without demand; it'll rain upon us with one-time-deals as long as there will be people to get them; same applies to credit card companies; it's amazing how many people are buying into their limited time crap promotions. The change has to happen in the mentality of the consumer. Chisel yourself to go for quality deals. And I am not talking about the free coffee Tuesday at the burger franchise.
No argument here, but I would put much blame on the lack of government intervention rather on the consumer awerness. On the oligopoly, a consumer has no voice whatsoever as we can see in Canada.
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Emporium wrote: It probably won't change anyone's mind, but it is better than some others that offer no additional incentive. And If I am not mistaken, even though it is a 1 time bonus, it does not expire unless you change plans or let account expire. Too bad it is only for $25+ plans. My son has the basic $15 plan ($13 with prepay) which only comes with 250MB bonus data. For him it is plenty to occasionally chat with friends when he is on public transit. He has Wifi at home, and at school, so data was not critical. But last year he got a 1GB data bonus, which got added to his account. That is a nice buffer for those who will "occasionally" go over their allotted monthly data. For him, he still has over 800MB left from that bonus, and the only reason he even went over a few times, was because he had forgotten and left an pp running in background.

For a $13 plan, with unlimited incoming calls, unlimited text and 100 minute outgoing, with some bonus data, it is pretty good for someone who needs something basic. And he had also gotten a 400 canadawide minute bonus, which he has never used. Outgoing calls, he has pretty much never gone past 5 minutes a month anyhow :) Kids nowadays don't typically call, they just text.
I have this plan and it's perfect for me. I also got it for my senior dad. Auto pay gives you a discount. For $13/month we get unlimited texts, 100 min of talk time. 250 data. Talk time is only used up for outgoing calls so all incoming calls are 'free'. You can buy Canada-wide or International talk time or bonus Data and it stays in the tank and rolls over monthly until it is used up. This deal would put 3G data 'in the tank' and it rolls over monthly until it's used. Definitely won't suit everyone's needs but for some it's perfect. Public is a part of Telus.
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Australia says hello to greedy incumbents fanatics. We have higher population than Australia, a country of similar size and yet they have much better deals on cellphones all because of MVNOs
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BrightDays wrote: Yeah, as someone who has lived in Europe, I can realize the absurdly high rates here. I remember paying about $15 (converted) monthly for unlimited calling, plus 3 GB of LTE data.

Both Europe & India have a higher population density then Canada. Canada is a much bigger country, with a miniscule population. There are no economies of scale here, hence the absurdly high prices charged. I do understand the prices being higher here, maybe not as much as current levels, but they can never be priced competitively as India or Europe or Brazil (e.g.) or HongKong, unless....

(So the easy/obvious solution) ... time to go make many Canadians :)
(just joking, but seriously)
I'd agree if the coverage maps for Canada reflected how and what you're describing, but they unfortunately don't. Both are dismal and mostly unchanged for the last decade, leaving the majority of Canada without cell reception and certain companies with coverage monopolies in many rural areas
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I am not describing or talking about the coverage maps. In case of Canada, which is sparsely populated, the coverage would be only better near big cities and highways....the rest of the country would have poor coverage, as the companies are not financially motivated to do something about it. Remember its capitalism, they are there to make a profit, not to hand out free stuff. They have to make more then they put in/invest.

India has 1.3 billion people, Europe has 700 million plus and Brazil 210 million plus. All 3 densely populated.
Hongkong is a small city/state. Probably just the size of GTA. With people packed in like sardines in a small portion of it. What they save in cell plan prices, they lose a 1000 times more by sky high rents.

I am not justifying the telcos bad service, or their way of doing business, or their monopolies. Just that considering the land mass / population ratio, it would be irrational to expect the same prices as other places. Unless the government subsidizes it.
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As big as Canada is, you'd be surprised to realize that 90% of the people live close to the border. So telcos don't really have to have a lot of cell sites covering the entire Canada.

Wharever you say, no competition In Canada in this industry until they allow mvnos like Australia

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