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[Walmart] Public Mobile Free Prepaid SIM, on in-store activation - YMMV

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[Walmart] Public Mobile Free Prepaid SIM, on in-store activation - YMMV

Today the person at Electronics section in Walmart Toronto (Rexdale) supercentre, activated a new PM Prepaid connection for me, in-store, while charging only for the plan and not extra for the SIM. There wasn't a minimum-amount constraint, and you can even activate with $15 plan and get free SIM. Note that there was a shortage of PM SIM-cards, and I think mine was the last card left for the day

I also happened to visit Dr. Flea's flea-market today, and out of about 3 SIM-sellers I enquired there (none listed in PM store-list), none sells Public Mobile, and were rather offering Chatr SIMs. I wonder which stall exactly was the RFD poster referring to other day. Surely a first-timer there can't narrow-down that stall (if there is one, out of 100s of different stalls) which sells PM with offers.

I also visited 3 other stores nearby from PM store-list, and either they charge $10 to $15 for SIM, or don't have PM SIM at all.
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I would not really call this Hot deals, but ... welcome OP to RFD
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Thank you.

Er sorry, I really don't know where I'm supposed to post. Searched around the site a bit, and came across this one place where I can submit posts.
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balaca wrote: Thank you.

Er sorry, I really don't know where I'm supposed to post. Searched around the site a bit, and came across this one place where I can submit posts.
Walmart, in my experience, has always been YMMV in offering free SIM cards if you activate in-store.
They have some internal (Walmart-specific) code they can apply to reduce the SIM card cost to $0.01.
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I've never understood why cell companies would charge for a SIM if you're activating prepaid or postpaid plans.... As long as i put money down (first month preoaid), they already got my money.
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balaca wrote: Today the person at Electronics section in Walmart Toronto (Rexdale) supercentre, activated a new PM Prepaid connection for me, in-store, while charging only for the plan and not extra for the SIM. There wasn't a minimum-amount constraint, and you can even activate with $15 plan and get free SIM. Note that there was a shortage of PM SIM-cards, and I think mine was the last card left for the day

I also visited 3 other stores nearby from PM store-list, and either they charge $10 to $15 for SIM, or don't have PM SIM at all.
There's no reason to pay more than $10 for one of these sim cards since they can be purchased directly from Public Mobile's website any time for $10. They are also available sold directly by Public and fulfilled by Amazon.ca.

As for there being a shortage of Public Mobile sim cards, there is no shortage. They are readily available. If a location is running out of sim cards, they aren't ordering enough and that's on them.
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injust wrote: Walmart, in my experience, has always been YMMV in offering free SIM cards if you activate in-store.
They have some internal (Walmart-specific) code they can apply to reduce the SIM card cost to $0.01.
Walmart locations have been doing this ever since the start of the arrangement with Public Mobile. Since they don't advertise free sim cards, there's no way that a customer can force it. It's completely YMMV and the salespeople are using this as closing sales tactic.
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