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June 9, 2009
9:01 pm
John
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From the Speakout FAQ:
Where can I purchase SpeakOut Wireless Airtime? Participating 7-Eleven Stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. On-line or telephone airtime purchases are not available.

Have I understood correctly. If I live in one of the other 5 provinces or in one of the 3 territories then I cannot use Speakout?

June 9, 2009
9:58 pm
iamdrumming
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You misread that statement :)

The first question states "Where can I PURCHASE SpeakOut Wireless Airtime?

That lists the provinces where where you can buy Speak Out airtime. You may use the service anywhere in Canada where there is a Rogers signal.

June 10, 2009
3:14 am
bridonca
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Speak out works well in Halifax. You can even get a Halifax based phone number if you desire. However, getting airtime could be a problem because there are no seven eleven store here in Atlantic Canada. As for the territories, good luck, you might get coverage, you might now.

June 10, 2009
8:42 am
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getting airtime could be a problem because there are no seven eleven store here in Atlantic Canada

You might be able to buy top-ups from people on this forum who want to sell them.

As for the territories, good luck, you might get coverage, you might not.

While coverage is restricted to a few "urban" areas, it's no different from what you'd get on a Rogers plan. My impression is that Bell has better coverage in the north, if that's important.

June 10, 2009
12:13 pm
John
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iamdrumming said:

The first question states "Where can I PURCHASE SpeakOut Wireless Airtime?

That lists the provinces where where you can buy Speak Out airtime. You may use the service anywhere in Canada where there is a Rogers signal.


I know about the coverage of the signal. But it seems a bit sad if people living in Quebec eastwards or in the territories cannot use speakout. Obviously people in e.g. Halifax are not going to jump on a plane to Toronto to buy a phone or to top up. And people from e.g. Ontario, enjoying a vacation on PEI, are going to be out of luck if they need to buy more minutes while they're there.

Pity....

June 10, 2009
3:48 pm
bridonca
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To be fair, it is not like speakout is promoting in areas it does not sell. That fact that it works in other areas should be viewed as a bonus. There are other carriers out there, such as Petro Canada or PC mobility if you need a cheap, Canada wide carrier.

June 10, 2009
3:49 pm
Big Ang
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The solution to your last comment is simple - top-up before you go on vacation! Simple as that. Good idea regardless where in Canada you're going to.

As far as people in Halifax not being able to buy a Speakout phone where they live, well, life ain't fair. I'm in Toronto and there's plenty of things that I can buy in Halifax that I can't get here, or at least as cheap. If I lived in Halifax I'd find a good fish store or two and buy fresh, inexpensive fish all the time. I'd be having lobster several times a week! But I live in Toronto, where the lobster isn't as fresh or inexpensive. But at least I get Speakout, and people on the east coast get fresh, inexpensive fish. So it all evens out in the end.

June 10, 2009
3:57 pm
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bridonca said:

Speak out works well in Halifax. You can even get a Halifax based phone number if you desire. However, getting airtime could be a problem because there are no seven eleven store here in Atlantic Canada.


coincidentally this is basically the situation I recently emailed Speakout 7-Eleven customer support about (they were very helpful). I just bought a SO phone here in Vancouver for my son, but he will spend part of the summer in Halifax where there are no 7-11 stores. if he runs out of airtime, I can buy a top up here and just give him the voucher code over the phone or email - that's what they said to do. but of course for someone who lives in Atlantic Canada, that may not be so useful if they don't have a friend/relative near a 7-Eleven store.

June 10, 2009
4:41 pm
Big Ang
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Don't forget there are always people selling vouchers on the forum here!

And since they don't expire for a year, you can buy a couple, load them on your phone, and you don't have to worry about it for a full year!

November 27, 2009
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John said:

iamdrumming said:

The first question states "Where can I PURCHASE SpeakOut Wireless Airtime?

That lists the provinces where where you can buy Speak Out airtime. You may use the service anywhere in Canada where there is a Rogers signal.


I know about the coverage of the signal. But it seems a bit sad if people living in Quebec eastwards or in the territories cannot use speakout. Obviously people in e.g. Halifax are not going to jump on a plane to Toronto to buy a phone or to top up. And people from e.g. Ontario, enjoying a vacation on PEI, are going to be out of luck if they need to buy more minutes while they're there.

Pity....


Speakout works well here in Quebec ( Montreal) . There is a Rogers signal here. I had a relative from Toronto buy my phone for me . Only costs $10 to ship to me by Canada Post express post. I got the phone the next day.